Star Trek is a big world — it’s a viable universe, in fact, full of races from dozens of members of the United Federation of Planets encountered by various Starfleet ships flying through space hundreds of years into the future. And it’s not all serious stuff, like the stories perpetuated by the many Star Trek movies and live-action TV series over the past six decades — there’s a lot of comedy to be mined from space exploration and the clashing of cultures. Paramount+ will stream the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Lower Decks, an animated show aimed at an adult audience. While every other Star Trek series to date has centered on important Starfleet personnel making weighty decisions, Lower Decks is a workplace comedy about low-level spaceship workers — the rank-and-file, ensigns, and overlooked underlings who make space flight possible — and their day-to-day problems and squabbles.
In the summer of 2021, a few months after Paramount+ goes live, another Star Trek animated series will debut. Star Trek: Prodigy, a cartoon show for children, will be about a bridge crew made of teenage aliens, working under the command of Star Trek: Voyager captain Kathryn Janeway (played once again, but in a voice-only capacity, by Kate Mulgrew).