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Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. It originally aired from September 28, 1987 to May 23, 1994 in syndication, spanning 178 episodes over seven seasons. The third series in the Star Trek franchise, it is the second sequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. Set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of the United Federation of Planets, it follows the adventures of a Starfleet starship, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), in its exploration of the Milky Way galaxy.

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Genre
Created byGene Roddenberry
Starring
Theme music composer
ComposersDennis McCarthy
Jay Chattaway
Ron Jones
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes178(list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Showrunners
Cinematography
  • Edward R. Brown (1987–1989)
  • Marvin V. Rush (1989–1992)
  • Jonathan West (1992–1994)
Running time44-45 minutes
Production companyParamount Domestic Television
DistributorParamount Domestic Television
Budget$1.3 million per episode
Release
Original networkFirst-run syndication
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatDolby SR
Original releaseSeptember 28, 1987 (1987-09-28)
May 23, 1994 (1994-05-23)
Chronology
Preceded byStar Trek: The Animated Series
Followed byStar Trek: Deep Space Nine
Related showsStar Trek TV series
External links
Star Trek: The Next Generation at StarTrek.com

In the 1980s, Roddenberry—who was responsible for the original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–1974), and the first of a series of films—was tasked by Paramount Pictures with creating a new series in the franchise. He decided to set it a century after the events of his original series. The Next Generation featured a new crew: Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Jonathan Frakes as William Riker, Brent Spiner as Data, Michael Dorn as Worf, LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge, Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi, Denise Crosby as Tasha Yar, Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher, Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher, and a new Enterprise.

Roddenberry, Maurice Hurley, Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor served as executive producers at various times throughout its production. The series was broadcast in first-run syndication with dates and times varying among individual television stations. Stewart's voice-over introduction during each episode's opening credits stated the starship's purpose:

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

The show was very popular, reaching almost 12 million viewers in its 5th season, with the series finale in 1994 watched by over 30 million viewers. Following its success, Paramount commissioned Rick Berman and Michael Piller to create a fourth series in the franchise, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which launched in 1993. The characters from The Next Generation returned in four films: Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), and in the television series Star Trek: Picard (2020–present). The series is also the setting of numerous novels, comic books, and video games. It received many accolades, including 19 Emmy Awards, two Hugo Awards, five Saturn Awards, and a Peabody Award.

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The Star Trek franchise originated in the 1960s, with the Star Trek television show which ran from 1966 to 1969. Star Trek: The Next Generation would mark the return of Star Trek to live-action broadcast television.

Background

Re-creation of the TNG starship bridge for Star Trek: The Exhibition

Due to the original series' popularity in syndication, Paramount Pictures began to consider making a Star Trek film as early as 1972. However, with 1977's release of Star Wars, Paramount decided not to compete in the science fiction movie category and shifted their efforts to a new Star Trek television series. The Original Series actors were approached to reprise their roles; sketches, models, sets and props were created for Star Trek: Phase II until Paramount changed its mind again and decided to create feature films starring the Original Series cast.

By 1986, 20 years after the original Star Trek's debut on NBC, the franchise's longevity amazed Paramount Pictures executives. Chairman Frank Mancuso Sr. observed that "The shelf life in this business is usually three days. To flourish for 20 years..." He and others described Trek as the studio's "crown jewel", a "priceless asset" that "must not be squandered". The series was the most popular syndicated television program 17 years after cancellation, and the Harve Bennett-produced, Original Series-era Star Trek films did well at the box office. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy's salary demands for the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) caused the studio to plan for a new Star Trek television series. Paramount executives worried that a new series could hurt the demand for the films, but decided that it would increase their appeal on videocassette and cable, and that a series with unknown actors would be more profitable than paying the films' actors' large salaries. Roddenberry initially declined to be involved, but came on board as creator after being unhappy with early conceptual work. Star Trek: The Next Generation was announced on October 10, 1986, and its cast in May 1987.

Paramount executive Rick Berman was assigned to the series at Roddenberry's request. Roddenberry hired a number of Star Trek veterans, including Bob Justman, D. C. Fontana, Eddie Milkis and David Gerrold. Early proposals for the series included one in which some of the original series cast might appear as "elder statesmen", and Roddenberry speculated as late as October 1986 that the new series might not even use a spaceship, as "people might travel by some [other] means" 100 years after the USS Enterprise. A more lasting change was his new belief that workplace interpersonal conflict would no longer exist in the future; thus, the new series did not have parallels to the frequent "crusty banter" between Kirk, Spock, and Leonard McCoy. According to series actor Patrick Stewart, Berman was more receptive than Roddenberry to the series addressing political issues.

The series' music theme combined the fanfare from the original series theme by Alexander Courage with Jerry Goldsmith's theme for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). Some early episodes' plots derived from outlines created for Star Trek: Phase II. Additionally, some sets used in the Original Series-era films were redressed for The Next Generation, and in turn used for subsequent Original Series films. Part of the transporter room set in TNG was used in the original Star Trek's transporter set.

Syndication and profitability

Despite Star Trek's proven success, NBC and ABC only offered to consider pilot scripts for the new series, and CBS offered to air a miniseries that could become a series if it did well. Paramount executives were offended that the Big Three television networks treated their most appealing and valuable property like any other series. Fox wanted the show to help launch the new network, but wanted it by March 1987, and would only commit to 13 episodes instead of a full season. The unsuccessful negotiations convinced the studio that it could only protect Star Trek with full control.

Paramount increased and accelerated the show's profitability by choosing to instead broadcast it in first-run syndication: 123–124 on independent stations (whose numbers had more than tripled since 1980) and Big Three network affiliates. The studio offered the show to local stations for free as barter syndication. The stations sold five minutes of commercial time to local advertisers and Paramount sold the remaining seven minutes to national advertisers. Stations had to commit to purchasing reruns in the future, and only those that aired the new show could purchase the popular reruns of the Original Series.: 222

The studio's strategy succeeded. Most of the 150 stations airing reruns of the original Star Trek wanted to prevent a competitor from airing the new show; ultimately, 210 stations covering 90% of the United States became part of Paramount's informal nationwide network for TNG. In early October 1987, more than 50 network affiliates pre-empted their own shows for the series pilot, "Encounter at Farpoint". One station predicted that "Star Trek promises to be one of the most successful programs of the season, network or syndicated". Special effects were by Industrial Light and Magic, a Division of Lucasfilm. The new show indeed performed well; the pilot's ratings were higher than those of many network programs, and ratings remained comparable to network shows by the end of the first season, despite the handicap of each station airing the show on a different day and time, often outside prime time. By the end of the first season, Paramount reportedly received $1 million for advertising per episode, more than the roughly $800,000 fee that networks typically paid for a one-hour show; by 1992, when the budget for each episode had risen to almost $2 million, the studio earned $90 million from advertising annually from first-run episodes, with each 30-second commercial selling for $115,000 to $150,000. The show had a 40% return on investment for Paramount, with $30 to $60 million in annual upfront net profit for first-run episodes and another $70 million for stripping rights for each of the about 100 episodes then available, so they did not need overseas sales to be successful.

Star Trek: The Next Generation ran for 178 episodes, over seven seasons, from the fall of 1987 annually to the spring of 1994. At the end of that season, the cast switched over to production of the Star Trek film Generations which was released before the end of 1994.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126September 28, 1987 (1987-09-28)May 16, 1988 (1988-05-16)
222November 21, 1988 (1988-11-21)July 17, 1989 (1989-07-17)
326September 25, 1989 (1989-09-25)June 18, 1990 (1990-06-18)
426September 24, 1990 (1990-09-24)June 17, 1991 (1991-06-17)
526September 23, 1991 (1991-09-23)June 15, 1992 (1992-06-15)
626September 21, 1992 (1992-09-21)June 21, 1993 (1993-06-21)
726September 20, 1993 (1993-09-20)May 23, 1994 (1994-05-23)

Season 1 (1987–1988)

Denise Crosby and Gates McFadden were in Season 1 as Tasha Yar and Doctor Crusher respectively, but were removed for Season 2. McFadden then returned for Season 3 as a regular and remained as such for the rest of the series, while Crosby appeared sporadically.

The Next Generation was shot on 35mm film, and the budget for each episode was $1.3 million, among the highest for a one-hour television drama. While the staff enjoyed the creative freedom gained by independence from a broadcast network's Standards and Practices department,: 222 the first season was marked by a "revolving door" of writers, with Gerrold, Fontana, and others quitting after disputes with Roddenberry. Roddenberry "virtually rewrote" the first 15 episodes because of his "dogmatic" intention to depict human interaction "without drawing on the baser motives of greed, lust, and power". Writers found the show's "bible" constricting and ridiculous and could not deal with Roddenberry's ego and treatment of them. It stated, for example, that "regular characters all share a feeling of being part of a band of brothers and sisters. As in the original Star Trek, we invite the audience to share the same feeling of affection for our characters." David Gerrold claimed that at one point, Roddenberry's lawyer came aboard and started taking apart six months of work, including the removal of a gay couple that Roddenberry had promised would be included in the series, which made Gerrold decide to leave the show.

