All The [Trek] – Bri’s Top Rated Original Series Episodes

Diving into Star Trek: The Original Series can be overwhelming. There are plenty of classic episodes to entertain you…and there are plenty of sub-par episodes to bore you to tears. This week we’re separating the wheat from the chaff and presenting a comprehensive list of what we think are the best episodes. Read more to see which Original Series episodes received a 5 out of 5 Vulcan salute rating.

Overall - 5 out of 5

Episode 65 : “Plato’s Stepchildren”


This is a quintessential Trek episode. THE quintessential episode. Plato’s Stepchildren has the most famous interracial kiss on U.S. television. If you watch one Original Series episode, watch this one.

Episode 59: “And the Children Shall Lead”

If you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat episode that has heart, this is it. The crew happens upon a group of orphans, the ensuing shenanigans will definitely keep you interested.

Episode 50: “Patterns of Force”

Usually bringing Nazis into a TV show feels lazy and boilerplate. TOS managed to take the old trope and make it feel original. There’s no time travel, just an impressionable planet and an uprising. A fresh take on an old idea.

Episode 44: “The Trouble with Tribbles”


If you watch TWO Original Series episodes, watch this episode after Plato’s Stepchildren. It’s definitely one of the more famous from TOS, and it’s absolutely adorable. It’s perfect if you feel like watching a storyline that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Episode 42: “Obsession”

This episode is a little over-the-top, but it has elements that make me think of The Next Generation. It’s a strong episode with plenty of character motivation. It would have been nice to see more stories like Obsession air.

Episode 40: “Friday’s Child”

This episode garners its high rating due to the absolutely bizarre script and costuming. It has strange, madcap situations and manages not to hit any of the trope pitfalls that a majority of TOS’s episodes fall prey to.

Episode 28: “The City on the Edge of Forever”


If you want to get super sad and also see Spock in a beanie then this is the episode for you. It drags a bit in some places, but it has the most heart out of any TOS script.

Episode 24: “This Side of Paradise”

…So I might have a strong preference for doomed love stories. This Side of Paradise features a rare foray into love for Spock. It’s absolutely ridiculous and kind of genius. Be ready to cringe in embarrassment.

Episode 22: “Space Seed”

Ok, so if there’s a THIRD episode you watch (after Plato’s Stepchildren and The Trouble With Tribbles, naturally) then it’s this one. This is the episode you need to watch so you can be introduced to Khan. Then you need to watch the only movie that can make me cry while bagpipes play: The Wrath of Khan.

The images in this post are courtesy of TrekCore.

There you go, the top-rated episodes, as determined by All The [Trek]. Do you think we missed a few? Go ahead and comment to let us know what your favorite episodes from The Original Series are.