The STAR TREK Top 13 Episode Countdown

It’s the anniversary of the show — and here are our picks for the very best!

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UPDATED 9/8/18: Star Trek premiered 52 years ago today. We first ran this Top 13 Episode Countdown across 13 days in 2016, but the list obviously hasn’t changed. So check out each link for what we had to say about these classic eps. Live long and prosper. — Dan

Over the last several months, we’ve celebrated the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with Trek Tuesdays, a weekly look at some of the more interesting and offbeat aspects of the Original Series. (Click here for all that cosmic coolness.)

Now, we’re at the heart of it: The STAR TREK Top 13 Episode Countdown.


Over 13 days, we’ve counted down from 13 to 1, with that top choice publishing on 9/8/16 — the 50th anniversary of the show’s debut. I’m sure a lot of you will agree with my choices, just as I’m sure even more of you will disagree. So bring on those comments!

Click the links below!

13. The Cage

12. The Gamesters of Triskelion

11. What Are Little Girls Made Of?

10. Arena

9. A Piece of the Action

8. The Trouble With Tribbles

7. The Devil in the Dark

6. Journey to Babel

5. The City on the Edge of Forever

4. Balance of Terror

3. Space Seed

2. Mirror, Mirror

1. Amok Time

By the way, if you happen to be a Batman ’66 fan, check out our BATMAN ’66 Top 13 Episode Countdown, here.

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Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I know it won’t make it with some people, and frankly there 10 I like better, but of course I have a soft spot for Assignment: Earth.

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    • Anything with Teri Garr is Top 10 with me!

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  2. Gamesters does not belong in the top 13. Loved the blonde in wink of an eye. Her body and outfit alone should be in the top 13.
    Balance of terror should be 1 or maybe Gary Lockwood episode

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  3. I don’t agree or disagree with this list. I think all Star Trek is worth watching. My top 13 would probably have included “where no man has gone before”. It’s such a wonderful introduction of the characters and the other would have been “requiem for methuselah” it really did a good job depicting the concern Spock had for Kirk.

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  4. “The Doomsday Machine” and “The Enterprise Incident” would be on my list before “Gamesters” or “Little Girls.” “Doomsday” would probably be in my top 5 – In my opinion, it is TOS’s best action episode.

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