‘Star Trek’ Is Getting Another Reboot: When Will Jean-Luc Picard Return to TV?
Star Trek started out as one science fiction show on NBC (set in space!) and has since become its own franchise. Like some of your favorite sci-fi and fantasy universes, this one has expanded into multiple TV series, films, and other forms of media. It’s been around for over 50 years, and it looks like it could be around for 50 more.
CBS announced it’s developing a new Star Trek series. Here’s what that means and when you can expect to see it for yourself.
Star Trek TV shows: How many are there?
As of 2018, there are 13 films set in two different Star Trek “cinematic” timelines. The first movie was released in 1979, and the most recent came out in 2016. More future films are planned, but not much is known about where in the reboot timeline they will fall.
Aside from the movies, there have been multiple television shows expanding the Star Trek universe and its characters.
- Star Trek (1966-1969) was the series that started it all.
- Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1974) was short-lived, but there could one day be a reboot.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) featured Patrick Stewart as Picard and lasted seven seasons.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) focused on characters aboard a space station instead of a ship.
- Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001) featured the show’s first female captain.
- Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005) and is a “prequel series” set before the events of the original show.
- Star Trek: Discovery premiered in 2017.
That’s a lot of Star Trek to catch up on if you’re interested in diving in but have no idea where to start. The original 1966 series and 1979 movie are a must, and Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Lu Picard in Next Generation is an important next step.
Do you have to watch every single one before the new series comes out? Probably not. But a series that focuses on Captain Picard will probably have a much more sentimental draw for those who are familiar with his character and how he fits into the larger universe.
Will Patrick Stewart return to Star Trek?
Stewart portrayed Captain Jean-Luc Picard in all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also voiced the character in multiple video games as part of the much larger Star Trek media franchise.
Stewart will reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard in the new series as the featured title character.
New Star Trek series release date: When and where to watch
Over 10 years stood between the TV series Enterprise and the most recent venture Star Trek: Discovery. It seems like CBS is taking a chance and deciding to run two shows at once — on the same platform.
The new untitled series will be released sometime in late 2019 and will be available exclusively on CBS All Access. This is the internet streaming service that hosts episodes of old and new CBS shows as well as original shows only available to subscribers.
The service costs $9.99/month if you want to watch commercial-free.
2019 is going to be a big year for Star Trek fans. The second season of Star Trek: Discovery will launch exclusively on the streaming service early next year.