List of Star Trek: The Animated Series episodes (2023)

This is an episode list for the science fiction cartoon series Star Trek: The Animated Series (also known as The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek), which aired from September 1973 to October 1974 on NBC. The second television program in the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: The Animated Series consists of a total of 22 episodes over two seasons. This episode list incorporates the stardate on which the events of each episode took place within the fictional Star Trek universe.

^1 Both seasons were released together as a four-disc series DVD set titled The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek.

№TitleStardateDirectorWriter(s)Original airdate1"Beyond the Farthest Star" 5521.3Hal SutherlandSamuel A. PeeplesSeptember 8, 1973

While exploring on the outermost rim of the galaxy the USS Enterprise is pulled into the orbit of a dead star. Trapped there, the crew discovers that there is an ancient derelict pod ship trapped with them as well.
Kirk and crew beam aboard the huge starship and learn it was once home to an insect race. They also learn that the ship's crew self-destructed rather than carry a malevolent entity to other worlds.

The entity is still alive and it beams aboard the Enterprise. Captain Kirk must find a way to get rid of the invader, without destroying his ship in the process.2"Yesteryear" 5373.4Hal SutherlandD. C. FontanaSeptember 15, 1973Spock must travel to the past to rescue his younger self from danger.3"One of Our Planets is Missing" 5371.3Hal SutherlandMarc DanielsSeptember 22, 1973The Enterprise encounters a giant cloud creature that feeds on the energy of the planets that lie in its path. They determine it is heading for Mantilles, home to a Federation colony governed by former Starfleet officer Bob Wesley (featured in the ST/TOS episode "The Ultimate Computer)".4"The Lorelei Signal" 5483.7Hal SutherlandMargaret ArmenSeptember 29, 1973

Investigating a sector of space where starships have disappeared every 27 years, the Enterprise finds a race of beautiful women living on the planet Taurus II.
While in the Taurean system signals begin to affect the male crew, causing them to hallucinate. Captain Kirk, Spock, Doctor McCoy, and Lieutenant Carver beam down to the source of the signals.
After arriving on the planet they are taken prisoner by the Taurean women. The landing party begins to age rapidly as a result of life-draining headbands they are forced to wear.

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On board the Enterprise, Uhura has taken command due to Scotty's irrational behavior. Uhura orders an all-female landing party to transport down to rescue the men.5"More Tribbles, More Troubles" 5392.4Hal SutherlandDavid GerroldOctober 6, 1973

While the USS Enterprise escorts two robot cargo ships carrying quintotriticale, a new seed grain, to famine stricken Sherman's Planet, it encounters a Klingon battlecruiser pursuing a Federation scout ship. When the Enterprise rescues the pilot, the Klingons attack with a new energy weapon and demand that the pilot be handed over to them.
The pilot turns out to be Cyrano Jones, an intergalactic trader well known to Kirk and crew from "The Trouble With Tribbles". The Klingons desperately want Jones for introducing the tribble to Klingon planets where it has become a major pest, and for stealing a glommer, an animal the Klingons were breeding to prey on the tribble.
Kirk expresses sympathy for the Klingons' plight but refuses to hand over Jones, a Federation citizen.
Jones is now selling tribbles genetically engineered to omit their ordinarily unrestrained multiplicative proclivities. Dr. McCoy discovers that although Jones' "new" tribbles don't reproduce, they still have ravenous appetites. Instead of reproducing, they now grow hugely fat.

Kirk and Spock manage to counter the Klingon weapon. Now at a disadvantage, the Klingons offer to settle for just the glommer. Kirk agrees and returns it—along with several well-fed (and huge) tribbles that scare it away. McCoy injects the remaining tribbles on the Enterprise with a serum to slow down their metabolic rate. They are finally "safe".6"The Survivor" 5143.3Hal SutherlandJames SchmererOctober 13, 1973Patrolling near the Romulan Neutral Zone, the USS Enterprise finds a ship manned by Carter Winston, a Federation citizen and philanthropist who has been missing for five years.7"The Infinite Vulcan" 5554.4Hal SutherlandWalter KoenigOctober 20, 1973

While visiting the newly discovered planet Phylos, Lt. Sulu picks up a walking plant, called a Retlaw, and is poisoned. The alien species that inhabit the planet, who are plantlike beings, approach and save Sulu's life.
From them the crew discovers that most of the Phylosians were wiped out by a plague brought to the planet by Dr. Keniclius, a Terran scientist who survived Earth's Eugenics Wars.

