Star Trek: Lower Decks

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Star Trek: Lower Decks
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Created byMike McMahan
Based onStar Trek
by Gene Roddenberry
Voices of
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
  • CBS Eye Animation Productions
  • Secret Hideout
  • Roddenberry Entertainment
Original networkCBS All Access
Related showsStar Trek TV series

Star Trek: Lower Decks is an upcoming American adult animated web television series, created for CBS All Access by Mike McMahan as part of an expansion of the Star Trek franchise headed by executive producer Alex Kurtzman. It is the first animated series created for All Access, and follows the support crew of one of Starfleet's "least important starships".

Kurtzman's expansion included potential animated series when it began in June 2018, and McMahan was brought on by that October when the series was officially ordered for two seasons. Animation work had begun by the following February.

The first 10-episode season of Star Trek: Lower Decks is expected to be released in 2020.[1]


Star Trek: Lower Decks focuses on "the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships" in 2380 (a year after Star Trek: Nemesis).[2][3]




In June 2018, after becoming sole showrunner of the series Star Trek: Discovery, Alex Kurtzman signed a five-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios to expand the Star Trek franchise beyond Discovery to several new series, miniseries, and animated series.[4] While developing one of the animated series, Aaron Baiers of Kurtzman's Secret Hideout brought Mike McMahan, the head writer of popular animated comedy Rick and Morty, to the production. Kurtzman was won over by McMahan's love of Star Trek and his pitch of a series following "the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end." The series was marketed to different platforms and networks, before being picked-up by CBS All Access, the streaming service that releases Discovery.[2]

On October 25, All Access officially ordered two seasons of the animated series, titled Star Trek: Lower Decks. McMahan was set to create, write, and executive produce the series alongside Kurtzman, Secret Hideout's Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry (the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) and Trevor Roth of Roddenberry Entertainment, and veteran animation executive turned producer Katie Krentz. It is the first animated series created for All Access, and the first animated Star Trek series since the 1973–74 series Star Trek: The Animated Series.[2] In January 2019, Kurtzman said the series would not be "Rick and Morty in the world of Star Trek" and would have its own tone, but would "skew slightly more adult". He added that the intention of the comedy was to have the audience "laugh with Star Trek and not at Star Trek."[5] That March, Kurtzman said the series would be released once animation work was completed for it, which he expected would be in 2021 or 2022.[6]


Work on the animation for the series had begun by the end of February 2019,[7] and Kurtzman expected it would take around a year for this to be completed for the series.[6]


The series is expected to premiere in 2020 on CBS All Access in the United States.[6][2][1]


  1. ^ a b ""Star Trek: Lower Decks" Voice Cast and Animated Characters Unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con(R)". The Futon Critic. July 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Goldberg, Lesley (October 25, 2018). "'Star Trek' Animated Comedy a Go With 2-Season Order at CBS All Access". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Hussain, Tamoor (July 20, 2019). "Rick And Morty Writer Reveals New Star Trek Animated Show, Lower Decks, At SDCC". GameSpot. CBS. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (June 19, 2018). "Alex Kurtzman Sets Five-Year CBS TV Studios Pact, Will Oversee Expanded 'Star Trek' Universe". Variety. Archived from the original on July 21, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Alex Kurtzman Talks 'Discovery' Season 2 Arc, Klingon Hair, And Taking Star Trek To New Places". January 9, 2019. Archived from the original on January 28, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Pascale, Anthony (March 26, 2019). "Interview: Alex Kurtzman On Future Of 'Star Trek: Discovery,' Section 31, 'Lower Decks' And More". Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Jonathan Frakes Confirms He Is Directing On Star Trek Picard Show, Says 'Lower Decks' Is Hysterical". February 26, 2019. Archived from the original on February 27, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2019.

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