The BEST Episodes of Star Trek

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2020

Network: NBC

Space. The Final Frontier. The U.S.S. Enterprise embarks on a five year mission to explore the galaxy. The Enterprise is under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, who is assisted by First Officer Mr. Spock, from the planet Vulcan, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy. With a determined crew, the Enterprise encounters Klingons, Romulans, time paradoxes, tribbles and genetic supermen led by Khan Noonien Singh. Their mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Balance of Terror

#1 - Balance of Terror

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 15, 1966

Kirk pits the Enterprise against an invisible spaceship testing the Federation's defenses.

star 8.02
949 votes
Writers: Paul Schneider
The City on the Edge of Forever

#2 - The City on the Edge of Forever

Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired Apr 6, 1967

Kirk and Spock must travel into the past in order to correct a change that will alter history.

star 8.02
1,085 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Harlan Ellison
The Trouble with Tribbles

#3 - The Trouble with Tribbles

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 29, 1967

Kirk must defuse a Klingon scheme to destroy a grain shipment... and cope with a seemingly benign creature known as a tribble, which reproduces at amazing speed.

star 7.88
870 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: David Gerrold
Space Seed

#4 - Space Seed

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 16, 1967

The Enterprise picks up a crew of genetic supermen from the 20th century... and their leader, Khan, plans to create a new empire.

star 7.86
980 votes
Writers: Carey Wilbur, Gene L. Coon
Amok Time

#5 - Amok Time

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 15, 1967

Spock must go to Vulcan in order to perform the Vulcan mating ritual.

star 7.83
1,043 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Theodore Sturgeon
The Ultimate Computer

#6 - The Ultimate Computer

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 8, 1968

The Enterprise is used to test a new super-sophisticated computer, but it soon develops a mind of its own.

star 7.74
827 votes
Writers: D.C. Fontana
Journey to Babel

#7 - Journey to Babel

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 17, 1967

Spock meets his estranged father when the Enterprise escorts a group of ambassadors to a conference on the planet Babel.

star 7.73
718 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: D.C. Fontana
Mirror, Mirror

#8 - Mirror, Mirror

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 6, 1967

Kirk and three of his officers are accidentally transported into a parallel "mirror" universe where violence, greed, and evil are commonplace.

star 7.73
1,038 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Jerome Bixby
A Taste of Armageddon

#9 - A Taste of Armageddon

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 23, 1967

The Enterprise arrives at a planet to establish diplomatic relations and finds itself in the middle of a "peaceful" war that threatens to destroy the ship.

star 7.68
901 votes
Writers: Gene L. Coon, Robert Hamner
Tomorrow is Yesterday

#10 - Tomorrow is Yesterday

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 26, 1967

The Enterprise collides with a black hole and is thrown back to Earth in the 20th century, where they must find a way back and erase any trace of their presence. Matters become complicated when they rescue an Air Force pilot and cannot return him without changing history... but if he disappears that will change history as well.

star 7.66
894 votes
Writers: D.C. Fontana
The Enterprise Incident

#11 - The Enterprise Incident

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 1968

An unusually tense and irritable Kirk orders his ship into the Romulan Neutral Zone, where it is promptly surrounded. Beamed to a Romulan ship, Kirk lies about the intrusion, then attacks Spock, who responds with a Vulcan death grip. While the female Romulan commander courts Spock, a secret mission unfolds.

star 7.65
988 votes
Writers: D.C. Fontana
The Doomsday Machine

#12 - The Doomsday Machine

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 1967

The Enterprise must stop an ancient doomsday weapon that is capable of destroying entire worlds... and has already totalled one Constellation-class cruiser.

star 7.60
1,061 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Norman Spinrad
The Menagerie (1)

#13 - The Menagerie (1)

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 17, 1966

Spock kidnaps his former captain, the crippled Christopher Pike, and heads for a quarantined planet, putting his career and Kirk's life on the line.

star 7.59
972 votes
Writers: Gene Roddenberry
The Menagerie (2)

#14 - The Menagerie (2)

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 24, 1966

Spock's court-martial continues as he attempts to justify his abduction of Pike, the theft of the Enterprise, and his heading for a planet declared forbidden by Starfleet.

star 7.55
1,075 votes
Writers: Gene Roddenberry
Court Martial

#15 - Court Martial

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 2, 1967

Captain Kirk's career is at stake when he is put on trial for the loss of a crewman during an ion storm.

star 7.54
878 votes
Writers: Don M. Mankiewicz, Stephen W. Carabatsos
This Side of Paradise

#16 - This Side of Paradise

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 2, 1967

The Enterprise crew is trapped in paradise when they come to rescue colonists who have fallen to pacifying alien spores and become infected themselves.

star 7.53
837 votes
Writers: D.C. Fontana
Errand of Mercy

#17 - Errand of Mercy

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 23, 1967

The Federation and the Klingon Empire teeter on the brink of war as Kirk investigates Organia, a humble planet inhabited by pacifists that is unwittingly caught in the middle.

star 7.53
833 votes
Directors: John Newland
Writers: Gene L. Coon
The Devil in the Dark

#18 - The Devil in the Dark

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 9, 1967

Kirk investigates a series of grisly murders on a mining planet that are the work of a seemingly hostile alien creature.

star 7.50
833 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Gene L. Coon
The Changeling

#19 - The Changeling

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 29, 1967

The Enterprise encounters an ancient Earth probe bent on the sterilization of all life.

star 7.46
1,060 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: John Meredyth Lucas
The Tholian Web

#20 - The Tholian Web

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 15, 1968

Captain Kirk finds himself trapped between dimensions on a disintegrating starship. The Enterprise crew works against time to rescue him as the Tholians weave a destructive energy web around their ship.

star 7.46
743 votes
Writers: Chet Richards, Judy Burns
The Return of the Archons

#21 - The Return of the Archons

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 9, 1967

The Enterprise encounters a seemingly peaceful civilization run by a "benevolent" being named Landru... who intends for them to join his people.

star 7.46
830 votes
Writers: Boris Sobelman
Assignment: Earth

#22 - Assignment: Earth

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 29, 1968

The Enterprise is sent on a mission back to Earth in the year 1968, where the crew encounters the mysterious Gary Seven, who claims to have been sent by advanced beings to save the planet.

star 7.44
768 votes
Writers: Art Wallace
Where No Man Has Gone Before

#23 - Where No Man Has Gone Before

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 22, 1966

While exploring the edge of the galaxy, the Enterprise encounters an energy barrier that gives two crewmen godlike powers.

star 7.43
1,685 votes
Directors: James Goldstone
Writers: Samuel A. Peeples
The Corbomite Maneuver

#24 - The Corbomite Maneuver

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 10, 1966

The Enterprise encounters a vast alien ship that sets out to test them.

star 7.41
1,087 votes
Directors: Joseph Sargent
Writers: Jerry Sohl
All Our Yesterdays

#25 - All Our Yesterdays

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 14, 1969

Kirk, Spock, and McCoy become trapped in the past of another world.

star 7.41
722 votes
Directors: Marvin Chomsky
Writers: Jean Lisette Aroeste