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This page contains information specifically pertaining to the first season of Star Trek: Picard, whose episode premieres were consecutively streamed on CBS All Access (USA) and CraveTV (Canada) from 23 January 2020 through 26 March 2020 for North America, with the rest of the world following suit with one day delay through Amazon Prime.


Title Episode Prodno. Stardate Original Airdate
Remembrance 1x01 101 Unknown 2020-01-23
Maps and Legends 1x02 102a Unknown 2020-01-30
The End is the Beginning 1x03 102b Unknown 2020-02-06
Absolute Candor 1x04 103 Unknown 2020-02-13
Stardust City Rag 1x05 104 Unknown 2020-02-20
The Impossible Box 1x06 105 Unknown 2020-02-27
Nepenthe 1x07 106 Unknown 2020-03-05
Broken Pieces 1x08 107 Unknown 2020-03-12
Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1 1x09 108 Unknown 2020-03-19
Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2 1x10 109 Unknown 2020-03-26


At the end of the 24th century, and fourteen years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard is living a quiet life on his vineyard, assisted by his two Romulan friends and housekeepers Laris and Zhaban. After Dahj Asha comes to him for help, Picard finds reason to believe Dahj is connected to Data and feels compelled to help her, but she is killed by a mysterious force.

On an abandoned Borg cube known as the Artifact, Soji Asha (an apparent twin sister of Dahj) works for the Borg Reclamation Project. Like her sister, Soji is being followed and endangered by Romulan forces, namely Narek.

Without Starfleet's support, Picard is left to recruit a crew of his own: Dr. Agnes Jurati, estranged former colleague Raffi Musiker, pilot and former Starfleet officer Cristóbal Rios, the young Qowat Milat-trained martial artist Elnor, and a rescued Fenris Ranger Seven of Nine. Picard and his team, aboard the civilian freighter La Sirena, track Bruce Maddox to Freecloud, believed to be key to finding and protecting Soji. Their fight to protect Soji takes them to the Artifact, Nepenthe, and Coppelius, where Picard and his crew come head to head with the mysterious forces threatening Soji and other forces threatening the galaxy.

Background information


The critical review site Rotten Tomatoes has given the first season of Picard a score of 87%. However, it has also recorded a much lower audience score of 56%, with an average rating of 3.2 out of 5, indicative that the rift between critics and viewers/fans has not been mended after the even worse performance of Star Trek: Discovery's first two seasons. [1] Rotten Tomatoes' audience findings though, were not corroborated for this season by the customer reviews on, which showed a substantially higher audience rating of 4.3 out of 5, as well as a much higher rough 80/20 like/dislike divide within the viewership/fanbase itself. [2] Nonetheless, a certain amount of caution is required in the case of Amazon, as Amazon Prime is the streaming service of the series it had paid for, and Amazon has been known for occasionally redacting audience ratings to more favorable ones by removing without any form of justification some of the most negative reviews. [3]

The critical review site Metacritic though, did corroborate Rotten Tomatoes' critical findings to some extent by quoting the lower 76% critics' rating score for the first season – against Tomatoes' 87% average rating – and also reported an even worse viewership rating of 4.1 out of 10, with the like/dislike divide showing a rough 40/60 split. [4]

This was not the reception showrunner Alex Kurtzman and his team had hoped for, as this season performed even worse than Discovery's first season, which was hitherto the worst received season of Kurtzman-era Star Trek. Fully expecting that the principal character of arguably the most beloved Star Trek series would be enough to win back the hearts and minds of fans disenchanted by Discovery, the first two episodes started out well enough due to the fan's high expectations, [5] but fan appreciation for the season dropped sharply after episode three. Customer reviews on a multitude of social media platforms and internet blogs, including those of the abovementioned review sites, showed that critical fans continued to have issues with perceived (Roddenberry) philosophy violations, the show considered too dystopian in their view, just like they had with Discovery. Perceived canon/(visual) continuity violations on the other hand, which had also played a major part in the critical fan assessment of Discovery, no longer constituted a role of note due to the series' premise as a sequel.


As it did for the first season of Star Trek: Discovery – to no avail as it turned out for that occasion – CBS Broadcasting, encouraged by the intially better (fan-)reception of Picard, shortlived though it may have been, again embarked in early May 2020 on substantial efforts in the form of an elaborate mailer, online videos, social media, outdoor campaign and multiple events, in order to gain traction for their 2020 Emmy Awards nomination chances, yet again trying to get a nomination in the coveted, but elusive "Outstanding Lead Actor" category for Patrick Stewart. [6] If nominated, this would have been a first for Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, as he has never been nominated for one in the Star Trek: The Next Generation-era – nor has anybody else in the history of televised Star Trek for that matter. Stewart was nominated though for his role as Captain Ahab in the 1998 mini-series Moby Dick, but did not win the award.