Mark Bourne of The DVD Journal wrote of season one: "A typical episode relied on trite plot points, clumsy allegories, dry and stilted dialogue, or characterization that was taking too long to feel relaxed and natural." Other targets of criticism included poor special effects and plots being resolved by the deus ex machina of Wesley Crusher saving the ship. However, Patrick Stewart's acting skills won praise, and critics noted that characters were given greater potential for development than those of the original series. Both actors and producers were unsure whether Trekkies loyal to the original show would accept the new one, but one critic stated as early as October 1987 that The Next Generation, not the movies or the original show, "is the real Star Trek now".

While the events of most episodes of season one were self-contained, many developments important to the show as a whole occurred during the season. The recurring nemesis Q was introduced in the pilot, the alien Ferengi had their sentinel showing in "The Last Outpost", the holodeck was introduced, and the romantic backstory between William Riker and Deanna Troi was investigated. "The Naked Now", one of the few episodes that depicted Roddenberry's fascination (as seen in the show's bible) with sex in the future, became a cast favorite.

Later episodes in the season set the stage for serial plots. The episode "Datalore" introduced Data's evil twin brother Lore, who made several more appearances in episodes in subsequent seasons. "Coming of Age" dealt with Wesley Crusher's efforts to get into Starfleet Academy while also hinting at the threat to Starfleet later faced in "Conspiracy". "Heart of Glory" explored Worf's character, Klingon culture, and the uneasy truce between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, three themes that played major roles in later episodes. Tasha Yar left the show in "Skin of Evil", becoming the first regular Star Trek character to die permanently (although the character was seen again in two later episodes) in either series or film. The season finale, "The Neutral Zone", established the presence of two of TNG's most enduring villains: the Romulans, making their first appearance since the Original Series, and, through foreshadowing, the Borg.

The premiere became the first television episode to be nominated for a Hugo Award since 1972. Six of the season's episodes were each nominated for an Emmy Award. "11001001" won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, "The Big Goodbye" won for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series, and "Conspiracy" won for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Series. "The Big Goodbye" also won a Peabody Award, the first syndicated program and only Star Trek episode to do so.

The top two episodes for Nielsen ratings were "Encounter at Farpoint" with 15.7, and "Justice" with 12.7. The season ran from 1987 to 1988.

Season 2 (1988–1989)

LeVar Burton starred as Geordi La Forge in all seven seasons airing between 1987 and 1994, and four TNG movies premiering between 1994 and 2002. In the second season, the character became Chief Engineer aboard the Enterprise D, remaining so for the rest of the series.

The series underwent significant changes during its second season. Beverly Crusher was replaced as Chief Medical Officer by Katherine Pulaski, played by Diana Muldaur, who had been a guest star in "Return to Tomorrow" and "Is There in Truth No Beauty?", two episodes from the original Star Trek series. The ship's recreational area, Ten-Forward, and its mysterious bartender/advisor, Guinan, played by Whoopi Goldberg, appeared for the first time. Owing to the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike, the number of episodes produced was cut from 26 to 22, and the start of the season was delayed. Because of the strike, the opening episode, "The Child", was based on a script originally written for Star Trek: Phase II, while the season finale, "Shades of Gray", was a clip show.

Nevertheless, season two as a whole was widely regarded as significantly better than season one. Benefiting from Paramount's commitment to a multiyear run and free from network interference due to syndication, Roddenberry found writers who could work within his guidelines and create drama from the cast's interaction with the rest of the universe. The plots became more sophisticated and began to mix drama with comic relief. Its focus on character development received special praise. Co-executive producer Maurice Hurley has stated that his primary goal for the season was to plan and execute season-long story arcs and character arcs. Hurley wrote the acclaimed episode "Q Who", which featured the first on-screen appearance of the Borg. Season two focused on developing the character Data, and two episodes from the season, "Elementary, Dear Data" and "The Measure of a Man", featured him prominently. Miles O'Brien also became a more prominent character during the second season, while Geordi La Forge took the position of Chief Engineer. Klingon issues continued to be explored in episodes such as "A Matter of Honor" and "The Emissary", which introduced Worf's former lover K'Ehleyr. Five second-season episodes were nominated for six Emmy Awards, and "Q Who" won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series. The season ran from 1988 to 1989.

Season 2 marked the addition of the "Ten Forward" set at Paramount, located at Stage 8 at the studios. The set was designed by Herman Zimmerman, and in the show was a place for the crew to relax, hang out together, and eat or have drinks. Inside, it featured a bar looking out on large windows, and outside it featured a star field, or with use of green-screen special effects, other scenes.

Season 3 (1989–1990)

Before the production of the third season in the summer of 1989, some personnel changes were made. Head writer Maurice Hurley was let go and Michael Piller took over for the rest of the series. Creator and executive producer Gene Roddenberry took less of an active role due to his declining health. Roddenberry gave Piller and Berman the executive producer jobs, and they remained in that position for the rest of the series' run, with Berman overseeing the production as a whole and Piller being in charge of the creative direction of the show and the writing room. McFadden returned to the cast as Doctor Crusher, replacing Muldaur, who had remained a guest star throughout the second season. An additional change was the inclusion of the fanfare that was added to the opening credits of the second season, to the end of the closing credits. Ronald D. Moore joined the show after submitting a spec script that became "The Bonding". He became the franchise's "Klingon guru", meaning that he wrote most TNG episodes dealing with the Klingon Empire (though he wrote some Romulan stories, as well, such as "The Defector"). Writer/producer Ira Steven Behr also joined the show in its third season. Though his tenure with TNG lasted only one year, he later went on to be a writer and showrunner of spin-off series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Six third-season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys. "Yesterday's Enterprise" won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and "Sins of the Father" won for Best Art Direction for a Series. After a chiropractor warned that the cast members risked permanent skeletal injury, new two-piece wool uniforms replaced the first two seasons' extremely tight spandex uniforms. The season finale, the critically acclaimed episode "The Best of Both Worlds", was the first season-ending cliffhanger, a tradition that continued throughout the remainder of the series. The season ran from 1989 to 1990.

The Season 3 finale and bridge to Season 4, "The Best of Both Worlds" went on to be one of the most acclaimed Star Trek episodes noted by TV Guide's "100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History", ranking 70th out of 100 in March 2001. It has routinely been ranked among the top of all Star Trek franchise episodes.

Season 4 (1990–1991)

Wil Wheaton plays Wesley Crusher, Beverly Crusher's son, a regular character in the first four seasons, appearing sporadically in the last three.

Brannon Braga and Jeri Taylor joined the show in its fourth season. The fourth season surpassed the Original Series in series length with the production of "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II". A new alien race, the Cardassians, made their first appearance in "The Wounded". They later were heavily featured in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The season finale, "Redemption", was the 100th episode, and the cast and crew (including creator Gene Roddenberry) celebrated the historic milestone on the bridge set. Footage of this was seen in the Star Trek 25th-anniversary special hosted by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, which aired later in the year. Seven fourth-season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys. "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" won for both Outstanding Sound Editing in a Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Series. Character Wesley Crusher left the series in season four to go to Starfleet Academy. "Family" is the only TNG episode where Data does not appear on-screen. The season ran from 1990 to 1991.

Season 5 (1991–1992)

The fifth season's seventh episode, "Unification", opened with a dedication to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry (though the prior episode, "The Game", aired four days after his death). Roddenberry, though he had recently died, continued to be credited as executive producer for the rest of the season. The cast and crew learned of his death during the production of "Hero Worship", a later season-five episode. Seven fifth-season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys. "Cost of Living" won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series, and "A Matter of Time" and "Conundrum" tied for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects. In addition, "The Inner Light" became the first television episode since the 1968 original series Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" to win a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. Season five had the introduction of a jacket for Picard, worn periodically throughout the rest of the show's run. The observation lounge set was altered with the removal of the gold model starships across the interior wall and the addition of lighting beneath the windows. Recurring character Ensign Ro Laren was introduced in the fifth season. The season ran from 1991 to 1992.

Season 6 (1992–1993)

NASA astronaut Mae Jemison (left) plays an Enterprise officer in the sixth-season episode "Second Chances"; and world renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking plays a holographic simulated version of himself in the sixth-season finale cliffhanger "Descent (Part I)".

With the creation of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Rick Berman and Michael Piller's time were split between The Next Generation and the new show. Three sixth-season episodes were nominated for Emmys. "Time's Arrow, Part II" won for both Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series, and "A Fistful of Datas" won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series. The highest Nielsen-rated episode of Season 6 was "Relics", with a rating of 13.9. The episode featured Original Series character Scotty played by James Doohan. Additionally, NASA astronaut Mae Jemison played Lt. Palmer in "Second Chances". The season 6 finale cliffhanger includes a cameo by Stephen Hawking (Part I of "Descent"). The season ran from 1992 to 1993.