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A giant clone of Keniclius, named Keniclius Five, kidnaps Mr. Spock in order to clone him and create an intergalactic peacemaker, at the expense of the original Spock's life.8"The Magicks of Megas-tu" 1254.4Hal SutherlandLarry BrodyOctober 27, 1973

While exploring near the center of the galaxy, the USS Enterprise is caught inside an energy/matter vortex and all her computer systems fail. A being named Lucien appears on the bridge, repairs the ship's systems and takes the crew to explore his planet, Megas-Tu.

On this planet, magic and witchcraft are quite normal. The Megans are an ageless species that had, at one time, lived on Earth, and were responsible for the legends about witches. Lucien, their guide, is in reality the Lucifer of Earth mythology.9"Once Upon a Planet" 5591.2Hal SutherlandChuck Menville,
Len JansonNovember 3, 1973

The Enterprise crew revisits the "amusement park" planet first seen in the Classic Trek episode "Shore Leave" hoping for some rest and relaxation.

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The crew discover the planet's Keeper is now dead and the untended machinery is constructing dangerous images from the crew members' thoughts. Lt. Uhura is captured by the planet's master computer, who in the wake of the Keeper's death, resents being made to serve humans. After a number of unpleasant adventures and narrow escapes, Kirk succeeds in interviewing the angry computer. He convinces it that its best course is to resume business as usual, as it will be rewarded with social contact by the many guests attracted by the planet's facilities and can, in time, learn everything it could possibly want to without even being put to the inconvenience of leaving its home planet.10"Mudd's Passion" 4978.5Hal SutherlandStephen KandelNovember 10, 1973The USS Enterprise receives orders to arrest Federation outlaw Harry Mudd, who is accused of selling fake love crystals. Intercepting Harry on the mining colony of Motherlode, they bring him aboard the Enterprise.11"The Terratin Incident" 5577.3Hal SutherlandPaul SchneiderNovember 17, 1973While observing a burnt-out supernova, the USS Enterprise picks up a strange message transmitted in a two-hundred-year-old code.12"The Time Trap" 5267.2Hal SutherlandJoyce PerryNovember 24, 1973While exploring the Delta Triangle, where many starships have disappeared, the USS Enterprise is attacked by several Klingon vessels. During the battle they are caught in an ion storm. The Enterprise and one Klingon battlecruiser are drawn into a spacetime vortex and end up in a timeless dimension.13"The Ambergris Element" 5499.9Hal SutherlandMargaret ArmenDecember 1, 1973While exploring the water planet Argo, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock are transformed into water breathers by the planet's undersea inhabitants, the Aquans. In order to return to their normal selves, they must enlist the help of the Aquans to capture a giant sur-snake, whose venom holds the antidote.14"The Slaver Weapon" 4187.3Hal SutherlandLarry NivenDecember 15, 1973In the shuttlecraft Copernicus, Mr. Spock, Uhura, and Sulu are en-route to Starbase 25 to deliver a stasis box—a rare artifact of the Slaver culture when the Kzinti intervene.15"The Eye of the Beholder" 5501.2Hal SutherlandDavid P. HarmonJanuary 5, 1974

The disappearance of a scientific team lures the USS Enterprise to investigate near Lactra VII. The starship Ariel is located there, abandoned, with its captain having transported to the planet's surface.

The Enterprise crew beams down to discover a series of unusual environments. On the planet the crew meets the Lactrans, a group of twenty foot slugs with intelligent capacities far beyond their own. The team is captured by the Lactrans to be made part of a zoo collection.16"The Jihad" 5683.1Hal SutherlandStephen KandelJanuary 12, 1974The USS Enterprise arrives at the Vedala asteroid, where Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock have been summoned to learn about a stolen religious artifact, the "Soul of the Skorr", whose theft could ignite a galactic holy war.
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Why is Chekov not in the animated series? ›

The Animated Series featured most of the original cast voicing their characters. The major exception was the character of Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig), who did not appear in the series because the series' budget could not afford the complete cast.

How many Star Trek animated series are there? ›

The Star Trek canon includes eight live-action television series, three animated series and one short-form companion series, as well as a series of feature films.

