Every Star Trek Film & TV Show Ranked From Worst To Best

With so many new shows releasing, it's a good time to look back at the history of Star Trek.

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Star Trek has been around for over fifty years now. Across thirteen movies and eleven TV shows, Trek has explored creatures and phenomena beyond our wildest imaginations and inspired generations of fans with a vision of a peaceful future for humanity.

We are currently living in a new golden age of Star Trek. With five series currently airing and the new series, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, coming soon, now is the perfect time to look back at all of Trek history and respectfully compare each instalment.

This list will be ranking every Star Trek film and TV show from worst to best, as objectively as possible. Of course, this all comes down to personal preference, but this list will regard audience reactions, the success of each instalment, and connections to the rest of Trek, as the most important deciding factors. Of course, it's difficult to compare TV shows to movies, so run time won't be considered important.

Let's dive deep into Star Trek history and find out which instalments are the greatest, and which are the worst.

24. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

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The fifth Star Trek film, The Final Frontier, is widely regarded by fans to be the worst instalment in the franchise.

In the movie, Spock's half-brother, Sybok, captured the Enterprise on his quest to find God at the centre of the galaxy. The backstory of Sybok as a Vulcan revolutionary who chose to embrace the powerful emotions of his ancestors rather than logic, is a very interesting idea for a story, but the story we got failed to portray his character in a meaningful way.

The movie really started to fall apart when Sybok's plan was revealed. He told the Enterprise crew about the mythical planet, Sha Ka Ree, located at the centre of the galaxy, where he said that all of creation emerged from. When the Enterprise arrives, they actually find this planet, though the lifeform inhabiting it, thought by Sybok to be God, was actually just an alien entity seeking a starship to leave it's planet.

How was this being able to amass followers across tens of thousands of lightyears? Why was the Enterprise the only ship they could find? How did the Enterprise reach the centre of the galaxy in only a few days? Why is there a mysterious planet located where a supermassive black hole should be? All of these are interesting questions that would have been great to explore, but the movie ends without giving us any insight into the deeper themes of the plot.

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Marcia Fry is a writer for WhatCulture and an amateur filmmaker.