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Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 release date and time — how to watch online

(L to R) Noël Wells as Ensign Tendi, Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler, Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner, and Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, are covered in slime in STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS.
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One of the best Star Trek shows is back when you watch Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 online. Yes, the Paramount Plus animated series has taken the title of Number 1 (but not reporting to any captain), to many a fan, and it returns to keep that ranking. 

Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 channel, release date and time details

Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 premieres on Thursday (August 25) at 3 a.m. ET with the first of 10 episodes.
• U.S. — Watch on Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) with the 1-week free trial (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

But after our heroes on the Cerritos saved the Archimedes, Captain Freeman (Dawnn Lewis) was placed under arrest. How will she manage to clear her name from accusations of colluding with Klingons? It seems like her daughter Mariner (Tawny Newsome) is using this opportunity to try and be a bit cooler. 

All in all, it feels like this new season of Lower Decks looks to be a winner with the same formula that made past seasons work: with funny adventures that lovingly make fun of past Treks.

Yes, even though its whole premise is built around jokes about all things Star Trek, Lower Decks is also telling solid stories and using comedy to breathe new life into the Trek world with its irreverent tone. Who knew that a sitcom template could feel so fresh?

Fortunately, Paramount Plus is on all of the best streaming devices, so no need to worry about accessing it. So, check out this trailer and read on to find out how to watch Star Trek Lower Decks season 3 online.

How to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 online anywhere on Earth

Just because Paramount Plus isn't available everywhere (and it's expanding) doesn't mean you need to miss Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 if you've travelled somewhere where it isn't working. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.

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How to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 in the U.S. for free

New subscribers can take advantage of a free 7-day Paramount Plus trial and start Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 without paying. It arrives at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT on Thursday (August 25). And we've got plenty of other picks for new shows and movies to watch in August).

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Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) combines what used to be CBS All Access with even more content from ViacomCBS partners. Includes Survivor and Big Brother episodes, as well as originals like Star Trek: Picard and The Good Fight.

How to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 in the U.K. and Australia

While Paramount Plus arrived in the U.K. and Australia earlier this year, Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 won't be there. Instead, you'll need Amazon Prime Video.

Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 episodes debut a day later on Prime Video than Paramount Plus, so expect season 3 to start Friday (August 26). 

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Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 (opens in new tab) is an Amazon Prime Video exclusive in Australia and the U.K.. The streaming service is included with a Prime subscription, which you can sample with a a one-month free trial. (opens in new tab) Prime Video's library includes original movies and series, like The Boys, Wheel of Time and Underground Railroad.

How to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 in Canada

Fortunately, our friends in Canada have a good situation with watching Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3. The VOD Crave (opens in new tab) platform will receive new episodes on the same date and time as episodes debut in the U.S..

Crave has a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab), and starts at $19.99 per month (for all devices), $9.99 per month for just mobile.

Henry T. Casey
Senior Editor

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.