Still, when the nominations were announced on 28 July, it turned out that a "Best Performer" nomination remained an elusive one for the Star Trek franchise since the three Leonard Nimoy had received in 1967-1969 for "Supporting Actor." The five nominations that the season did pick up, were all yet again in the usual technical categories, and of which only the prosthetic makeup nomination was won, [7] a category Star Trek traditionally excels at. Star Trek however, was soundly beaten at the Creative Emmys by franchise rival Star Wars, whose very first live action television series, The Mandalorian, picked up no less than five of the most prestigious technical Emmy awards on its Emmy debut for its first season, constituting yet another bitter disappointment for Kurtzman-era Star Trek considering the substantial lobbying efforts undertaken by Kurtzman and associates for not only Picard, but previously for Discovery as well.

The Golden Reel Award win concerned a tie with the acclaimed Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit, whose episode "End Game" also won the award in the same category. [8]

2020-2021 Star Trek: Picard Season 1 awards and honors
Award Category Nominee(s) Result
CDG Awards Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television Christine Bieselin Clark nominated
CCA Super Awards Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Series CBS All Access/CBS Television Studios
Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Series Patrick Stewart won
Dragon Awards Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series Michael Chabon nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special ("Absolute Candor") James Robert MacKinnon (Special Makeup Effects Department Head), Vincent Van Dyke (Prosthetic Designer), Richard Redlefsen & Alexei Dmitriew (Special Makeup Effects Artists), Neville Page (Prosthetic Designer), and Michael Ornelaz (Makeup Effects Artist) won
Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling ("Stardust City Rag") Maxine Morris (Department Head Hairstylist), Maria Sandoval (Assistant Department Head Hairstylist), Wendy Southard (Key Hairstylist), Sallie Nicole Ciganovich (Additional Hairstylist), Ashleigh Childers & Yesim Osman (Hairstylists) nominated
Outstanding Period And/Or Character Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) ("Stardust City Rag") Silvina Knight (Assistant Department Head Makeup Artist), Robin Beauchesne (Key Makeup Artist), David Williams, Peter De Oliveira & Natalie Thimm (Makeup Artists)
Outstanding Sound Editing for a One Hour Comedy or Drama Series ("Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2") Matthew E. Taylor (Sound Supervisor), Tim Farrell, Harry Cohen, Michael Schapiro, Sean Heissinger & Clay Weber (Sound Editors), Moira Marquis & Stan Jones (Music Editors), Alyson Dee Moore & Chris Moriana (Foley Artists)
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A One Hour Comedy Or Drama Series ("Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2") Peter J. Devlin, CAS (Production Mixer), Todd M. Grace, CAS & Edward C. Carr III, CAS (Re-Recording Mixers), and Michael Perfitt (Scoring Mixer)
Golden Reel Award Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Long Form – Dialogue and ADR ("The Impossible Box") Matthew E. Taylor (supervising sound editor) and Sean Heissinger (dialogue editor)
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Long Form – Effects and Foley ("Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2") Matthew E. Taylor (supervising sound editor), Tim Farrell (sound designer), Harry Cohen (sound designer), Michael Schapiro (sound effects editor), Clayton Weber (foley editor), Darrin Mann (foley editor), Alyson Dee Moore (foley artist), and Christopher Moriana (foley artist) won
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award Best Special Makeup Effects - Television Series, Limited Series or Miniseries, or New Media Series James MacKinnon, Richard Redlefsen, Alexei Dmitriew, and Vincent Van Dyke nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series ("Remembrance") Hanelle Culpepper won
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series Patrick Stewart nominated
Best Sound in a Series (Season one) CBS All Access
Best Visual Effects in a Series (Season one) CBS All Access
ReFrame Stamp Top 100 Popular Television 2019-202 (Season one) CBS All Access won
Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Television Series CBS All Access/CBS Television Studios nominated
Best Actor in a Television Series Patrick Stewart
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series Isa Briones
Best Guest Performance in a Television Series Jeri Ryan



Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Alison Pill as Dr. Agnes Jurati
Isa Briones as Soji Asha ("Remembrance" - "Absolute Candor", "The Impossible Box" - "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")
Evan Evagora as Elnor ("Absolute Candor" - "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")
Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker ("Maps and Legends" - "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")
Santiago Cabrera as Cristóbal Rios ("The End is the Beginning" - "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")
Harry Treadaway as Narek ("Remembrance" - "Absolute Candor", "The Impossible Box", "Nepenthe", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1 and 2")

