Star Trek: The Next Generation

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  • TV-PG
  • 1987
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.7  (135,376)

Star Trek: The Next Generation is a science fiction television show that aired from 1987 to 1994. The show is set in the 24th century, 78 years after the original Star Trek series. The show follows the crew of the USS Enterprise-D, led by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (played by Patrick Stewart).

The crew's mission is to explore the universe, seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no one has gone before. Alongside Captain Picard, the main characters include Commander Riker (played by Jonathan Frakes), Lieutenant Commander Data (played by Brent Spiner), Chief Engineer La Forge (played by LeVar Burton), Security Chief Tasha Yar (played by Denise Crosby), Chief Medical Officer Crusher (played by Gates McFadden), Ship's Counselor Troi (played by Marina Sirtis), and Wesley Crusher (played by Wil Wheaton).

The show was notable for its diverse and complex characters, its exploration of complex social and political issues, and its optimistic view of the future. Over the course of its seven seasons, the show tackled subjects such as racism, sexism, gender identity, politics, war, and nationalism.

The technology portrayed in the show was ahead of its time and became a staple in science fiction TV and movies. The most notable technology is the holodeck - a room that uses holographic technology to simulate any environment, including historical events and fantasies. The characters also use communicators which inspired the invention of cell phones, and virtual monitors used as computers which are now used worldwide.

Some of the show's most memorable episodes include "The Measure of a Man", where Data is put on trial to determine whether he can be considered sentient and have rights as an individual, and "The Inner Light", where Picard is transported to a planet where he lives an entire lifetime in a matter of minutes. Other notable episodes involve time travel or interactions with alien races such as the Borg and the Klingons.

The show was also known for its impressive visual effects and set designs. The production value was high, and the sets were elaborate, with the USS Enterprise-D's bridge being a standout design.

Star Trek: The Next Generation received critical acclaim and a massive following among fans of the sci-fi genre. The show was nominated for 18 Emmy Awards, winning several, including Outstanding Drama Series.

In addition to the main cast, the show featured a number of notable guest stars throughout its run, including Whoopi Goldberg, Michelle Forbes, Robert O'Reilly, Colm Meaney, Dwight Schultz, Patti Yasutake, and Suzie Plakson.

In conclusion, Star Trek: The Next Generation was a groundbreaking sci-fi show that achieved both critical and commercial success. The show's diverse, complex characters, optimistic view of the future, and exploration of social and political issues made it a beloved classic that has stood the test of time.

Star Trek: The Next Generation is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (180 episodes). The series first aired on September 28, 1987.

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Star Trek Next Generation Retrospective
26. Star Trek Next Generation Retrospective
Join Jonathan Frakes, Next Generation's Commander Riker, for this fascinating chronicle of Gene Roddenberry's beloved, Emmy Award-winning series.
All Good Things
25. All Good Things
May 23, 1994
Picard finds himself travelling between the past, present, and future while attempting to prevent the destruction of humanity... by his own actions.
Preemptive Strike
24. Preemptive Strike
May 16, 1994
Ro Laren is forced to choose between her loyalty to Picard and her hatred toward Cardassia when she accepts an assignment to infiltrate the Maquis.
23. Emergence
May 9, 1994
The lives of the Enterprise crew are endangered when the ship suddenly develops its own intelligence.
22. Bloodlines
May 2, 1994
Picard learns that he has a son, and that the young man has been targeted for murder by an old enemy in search of revenge.
21. Firstborn
April 25, 1994
A mysterious family friend arrives to help transform Worf's reluctant son Alexander into a warrior.
Journey's End
20. Journey's End
March 28, 1994
Picard is forced to relocate American Indians from a planet they have settled, while a colonist causes Wesley to re-examine his future.
19. Genesis
March 21, 1994
Picard and Data return to the Enterprise to discover that the entire crew has de-evolved into prehistoric beings.
Eye of the Beholder
18. Eye of the Beholder
February 28, 1994
While experiencing empathic visions after an officer's mysterious suicide, Troi becomes romantically involved with Worf.
17. Masks
February 21, 1994
While an alien archive transforms the Enterprise into its ancient society, Data is taken over by several different personalities from the extinct civilization.
Thine Own Self
16. Thine Own Self
February 14, 1994
Having completely lost his memory, Data is stranded on a primitive planet where the inhabitants fear he is carrying a deadly plague.
Lower Decks
15. Lower Decks
February 7, 1994
While enduring the Enterprise's promotion evaluation process, four junior officers find themselves involved in a top-secret mission.
Sub Rosa
14. Sub Rosa
January 31, 1994
Shortly after her grandmother's death, Beverly falls under the spell of a ghost lover who has been in her family for generations.
13. Homeward
January 17, 1994
Worf's foster brother violates the Prime Directive in an effort to save a doomed alien race.
The Pegasus
12. The Pegasus
January 10, 1994
Riker is torn when his former commander, now an admiral, orders him to hide the real purpose of a risky mission from Picard.
11. Parallels
November 29, 1993
Returning to the Enterprise from a competition, Worf finds reality changing, and is troubled when no one else seems to notice.
10. Inheritance
November 22, 1993
A routine mission to save an endangered planet brings Data face-to-face with a woman who claims to be his mother.
Force of Nature
9. Force of Nature
November 15, 1993
An alien brother and sister resort to desperate measures to prove their theory that warp drive is destroying the universe.
8. Attached
November 8, 1993
Imprisoned and telepathically joined by an alien race, Picard and Beverly are forced to face the feelings they have always had for each other.
Dark Page
7. Dark Page
November 1, 1993
Troi must probe her mother's psyche when a traumatic secret causes a psychic breakdown thatthreatens Lwaxana's life.
6. Phantasms
October 25, 1993
Data's first bad dream turns into a real-life nightmare for the rest of the Enterprise crew.
Gambit (Part 2)
5. Gambit (Part 2)
October 18, 1993
Picard and Riker masquerade as mercenaries in order to retrieve a potentially lethal Vulcan artifact. Directed by: Alexander Singer
Gambit (Part 1)
4. Gambit (Part 1)
October 11, 1993
Riker is shocked to find Picard, who has been missing and presumed dead, posing as a mercenary on an alien ship.
3. Interface
October 4, 1993
Geordi defies Picard's commands and risks his life in what appears to be a futile attempt to rescue hismissing mother.
2. Liaisons
October 27, 1993
While the crew plays host to ambassadors from an alien race, Picard is stranded on a barren planet with a woman who falls desperately in love with him.
1. Consent
October 20, 1993
Picard, Troi, and Geordi are held prisoner by Data, who has left the Enterprise to join his evil brother Lore as leaders of the Borg.
Descent Part 2
1. Descent Part 2
September 20, 1993
Picard, Troi, and Geordi are held prisoner by Data, who has left the Enterprise to join his evil brother Lore as leaders of the Borg.
Where to Watch Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation is available for streaming on the Paramount Television website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Star Trek: The Next Generation on demand at Apple TV Channels, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 28, 1987
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (135,376)