What is considered the best Star Trek episode? ›

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Why was Star Trek The Animated Series canceled? ›

Star Trek: The Animated Series

The series consisted of 22 episodes split over two seasons. In that era animated shows - even high profile ones like Star Trek: The Animated Series - were only designed to run for a finite amount of time, so it wasn't exactly cancelled, it just fulfilled its intended run.

Who will replace Chekov in Star Trek? ›

Abrams has said Chekov will not be recast. Chekov's character was initially introduced to honor the fact that Russia made it to space before any other country, as well as to take an optimistic look at possible U.S.-Russia relations in the future.

Why is Chekov wearing a wig? ›

Chekov's wig used as teen bait

The mop-topped Ensign Chekov, added in the original Trek's second season, was reportedly modeled after Monkees singer Davy Jones in an attempt to appeal to teenage viewers.

What is the longest running Star Trek series? ›

Star Trek: The Next Generation created the blueprint and became the most successful series of all.

Is the Star Trek animated series canon? ›

Although at one point Paramount Pictures did not regard the animated series as canonical, with the release of The Animated Series DVD, the studio appears to have changed its stance, and is leaning towards the animated series being part of established Star Trek canon.

What is the oldest Star Trek series? ›

The Original Series (1966–1969)

Star Trek: The Original Series, frequently abbreviated as TOS, debuted on NBC on September 8, 1966. The show tells the tale of the crew of the starship USS Enterprise and its five-year mission "to boldly go where no man has gone before", under the command of Captain James T. Kirk.

Who is the most loved character in Star Trek? ›

Captain James Kirk

Actually, there is one character that might be even more synonymous with Star Trek, depending on which fan you talk to. Captain James Tiberius Kirk was the most famous captain of the Enterprise, revered by the Federation as a skilled diplomat and brilliant tactician.

What was the banned Star Trek episode? ›

For many years, the episodes "Miri," "Plato's Stepchildren," "The Empath," and "Whom Gods Destroy" were banned in the UK. Star Trek was considered a children's program and these episodes were deemed too intense for minors.

Why did Hulu remove Star Trek? ›

The move continues the trend, according to the report, that is “part of an avowed strategy of ViacomCBS to make their key franchises and assets available only on their own streaming service, Paramount+.” This was seen last September, when three series left Netflix, and TrekMovie also noted recently that the five shows ...

Is Star Trek Picard being Cancelled? ›

A third season was “informally” green lit back in 2020, so it could be filmed back-to-back with season 2 before Sir Patrick Stewart officially confirmed the season in 2021, with filming wrapping in March 2022. Paramount confirmed that Star Trek: Picard season 3 would be the last though.

Why is William Shatner not in any of the new Star Trek movies? ›

We actually had written a scene with him in it that was a flashback kind of thing, but the truth is, it didn't quite feel right. The bigger thing was that he was very vocal that he didn't want to do a cameo.

Is there a Star Trek 4 with Chris Pine? ›

Pine and his co-stars Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and more reportedly had no idea Paramount was even moving forward with “Star Trek 4” when Abrams announced as much in February 2022. It's all par for the course with “Star Trek,” Pine told Esquire.

Who Cancelled Star Trek Enterprise? ›

The series continued into a fourth season. Then came the announcement during the filming of “In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II” that UPN, the network on which Enterprise was broadcast, had cancelled the series. One of Enterprise's creators, Brannon Braga, attributed the end of the series to Star Trek needing a rest.

Is the original Chekov dead? ›

Anton took on Walter Koenig's original role as Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot films. The actor died aged 27 when he was crushed to death by his own car outside his home in Los Angeles on June 20, 2016. His car killed him when it rolled backwards down a steep drive.

Why did Khan recognize Chekov? ›

How could Khan recognize Chekov, who wasn't in the episode? He wasn't even on the show! According to Walter Koenig, Khan remembered Chekov from the lower decks, because he took too long in a restroom Khan needed to use!

What does Chekov say in Russian? ›

There are certain things in the movie that are very Russian that is difficult for an American audience to pick up on. Like when [Kirk and Sulu] free fall and I capture them and I say something in Russian… [says Russian phrase]…it means “Oh man!” basically, which is something I ad-libbed.

Was Chekov really Russian? ›

Anton Yelchin portrayed the character in the 2009 Star Trek reboot film and two sequels, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond. Both Yelchin and Koenig were born to Russian parents, but grew up in the United States, and both affected Russian accents for their roles.