Season 7 (1993–1994)

The seventh season was The Next Generation's last, running from 1993 to 1994. The penultimate episode, "Preemptive Strike", concluded the plot line for the recurring character Ensign Ro Laren and introduced themes that continued in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. The Next Generation series finale, "All Good Things...", was a double-length episode (separated into two parts for reruns) that aired the week of May 19, 1994, revisiting the events of the pilot and providing a bookend to the series. Toronto's SkyDome played host to a massive event for the series finale. Thousands of people packed the stadium to watch the final episode on the stadium's JumboTron. Five seventh-season episodes were nominated for nine Emmys, and the series as a whole was the first syndicated television series nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. To this day, The Next Generation is the only syndicated drama to be nominated in this category. "All Good Things..." won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects, and "Genesis" won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series. "All Good Things..." also won the second of the series' two Hugo Awards. "All Good Things..." also achieved the highest Nielsen rating for all of Season 7, with a rating of 17.4.

Legacy

Although the cast members were contracted for eight seasons, Paramount ended The Next Generation after seven, which disappointed and puzzled some of the actors, and was an unusual decision for a successful television show. Paramount then made films using the cast, which it believed would be less successful if the show were still on television. An eighth season also would likely have reduced the show's profitability due to higher cast salaries and a lower price per episode when sold as strip programming.

The show's strong ratings continued to the end; the 1994 series finale was ranked number two among all shows that week, between hits Home Improvement and Seinfeld, and was watched by over 30 million viewers. TNG was the most-watched Star Trek show, with a peak audience of 11.5 million during its fifth season prior to the launch of DS9. Between 1988 and 1992 it picked up half a million to a million additional viewers per year.

Adjusted Nielsen ratings for Star Trek TV shows:

  • Fall 1987 – Spring 1988: 8.55 Million TNG S1
  • Fall 1988 – Spring 1989: 9.14 Million TNG S2
  • Fall 1989 – Spring 1990: 9.77 Million TNG S3
  • Fall 1990 – Spring 1991: 10.58 Million TNG S4
  • Fall 1991 – Spring 1992: 11.50 Million TNG S5
  • Fall 1992 – Spring 1993: 10.83 Million TNG S6 (DS9 S1 Debuted in Spring 1993)
  • Fall 1993 – Spring 1994: 9.78 Million TNG S7 + DS9 S2
  • Fall 1994 – Spring 1995: 7.05 Million DS9 S3 + VOY S1
  • Fall 1995 – Spring 1996: 6.42 Million DS9 S4 + VOY S2
  • Fall 1996 – Spring 1997: 5.03 Million DS9 S5 + VOY S3
  • Fall 1997 – Spring 1998: 4.53 Million DS9 S6 + VOY S4
  • Fall 1998 – Spring 1999: 4.00 Million DS9 S7 + VOY S5 (Voyager ended after two more seasons)

Science fiction authors noted how Star Trek: The Next Generation influenced their careers.

Star Trek: The Next Generation aired for 7 seasons beginning on September 28, 1987 and ending on May 23, 1994.

The series begins with the crew of the Enterprise-D put on trial by an omnipotent being known as Q, who became a recurring character. The god-like entity threatens the extinction of humanity for being a race of savages, forcing them to solve a mystery at nearby Farpoint Station to prove their worthiness to be spared. After successfully solving the mystery and avoiding disaster, the crew departs on its mission to explore strange new worlds.

Subsequent stories focus on the discovery of new life and sociological and political relationships with alien cultures, as well as exploring the human condition. Several new species are introduced as recurring antagonists, including the Ferengi, the Cardassians, and the Borg. Throughout their adventures, Picard and his crew are often forced to face and live with the consequences of difficult choices.

The series ended in its seventh season with a two-part episode "All Good Things...", which brought the events of the series full circle to the original confrontation with Q. An interstellar anomaly that threatens all life in the universe forces Picard to leap from his present, past, and future to combat the threat. Picard was successfully able to show to Q that humanity could think outside of the confines of perception and theorize on new possibilities while still being prepared to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the greater good. The series ended with the crew of the Enterprise portrayed as feeling more like a family and paved the way for four consecutive motion pictures that continued the theme and mission of the series.

Episodes by season (1–4)
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
  1. "Encounter at Farpoint" (Two-part episode)
Episodes by season (5–7)
Season 5 Season 6 Season 7
  1. "Descent" (Part 2)
  2. "Liaisons"
  3. "Interface"
  4. "Gambit" (Two-part episode)
Patrick Stewart plays Captain Picard throughout the series, as well as in all four films and as the central character in Star Trek: Picard.
Brent Spiner stars as the android Data on the show and in all four movies, and also plays Data's "father" (i.e. manufacturer) and "brother".

Main

  • Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard is the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise-D. Stewart also played the character in the pilot episode of Deep Space Nine, all four TNG theater films, and in the eponymously titled latest series Star Trek: Picard.
  • Jonathan Frakes as Commander William T. Riker is the ship's first officer. The Riker character was influenced by concepts for first officer Willard Decker in the Star Trek: Phase II television series. Decker's romantic history with helmsman Ilia was mirrored in The Next Generation in the relationship between Riker and Deanna Troi. Riker also appears in an episode each of Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise, and later reprised the role in Star Trek: Picard and in the animated Star Trek: Lower Decks. In addition to William Riker, Frakes played William's transporter-created double, Thomas, in one episode each of The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • LeVar Burton as Lieutenant (JG)/Lieutenant/Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge was initially the ship's helmsman, but the character became chief engineer beginning in the second season. Burton also played the character in an episode of Voyager.
  • Denise Crosby as Lieutenant Tasha Yar is the chief of security and tactical officer. Crosby left the series near the end of the first season, and the Yar character was killed. Yar returns in alternate timelines in the award-winning episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" and the series finale, "All Good Things...". Crosby also played Commander Sela, Yar's half-Romulan daughter.
  • Michael Dorn as Lieutenant (JG)/Lieutenant Worf is a Klingon. Worf initially appears as a junior officer fulfilling several roles on the bridge. When Denise Crosby left near the end of the first season, the Worf character succeeded Lieutenant Yar as the ship's chief of security and tactical officer. Dorn reprised the role as a regular in seasons four through seven of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and also played another Klingon, also named Worf, in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; with 282 on-screen appearances, Dorn has the most appearances of any actor in the Star Trek franchise.
  • Gates McFadden as Doctor Beverly Crusher (Seasons 1, 3–7) is the Enterprise's chief medical officer. As a fully certified bridge officer, Dr. Crusher had the ability to command the Enterprise if circumstances required her to do so. She also, on occasion, commanded night-watch shifts on the ship's main bridge to stay on top of starship operations. McFadden was fired after the first season, but was rehired for the third season and remained for the remainder of the series. In-universe, her absence in the second season was explained by her transfer to Starfleet Medical.
  • Diana Muldaur as Doctor Katherine Pulaski (Season 2) was created to replace Dr. Crusher for the show's second season. Muldaur, who previously appeared in two episodes of the original Star Trek, never received billing in the opening credits; instead, she was listed as a special guest star during the first act.
  • Marina Sirtis as Lieutenant Commander/Commander Deanna Troi is the half-human, half-Betazoid ship's counselor. Starting in the season seven episode "Thine Own Self", Counselor Troi, having taken and completed the bridge-officer's test, is later promoted to the rank of commander, which allowed her to take command of the ship, and also perform bridge duties other than those of a ship's counselor. The character's relationship with first officer Riker was a carry-over from character ideas developed for Phase II. Troi also appeared in later episodes of Voyager, in the finale of Enterprise, and in the first season of Picard.
  • Brent Spiner as Lieutenant Commander Data is an android who serves as second officer and operations officer. Data's "outsider's" perspective on humanity served a similar narrative purpose as Spock's in the original Star Trek. Spiner also played his "brother", Lore, and his creator, Noonien Soong. In Enterprise, Spiner played Noonien's ancestor, Arik, and contributed a brief voiceover (heard over the Enterprise-D's intercom) in the Enterprise finale. In 2020, Spiner reprised the role of Data, as well as Dr. Altan Inigo Soong, Noonien's prodigy, in Picard.
  • Wil Wheaton as Beverly Crusher's son Wesley. He becomes an acting ensign, and later receives a field commission to ensign, before attending Starfleet Academy. After being a regular for the first four seasons, Wheaton appeared sporadically as Wesley Crusher for the remainder of the series'.

Recurring

John de Lancie plays the role of the mysterious but powerful alien known as Q. Like many actors in the series, he also worked on some of the video games of the period.
Whoopi Goldberg portrays Guinan in The Next Generation. She was inspired to take on the role by Nichelle Nichols' portrayal of Uhura on the original series.

For a more complete list, see List of Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members#Appearances

Enterprise-D Characters Season 1–7 (examples)
Character Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7
Captain Picard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
William T. Riker Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Data Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Worf Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deanna Troi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geordi La Forge Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Beverly Crusher Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Katherine Pulaski No Yes No No No No No
Wesley Crusher Yes Yes Yes Yes 2 ep. No 2 ep.
Tasha Yar Yes No 1 ep. No No No 1 ep.
Guinan No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Michael Dorn plays Lieutenant Worf and appears in all seven TNG seasons and four TNG films, a scene as an ancestor of Worf in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and in four seasons of the spin-off show DS9, making him appear more times as a regular cast member than any other actor in the franchise's history.

