Trying to keep track of what’s coming in the realm of Star Trek feels like trying to stop a tribble from procreating. Before even more new series are announced, here’s our guide of when to expect all the new Star Trek shows, as well as returning familiar favorites, and what else is in the works right now. Engage!
This post was last updated 1/25/23.
Star Trek: Picard’s third, and now officially final, season hits Paramount+ on February 16. There’s plenty to be excited about too: the series is going out in style, reuniting Sir Patrick Stewart with The Next Generation’s command crew: Brent Spiner as Data, Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi, Jonathan Frakes as Will Riker, Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher, Michael Dorn as Worf, and LeVar Burton as Geordi LaForge.
This season is also teasing big Star Trek cameos! Showrunner Terry Matalas talked about the final season on the Inglorious Treksperts podcast. “There are some people from Star Trek who come back in this season who aren’t the Next Gen [primary] cast,” Matalas said. “I mean there’s one character who is in Next Gen who I was like… I really want THIS character to come back. And when they did [agree to return], that was weirdly more thrilling than everything else in totality.”
Expected some time in 2023, Discovery’s fifth season will be 10 episodes long, down from the 13 of prior seasons. In the wake of season four‘s climax earlier this year, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) led her crew in a desperate attempt to save the galaxy from a mysterious anomaly created by an extra-galactic race, ensuring peace and stability for the Federation once more... for now. As her romantic partner Book (David Ajala) pays time for his own role in a campaign to surreptitiously destroy that anomaly, we’re not sure what awaits Burnham and Discovery’s crew just yet, but given this show, we’re sure it’ll be very, very dramatic.
Filming has officially begun on the fifth season of Star Trek: Discovery.
The Enterprise will return for more adventures after its successful first season some time in 2023, and this time Captain Kirk will be along for the ride with another appearance by Paul Wesley after his surprise finale role in season one. Not much else is known about the season so far, other than one episode will see the show crossover with Star Trek: Lower Decks in a live-action/animated hybrid directed by The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes.
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The third season of the animated series following the misfit crew of the USS Cerritos—and in particular its cadre of ensigns, Mariner (Tawny Newsome), Boimler (Jack Quaid), Tendi (Noël Wells), and Rutherford (Eugene Cordero)—once again followed our heroic ensigns and the remaining bridge officers aboard the Cerritos. It wrapped up in late October, and a fourth season is on the way.
The animated series aimed at younger Trek fans (and Janeway fans!) and kids at heart can be found on both Nickelodeon and Paramount+. The first season was divided into two parts, with part two just wrapping up at the end of 2022. A second season is now in production.
Although it’s been officially unveiled since 2019, we still don’t have a clue when this spinoff based around the seediest side of Starfleet—the shadowy spy organization Section 31, first introduced in Deep Space Nine—with Discovery guest star Michelle Yeoh is actually meant to air. Yeoh, who will return as former emperor of the Mirror Universe’s Terran Empire, Phillipa Georgiou, now turned into a kinder, but still kickass person by her time with Michael Burnham, is still expected to return, but beyond that, no one knows what to expect. Especially because the way Yeoh exited Discovery’s third season means that Georgiou could basically show up anywhere across Star Trek’s timeline.
If we’ve been waiting a while for Section 31 to happen, then somehow this is even longer. Back in the heady days of 2018, when Discovery was the only new Star Trek, part of series architect Alex Kurtzman’s deal with CBS to helm a new era of Trek included talk of a series based around Starfleet Academy, the San Francisco-based school that shaped the Federation’s engineers, scientists, doctors, pilots, and commanders into the future explorers and peacekeepers of the galaxy. Originally slated to be showrun by Marvel’s Runaways’ Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, the series went quiet after these initial reports, however earlier this year it was re-confirmed that Star Trek: Starfleet Academy is in the works again.
Now developed by Absentia co-creator Gaia Violo, little is known about the series beyond that, other than that it will obviously follow Starfleet cadets, and is expected to potentially follow the Section 31 series into production sometime in the next year. We also don’t know when it could be set in Star Trek’s timeline, but Discovery’s fourth season did include a major development for Mary Wiseman’s Sylvia Tilly, where she left the ship to take a teaching position at the re-opened Starfleet Academy of the 31st Century—so it could stand to reason the show could follow her, but we don’t know right now.
That’s all the new bits of Star Trek coming. But what about the old Star Trek? In the U.S. at least, the vast majority of classic Star Trek shows are available exclusively to stream on Paramount+ (albeit not without issues), although some holdouts remain on other streaming services. Here’s a full list of classic Star Trek shows and where to stream them, as well as links to our recommended episode guides for every series!
- Star Trek: The Original Series (Paramount+)
- Star Trek: The Animated Series (Paramount+)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (Paramount+, Netflix)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Paramount+, Netflix)
- Star Trek: Voyager (Paramount+)
- Star Trek: Enterprise (Paramount+)
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