Star Trek Movies In Order

Star Trek is one of the most famous science fiction series ever made.  It has gained a cult following and some fans can even fluently speak Klingon which is a fictional language created in the series.  Even people who aren’t fans of the series can recognize the Vulcan Salute which forms a W with all five fingers.  Originally produced as a TV series in the 1960s, Star Strek has since been made into six separate TV series, thirteen films, as well as a handful of books and comics.  In fact, Star Trek is so successful that there is a film scheduled for release in 2016, 60 years after the initial TV series hit the market.

If you’re new to the series, you should definitely be watching the Star Trek movies in order.  That’s the simple answer, but it’s slightly more complicated than that.  You should probably watch the TV episodes combined with the motion pictures in a specific order.  Since there are many implementations of the TV series, the whole thing can get a bit confusing.  Here’s the order I recommend watching them in:

Recommended viewing order

  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • Star Trek Films 1 through 6
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Star Trek Film 7
  • Star Trek: Voyager
  • Star Trek Films 8 through 10
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Star Trek: Enterprise

Many fans of the movie shy away from the newer films citing lack of plot and character development.  Many think it’s just an action movie using the Star Trek name.  However, as a casual fan, I enjoyed even the latest ones and am looking forward to the new release in 2016.  I consider the people who don’t like the new movies purists, so take what they say with a grain of salt.  And I’m not alone, the newer movies, adjusted for inflation, earned more money than any of the prior releases.  That’s highly impressive for an idea that’s been around for so long.

There’s been an interesting culture surrounding Star Trek, with TV guide rating it the most popular cult show.  Like mentioned above “trekkies” as they call themselves have their own salute, and language.  There’s even entire conventions dedicated to the movie that attract people from across the world.  Figurines, especially ones that are new in box can sell for as much as thousands of dollars for a single piece.

The most interesting thing to note about this science fiction flick is the real life technology that has been developed to mimic things seen in the original series 60 years ago.  There’s been a host of technologies that just a half century ago were labeled as science fiction that are now scientific fact.  The most noteworthy of these technologies include the Communicator (smart phones), Telepresence (Skype), Hypospray (SonoPrep).  However, there are literally over a dozen different inventions that have since made their way to reality.

No matter how you feel about Star Trek and their fans, this movie series has developed one of the biggest followings of any movie ever.  With dozens of different versions over 60 years, Star Trek is a household name that will continue to live on for many years to come.  Even still today, the series is just as popular as it was when it first came out all those years ago.

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  1. apollonia. November 7, 2018

    The original series cannot be beaten.
    I have watched all the episodes many,many times and never get bored.
    Yes, I must admit that the first film was rather disappointing. Flashes and flickering does not make for a good sci&fi. However,I still watch all six movies.
    Unfortunately, I cannot get into The Next Generation series. Sorry !
    Spock , logic dictates that all the original cast was a must.
    Kind regards to All Trekers.

  2. Dennis Wilson February 14, 2017

    I am an original Trekkie from the 60’s. I have seen every episode of every series. I have been to so many conventions I have lost count, I had the privilege of meeting every cast member grom the original series. Star Trek is by far the best televion in the history of TV. The motion pictures are wonderful some better than others but all are good. It is great science fiction.

  3. Rodney Daunais II April 13, 2015

    Been a Trekkie since birth literally. My first non cartoon tv memories are of watching Star Trek : TOS. I have loved all it’s incarnations how’re TOS will always be my fav and closest to my heart! As too the new Treks…..I tried like hell to hate them, rebooting the TOS seemed like blasphemy to me. But try as I might any fan of TOS should love these new Treks as much as I do. JJ Abrams love of the original series shows prominently in these films. As well as his love of practical effects, using CGI as a tool to use when necessary rather than using CGI in every scene like the new trend. That I found quite refreshing. As I mention above the new Treks have earned their way into the amazing franchise. Watch the new movies and tell me Abrams isn’t a Trekkie like the rest of us! I dare u all! His love of the franchise shows in every scene and every character!!!

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