Star Trek Movies, Series, and Characters Ranked

Notes from a fan who's seen it all.
May 15 2013 5:30 AM

The Greatest Star Trek Movies, Series, Episodes, Villains, and Crew Members

From best to worst.

From top left: Spock from the Original Series, Will Riker from The Next Generation, Bones McCoy from the Original Series, Kira Nerys from Deep Space Nine, Worf from The Next Generation, and Data from The Next Generation
From top left: Spock from the Original Series, Will Riker from The Next Generation, Bones McCoy from the Original Series, Kira Nerys from Deep Space Nine, Worf from The Next Generation, and Data from The Next Generation

Spock, Riker, McCoy, Worf, and Data by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images; Nerys courtesy of CBS Entertainment

Today in Slate, Matthew Yglesias explains just why Star Trek is great—and why the franchise’s natural home is television, not the movies. Below, he ranks the movies and TV shows from best to worst and lists the 10 best episodes, villains, and crew members.

Star Trek Movies From Best to Worst

Star Trek Series From Best to Worst

The 10 Best Star Trek Episodes

The 10 Best Star Trek Villains
Q
Gul Dukat
Khan Noonien Singh
The Borg
Weyoun
Captain Ransom
Kruge
Lore
Lursa and B’Etor
Kai Winn

The 10 Best Star Trek Crew Members
Spock
Data
Worf
Kira Nerys
Leonard McCoy
William Riker
The Doctor
Hoshi Sato
Geordi LaForge
Dax

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

IOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

Science

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.

Foreigners

More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

The Ungodly Horror of Having a Bug Crawl Into Your Ear and Scratch Away at Your Eardrum

We Could Fix Climate Change for Free. What Exactly Is Holding Us Back?

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 17 2014 6:09 PM Here's Who Voted to Fund Syrian Rebels and Get This ISIS Conflict Really Cooking
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
  Life
Gentleman Scholar
Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PM Should Men Still Open Doors for Women? Or is it ungentlemanly to do so at all?  
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 5:56 PM Watch Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Bill Hicks, Mitch Hedberg, and More on New YouTube Channel
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 5:26 PM If Fixing Global Warming Is Free, What’s the Holdup?
  Health & Science
Jurisprudence
Sept. 17 2014 4:49 PM Schooling the Supreme Court on Rap Music Is it art or a true threat of violence?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?