Must-see TV shows are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale. By Sherilyn Connelly.

Title: Star Trek Voyager

Date: 1995-2001

Vitals: In the fourth Star Trek series, a starship is tossed to the far side of the galaxy and has to find a way home. (This happily disregards the highly stupid Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, which established the center of the galaxy as being about two hours away, or an hour and half if you don't hit traffic.) It's notable for being the first Trek series with a female captain, and also the most reviled of the shows from the first episode onwards. While there's probably a connection there, it doesn't help that the first few seasons were horribly written.

Famous names: Produced and co-created by Rick Berman, who rescued Star Trek: The Next Generation from painful, Roddenberry mediocrity; while Voyager was mediocre more often than not, even its worst episode was better than most of the clunkers fromThe Next Generation's first season.


Crunchy goodness: 3

Spinoffs/Sequels/Copycats: The next series, Star Trek: Enterprise, took the basic premise of a ship on its own and added more potty jokes and a male captain who manages to say "ass" in almost every episode.

Stunt casting: After Cronenberg vet Genevive Bujold didn't work as the captain (see the extras disc on the Season One Voyager DVD set for fascinating outtakes), the producers cast ex-Mrs. Columbo and Remo Williams girlfriend Kate Mulgrew.


Design breakthrough: The intentional use of Art Deco motifs on the bridge and other sets meant that even if the episode sucked, there was still eye candy, 'cuz Art Deco rules.

Star Trek Voyager Encyclopedia