How To Watch Every Star Trek Installment? Easy Watch Order Guide

How To Watch Every Star Trek Installment? Easy Watch Order Guide

Expeditions to complex alternate realities, exploring new life forms, dealing with supernovas, black holes, and other science-fiction jargon has always defined Star Trek.

With announced tv incarnations such as Strange New Worlds and Section 31 and an untitled film slated for release in the summer of 2023, it is almost like Paramount has stuffed Star Trek with a shedload of dilithium crystals.

Hundreds of hours of entertainment with no clear route have left many completionists as well as Trekkie virgins unable to undertake this spacewalk until now. But with this watch order, all the Star Trek movies and series will no longer be lightyears away from you.

Two widely accepted techniques, in the form of Release and Chronological order to see all Star Trek films, have been discussed in great detail below. But it is up to you, my friend, to take up the route which is most suited to you.

1. Release Order

Informally dubbed as TOS, Star Trek: The Original Series embarked on the initial voyages of the starship Enterprise. Who knew that Captain Kirk and his crew’s mission to discover strange new worlds and research their inhabitants would incidentally unfurl this big of a franchise?

Plausibly, you should refer to this order if you want to adhere to the sequence in which the movies and TV series were originally released.

1.1 Movies

How To Watch Every Star Trek Installment? Easy Watch Order Guide
James, Pavel and Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond | Source: IMDb
  1. The Original Series
      1. The Motion Picture (1979)
      2. II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
      3. III: The Search for Spock (1984)
      4. IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
      5. V: The Final Frontier (1989)
      6. VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
    1. Next Generation
      • Generations (1994)
      • First Contact (1996)
      • Insurrection (1998)
      • Nemesis (2002)
    2. Kelvin Timeline
      • Star Trek (2009)
      • Into Darkness (2013)
      • Beyond (2016)

1.2 TV Series

How To Watch Every Star Trek Installment? Easy Watch Order Guide
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds | Source: IMDb
  1. Television Broadcast
      • The Original Series (1966–1969)
      • The Next Generation (1987–1994)
      • Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)
      • Voyager (1995–2001)
      • Enterprise (2001–2005)
    1. Streaming
      • Discovery (2017–present)
      • Short Treks (2018–2020)
      • Picard (2020–present)
      • Strange New Worlds (upcoming)
    1. Animated
      • The Animated Series (1973–1974)
      • Lower Decks (2020–present)
      • Prodigy (upcoming)

Not satisfied? Well, the continuity you’re looking for won’t be available here. For that, you must refer to the chronological order below.

2. Chronological Watch Order

Though Star Trek: Enterprise was one of the later additions to the franchise, its events trace back to the very beginning, in the mid-22nd century.

The brief Short Treks are set around the same time as Discovery, whose Seasons 1&2 take place in 2255.

How To Watch Every Star Trek Installment? Easy Watch Order Guide
Star Trek: Voyager | Source: IMDb
  • Star Trek: Enterprise
  • Star Trek: Discovery (Seasons 1&2)
  • Star Trek: Short Treks
  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • Star Trek: The Original Series
    • The Motion Picture (1979)
    • II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    • III: The Search for Spock (1984)
    • IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
    • V: The Final Frontier (1989)
    • VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Star Trek Movies: Next Generation
    • Generations (1994)
    • First Contact (1996)
    • Insurrection (1998)
    • Nemesis (2002)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Star Trek: Voyager
  • Star Trek: Picard
  • Star Trek: Discovery (Season 3)
Star Trek: Picard

Picard, the most recent series known for its well-crafted and layered plot, marked the end of the 24th century. The release of Discovery’s 3rd season exhibited a future as distant as the 32nd century! This is the furthest in time any Star Trek adventure has ever led to.

If you can’t spot the JJ Abrams and Justin Lin directed Star Trek movies here, it’s because it is a part of Kelvin timeline. These three reboot movies were basically an attempt to free Star Trek from traditional canon constraints. You can watch this standalone series before or after you’re done with the Prime timeline above.

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4. How Much Time Will It Take To Watch

Considering all the additions to the franchise as a whole since 1966, it will take you a whopping 33 days to binge-watch the entire Star Trek.

Here’s a quick breakdown of each installment wise:

Star Trek: Discovery | Official Trailer
  • Movies
    • The Original Series – 11 hrs 27 mins
    • Next Generation – 7 hrs 28 mins
    • Kelvin Timeline – 6 hrs 22 mins
  • TV Series
    • Television Broadcast
      • The Original Series – 3 days 7 hrs
      • The Next Generation – 7 days 10 hrs
      • Deep Space Nine – 7 days 8 hrs
      • Voyager – 7 days 4 hrs
      • Enterprise – 4 days 2 hrs
    • Streaming
      • Discovery – 1 day 17 hrs
      • Short Treks – 2 hrs
      • Picard – 10 hrs
    • Animated
      • The Animated Series – 11 hrs
      • Lower Decks – 4 hrs 10 mins

Note: These are approximate values of the runtimes.

5. Conclusion

All Star Trek series which have aired and all feature films have been considered canonical. But it’s not that simple.

Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, often classified canonicity not on a series or episode basis, but as careful as point by point basis.

How To Watch Every Star Trek Installment? Easy Watch Order Guide
Jean-Luc Picard and Dahj in Star Trek Picard | Source: IMDb

Sometimes, he would declare a series as the non-canon midway during its run. On other occasions, he would say that the films are canon, but only in certain aspects.

He was unhappy with the animated series code, so he stated it as non-canon. At one point, he even thought of removing TOS from the canon because it was conflicting with TNG!

His revisionist policy has left many fans confused over the decades. But don’t let this confusion haunt you, consider everything as canon and you will be able to enjoy Star Trek in its entirety.

6. About Star Trek

Star Trek is an American science fiction media franchise originating from the 1960s television series Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry. That series, now often known as “The Original Series“, debuted on September 8, 1966, and aired for three seasons on NBC.

In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by C. S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower series of novels, Jonathan Swift‘s 1726 novel Gulliver’s Travels, the 1956 film Forbidden Planet, and television westerns such as Wagon Train.

The Star Trek canon includes the Original Series, nine spin-off television series, and a film franchise; further adaptations also exist in several media.