4. 'Star Trek Discovery' (2017 - Present)
Literally going where no Trek has gone before, in both budget (see GIF) and tone, "Discovery" is a thematically-driven, character-first, action-packed depiction of a Starfleet test driving their Utopian ideals in the middle of a war with the Klingons, all on the edge of the Final Frontier.
While hard core fans initially bumped against the show's darker elements, crying "This isn't Star Trek!", they seemingly came around to the fact that the show was trying to blend in with the current, gritty TV landscape, while still remaining true to what makes Trek, you know, Trek: The characters, their dynamic, and their ability to be used to tell stories that do what all great sci-fi does -- use a future setting to tell a story tethered to our very present reality.
In doing so, "Discovery" delivered the franchise's best first season since The Original Series'. And one of the franchise's most accessible/relatable ensembles, headlined by Sonequa Martin-Green's conflicted Michael Burnham and Jason Issac's complicated (and fortune cookie-loving) Captain Lorca.
And while the Klingon War arc comes off half-baked and under-service-y, in favor of one focused on the Mirror Universe, that detour is totally worth it for a late-season phaser battle that is among the best action scenes the genre has ever produced.