What is the darkest Star Trek series? ›

Due to the lack of Roddenberry looking over their shoulder every step of the way for the first time, Deep Space Nine was allowed to broach subjects never allowed before in Star Trek. Not only making it easily the best entry in the franchise so far, but also making it by far the darkest.

Who is the best Starfleet captain? ›

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Which actor has appeared in the most Star Trek episodes? ›

Dorn has appeared more times as a regular cast member than any other Star Trek actor in the franchise's history, spanning five films and 277 television episodes.

Is the Kelvin timeline canon? ›

Nomenclature. The name "Kelvin timeline" does not appear in any canon material, but is CBS Television's internal name for the alternate timeline created by Nero's attack on USS Kelvin.

Does Star Trek use CGI? ›

Although both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager had already implemented CGI in their title sequences (created in 1992 and 1994, respectively), they both started their runs predominantly using traditional visual effects methods but transitioned to regular use of CGI in the late 1990s.

What is the new Star Trek animated series called? ›

Star Trek: Prodigy is an American animated television series created by Kevin and Dan Hageman for the streaming service Paramount+ and the cable channel Nickelodeon. It is the tenth Star Trek series and debuted in 2021 as part of executive producer Alex Kurtzman's expanded Star Trek Universe.

What happened to Chekov in the Great? ›

Yelchin landed higher profile film roles in 2009, portraying Lieutenant Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot and Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation.
Anton Yelchin
DiedJune 19, 2016 (aged 27) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathBlunt traumatic asphyxia after being crushed by his Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
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What happened to Chekov in Wrath of Khan? ›

So by Wrath of Khan Chekov had been promoted to Commander and was the First Officer on the Reliant. However from there on he is basically demoted to Tactical and Security on board the Enterprise and left there.

Why is no activity season 4 animated? ›

A scripted comedy series was about to be shut down by covid. So producers made everyone into a cartoon instead.

What does Chekov say in Russian in Star Trek? ›

There are certain things in the movie that are very Russian that is difficult for an American audience to pick up on. Like when [Kirk and Sulu] free fall and I capture them and I say something in Russian… [says Russian phrase]…it means “Oh man!” basically, which is something I ad-libbed.

Who has passed away from the original Star Trek? ›

"Star Trek" debuted 56 years ago on September 8, 1966. After the show, the cast of the original series remained sci-fi icons. Only three stars of "The Original Series" are alive today, after Nichelle Nichols' death in July.

Why was Kirstie Alley replaced in Star Trek? ›

According to director Leonard Nimoy, this left Alley open to negotiate a new contract for this film, resulting in Alley's excessive salary demands, which led to her being dropped and replaced by Robin Curtis.

What did Khan put in Chekov's ear? ›

Ceti Eel. This concept drawing of the Ceti Eel mind-control creature from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" is the design that was used for the film. The nightmare-inducing eel enters into its victim's ear. Khan used it to control Chekov and Captain Terrell in order to take command of their ship.

What does Khan put in Chekov's ear? ›

Khan takes Chekov and Terrell's space helmets and drops an eel into each one. Chekov and Terrell, held down by Khan's minions, can only gawp in fear.

Who is the Russian kid in Star Trek? ›

Anton Yelchin(1989-2016) Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Chekov in the Star Trek (2009) reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night (2011) remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy (2011). He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family.

What nationality was Chekov on Star Trek? ›

According to the Star Trek iTunes movie app, Chekov was born in Tagnarog, Russia (the real-life home of Anton Chekhov).

How old is Pavel Chekov in Star Trek? ›

Pavel Chekov

The character was not added to the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series until season 2, so his first appearance was in 2266 when he was 21. By the end of TOS, Chekov would have been 24, and his last appearance came with Star Trek: Generations in 2293 at the age of 48.

Which animated series has the most seasons? ›

1 The Simpsons

The Simpsons had its first episode in 1989 and since, has gone on for 33 seasons. The show follows the titular yellow family: Homer, his wife Marge, and their children Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.

Why are anime seasons so short now? ›

While most planning is still driven by a single company, the whole committee has a say in the show, its content, and whatever business is conducted with the property. In order to limit the risk to the companies on these committees, each season is planned out at only a finite 11-13 episodes.

Why does it take so long to make a new anime season? ›

The team has to be reassembled, new scripts have to be made, and there's so much to do before the show can see air that it's usually only possible to make a season of anime once a year at this rate.


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