Star Trek had a number of story arcs within the larger story, and oftentimes different episodes contributed to two or more different story or character arcs. Some are epitomized by the aliens the characters interact with, for example, TNG introduced the Borg and the Cardassians. The Klingons and Romulans had been introduced in The Original Series (1966–1969); however, the Klingons were somewhat rebooted with a "turtle-head" look, although a retcon was given to explain this in an Enterprise episode. Other story arcs focus on certain peripheral characters such as Q, Ro Laren or characters projected on the Holodeck.

Certain episodes go deeper into the Klingon alien saga, which are famous for having an actual Klingon language made for them in the Star Trek universe. The Klingon stories usually involve Worf, but not all Worf-centric shows are focused on Klingons. The Duras sisters, a Klingon duo named Lursa and B'Etor, were introduced on TNG in the 1991 episode "Redemption". They later appeared in the film Generations.

One of the science fiction technologies featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation was an artificial reality machine called the "Holodeck", and several award-winning episodes featured plots centering on the peculiarities of this device. Some episodes focused on malfunctions in the holodeck, and in one case how a crew member became addicted to the environment created by the technology. The dangers of technology that allows illusion is one of ongoing themes of Star Trek going back to the 1st pilot, "The Cage" where aliens' power of illusion to create an artificial reality is explored. One of the plots is whether a character will confront a reality or retreat to a world of fantasy.

Several episodes in the show also deal with the concept of time, including narrative structures around time travel, temporal loops, parallel universes, alternate universes, and more. In some episodes, the character Q is responsible for the shifts in time.

Patrick Stewart talks at Destination Star Trek London, with other actors from the franchise

The Next Generation's average of 20 million viewers often exceeded both existing syndication successes such as Wheel of Fortune and network hits including Cheers and L.A. Law. Benefiting in part from many stations' decision to air each new episode twice in a week, it consistently ranked in the top ten among hour-long dramas, and networks could not prevent affiliates from preempting their shows with The Next Generation or other dramas that imitated its syndication strategy.: 124 Star Trek: The Next Generation received 18 Emmy Awards and, in its seventh season, became the first and only syndicated television show to be nominated for the Emmy for Best Dramatic Series. It was nominated for three Hugo Awards and won two. The first-season episode "The Big Goodbye" also won the Peabody Award for excellence in television programming.

In 1997, the episode "The Best of Both Worlds, Part I" was ranked No. 70 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. In 2002, Star Trek: The Next Generation was ranked #46 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list, and in 2008, was ranked No. 37 on Empire's list of the 50 greatest television shows.

On October 7, 2006, one of the three original filming models of the USS Enterprise-D used on the show sold at a Christie's auction for US$576,000, making it the highest-selling item at the event. The buyer of the model was Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, owner of the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. The model is on display within the Science Fiction Museum.

In 2012, Entertainment Weekly listed the show at No. 7 in the "25 Best Cult TV Shows from the Past 25 Years", saying, "The original Star Trek was cult TV before cult TV was even a thing, but its younger, sleeker offspring brought, yes, a new generation into the Trekker fold, and reignited the promise of sci-fi on television." Although TNG did develop a cult following, it was noted for its prime-time general audience viewership also.

The flute from "The Inner Light" was valued at a maximum of US$1,000 when it went to auction in late 2006, but was sold for over $40,000; in this case the auctioneers admitted they had underestimated the appeal of the prop. In the days leading up to the auction, Denise Okuda, former Star Trek scenic artist and video supervisor, as well as co-writer of the auction catalog, said: "That's the item people say they really have to have, because it's so iconic to a much-beloved episode."

DS9's "The Emissary", which came out half-way through season 6 of TNG achieved a Nielsen rating of 18.8. Star Trek's ratings went into a steady decline starting with Season 6 of TNG, and the second to last episode of DS9 achieved a Nielsen rating of 3.9.

In 2017, Vulture ranked Star Trek: The Next Generation the second best live-action Star Trek television show.

In 2019, Popular Mechanics ranked Star Trek: The Next Generation the third best science fiction television show ever.

In 2021, Empire magazine ranked it the 17th greatest television show ever. They point out it was hard to follow in the reputation of the original series, but the series found its footing and paved the way for more spin-offs.

The Next Generation was first broadcast on UK terrestrial TV on BBC2 with the first episode shown on 26 September 1990. The sequence remained the same as the US releases for the first four episodes, but after this they were somewhat shuffled about.

Screenshot of the 1995 game, Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity

Starting in the 1990s to early 21st century, main computer and video games were produced, featuring characters and settings from the television series. Also, games in genres such as cards and board games were also produced.

Some were quite successful in there time, A Final Unity was a commercial success, selling 500,000 copies by 1996. and was met with generally positive reviews. The game was in the U.K. PC Gamer Magazine for how it "translates the atmosphere and 'feel' of The Next Generation almost perfectly".

Video games based on The Next Generation TV series, movies, and characters include:

Star Trek: TNG pinball featured the voices of actors from the show

The Enterprise and its setting is also in other Trekiverse games like Star Trek: Armada (2000). For example, in Star Trek: Armada voice actors from The Next Generation returned to their characters in the game including Patrick Stewart reprising the roles of Jean-Luc Picard and Locutus, Michael Dorn voiced Worf, Denise Crosby reprised Sela, and J. G. Hertzler voiced Chancellor Martok. Several other voice actors who had been previously unaffiliated with Star Trek also voiced characters in the game, among them was Richard Penn.

Star Trek: Armada II was set in the Star Trek: The Next Generation era of the Star Trek universe.

Star Trek: Hidden Evil (1999) included voice acting by Brent Spiner as Data and Patrick Stewart as Picard, and was a follow-up to the ninth Star Trek film Star Trek: Insurrection.

Board Games:

Pinball:

Further information: List of Star Trek games

(includes other series)

Four films feature the characters of the series: Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).

An ancestor of Worf, also played by Dorn, also appeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

I think it was kind of an honor they had my character be sort of the link between the two series. It was wonderful to be working with the other cast (from the original Star Trek series). It was kind of a fantasy because who would have thought when I was watching the original show that I'd be working in the movie? Beyond that, it's like professionalism takes over and you just kind of do the best you can and not make yourself look bad.

Dorn on his role in The Undiscovered Country
Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s)
Star Trek Generations November 18, 1994 (1994-11-18) David Carson Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore Rick Berman
Star Trek: First Contact November 22, 1996 (1996-11-22) Jonathan Frakes Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore Rick Berman, Marty Hornstein and Peter Lauritson
Star Trek: Insurrection December 11, 1998 (1998-12-11) Michael Piller Rick Berman and Michael Piller Rick Berman
Star Trek: Nemesis December 13, 2002 (2002-12-13) Stuart Baird John Logan John Logan, Rick Berman and Brent Spiner
Exhibit in Los Angeles featuring the crew quarters of Captain Picard (uniform shown)

Star Trek harnessed the emergence of home video technologies that rose to prominence in the 1980s as new revenue and promotion avenue. Star Trek: The Next Generation had release in part or in full on VHS, Betamax, LaserDisc, DVD, and Blu-Ray media.

VHS

All episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation were made available on VHS cassettes, starting in 1991. The entire series was gradually released on VHS over the next few years during the remainder of the show's run and after the show had ended.

The VHS for TNG were available on mail-order, with usually two episodes per VHS cassette.

Beta

Some episodes had releases on the tape videocassette format Betamax. Releases of all Betamax publications including those of the Star Trek: The Next Generation was halted in the early 1990s.

LaserDisc

Paramount published all episodes on the LaserDisc format from October 1991 using an extended release schedule that concluded in May 1999. Each disc featured two episodes with Closed Captions, Digital Audio, and CX encoding. Also published were four themed "collections", or boxed sets, of related episodes. These included The Borg Collective, The Q Continuum, Worf: Return to Grace, and The Captains Collection.

For example, the "Q Continuum" collection of LaserDisc featured 4 episodes. The collection was released on July 30, 1997 and was published by Paramount Home Video; it retailed for 99.98 USD. The set included the 2-part "Encounter at Farpoint", "Hide & Q", "Q Who?", and "Deja Q" on 12 inch optical discs in NTSC format with a total runtime of 230 minutes, with stereo sound. The collection came in a Tri-Fold jacket that also included a letter from actor Jon De Lancie (Q).

There was a production error with episode 166, "Sub Rosa", where a faulty master tape was used that was missing 4½ minutes of footage. Though a new master copy of the episode was obtained, no corrected pressing of this disc was issued.

Star Trek: The Next Generation was also released on LaserDisc in the non-US markets Japan and Europe. In Japan, all episodes were released in a series of 14 boxed sets (two boxed sets per season), and as with the US releases were in the NTSC format and ordered by production code. The European laserdiscs were released in the PAL format and included the ten two-part telemovies as well as a disc featuring the episodes Yesterday's Enterprise and Cause And Effect. The pilot episode, Encounter At Farpoint, was also included in a boxed set called Star Trek: The Pilots featuring the pilot episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager.

