One of the benefits to going to a streaming service instead of airing Star Trek: Discovery on a regular network is that stories can feature a bit more adult content.
According to Showrunner Aaron Harberts, expect the show at times to be a “hard PG-13.”
“Every writer’s impulse when you get to work on the streaming shows with no parameters is to go crazy,” said Harberts. “But then you look at things like: How does nudity play on Trek? Eh, it feels weird. How does a lot of [profanity] on Trek? Not so great. Are there moments where it merits it that we’re trying to push here and there? I would say we’re trying to push more by having the type of complicated messed-up characters who aren’t necessarily embraced on broadcast.
I’m not saying we’re not doing some violent things or doing a tiny bit of language. But what’s important to the creative team is the legacy of the show — which is passed down from mother to daughter, from father to son, from brother to brother. We want to make sure we’re not creating a show that fans can’t share with their families. You have to honor what the franchise is. I would say we’re not going much beyond hard PG-13.”