Favorite Star Trek TV Shows

Every Trekie has their favorite Star Trek Series. I’m no exeption.

6. Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1974)

Voices of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Majel Barrett

This is my least favorite although it did win Star Trek it’s first Emmy. In my opinion, Star Trek was never meant to be animated.

5. Enterprize (2001-2005)

Captain Jonathan Archer – Scott Bakula
T’Pol – Jolene Blalock
Charles Tripp Tucker III – Conner Trinneer
Malcolm Reed – Dominic Keating

I never was able to get into this series and finally stopped trying. It just didn’t work for me.

4. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)

Captain Benjamin Sisco – Avery Brooks
Kira Nerys – Nana Visitor
Odo – Rene Auberjonois
Julian Bishar – Alexander Siddig

Deep Space Nine was the first Star Trek to have a black captain. The premise was having a Star Trek Station that stayed on one planet. Without the exploration, it lost some of the adventure. It substituted by added politics and religion of the planet where they were stationed. In my opinion, Star Trek doesn’t work without the exploration.

3. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)

Captain Jean-Luc Piccard – Patrick Stewart
Commander William Riker – Jonathan Frikes
Geordi LaForge – Lavar Burton
Tasha Yar – Deniese Crosby
Worf – Michael Dorn
Dr. Beverly Crusher – Gates McFadden
Deanna Troi – Marena Sirtis
Data – Brent Spiner
Wesley Crusher – Will Wheaton

I loved this version of Star Trek. It didn’t try to copy the original. Instead it came up with characters who reacted differently and fit the generation of the 80s. At the same time, the adventure and relationships that made Star Trek great were explored in a new way. I loved Picard and Riker.

2. Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001)

Captain Kathryn Janeway – Kate Mulgrew
Chakatay – Robert Beltran
B’Elanna Torres – Roxann Dawson
Tom Paris –  Robert Duncan McNeil
Neelix – Ethan Phillips
The Doctor – Robert Picardo
Tuvoc – Tim Russ
Harry Kim – Garrett Wang

Voyager is my second favorite Star Trek series. The premise is to have their space ship hopelessly lost and trying to find its way home. This Star Trek had the first woman captain. The best thing about Captain Janeway was she led the ship in the same style a woman would lead. This was at a time where too many shows on TV had women leading like men. It was a refreshing change. I also loved the character, Tom Paris, who through this difficult situation had a chance to redeem himself from a lurid past and grow into a person of integrity.

1. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969)

Captain James T. Kirk – William Shatner
Mr. Spock – Leonard Nimoy
Dr. McCoy (Bones) – DeForrest Kelley
Uhura – Nichelle Nichols
Scott – James Doohan
Sulu – George Takei
Chekov – Walter Koenig

To this day, this is my favorite. I remember watching it with my family as a little girl. Not only did it take on issues of the day in a futuristic way, but the relationships between Captain Kirk, Spock, and Bones made the show great. Captain Kirk was the original captain who explored where no man has gone before in the same vein as adventurers and cowboys or the past. Nobody will ever take his place.

So leave a comment and let me know if you agree. Which are your favorites?

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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

2 thoughts on “Favorite Star Trek TV Shows

  1. You misspelled Enterprise, exception, Frakes, Denise and DeForest. The DS9 station wasn’t on a planet. The animated episodes were often better than the 3rd season of the original series. DS9 was better written than Voyager though it could be boring because of the focus on politics, history and religion.

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