DVD

The first season of the series was released on DVD in March 2002. Throughout the year the next six seasons were released at various times on DVD, with the seventh season being released in December 2002. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment released Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Complete Series on October 2, 2007. The DVD box set contains 49 discs. Between March 2006 and September 2008, "Fan Collective" editions were released containing select episodes of The Next Generation (and The Original Series, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager) based on various themes. The individual episodes were chosen by fans voting on StarTrek.com. In total, six "Fan Collectives" were produced, along with a boxed set containing the first five collectives. In April 2013 all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation were re-released in new packaging featuring a silhouette of a different cast member on each box. However, the discs contained the identical content that was previously released in 2002.

Blu-ray

CBS announced on September 28, 2011, in celebration of the series' twenty-fifth anniversary, that Star Trek: The Next Generation would be completely re-mastered in 1080p high definition from the original 35mm film negatives. The original show was edited and post-processed in standard definition for broadcast, as were all the show's visual effects (e.g. all exterior shots of the Enterprise, phaser fire, or beaming fade-ins and -outs). For the remaster almost 25,000 reels of original film stock were rescanned and reedited, and all visual effects were digitally recomposed from original large-format negatives and newly created CGI shots. The release was accompanied by 7.1 DTS Master Audio. Michael Okuda believes this is the largest film restoration project ever attempted.

An initial disc featuring the episodes "Encounter at Farpoint", "Sins of the Father", and "The Inner Light" was released on January 31, 2012 under the label "The Next Level". The six-disc first season set was released on July 24, 2012. The remaining seasons were released periodically thereafter, culminating in the release of the seventh season on December 2, 2014. Season 1 sold 95,000 units in its launch week in 2012. The Blu-ray sets include many special features and videos, such as a 1988 episode of Reading Rainbow where LeVar Burton (who plays Geordi on TNG) documents the making of a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode.

The entire re-mastered series is available on Blu-ray as individual seasons, and as a 41-disc box set titled The Full Journey. Eventually, all remastered episodes became available for television syndication and digital distribution.

Season Release date Special features
Season 1 July 24, 2012 Documentaries "Energized!" (about the VFX remastering) and "Stardate Revisited" (Origin)
Season 2 December 4, 2012 Extended version of "The Measure of a Man", Reunification: reunion interview with entire TNG cast.
Season 3 April 30, 2013 Inside the Writer's Room, Resistance is Futile: Assimilating TNG, A Tribute to Michael Piller
Season 4 July 30, 2013 In Conversation: The Star Trek Art Department, Relativity: The Family Saga of Star Trek TNG, Deleted scenes
Season 5 November 19, 2013 In Conversation: The Music of TNG, Requiem: A Remembrance of TNG, Deleted scenes
Season 6 June 24, 2014 Beyond the Five Year Mission- The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deleted scenes
Season 7 December 2, 2014 The Sky's the Limit – The Eclipse of Star Trek: The Next Generation, In Conversation: Lensing Star Trek: The Next Generation, deleted scenes

Standalone episodes

When TNG was remastered in high definition, several episodes were released as stand-alone single show Blu-ray products. "The Best of Both Worlds" is split between two seasons, whereas the standalone product includes parts 1 and 2. "The Best of Both Worlds" single was released in April 2013 coinciding with the release of Season 3. Other singles of TNG HD include the two part shows "Redemption", "Unification", "Chain of Command", and "All Good Things…".

"The Measure of a Man" HD extended cut

"The Measure of a Man" was released in HD in 2012 with an extended cut. The extended version includes an extra 13 minutes of footage as well as recreated special effects. It was released as part of the Season 2 collection set.

Star Trek: The Next Generation is available on various streaming video services including, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Apple iTunes, and CBS All Access, under various qualities and terms. The Netflix version included some additional special effect improvements. One service stated that by 2017 the most re-watched episodes of Star Trek:The Next Generation among the most re-watched Star Trek franchise shows in their offerings, were "The Best of Both Worlds, Part I", "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", "Q Who", and "Clues". Streaming offerings were noted for binge watching, including Star Trek: The Next Generation 178 episodes among the overall 726 episodes and 12 movies that had been released prior to Star Trek: Discovery in late 2017.

As of the late 2010s, Star Trek: The Next Generation is syndicated to air in the United States on the cable network BBC America and the broadcast channel network Heroes & Icons.

Star Trek : The Next Generation episodes have been featured in TV specials and marathons. For example, for Saint Patrick's Day BBC America planned a marathon with the episodes including "The Best of Both Worlds”, “Time’s Arrow”, “Chain of Command”, “Tapestry”, and the series finale, “All Good Things…” . On the launch of Paramount+ streaming service, on March 4, 2021, a free Star Trek marathon was presented, featuring the pilots of the various Star Trek television series, including TNG. The marathon started at 7 am PT/10 am ET and streamed on the YouTube internet video platform and ran all day.

Star Trek: The Next Generation spawned different media set in its universe, which was primarily the 2370s but set in the same universe as first Star Trek TV shows of the 1960s. This included the aforementioned films, computer games, board games, theme parks, etc. In the 2010s there were rumors of a Captain Worf spin-off, the Klingon bridge officer that debuted on TNG and was also featured in the TNG spin-off show Deep Space Nine.

A documentary called Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek - The Next Generation was released in 1994. Directed by Donald R. Beck, it featured the cast of the show and explored the last season and the then upcoming film Generations.

Novels

Star Trek: The Next Generation-era novels (examples):

Series

One-offs

"These Are The Voyages..." (2005)

Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis returned to their The Next Generation roles for the series finale of Enterprise, as Commander Riker and Counselor Troi respectively.

In 2005, the last episode of Star Trek: Enterprise called "These Are the Voyages..." (S4E22) featured a holodeck simulation on the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) from Star Trek: The Next Generation during the events of the episode "The Pegasus" and the return of Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis). It was written by Berman and Braga, who noted "... this was a very cool episode because it has a great concept driving it".

Star Trek: Enterprise was the TV show launched following the conclusion of Star Trek: Voyager and was set 100 years before TOS and 200 years before TNG, in addition to including some soft reboot elements with an all new cast. Some episodes connected to TNG directly including guest stars by Brent Spiner and connections to the events in TNG's fictional universe. The three-episode story arc consisting of "Borderland", "Cold Station 12", and "The Augments", with a Soong ancestor portrayed by The Next Generation regular Brent Spiner provides some backstory to Data's origins. Also, the Enterprise episode "Affliction" helps explain the smooth-headed Klingons that sometimes appeared, a retcon that helped explain this varying presentation between TOS, TNG, and the films.

Star Trek would not return to television as a show for over 12 years, until the debut of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS, but thereafter exclusively available on the internet service CBS All Access (Netflix internationally) at that time. The film franchise was rebooted in 2009, essentially a grafted on fork off of the timeline known in Star Trek: The Next Generation. That movie contains an event from the TNG timeline, which is the destruction of Romulus and the flight of Spock's special ship to the time fork. In the Star Trek franchise, witnessing the events of time shenanigans is a common plot device.

The return of Picard

Main article: Star Trek: Picard

On August 4, 2018, Patrick Stewart stated on social media that he would return to the role of Jean-Luc Picard in a project with CBS All Access.

Stewart wrote, "I will always be very proud to have been a part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course. It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over.

"During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership. I feel I'm ready to return to him for the same reason – to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more."

In January 2019, the producer said that the Picard series will answer questions about what happened to Captain Picard in the 20 years after Star Trek: Nemesis.

Context

This infographic shows the first-run production timeline of various Star Trek franchise shows and films, including Star Trek: The Next Generation.


