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Pictured: Anson Mount as Pike
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By Laurie Ulster

You don't have to be a Trekker to enjoy Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on Paramount+. Even if you’ve never seen an episode of any of the 12 (yes, 12!) existing Star Trek series, you can dive right into the newest addition of the famous franchise.

However, if you crave a little background on who’s who, or you enjoy digging into the context behind some of the storylines with deep ties to the rest of the Star Trek multiverse, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some tidbits to give you a deeper understanding of the story, along with recommended episodes to watch.

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Rebecca Romijn as Una, Anson Mount as Pike and Ethan Peck as Spock of the Paramount+ original series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

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By Carrie Berk

Star Trek is making a comeback. Captain Pike (Anson Mount), Science Officer Spock (Ethan Peck), Number One (Rebecca Romijn), and more characters from the original series return for new adventures in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

The Paramount+ adaptation takes place in the 23rd century, the decade before Star Trek: The Original Series. It follows the crew aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise—including new additions La’an Noonien-Singh (Christina Chong) and Erica Ortegas (Melissa Navia)—as they explore new worlds throughout the galaxy.

Beyond its exciting sci-fi setting and intriguing plots, the new series offers a surprising amount of practical wisdom for modern audiences. The characters learn important lessons from their explorations that not only apply in the far reaches of the galaxy, but also in everyday life on earth. (Spoilers ahead.)

Catch the last two episodes of the debut season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds—on June 30th and July 7th on Paramount+.

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By Oliver Jones

It's one of the biggest What-Ifs in sci-fi history: What if the original Star Trek pilot episode shot in 1965 had been picked up instead of rejected? That episode, “The Cage,” starred Jeffrey Hunter as the dashing Captain Pike, Majel Barrett (later Barrett-Roddenberry, after she married the series’ legendary creator, Gene Roddenberry) as his trusted Number One, and Leonard Nimoy as a Vulcan officer named Spock.

Photography by Saty + Pratha. Styled by Zeina Esmail.

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By Nate Millado

We've singled out some of TV's most memorable manes—long and short, curly and straight, outrageous and outlandish—for National Hair Day on Oct. 1. Did your favorite make the cut?

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