Top Ten Star Trek: The Original Series Episodes

The most intriguing episodes of the original series.

The Top Ten

1 City on the Edge of Forever

This one is a memorable episode with a spin on society in an Earthly city and their own understanding of it when coming from a future very different. On the other hand it is close to home and one might believe it is just too easy to go so close to home. Has a charm and possible why it is at the top placement seeming 2018 it is captivating but there might be that other drawback.

This is one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek. Number one because William Shatner is hot and I love him, and I love the romance in this. 1930 is one of my favorite centuries. All the great movies and defiantly the shows. Kirk is defiantly great in this show. Please rate this top one Thanks!

I like how this list of 12 episodes includes widely accepted atrocities like Plato's Stepchildren and Turnabout Intruder but not certified classics like The Doomsday Machine and The Devil in the Dark. Clearly someone's having a laugh!

Kirk, Spock, and Bones find a portal through time and end up in the 1930's where Kirk falls for Joan Collins and must let her die in order to save earth from the Nazis.

2 The Trouble with Tribbles

A light-hearted episode with the extremely cute, continuously pregnant creatures known as tribbles.

Shows that aliens can be cute and fuzzy too

KIRK: Does everybody know about this wheat but me?
CHEKOV: Not everyone, Captain. It's a Russian invention. :)

3 Mirror Mirror

Spock should have kept the beard... makes him look better and gave him a more "evil" Vulcan look as well... plus Marlena Moreau (Barbara Luna) has lived in my fantasies since I first saw this episode when I was 8... LOL

Downright exciting episode, although as usual, Scotty (James Doohan) overplays his character.

The Enterprise encounters an evil version of itself in a parallel universe. Spock sports a goatee - a symbol that continues to be used in media today to different the good version from evil when a copy exists.

I think its just me, but when the transporter got fixed and Kirkk returned to the normal universe, when I saw Spock's beard gone, I found it odd and unfamiliar. I donna know why.

This episode. Period. I mean it was an alternate universe, hello?

4 Amok Time

Spock is driven by Vulcan biology to find his mate on his home planet or die. He ends up having to fight Kirk and "kills" him.

WOW all these were good episodes! I like this one because Spock can't control what he has to do.

Shows what Spock is all about and his emotional attachment to his friends

Shows Spock's character going into new directions

5 Arena

Explores the cleverness and mercy of humanity

Cool fight scenes and cool space chase

Gorn: Slither snort sneer
Kirk: I got them gunpowder.
'Bam'

6 Space Seed

This episode works on a couple levels but the writers must have thought there was something more there since they made a movie from the original premise.

Introduces the greatest Star Trek villain of all time, a superhuman with enhanced strength and intelligence named Khan.

The enterprise discovers genetically altered superhumans and Kirk encounters his nemesis Khan (the inimitable Ricardo Montalban).

This is a realistic possibility for Earths future

7 Dagger of the Mind

Dr adams lol

8 I, Mudd

Classic scene. Very humorous

9 The Doomsday Machine

Matt Decker beamed his crew down to the third planet, "Matt there is no THIRD PLANET ' Matt " don't you think I know that, there was but not anymore". Decker takes command, Spock follows orders, Kirk at his best... And the music, the battle music... Enough said.

Eerily relevant when made and still holds water!

Explores how revenge can drive even a Starfleet hero into moral lows.

10 Operation - Annihilate!

The stakes are very high - and then they get even higher when things get personal! The triumvirate are at their best and most professional

The Contenders

11 The Enemy Within

A malfunction on the transporter causes Kirk to split into 2 parts - one gentle and one aggressive.

This is true acting a great prevormance

12 Balance of Terror

One of the best combat episodes of any series. With the Enterprise and the Romulans playing cat and mouse, it reminded me of the old WWII submarine movies.

A submarine warfare episode that tackles themes about the futility of war and xenophobia

Great space battle scenes

Based on WW2 submarine movies

13 In a Wink of an Eye

Beings that move faster than the speed of light. Kirk is shown pulling his pants on in the bedroom of a woman while she brushes her hair in a negligee.

14 The Menagerie

A 2 part episode involving scenes from the original unaired pilot with the original Captain Pike and the famous dancing green girl.

15 The Enterprise Incident

Shows Kirk and Spock at their cleverest

Cool spy influenced episode

16 The Squire of Gothos

Tremane outdoes himself in this home base offensive from the Enterprise to the Magic Castle of the Squire. A little old fashion but the musical taste and talent are still present. One of the favorite Star Trek episodes of all time other than 'The City on The Edge of Forever' it is just simple and a glimpse that sometimes the past is beautiful to remember. Tremane also can duel Kirk with old fashion pistols, Kirk wins it since the Mirror of Tremane gets shot and his machine is then in reveal. Plus the godly parents call Tremane to not pursue Kirk further which shows there might always be a greater advantage despite the high class Tremane appears to be a part of. Real intelligent and yes maybe Uhura can play the music instrument some time unless it is sarcasm. Uncertain a little difficult to figure out. Amazing way to see things through with this Episode with much to contemplate old and new, past and future. Excellent job and music taste Tremane!

A remote planet has a sentient being that might be in manipulation of another group of entities as one or a supercomputer. The intrigue is the Enterprise ship finds its way to it and the Captain has then discussions and shares in debates with the being and the name is Tremane. It is smart and with wit but the observer decides.

Tremane for some reason is also better than Captain Kirk which is shown on the Card Game of the Original Series - Star Trek. Their attack is both a numeral of 7, in Communications Kirk has a 4, Tremane has a 5. As for Science, Kirk has a 4 and Tremane has 5. Luck on Kirk side, the Guardians of Tremane removed him despite please for more time to spend with the Captain otherwise.

17 Plato's Stepchildren

The infamous episode where Kirk and Uhura are forced to kiss at the hands of powerful beings.

18 Errand of Mercy

John Colicos was the ultimate Klingon in this episode. The looks on the faces of the old Organians was absolutely priceless while Kirk and Spock desperately try to muddle through a Klingon occupation and Organian indifference.

Inspirational for Stargate's episode "The Nox" which is about 90% the same plot.

19 Journey to Babel

Good space battle scenes and we get to meet Spock's mom and dad

Explores Spock's backstory and parentage in depth

20 The Devil in the Dark

This one of the best episodes of the original series. Monster, terror, and mystery. What else could one want? It is gratifying that Kirk, the man of action, can stop, remember who and what he is, and help a poor alien creature that resorts to violence to protect her children. Nimoy's and Shatner's performances were spectacular!

Cool mystery episode and Iconic: "Don't kill I"

21 Turnabout Intruder

Kirk's consciousness gets trapped in a woman intent on taking over command. In this series, women weren't allowed to be captains.

22 Patterns of Force

Again history and science fiction clash and it was a great episode

23 What Are Little Girls Made Of?
24 Requiem for Methuselah
25 The Return of the Archons
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