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Star Trek The Next Generation Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article is about the television series For other uses see Star Trek The Next Generation disambiguation Star Trek The Next Generation TNG is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry It originally aired from September 28 1987 to May 23 1994 in syndication spanning 178 episodes over seven seasons The third series in the Star Trek franchise it is the second sequel to Star Trek The Original Series Set in the 24th century when Earth is part of the United Federation of Planets it follows the adventures of a Starfleet starship the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 D in its exploration of the Milky Way galaxy Star Trek The Next GenerationGenreScience fiction Drama Mystery Action adventureCreated byGene RoddenberryStarringPatrick StewartJonathan FrakesLeVar BurtonDenise CrosbyMichael DornGates McFaddenMarina SirtisBrent SpinerWil WheatonTheme music composerAlexander CourageJerry GoldsmithComposersDennis McCarthy Jay Chattaway Ron JonesCountry of originUnited StatesOriginal languageEnglishNo of seasons7No of episodes178 list of episodes ProductionExecutive producersGene Roddenberry 1987 1991 Rick Berman 1989 1994 Showrunners Maurice Hurley 1988 1989 Michael Piller 1989 1994 Jeri Taylor 1993 1994 CinematographyEdward R Brown 1987 1989 Marvin V Rush 1989 1992 Jonathan West 1992 1994 Running time44 45 minutesProduction companyParamount Domestic TelevisionDistributorParamount Domestic TelevisionBudget 1 3 million per episodeReleaseOriginal networkFirst run syndication 1 2 Picture formatNTSCAudio formatDolby SROriginal releaseSeptember 28 1987 1987 09 28 May 23 1994 1994 05 23 ChronologyPreceded byStar Trek The Animated SeriesFollowed byStar Trek Deep Space NineRelated showsStar Trek TV seriesExternal linksStar Trek The Next Generation at StarTrek com In the 1980s Roddenberry who was responsible for the original Star Trek Star Trek The Animated Series 1973 1974 and the first of a series of films was tasked by Paramount Pictures with creating a new series in the franchise He decided to set it a century after the events of his original series The Next Generation featured a new crew Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean Luc Picard Jonathan Frakes as William Riker Brent Spiner as Data Michael Dorn as Worf LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi Denise Crosby as Tasha Yar Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher Gates McFadden as Dr Beverly Crusher and a new Enterprise Roddenberry Maurice Hurley Rick Berman Michael Piller and Jeri Taylor served as executive producers at various times throughout its production The series was broadcast in first run syndication with dates and times varying among individual television stations Stewart s voice over introduction during each episode s opening credits stated the starship s purpose Space the final frontier These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise Its continuing mission to explore strange new worlds to seek out new life and new civilizations to boldly go where no one has gone before The show was very popular reaching almost 12 million viewers in its 5th season with the series finale in 1994 watched by over 30 million viewers 3 4 Following its success Paramount commissioned Rick Berman and Michael Piller to create a fourth series in the franchise Star Trek Deep Space Nine which launched in 1993 The characters from The Next Generation returned in four films Star Trek Generations 1994 Star Trek First Contact 1996 Star Trek Insurrection 1998 and Star Trek Nemesis 2002 and in the television series Star Trek Picard 2020 present The series is also the setting of numerous novels comic books and video games It received many accolades including 19 Emmy Awards two Hugo Awards five Saturn Awards and a Peabody Award Contents 1 Production 1 1 Background 1 2 Syndication and profitability 2 Seasons 2 1 Season 1 1987 1988 2 2 Season 2 1988 1989 2 3 Season 3 1989 1990 2 4 Season 4 1990 1991 2 5 Season 5 1991 1992 2 6 Season 6 1992 1993 2 7 Season 7 1993 1994 2 8 Legacy 3 Episodes 4 Cast 4 1 Main 4 2 Recurring 5 Story arcs and themes 6 Reception 7 International broadcasts 8 Games 9 Films 10 Home media 10 1 VHS 10 2 Beta 10 3 LaserDisc 10 4 DVD 10 5 Blu ray 10 5 1 Standalone episodes 10 5 2 The Measure of a Man HD extended cut 11 Streaming and syndication 12 Spin offs and the franchise 12 1 Novels 12 2 These Are The Voyages 2005 12 3 The return of Picard 12 4 Context 13 See also 14 References 15 External linksProduction EditThe Star Trek franchise originated in the 1960s with the Star Trek television show which ran from 1966 to 1969 Star Trek The Next Generation would mark the return of Star Trek to live action broadcast television Background Edit Re creation of the TNG starship bridge for Star Trek The Exhibition Due to the original series popularity in syndication Paramount Pictures began to consider making a Star Trek film as early as 1972 However with 1977 s release of Star Wars Paramount decided not to compete in the science fiction movie category and shifted their efforts to a new Star Trek television series The Original Series actors were approached to reprise their roles sketches models sets and props were created for Star Trek Phase II until Paramount changed its mind again and decided to create feature films starring the Original Series cast 5 6 By 1986 20 years after the original Star Trek s debut on NBC the franchise s longevity amazed Paramount Pictures executives Chairman Frank Mancuso Sr observed that The shelf life in this business is usually three days To flourish for 20 years He and others described Trek as the studio s crown jewel a priceless asset that must not be squandered The series was the most popular syndicated television program 17 years after cancellation 7 and the Harve Bennett produced Original Series era Star Trek films did well at the box office 8 William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy s salary demands for the film Star Trek IV The Voyage Home 1986 caused the studio to plan for a new Star Trek television series Paramount executives worried that a new series could hurt the demand for the films but decided that it would increase their appeal on videocassette and cable 7 and that a series with unknown actors would be more profitable than paying the films actors large salaries 9 Roddenberry initially declined to be involved but came on board as creator after being unhappy with early conceptual work Star Trek The Next Generation was announced on October 10 1986 10 and its cast in May 1987 11 Paramount executive Rick Berman was assigned to the series at Roddenberry s request Roddenberry hired a number of Star Trek veterans including Bob Justman D C Fontana Eddie Milkis and David Gerrold 12 Early proposals for the series included one in which some of the original series cast might appear as elder statesmen 7 and Roddenberry speculated as late as October 1986 that the new series might not even use a spaceship as people might travel by some other means 100 years after the USS Enterprise 13 A more lasting change was his new belief that workplace interpersonal conflict would no longer exist in the future thus the new series did not have parallels to the frequent crusty banter between Kirk Spock and Leonard McCoy 9 According to series actor Patrick Stewart Berman was more receptive than Roddenberry to the series addressing political issues 14 The series music theme combined the fanfare from the original series theme by Alexander Courage with Jerry Goldsmith s theme for Star Trek The Motion Picture 1979 Some early episodes plots derived from outlines created for Star Trek Phase II 10 Additionally some sets used in the Original Series era films were redressed for The Next Generation and in turn used for subsequent Original Series films 15 Part of the transporter room set in TNG was used in the original Star Trek s transporter set 15 Syndication and profitability Edit Despite Star Trek s proven success NBC and ABC only offered to consider pilot scripts for the new series and CBS offered to air a miniseries that could become a series if it did well Paramount executives were offended that the Big Three television networks treated their most appealing and valuable property like any other series Fox wanted the show to help launch the new network but wanted it by March 1987 and would only commit to 13 episodes instead of a full season The unsuccessful negotiations convinced the studio that it could only protect Star Trek with full control 7 13 Paramount increased and accelerated the show s profitability by choosing to instead broadcast it in first run syndication 16 9 17 123 124 on independent stations whose numbers had more than tripled since 1980 and Big Three network affiliates 7 The studio offered the show to local stations for free as barter syndication The stations sold five minutes of commercial time to local advertisers and Paramount sold the remaining seven minutes to national advertisers Stations had to commit to purchasing reruns in the future 16 and only those that aired the new show could purchase the popular reruns of the Original Series 18 222 19 The studio s strategy succeeded Most of the 150 stations airing reruns of the original Star Trek wanted to prevent a competitor from airing the new show ultimately 210 stations covering 90 of the United States became part of Paramount s informal nationwide network for TNG 16 20 In early October 1987 more than 50 network affiliates pre empted their own shows for the series pilot Encounter at Farpoint One station predicted that Star Trek promises to be one of the most successful programs of the season network or syndicated 20 Special effects were by Industrial Light and Magic a Division of Lucasfilm 21 The new show indeed performed well the pilot s ratings were higher than those of many network programs 20 and ratings remained comparable to network shows by the end of the first season despite the handicap of each station airing the show on a different day and time often outside prime time By the end of the first season Paramount reportedly received 1 million for advertising per episode more than the roughly 800 000 fee that networks typically paid for a one hour show 16 by 1992 when the budget for each episode had risen to almost 2 million 22 the studio earned 90 million from advertising annually from first run episodes with each 30 second commercial selling for 115 000 to 150 000 23 24 The show had a 40 return on investment for Paramount with 30 to 60 million in annual upfront net profit for first run episodes and another 70 million for stripping rights for each of the about 100 episodes then available so they did not need overseas sales to be successful 23 Seasons EditStar Trek The Next Generation ran for 178 episodes over seven seasons from the fall of 1987 annually to the spring of 1994 At the end of that season the cast switched over to production of the Star Trek film Generations which was released before the end of 1994 SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedFirst airedLast aired126September 28 1987 1987 09 28 May 16 1988 1988 05 16 222November 21 1988 1988 11 21 July 17 1989 1989 07 17 326September 25 1989 1989 09 25 June 18 1990 1990 06 18 426September 24 1990 1990 09 24 June 17 1991 1991 06 17 526September 23 1991 1991 09 23 June 15 1992 1992 06 15 626September 21 1992 1992 09 21 June 21 1993 1993 06 21 726September 20 1993 1993 09 20 May 23 1994 1994 05 23 Season 1 1987 1988 Edit Main article Star Trek The Next Generation season 1 Denise Crosby and Gates McFadden were in Season 1 as Tasha Yar and Doctor Crusher respectively but were removed for Season 2 McFadden then