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The Top Ten Best Star Trek Shirts

Updated on May 6, 2012

T-Shirts Inspired By The Sci-Fi Saga

Beam me up, Scotty!

Star Trek is an American science fiction institution. Created by Gene Roddenberry in the late 1960's this once modest TV series has turned into a genre juggernaut.

Spanning the last fifty years there have been 5 television series, 11 different feature length movies, and countless video games and merchandise. The latest incarnation made almost a quarter of a billion dollars at the box office. The series is a piece of Americana that has ingrained itself into our society. Everyone knows what you're talking about when you say, "Live Long and Prosper".

The enduring popularity of the franchise has spawned a wealth of great Star Trek inspired shirts. Even a tribble would be impressed by how quickly all of the characters and catchphrases have multiplied and landed on different kinds of apparel. With the enormity of choices out there finding the best ones can be a daunting task. Fear not though, that's where this list comes in!

We have sorted through the vast array of tees out there and compiled a list of the top ten best Star Trek shirts available. These are all for sale through Amazon so if you are interested in buying one just click through the link to take a look at all of the details. We hope you get a kick out of the countdown.

If you disagree with our rankings or know of a better piece please feel free to leave a comment in the guest book. There are also several extras down the page including some quizzes to see how well you know the franchise and even a YouTube video of what might happen if the worlds of Star Trek and Star Wars collided.

Let's start the list!

Don't Phase Me Bro!
Starting the list off with a bang...or at least a tase. Made famous by a viral YouTube Clip of a University of Florida student getting the shock treatment, "Don't tase me bro!", turned into mainstream vernacular over night. This is a play on that using the classic Star Trek phaser. An old school favorite and a fun start to the countdown.

Shut Up Wesley!
I've found candidate #1 for phasering. Wesley Crusher was the wiz kid know it all from The Next Generation who spent 98% of his time annoying the crap out of fans of the series. If he wasn't whining about his dead dad or lack of social skills he was creating some kind of artificial life that Picard and the crew had to deal with. All the fans at home were yelling right along every time Captain Picard told him, "Shut Up Wesley!". Now you too can continue to show your disdain with this funny tee.

My Shades Are Cooler Than Yours
They could build colossal space ships that sailed through the universe at many times the speed of light, but they couldn't get poor Geordi out of these throwback 80's sunglasses. Luckily though LaForge made chicken salad out of chicken s#*t as he wore these bad boys with authority and in the end made them a fashion statement that was right out of the 24th century. We're showing some engineering love his way by making this the #8 tee on the list. Strut on Commander LaForge!

Are You Out Of Your Vulcan Mind?!
I think Bones spent most of his time on the Enterprise pondering this thought. Spock, what the hell is wrong with you? Deforest Kelley was the king of the surly character and we loved every second of it. The whole space experience left him exasperated. With that being the case he still never failed to delight. Whether he was dealing with the green blooded so-and-so or trying to explain to Captain Kirk why he wasn't a coal miner, Bones always did it in style. Just like this tee.

Know Your Spock
In the episode Mirror, Mirror we are introduced to a parallel dimension where all our favorite heroes have embraced their inner evil selves. As we all know goatees are a clear sign of sinister intentions. Make sure that you keep your head about you in this tee as you clearly identify which Spock you can trust. Good Spock yes, Evil Spock no. Remember this, it could save your life.

Star Trek vs. Star Wars

        Ever wonder what might happen if these two franchises collided?

Dead Man Walking
What goes up must come down, there's no such thing as a free lunch, and if you happen to be wearing a red shirt in Star Trek you're not returning from the landing party. These are all life certainties. Sadly these redshirts never stood a chance. We knew as soon as Captain Kird, Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Security Officer Boyd beamed down to an alien planet that one of these guys was not like the others. Phaser blasts, alien death touches, falling pianos, something was putting an end to their bold adventure. This shirt makes me laugh every time I see it and is a perfect start to the second half of our list.

Live Long and Prosper
Now we're getting into the true classics. "Live Long and Prosper" is as iconic a Star Trek statement as you can utter. Not only that, but it has its own gang sign to go along with it. How gangster is that? Leonard Nimoy is the greatest character actor of all time and Mr. Spock is a science fiction legend. You have to like this shirt. It would be illogical not to.

Dammit, Jim!
Why Captain Kirk didn't understand that Bones was there to do medical work is still something of a mystery to me. Poor Dr. McCoy was constantly besieged with requests to do roofing on the ship or fix the plumbing. Which would inevitably lead to him having to remind old Jimbo that he was on the Enterprise to save lives. None of this whale saving crap! Sadly DeForest Kelley died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1999. He was the glue that held the show together and we greatly miss him. I think if he could pick a favorite shirt of himself this would be the one. R.I.P Bones.

I'm Number One
No Will, you're #2. And who does #2 work for? This list. A fitting spot for the guy who could never quite get old Picard out of the captain's chair. Commander William T. Riker was the Captain's right hand man and was always in charge of "Making It So". Let everyone know that you're winning like Will in this tee. It was a close race but just like Riker it couldn't get to the head of the class. Cheer up Will, #2 not so bad.

Boldly Been There. Boldly Did That.
That completely sums up what this list is all about. You followed the show like a true fan. You've boldly been there, boldly did that, and you have the t-shirt to prove it. It seemed wrong to put any one character in the top slot. So lucky for us this tee was sitting in the wings waiting to be crowned the champ. There is nothing more Star Trek than the original Enterprise. Instantly recognizable and sure to bring a smile to the face of Trekkers you come across on your life mission. It is in our opinion the best Star Trek shirt out there. Hail to the king baby.

Which Shirt Was Your Favorite?

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Thank you for counting down the top ten best Star Trek shirts with us. We hope you enjoyed yourself and found the tee you were looking for. As a huge Trekker I'm always excited to see someone else who shares my love of the franchise. Donning one of these is a sure fire way to distinguish yourself amongst the horde of Borg-like boring shirts floating around out there. These tees are can't miss. Resistance is futile.

If you have a shirt that you like leave us a message below and let us know!

Captain's Log

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      Karen1960 5 years ago

      10 out of 10 for both quizzes. I need to get a life! :-)

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      bo-abo 6 years ago

      great lens, maju terus :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nicely done with great quizzes! Now, that doesn't mean I did well, am bringing down averages today.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Love the shirts. Great lens! Very nicely done.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      What a fun lens! I did pretty well on the quizzes and I loved browsing through the different Star Trek t-shirts.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Love the shirts!

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      Heidi 6 years ago from Benson, IL

      Awesome. Love the shirts. Though I'm pretty sure the mating ritual is called "Koon-ut-ka-lif-fee" and "Pon farr" refers to that hormone thing Spock went through. (Geez, I make him sound like an adolescent, don't I? LOL.) Anyhow, awesome job with this.

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      Snakesmom 6 years ago

      What a great Star Trek lens, I love it!

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Live long and prosper.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Very nice lens. My brother, a trek fan, would love it. I faile your quizzes, though. (sigh)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love Star Trek! Great shirts too :)

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      Reflections-on-Decorating 6 years ago

      Fun lens and great choice of t-shirts, despite not featuring any of my son's designs. LOL!

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      nickupton lm 7 years ago

      Great collection of Star Trek t-shirts and an excellent lens layout.

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      Paul 7 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Wot, no "Beam me up Scottie"