After 45 Years It’s Time Women Embraced Star Trek, Starting With These 5 Episodes

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45-years ago today, the very first episode of Star Trek aired on television. By now it’s an institution, an icon, an indelible part of our culture. And yet… odds are you still have a hard time getting the women in your life to sit down and watch it with you. There’s a good chance that your girlfriend, wife, sister, friend, or significant female other has never even seen an episode, and if she’s seen any of the movies it’s probably only the one with the whales. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few who’s managed to snatch up one of those infinitely cool chicks who get it, but there’s no denying that a rather large percentage of the people who show up to Trek conventions are generally unaccompanied dudes.

The thing is, many women have simply never watched it at all, or those who have, often find themselves roped into watching the wrong episodes. “Space Seed” is pretty cool for the whole Wrath of Khan connection, but as a standalone episode, to someone who’s pretty skeptical about the Star Trek thing to begin with, it’s kind of an epic bore. Voyager with all its over-reliance on technobabble is almost impenetrable to a non-fan and Enterprise as a prequel, is kind of pointless without everything that went before it. The key to getting your woman hooked on Trek with you, is in introducing her to the show the right way, with the right episodes.

Tired of watching Star Trek alone? Wish your wife would stop recording over your favorite episodes with hair-cutting reality shows? I’m here to help. The best way to nudge the woman in your life off Twilight and on to something substantive like Trek, is to first show her that Star Trek isn’t all lasers and transporters, to show her that it’s actually about a lot of the things she already loves.

To do that, try out these five Trek episodes on your Trek-skeptical, female significant other, and I guarantee she’ll be hooked.

Doomed Romance in Star Trek’s The City on the Edge of Forever

If I know anything at all about women, it’s that they’re complete suckers for romance. Don’t try and deny it, I’ve seen the box office numbers for those awful Twilight movies. When it comes to romance, you can’t beat “The City on the Edge of Forever”. It involves time travel, which might seem like an instant girl turnoff, but it’s really more about Captain Kirk meeting his one true love who, in a very Shakespeare like twist, he’s doomed to watch die… even though he could have saved her. It’s a gut-wrenching episode, written by a sci-fi master, and most of all it’s dripping with gooey, romantic, emotional stuff.

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  1. John Evans says:

    I grew up watching The Original Series with my parents. Yes, my father and my mother.


  2. V_vsn says:

    “The Offspring” (TNG) is also a good chick-flick episode. God, I can’t believe we’re referring to “chick-flick” episodes with traditional female appeal and Star Trek as being macho. When did Star Trek become synonymous with football and mancaves? The world is getting too weird.

    • JT says:

      I don’t think it’s viewed as macho, I think women view it as at the other end of the unacceptable male spectrum:  Too dorky. To technological.  To sciency.

      • Vives says:

        Yeah, women hate science. We probably just don’t understand. 
        How can you people even take this article seriously? This is the biggest piece of blatant sexist bullshit I’ve ever seen.

  3. Drage says:

    It really is time more women started watching Star Trek, especially if there’s a new show on the way!!  I wouldn’t necessary pick theese episodes though, ’cause they’re not the ones I like the best… I might show friends some of the more humorous episodes, ’cause they might catch a few female fans. There really is a lot of women not liking those crappy Twilight movies too!!

  4. Vives says:

    I can see where you were going with this, but come on. Is this really what you think will make girls like Star Trek? Your arguments, I have to admit, are nothing short of sexist. And I don’t use that word lightly. You claimed that all the fans of soap operas and Twilight are female, which is simply not true, and implied that if girls don’t watch Star Trek, they are most likely watching stupid insubstantial things, like reality shows (also something that men also watch). You should give us more credit. 
    Sure, these episodes seem more non-fan friendly and would be good to show someone you’re introducing to the series… but your reasoning is, frankly, kind of awful. You think, okay, women would be interested in episodes they could relate to. Like the ones with romance or drama, PMS, family issues, or children. Women are suckers for romance, proven, of course, by Twilight popularity. And remember, don’t put too much sciency stuff in there, because women hate science. Also, forget any action, women hate action. You should have included that episode about cooking and doing laundry. It just sounds bad, you have to admit. Just like that in Pespi commercial, that says “This is our movie!”. 
    Chances are, if your girlfriend or whatever watches Twilight and stupid reality shows, she’s not a sci-fi person. And it’s difficult to convert one of those into a sci-fi person, regardless of gender. If you have any hope of getting her into Star Trek, she’s probably already a person who enjoys action, adventure, and sci-fi. So there’s no point in trying to make it “women-friendly”. She’ll probably appreciate it the same ways you do.