returned for Season 3 as a regular and remained as such for the rest of the series while Crosby appeared sporadically The Next Generation was shot on 35mm film 25 and the budget for each episode was 1 3 million among the highest for a one hour television drama 16 While the staff enjoyed the creative freedom gained by independence from a broadcast network s Standards and Practices department 18 222 the first season was marked by a revolving door of writers with Gerrold Fontana and others quitting after disputes with Roddenberry 26 Roddenberry virtually rewrote the first 15 episodes because of his dogmatic intention to depict human interaction without drawing on the baser motives of greed lust and power Writers found the show s bible constricting and ridiculous and could not deal with Roddenberry s ego and treatment of them It stated for example that regular characters all share a feeling of being part of a band of brothers and sisters As in the original Star Trek we invite the audience to share the same feeling of affection for our characters 9 David Gerrold claimed that at one point Roddenberry s lawyer came aboard and started taking apart six months of work including the removal of a gay couple that Roddenberry had promised would be included in the series which made Gerrold decide to leave the show 27 Mark Bourne of The DVD Journal wrote of season one A typical episode relied on trite plot points clumsy allegories dry and stilted dialogue or characterization that was taking too long to feel relaxed and natural 28 Other targets of criticism included poor special effects and plots being resolved by the deus ex machina of Wesley Crusher saving the ship 29 30 However Patrick Stewart s acting skills won praise and critics noted that characters were given greater potential for development than those of the original series 28 29 Both actors and producers were unsure whether Trekkies loyal to the original show would accept the new one 31 32 but one critic stated as early as October 1987 that The Next Generation not the movies or the original show is the real Star Trek now 33 While the events of most episodes of season one were self contained many developments important to the show as a whole occurred during the season The recurring nemesis Q was introduced in the pilot the alien Ferengi had their sentinel showing in The Last Outpost the holodeck was introduced and the romantic backstory between William Riker and Deanna Troi was investigated The Naked Now one of the few episodes that depicted Roddenberry s fascination as seen in the show s bible with sex in the future became a cast favorite 9 Later episodes in the season set the stage for serial plots The episode Datalore introduced Data s evil twin brother Lore who made several more appearances in episodes in subsequent seasons Coming of Age dealt with Wesley Crusher s efforts to get into Starfleet Academy while also hinting at the threat to Starfleet later faced in Conspiracy Heart of Glory explored Worf s character Klingon culture and the uneasy truce between the Federation and the Klingon Empire three themes that played major roles in later episodes Tasha Yar left the show in Skin of Evil becoming the first regular Star Trek character to die permanently although the character was seen again in two later episodes in either series or film The season finale The Neutral Zone established the presence of two of TNG s most enduring villains the Romulans making their first appearance since the Original Series and through foreshadowing the Borg The premiere became the first television episode to be nominated for a Hugo Award since 1972 Six of the season s episodes were each nominated for an Emmy Award 11001001 won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series The Big Goodbye won for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series and Conspiracy won for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Series 10 The Big Goodbye also won a Peabody Award the first syndicated program 16 and only Star Trek episode to do so The top two episodes for Nielsen ratings were Encounter at Farpoint with 15 7 and Justice with 12 7 34 The season ran from 1987 to 1988 Season 2 1988 1989 Edit Main article Star Trek The Next Generation season 2 LeVar Burton starred as Geordi La Forge in all seven seasons airing between 1987 and 1994 and four TNG movies premiering between 1994 and 2002 In the second season the character became Chief Engineer aboard the Enterprise D remaining so for the rest of the series The series underwent significant changes during its second season Beverly Crusher was replaced as Chief Medical Officer by Katherine Pulaski played by Diana Muldaur who had been a guest star in Return to Tomorrow and Is There in Truth No Beauty two episodes from the original Star Trek series The ship s recreational area Ten Forward and its mysterious bartender advisor Guinan played by Whoopi Goldberg appeared for the first time Owing to the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike the number of episodes produced was cut from 26 to 22 and the start of the season was delayed Because of the strike the opening episode The Child was based on a script originally written for Star Trek Phase II while the season finale Shades of Gray was a clip show Nevertheless season two as a whole was widely regarded as significantly better than season one 35 Benefiting from Paramount s commitment to a multiyear run and free from network interference due to syndication Roddenberry found writers who could work within his guidelines and create drama from the cast s interaction with the rest of the universe 9 The plots became more sophisticated and began to mix drama with comic relief Its focus on character development received special praise 35 Co executive producer Maurice Hurley has stated that his primary goal for the season was to plan and execute season long story arcs and character arcs 36 Hurley wrote the acclaimed episode Q Who which featured the first on screen appearance of the Borg Season two focused on developing the character Data and two episodes from the season Elementary Dear Data and The Measure of a Man featured him prominently 37 Miles O Brien also became a more prominent character during the second season while Geordi La Forge took the position of Chief Engineer Klingon issues continued to be explored in episodes such as A Matter of Honor and The Emissary which introduced Worf s former lover K Ehleyr 38 Five second season episodes were nominated for six Emmy Awards and Q Who won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series 10 The season ran from 1988 to 1989 Season 2 marked the addition of the Ten Forward set at Paramount located at Stage 8 at the studios 39 The set was designed by Herman Zimmerman and in the show was a place for the crew to relax hang out together and eat or have drinks 39 Inside it featured a bar looking out on large windows and outside it featured a star field or with use of green screen special effects other scenes 39 Season 3 1989 1990 Edit Main article Star Trek The Next Generation season 3 Before the production of the third season in the summer of 1989 some personnel changes were made Head writer Maurice Hurley was let go and Michael Piller took over for the rest of the series Creator and executive producer Gene Roddenberry took less of an active role due to his declining health Roddenberry gave Piller and Berman the executive producer jobs and they remained in that position for the rest of the series run with Berman overseeing the production as a whole and Piller being in charge of the creative direction of the show and the writing room McFadden returned to the cast as Doctor Crusher replacing Muldaur who had remained a guest star throughout the second season An additional change was the inclusion of the fanfare that was added to the opening credits of the second season to the end of the closing credits Ronald D Moore joined the show after submitting a spec script that became The Bonding He became the franchise s Klingon guru 10 meaning that he wrote most TNG episodes dealing with the Klingon Empire though he wrote some Romulan stories as well such as The Defector Writer producer Ira Steven Behr also joined the show in its third season Though his tenure with TNG lasted only one year he later went on to be a writer and showrunner of spin off series Star Trek Deep Space Nine 40 Six third season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys Yesterday s Enterprise won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Sins of the Father won for Best Art Direction for a Series 10 After a chiropractor warned that the cast members risked permanent skeletal injury new two piece wool uniforms replaced the first two seasons extremely tight spandex uniforms 41 The season finale the critically acclaimed episode The Best of Both Worlds was the first season ending cliffhanger a tradition that continued throughout the remainder of the series The season ran from 1989 to 1990 The Season 3 finale and bridge to Season 4 The Best of Both Worlds went on to be one of the most acclaimed Star Trek episodes noted by TV Guide s 100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History ranking 70th out of 100 in March 2001 42 It has routinely been ranked among the top of all Star Trek franchise episodes 43 44 Season 4 1990 1991 Edit Main article Star Trek The Next Generation season 4 Wil Wheaton plays Wesley Crusher Beverly Crusher s son a regular character in the first four seasons appearing sporadically in the last three Brannon Braga and Jeri Taylor joined the show in its fourth season The fourth season surpassed the Original Series in series length with the production of The Best of Both Worlds Part II A new alien race the Cardassians made their first appearance in The Wounded They later were heavily featured in Star Trek Deep Space Nine The season finale Redemption was the 100th episode and the cast and crew including creator Gene Roddenberry celebrated the historic milestone on the bridge set Footage of this was seen in the Star Trek 25th anniversary special hosted by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy which aired later in the year Seven fourth season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys The Best of Both Worlds Part II won for both Outstanding Sound Editing in a Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Series 10 Character Wesley Crusher left the series in season four to go to Starfleet Academy Family is the only TNG episode where Data does not appear on screen The season ran from 1990 to 1991 Season 5 1991 1992 Edit Main article Star Trek The Next Generation season 5 The fifth season s seventh episode Unification opened with a dedication to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry though the prior episode The Game aired four days after his death Roddenberry though he had recently died continued to be credited as executive producer for the rest of the season The cast and crew learned of his death during the production of Hero Worship a later season five episode Seven fifth season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys Cost of Living won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series and A Matter of Time and Conundrum tied for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects In addition The Inner Light became the first television episode since the 1968 original series Star Trek episode The City on the Edge of Forever to win a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation 10 Season five had the introduction of a jacket for Picard worn periodically throughout the rest of the show s run The observation lounge set was altered with the removal of the gold model starships across the interior wall and the addition of lighting beneath the