The BEST Episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2021

Network: Paramount+

The animated comedy series STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS follows the support crew on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, in 2380. Ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Rutherford and Tendi have to keep up with their duties and their social lives, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies.

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No Small Parts

#1 - No Small Parts

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 8, 2020

The U.S.S. Cerritos encounters a familiar enemy. Tendi helps a struggling recruit find her footing.

star 8.16
651 votes
Directors: Barry J. Kelly
Writers: Mike McMahan
First First Contact

#2 - First First Contact

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 14, 2021

The U.S.S. Cerritos is tasked to aid another starship on a first contact mission.

star 8.07
153 votes
Directors: Jason Zurek
Writers: Mike McMahan
wej Duj

#3 - wej Duj

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 7, 2021

Boimler tries to find a friend from the bridge, while the crew of the USS Cerritos has free time during a long warp trip.

star 7.99
306 votes
Directors: Bob Suarez
Writers: Kathryn Layng
I, Excretus

#4 - I, Excretus

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 30, 2021

A consultant arrives on the U.S.S. Cerritos to run drills that require the lower deckers and bridge crew to swap duties.

star 7.85
325 votes
Directors: Kim Arndt
Writers: Lee Ann Kim
An Embarrassment of Dooplers

#5 - An Embarrassment of Dooplers

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 9, 2021

Mariner and Boimler try to track down the location of a legendary Starfleet party while the bridge crew deals with an insecure alien diplomat.

star 7.77
376 votes
Directors: Kim Arndt
Writers: David Wright
Where Pleasant Fountains Lie

#6 - Where Pleasant Fountains Lie

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 23, 2021

Mariner and Boimler are stranded on an uninhabited planet with a sentient computer. On the Cerritos, Lt. Commander Billups must prove his engineering abilities to an old adversary.

star 7.75
327 votes
Directors: Jason Zurek
Writers: Garrick Bernard
Crisis Point

#7 - Crisis Point

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 1, 2020

Mariner repurposes Boimler’s holodeck program to cast herself as the villain in a Lower Decks style movie.

star 7.70
636 votes
Directors: Bob Suarez
Writers: Ben Rodgers
The Spy Humongous

#8 - The Spy Humongous

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 16, 2021

Anomaly consolidation day on the U.S.S. Cerritos leaves the Lower Deckers with mixed emotions. Captain Freeman attempts to negotiate peace on the Pakled home world.

star 7.63
352 votes
Directors: Bob Suarez
Writers: John Cochran
We'll Always Have Tom Paris

#9 - We'll Always Have Tom Paris

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 26, 2021

Assigned a special task by Dr. T'Ana, Tendi enlists Mariner for help. On the U.S.S. Cerritos, Rutherford is consumed by a bridge crew mystery.

star 7.62
404 votes
Directors: Bob Suarez
Writers: M. Willis
Kayshon, His Eyes Open

#10 - Kayshon, His Eyes Open

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 19, 2021

Our Lower Deckers have trouble bonding with Ensign Jet Manhaver, who has been assigned Boimler’s bunk and shift duties. Boimler’s life on the U.S.S. Titan proves to be more intense than he thought it would be.

star 7.59
426 votes
Directors: Kim Arndt
Writers: Chris Kula
Mugato, Gumato

#11 - Mugato, Gumato

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 2, 2021

The U.S.S. Cerritos is dispatched to a planet to investigate an unexplained sighting of a dangerous Mugato.

star 7.56
384 votes
Directors: Jason Zurek
Writers: Ben Rodgers
Much Ado About Boimler

#12 - Much Ado About Boimler

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 17, 2020

Mariner tries to impress her best friend from Starfleet Academy who is now a visiting Captain. Boimler is sent to a Starfleet medical ship after a transporter accident puts him “out of phase.”

star 7.53
665 votes
Directors: Barry J. Kelly
Writers: M. Willis

#13 - Veritas

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 24, 2020

Mariner, Boimler, Tendi and Rutherford are caught off guard when aliens force them to testify about a series of seemingly unrelated events.

star 7.52
641 votes
Directors: Kim Arndt
Writers: Garrick Bernard
Cupid's Errant Arrow

#14 - Cupid's Errant Arrow

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 3, 2020

Mariner becomes suspicious of Boimler's new girlfriend Barb. Tendi and Rutherford grow jealous of the USS Vancouver's more-advanced gear.

star 7.51
679 votes
Directors: Kim Arndt
Writers: Ben Joseph
Temporal Edict

#15 - Temporal Edict

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 20, 2020

A new work protocol eliminating "buffer time" has the Lower Decks crew running ragged as they try to keep up with their tightened schedules. Ensign Mariner and Commander Ransom's mutual lack of respect comes to a head during an away mission.

star 7.46
723 votes
Directors: Bob Suarez
Writers: David Ihlenfeld, David Wright
Moist Vessel

#16 - Moist Vessel

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 27, 2020

Captain Freeman seeks the ultimate payback after Mariner blatantly disrespects her in front of the crew. A well-meaning Tendi accidentally messes up a Lieutenant's attempt at spiritual ascension and tries to make it right.

star 7.45
699 votes
Directors: Barry J. Kelly
Writers: Ann Kim

#17 - Envoys

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 13, 2020

After a high profile mission goes awry, Boimler is further plagued with self-doubt when Mariner proves herself to be a more naturally talented sci-fi badass than he. Rutherford quits his job in engineering and explores other departments on the U.S.S. Cerritos.

star 7.44
800 votes
Writers: Chris Kula
Strange Energies

#18 - Strange Energies

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 12, 2021

Approximately three months later, the U.S.S. Cerritos is dispatched on a mission where it ends up in a sci-fi event resulting in "strange energy," which Commander Ransom inadvertently absorbs.

star 7.43
446 votes
Directors: Jason Zurek
Writers: Mike McMahan
Terminal Provocations

#19 - Terminal Provocations

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 10, 2020

The lovable, but awkward, Ensign Fletcher makes work difficult for Mariner and Boimler. Rutherford introduces Tendi to a holodeck training program he created.

star 7.37
673 votes
Directors: Bob Suarez
Writers: John Cochran
Second Contact

#20 - Second Contact

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 6, 2020

Ensign Tendi has her first day of work on Starfleet's U.S.S. Cerritos, where she meets fellow support crew members, Ensigns Mariner, Boimler and Rutherford. Meanwhile, Boimler is tasked with a secret special assignment and Rutherford attempts to keep his dating life intact while a sci-fi disaster strikes the ship.

star 7.33
961 votes
Directors: Barry J. Kelly
Writers: Mike McMahan