Must See: Star Trek: Deep Space NineMust-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.

Title: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Date: 1992-1999

Vitals: This time, the Federation boldly stays put, while the crazy forehead people come and go, talking of Michelangelo. And everybody wants to control a galaxy-spanning wormhole.

Famous names: Avery Brooks, Nana Visitor, Avery Brooks, Alexander Siddig, Ronald Moore, Ira Stephen Behr, Michael Piller, Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Michael Dorn, Avery Brooks.

Crunchy goodness: 4

Sights you'll never unsee: A remake of Tootsie, starring the Ferengi. It's actually much worse than that makes it sound.

The shit: The long-running storyline of Odo the uptight shapeshifter's desperate love for Kira, the former resistance fighter, is one of the few science-fiction romances that you actually give a crap about.

Most prescient allegory: The hunt for shapeshifters among the humans becomes a piercing metaphor for our rush to dismantle civil liberties in the face of a terrorist threat.


Star Trek Deep Space Nine Guide