For more than 50 years, Star Trek has been beaming audiences into a bright future full of adventure, excitement, pathos, and humor.When you add up all of the TV shows, including The Next Generation, Deep Space NineVoyagerEnterprise, and the recent Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard, along with all of the big-screen movies, it adds up to more than 500 hours out on the final frontier.

If you’re a newbie to Star Trek, that can seem like an intimidating backstory — especially if you want to watch Picard on Paramount+ without binging 500+ hours of TV first. So we’ve created the ultimate Star Trek recap, one that will get you up to speed to watch any of the current Star Trek shows in just over 20 minutes. You’ll meet Kirk, Spock, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, Archer, and so many more, learn about the origins of Trek’s bright utopia, and get an introduction to cool alien races like the Vulcans and the Klingons.

If you liked that video recapping more than 500 hours of Star Trek TV shows, check out more of our videos below, including some of our favorite Easter eggs Star Trek: Picard, some fun facts that you might not know about Star Trek, and even more Easter eggs from the Pixard season finale. Plus, there’s tons more over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes. The new season of Star Trek: Picard premieres this week on Paramount+.

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