I know there are many original “Star Trek” series top episodes lists, but I thought I would add my opinion to the mix. Over the decades I’m sure I’ve seen every episode numerous times, and I recently watched them again one more time.
As a science fiction writer, I wanted to give my point of view from that perspective. I think my top 16 episodes explain themselves to those who have watched them. I’ve included a small description for some of the 20 to point out why I chose them.
If you’re an original series “Star Trek” fan, I hope you enjoy pondering my choices. Hopefully I’ll have a similar list of my top 20 episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in the next year.
- The City on the Edge of Forever
- Pilot: The Cage / The Menagerie (Part 1 and Part 2)
- Balance of Terror (for how it showcases Kirk)
- Amok Time (for showcasing Vulcan)
- The Trouble with Tribbles (Comedy plus Sci-Fi is hard to do)
- The Doomsday Machine
- Journey to Babel (for introducing Spock’s parents)
- Court Martial (for pointing out that computers can be hacked)
- The Galileo Seven (for how it showcases Spock)
- The Devil in the Dark (for introducing an amazing alien)
- Space Seed (for introducing Khan)
- The Enterprise Incident (for introducing the cloaking device)
- A Taste of Armageddon (for showing what can happen if computers make all our decisions)
- Errand of Mercy (the Organians teach humans and Klingons a thing or two)
- Tomorrow is Yesterday (for leading the way to many more “Star Trek” time travel episodes)
- Metamorphosis (for introducing Cochran, the creator of the warp drive)
- By Any Other Name (might be #20? For introducing the idea of generational space voyage)
- The Empath (for exploring a unique idea in television science fiction)
- Spectre of the Gun (Entertaining, if not believable)