12 best Star Trek episodes in the franchise of all time

There are plenty of Star Trek shows and episodes out there, but which ones are the best ones in the franchise as a whole?

Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent
Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent /
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5. "The Best of Both Worlds" (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Another excellent episode of TNG makes our list, and this time, the fearless Captain Picard gets abducted by the Borg (those terrifying half-machine, half-organism aliens I literally just mentioned in the previous slide). It's actually pretty unsettling watching it all unfold. The episode masterfully blends edge-of-your-seat action with a deep dive into the psyche of Starfleet's finest. The crew's desperate struggle to save their captain and stop the Borg's march towards Earth is absolutely electrifying.

And let's talk about that cliffhanger – when Riker says "Fire," and the screen fades to black - you could hear a pin drop in living rooms across the world. This episode isn't just a chapter in Star Trek history - it's one for the books, one that leaves you clinging to your seat, craving for more. "The Best of Both Worlds" is a universe-sized testament to why we love Star Trek: it's adventurous, it's intense, and it boldly goes where no show has gone before.

6. "Trials and Tribble-ations" (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Another excellent episode of DS9, this one is a gem that brilliantly combines nostalgia with the new, making it a standout in the Star Trek universe. Imagine stepping into a time machine and landing right in the middle of a classic episode from TOS. That's exactly what this episode does, and it does so with a delightful twist.

Our Deep Space Nine crew find themselves in the iconic and hilarious "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode mingling with the Kirk and Spock, and the result is nothing short of incredible. It's like watching history being rewritten most playfully and ingeniously possible. The episode is a technical marvel too - seamlessly blending new scenes with the old, creating a crossover that feels both familiar and excitingly new. It's not just a trip down memory lane - it's a joyous celebration of the Star Trek legacy, served with a side of humor and a ton of tribbles.