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Star Trek: Short Treks is an anthology series of shorts set in the Star Trek universe, acting as a companion to Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard. It is the second Star Trek companion series, the eighth series set in the Star Trek universe, and the first series to feature both live-action and animated episodes.

Premiering in October 2018, four live-action episodes were released monthly, running approximately fifteen to twenty minutes each. The series was announced in July 2018 at San Diego Comic-Con, [1] [2] and details of the four initial shorts were revealed in September 2018. [3]

Following the conclusion of the second season of Discovery, it was initially announced that two new animated Short Treks would air in the spring of 2019. [4]

In a June 2019 interview, Alex Kurtzman stated that a total of six more episodes would be produced and air in the period prior to the premiere of the third season of Discovery. The two animated episodes of those six would be directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi and Michael Giacchino. [5]

The series was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2020 for Outstanding Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series. [6]

Although a third season of Short Treks has not been announced, in August 2020 producer Alex Kurtzman said that he hoped more would be made. [7]


Each episode of ST has its own unique cast and the series does not carry over cast members. The following have been credited in multiple episodes of ST:

ST credited cast by episode:

Episode list

ST Season 1, 4 episodes
ST Season 2, 6 episodes

Title Episode Prodno. Stardate Date Runtime (minutes) Original Airdate
Season One
Runaway 1x01 101 Unknown 2257 16 2018-10-04
Calypso 1x02 102 Unknown Far future 19 2018-11-08
The Brightest Star 1x03 103 Unknown 2239 15 2018-12-06
The Escape Artist 1x04 104 Unknown 2250s 16 2019-01-03
Season Two
Q&A 2x01 201 Unknown 2254 15 2019-10-05
The Trouble with Edward 2x02 202 1421.9 2250s 15 2019-10-09
Ask Not 2x03 203 Unknown 2250s 10 2019-11-14
Ephraim and Dot 2x04 204 Unknown 2267-2285 9 2019-12-12
The Girl Who Made the Stars 2x05 205 Unknown 2230s 8 2019-12-12
Children of Mars 2x06 206 Unknown 2385 9 2020-01-09


Promotional logo for the series


For season 2, CBS All Access released an artwork series based on the old Pocket Books TOS covers from the 1980s.

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