The BEST episodes of Star Trek: Discovery

Every episode of Star Trek: Discovery ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Star Trek: Discovery!

Ten years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Last Updated: 2/19/2024Network: Paramount+Status: Continuing
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Such Sweet Sorrow (2)
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8.21
3451 votes

#1 - Such Sweet Sorrow (2)

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 4/18/2019

The U.S.S. Discovery battles against Control in a fight not only for their lives but for the future, with a little help from some unexpected friends. Spock and Burnham discern vital new connections between the red signals while Burnham faces one of life’s harshest truths: the right decisions are often the hardest to make.

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Into the Forest I Go
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8.07
5926 votes

#2 - Into the Forest I Go

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/12/2017

Bypassing Starfleet’s orders, Lorca uses the U.S.S. Discovery crew’s ultimate asset, the ship itself, in an effort to end the war with the Klingons once and for all.

Directors: Chris Byrne
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Project Daedalus
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8.01
3378 votes

#3 - Project Daedalus

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/14/2019

When the Discovery crew infiltrates Section 31’s headquarters, suspicions arise that the crew may have a traitor in their midst. Burnham tries to help Spock but her efforts don’t go as planned.

Directors: Jonathan Frakes
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If Memory Serves
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7.99
3402 votes

#4 - If Memory Serves

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/7/2019

Spock and Burnham head to Talos IV, where the process of healing Spock forces the siblings to confront their troubled past. Stamets desperately tries to reconnect with Hugh, while Tyler struggles to shed the crew’s suspicions of him due to his past as Voq.

Directors: T.J. Scott
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New Eden
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7.97
3684 votes

#5 - New Eden

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/24/2019

A new signal appears, prompting Stamets’ emotional return to the mycelial network and leading Burnham, Pike and Owosekun to a pre-warp planet, where they face a complex ethical dilemma. Tilly’s overeagerness lands her in trouble but when the planet – and Discovery’s landing party – are threatened, her curiosity may be the one thing that can save them.

Directors: Jonathan Frakes
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What's Past is Prologue
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7.97
4976 votes

#6 - What's Past is Prologue

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/28/2018

Lorca plans to move forward with a coup against the Emperor, propelling Burnham to make a quick decision to save not only herself, but the U.S.S. Discovery.

Writer: Ted Sullivan
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Vaulting Ambition
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7.96
5057 votes

#7 - Vaulting Ambition

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/21/2018

Burnham heads to the ISS Charon with a special “gift” for the Emperor. With the help of an unexpected source, Stamets gains clarity while trapped inside the mycelial network. Saru asks for L’Rell’s help.

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Such Sweet Sorrow (1)
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7.93
3325 votes

#8 - Such Sweet Sorrow (1)

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 4/11/2019

When the U.S.S. Discovery’s crucial mission does not go according to plan, Burnham realizes what must ultimately be done. The crew prepares for the battle of a lifetime as Leland’s Control ships get closer.

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The Red Angel
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7.90
3425 votes

#9 - The Red Angel

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/21/2019

Burnham is stunned when she learns her ties to Section 31 run deeper than she ever fathomed. Armed with the identity of the Red Angel, the U.S.S. Discovery goes to work on its most critical mission to date.

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Through the Valley of Shadows
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7.88
3392 votes

#10 - Through the Valley of Shadows

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/4/2019

A fourth signal leads the U.S.S. Discovery to an insular world, where Pike is forced to make a life-changing choice. Burnham and Spock investigate a Section 31 ship gone rogue, leading to a discovery with catastrophic consequences.

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Brother
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7.87
3897 votes

#11 - Brother

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/17/2019

The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joins forces with Captain Pike to unravel the mystery of seven mysterious red signals that have appeared across the universe.

Directors: Alex Kurtzman
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Context Is for Kings
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7.87
7702 votes

#12 - Context Is for Kings

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/1/2017

Michael’s shuttle is intercepted by Captain Gabriel Lorca of the mysterious U.S.S. Discovery, who orders her to join a dangerous recovery mission.

Directors: Akiva Goldsman
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The War Without, the War Within
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7.87
4948 votes

#13 - The War Without, the War Within

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/4/2018

Burnham and the U.S.S. Discovery crew are faced with the harsh reality of the war during their absence. In order to move forward, Starfleet must use unconventional tactics and sources to take their next action against the Klingons.

Directors: David Solomon
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The Sound of Thunder
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7.86
3447 votes

#14 - The Sound of Thunder

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/21/2019

When a new signal appears over Saru’s home planet, Burnham, Saru and the crew embark on a perilous mission that puts Saru in danger and raises questions about the Red Angel’s intentions. Hugh struggles to come to terms with his new reality.

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Perpetual Infinity
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7.86
3320 votes

#15 - Perpetual Infinity

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/28/2019

Burnham receives the reunion she’s been longing for, but it doesn’t go quite as she imagined. Georgiou and Tyler sense a disturbing change in Leland.

Directors: Maja Vrvilo
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Battle at the Binary Stars
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7.82
8098 votes

#16 - Battle at the Binary Stars

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/24/2017

Escaping from the brig while the ship is under attack, Burnham joins the captain in an audacious plan to end a battle rapidly escalating into war.

Directors: Adam Kane
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Will You Take My Hand?
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7.82
4954 votes

#17 - Will You Take My Hand?

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/11/2018

With Georgiou at the helm of the plan to end the Klingon war once and for all, the U.S.S. Discovery crew struggles to fathom and tolerate her hostile tactics. Memories of past hardships are rekindled within Burnham.

Directors: Akiva Goldsman
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That Hope Is You (2)
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7.81
2128 votes

#18 - That Hope Is You (2)

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/7/2021

As the Emerald Chain tightens its grip, can the mystery of the Burn finally be solved? Burnham and the crew have one last chance to save themselves and the Federation.

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That Hope Is You (1)
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7.81
2472 votes

#19 - That Hope Is You (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/15/2020

Arriving 930 years into her future, Burnham navigates a galaxy she no longer recognizes while searching for the rest of the Discovery crew.

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Light and Shadows
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7.78
3396 votes

#20 - Light and Shadows

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/28/2019

Burnham goes to Vulcan in search of Spock, where she unearths surprising family secrets. In researching what is left of the Red Angel’s signal over Kaminar, Pike and Tyler end up in battle with time itself. Georgiou has a few tricks up her sleeve for Leland and Section 31.

Directors: Marta Cunningham
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Despite Yourself
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7.77
5446 votes

#21 - Despite Yourself

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/7/2018

While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home.

Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writer: Sean Cochran
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The Wolf Inside
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7.77
5129 votes

#22 - The Wolf Inside

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/14/2018

The crew continues their guise, and Burnham is ordered on a merciless mission to end the resistance in hopes of returning home. Meanwhile, Tilly works on restoring Stamets’ neurofunction.

Directors: T.J. Scott
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Far from Home
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7.75
2304 votes

#23 - Far from Home

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/22/2020

After the USS Discovery crashes on a strange planet, the crew finds themselves running out of time to repair their ship. Meanwhile, Saru and Tilly embark on a dangerous first contact mission, hoping to find Burnham.

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People of Earth
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7.75
2258 votes

#24 - People of Earth

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/29/2020

Finally reunited, Burnham and the U.S.S. Discovery crew journey to Earth, eager to learn what happened to the Federation in their absence.

Directors: Jonathan Frakes
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Lethe
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7.74
6714 votes

#25 - Lethe

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/22/2017

Michael uses her connection to Sarek to help locate him after he is wounded in an assassination attempt. Lorca deals with an unexpected visitor.

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