Special guest star

Brent Spiner as Data / Altan Inigo Soong ("Remembrance", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Parts 1 and 2")
Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine ("Absolute Candor" - "Stardust City Rag", "Broken Pieces" - "Et in Arcadia Ego, Parts 1 and 2")
Jonathan Frakes as William T. Riker ("Nepenthe", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi ("Nepenthe")


Hanelle M. Culpepper ("Remembrance" - "The End is the Beginning")
Jonathan Frakes ("Absolute Candor", "Stardust City Rag")
Maja Vrvilo ("The Impossible Box", "Broken Pieces")
Douglas Aarniokoski ("Nepenthe")
Akiva Goldsman ("Et in Arcadia Ego, Parts 1 and 2")
Casting by
Liz Dean, CSA
Music and Theme by
Jeff Russo
Costume Designer
Christine Clark
Edited by
Andrew Coutts, C.C.E. ("Remembrance", "Stardust City Rag", "Nepenthe", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")
Steve Haugen ("Maps and Legends", "The End is the Beginning", "The Impossible Box", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")
Sarah C. Reeves ("Absolute Candor", "Broken Pieces", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1")
Production Designer
Todd Cherniawsky
Director of Photography
Philip Lanyon ("Remembrance", "Maps and Legends", "The Impossible Box", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1 and 2")
Darran Tiernan, I.S.C. ("The End is the Beginning" - "Stardust City Rag", "Nepenthe", "Broken Pieces")
Consulting Producer
Jenny Lumet ("Remembrance" - "Stardust City Rag")
Supervising Producers
Ralph Gifford
Kirsten Beyer
April Nocifora
Jason Zimmerman
Co-Executive Producers
Ayelet Waldman ("The Impossible Box" - "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")
Damani Johnson
Hanelle M. Culpepper ("Remembrance" - "Stardust City Rag")
Samantha Humphrey
Douglas Aarniokoski
Dylan K. Massin
Aaron Baiers
Executive Producers
Eugene Roddenberry
Trevor Roth
James Duff
Patrick Stewart
Heather Kadin
Akiva Goldsman
Michael Chabon
Alex Kurtzman
Based Upon Star Trek: The Next Generation Created by
Gene Roddenberry
Created by
Akiva Goldsman
Michael Chabon
Kirsten Beyer
Alex Kurtzman
Associate Producer
Robyn Johnson
Series Film Editing by
Series Art Direction by
Series Set Decoration by
Series Makeup Department
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Series Art Department
Series Sound Department
Series Special Effects by
Series Visual Effects by
Series Stunts
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Series Animation Department
Series Casting Department
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Series Editorial Department
Series Location Management
  • Jimmie Lee Acre - key assistant location manager (10 episodes, 2020)
  • Nick Carr - key assistant location manager (10 episodes, 2020)
  • Philip Fracassi - key assistant location manager (10 episodes, 2020)
  • William Jorgenson - key assistant location manager (10 episodes, 2020)
  • Jun C. Lin - key assistant location manager (10 episodes, 2020)
  • Peter Martorano - location manager / supervising location manager (10 episodes, 2020)
  • Guy Morrison - key assistant location manager (10 episodes, 2020)
  • James Parker - key assistant location manager (10 episodes, 2020)
  • Scott Trimble - supervising location manager / location manager (10 episodes, 2020)
  • Tommy Woodard - key assistant location manager (10 episodes, 2020)
  • Melissa Downing - key assistant location manager (8 episodes, 2020)
  • Jonny Ramos - assistant location manager (8 episodes, 2020)
  • Jimmy Hang - additional key assistant location manager (2 episodes, 2020)
  • Cary Heckman - additional key assistant location manager (2 episodes, 2020)
  • Jeffrey A. Hunter - additional key assistant location manager (2 episodes, 2020)
  • Morgan Patterson - key assistant location manager (2 episodes, 2020)
  • Nathan Polatin - assistant location manager (2 episodes, 2020)
Series Music Department
Series Script and Continuity Department
Series Transportation Department
  • Danny Bress - driver (10 episodes, 2020)
  • Jeremy Morgan - facility driver / production driver / talent transportation (10 episodes, 2020)
  • Rick Kelleher - transportation captain (1 episode, 2020)
  • Jerry Smith - transportation coordinator (1 episode, 2020)
Series Other crew

See also

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First season in series
Seasons of
Star Trek: Picard
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PIC Season 2
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