windows Recurring character Ensign Ro Laren was introduced in the fifth season The season ran from 1991 to 1992 Season 6 1992 1993 Edit Main article Star Trek The Next Generation season 6 NASA astronaut Mae Jemison left plays an Enterprise officer in the sixth season episode Second Chances and world renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking plays a holographic simulated version of himself in the sixth season finale cliffhanger Descent Part I With the creation of Star Trek Deep Space Nine Rick Berman and Michael Piller s time were split between The Next Generation and the new show Three sixth season episodes were nominated for Emmys Time s Arrow Part II won for both Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series and A Fistful of Datas won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series 10 The highest Nielsen rated episode of Season 6 was Relics with a rating of 13 9 45 The episode featured Original Series character Scotty played by James Doohan Additionally NASA astronaut Mae Jemison played Lt Palmer in Second Chances 46 47 The season 6 finale cliffhanger includes a cameo by Stephen Hawking Part I of Descent The season ran from 1992 to 1993 Season 7 1993 1994 Edit Main article Star Trek The Next Generation season 7 The seventh season was The Next Generation s last running from 1993 to 1994 The penultimate episode Preemptive Strike concluded the plot line for the recurring character Ensign Ro Laren and introduced themes that continued in Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Voyager The Next Generation series finale All Good Things was a double length episode separated into two parts for reruns that aired the week of May 19 1994 revisiting the events of the pilot and providing a bookend to the series Toronto s SkyDome played host to a massive event for the series finale Thousands of people packed the stadium to watch the final episode on the stadium s JumboTron Five seventh season episodes were nominated for nine Emmys and the series as a whole was the first syndicated television series nominated for Outstanding Drama Series To this day The Next Generation is the only syndicated drama to be nominated in this category All Good Things won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects and Genesis won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series All Good Things also won the second of the series two Hugo Awards 10 All Good Things also achieved the highest Nielsen rating for all of Season 7 with a rating of 17 4 48 Legacy Edit Although the cast members were contracted for eight seasons 49 Paramount ended The Next Generation after seven which disappointed and puzzled some of the actors and was an unusual decision for a successful television show Paramount then made films using the cast which it believed would be less successful if the show were still on television 50 An eighth season also would likely have reduced the show s profitability due to higher cast salaries and a lower price per episode when sold as strip programming 49 The show s strong ratings continued to the end the 1994 series finale was ranked number two among all shows that week between hits Home Improvement and Seinfeld 49 and was watched by over 30 million viewers 3 TNG was the most watched Star Trek show with a peak audience of 11 5 million during its fifth season prior to the launch of DS9 Between 1988 and 1992 it picked up half a million to a million additional viewers per year 4 Adjusted Nielsen ratings for Star Trek TV shows 4 Fall 1987 Spring 1988 8 55 Million TNG S1 Fall 1988 Spring 1989 9 14 Million TNG S2 Fall 1989 Spring 1990 9 77 Million TNG S3 Fall 1990 Spring 1991 10 58 Million TNG S4 Fall 1991 Spring 1992 11 50 Million TNG S5 Fall 1992 Spring 1993 10 83 Million TNG S6 DS9 S1 Debuted in Spring 1993 Fall 1993 Spring 1994 9 78 Million TNG S7 DS9 S2 Fall 1994 Spring 1995 7 05 Million DS9 S3 VOY S1 Fall 1995 Spring 1996 6 42 Million DS9 S4 VOY S2 Fall 1996 Spring 1997 5 03 Million DS9 S5 VOY S3 Fall 1997 Spring 1998 4 53 Million DS9 S6 VOY S4 Fall 1998 Spring 1999 4 00 Million DS9 S7 VOY S5 Voyager ended after two more seasons Science fiction authors noted how Star Trek The Next Generation influenced their careers 51 Episodes EditMain article List of Star Trek The Next Generation episodes Star Trek The Next Generation aired for 7 seasons beginning on September 28 1987 and ending on May 23 1994 The series begins with the crew of the Enterprise D put on trial by an omnipotent being known as Q who became a recurring character The god like entity threatens the extinction of humanity for being a race of savages forcing them to solve a mystery at nearby Farpoint Station to prove their worthiness to be spared After successfully solving the mystery and avoiding disaster the crew departs on its mission to explore strange new worlds Subsequent stories focus on the discovery of new life and sociological and political relationships with alien cultures as well as exploring the human condition Several new species are introduced as recurring antagonists including the Ferengi the Cardassians and the Borg Throughout their adventures Picard and his crew are often forced to face and live with the consequences of difficult choices The series ended in its seventh season with a two part episode All Good Things which brought the events of the series full circle to the original confrontation with Q An interstellar anomaly that threatens all life in the universe forces Picard to leap from his present past and future to combat the threat Picard was successfully able to show to Q that humanity could think outside of the confines of perception and theorize on new possibilities while still being prepared to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the greater good The series ended with the crew of the Enterprise portrayed as feeling more like a family and paved the way for four consecutive motion pictures that continued the theme and mission of the series Episodes by season 1 4 Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Encounter at Farpoint Two part episode The Naked Now Code of Honor The Last Outpost Where No One Has Gone Before Lonely Among Us Justice The Battle Hide and Q Haven The Big Goodbye Peabody Award Winner Datalore Angel One 11001001 Too Short a Season When the Bough Breaks Home Soil Coming of Age Heart of Glory The Arsenal of Freedom Symbiosis Skin of Evil We ll Always Have Paris Conspiracy The Neutral Zone The Child Where Silence Has Lease Elementary Dear Data The Outrageous Okona Loud as a Whisper The Schizoid man Unnatural Selection A Matter of Honor The Measure of a Man The Dauphin Contagion The Royale Time Squared The Icarus Factor Pen Pals Q Who Samaritan Snare Up the Long Ladder Manhunt The Emissary Peak Performance Shades of Gray Evolution The Ensigns of Command The Survivors Who Watches the Watchers The Bonding Booby Trap The Enemy The Price The Vengeance Factor The Defector The Hunted The High Ground Deja Q A Matter of Perspective Yesterday s Enterprise The Offspring Sins of the Father Allegiance Captain s Holiday Tin Man Hollow Pursuits The Most Toys Sarek Menage a Troi Transfigurations The Best of Both Worlds Part 1 The Best of Both Worlds Part 2 Family Brothers Suddenly Human Remember Me Legacy Reunion Future Imperfect Final Mission The Loss Data s Day The Wounded Devil s Due Clues First Contact Galaxy s Child Night Terrors Identity Crisis The Nth Degree Qpid The Drumhead Half a Life The Host The Mind s Eye In Theory Redemption Part 1 Episodes by season 5 7 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7 Redemption Part 2 Darmok Ensign Ro Silicon Avatar Disaster The Game Unification Two part episode A Matter of Time New Ground Hero Worship Violations The Masterpiece Society Conundrum Power Play Ethics The Outcast Cause and Effect The First Duty Cost of Living The Perfect Mate Imaginary Friend I Borg The Next Phase The Inner Light Time s Arrow Part 1 Time s Arrow Part 2 Realm of Fear Man of the People Relics Schisms True Q Rascals A Fistful of Datas The Quality of Life Chain of Command Two part episode Ship in a Bottle Aquiel Face of the Enemy Tapestry Birthright Two part episode Starship Mine Lessons The Chase Frame of Mind Suspicions Rightful Heir Second Chances Timescape Descent Part 1 Descent Part 2 Liaisons Interface Gambit Two part episode Phantasms Dark Page Attached Force of Nature Inheritance Parallels The Pegasus Homeward Sub Rosa Lower Decks Thine Own Self Masks Eye of the Beholder Genesis Journey s End Firstborn Bloodlines Emergence Preemptive Strike All Good Things Two part episode Cast EditMain article List of Star Trek The Next Generation cast members Patrick Stewart plays Captain Picard throughout the series as well as in all four films and as the central character in Star Trek Picard Brent Spiner stars as the android Data on the show and in all four movies and also plays Data s father i e manufacturer and brother Main Edit Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean Luc Picard is the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise D Stewart also played the character in the pilot episode of Deep Space Nine all four TNG theater films and in the eponymously titled latest series Star Trek Picard Jonathan Frakes as Commander William T Riker is the ship s first officer The Riker character was influenced by concepts for first officer Willard Decker in the Star Trek Phase II television series 10 Decker s romantic history with helmsman Ilia was mirrored in The Next Generation in the relationship between Riker and Deanna Troi 10 Riker also appears in an episode each of Star Trek Voyager and Star Trek Enterprise and later reprised the role in Star Trek Picard and in the animated Star Trek Lower Decks In addition to William Riker Frakes played William s transporter created double Thomas in one episode each of The Next Generation and Star Trek Deep Space Nine LeVar Burton as Lieutenant JG Lieutenant Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge was initially the ship s helmsman but the character became chief engineer beginning in the second season Burton also played the character in an episode of Voyager Denise Crosby as Lieutenant Tasha Yar is the chief of security and tactical officer Crosby left the series near the end of the first season and the Yar character was killed Yar returns in alternate timelines in the award winning episode Yesterday s Enterprise and the series finale All Good Things Crosby also played Commander Sela Yar s half Romulan daughter Michael Dorn as Lieutenant JG Lieutenant Worf is a Klingon Worf initially appears as a junior officer fulfilling several roles on the bridge When Denise Crosby left near the end of the first season the Worf character succeeded Lieutenant Yar as the ship s chief of security and tactical officer Dorn reprised the role as a regular in seasons four through seven of Star Trek Deep Space Nine and also played another Klingon also named Worf in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country with 282 on screen appearances Dorn has the most appearances of any actor in the Star Trek franchise 52 Gates McFadden as Doctor Beverly Crusher Seasons 1 3 7 is the Enterprise s chief medical officer As a fully certified bridge officer Dr Crusher had the ability to command the Enterprise if circumstances required her to do so She also on occasion commanded night watch shifts on the ship s main bridge to stay on top of starship operations McFadden was fired after the first season but was rehired for the third season 53 and remained for the remainder of the series In universe her absence in the second season was explained by her transfer to Starfleet Medical Diana Muldaur as Doctor Katherine Pulaski Season 2 was created to replace Dr Crusher for the show s second season Muldaur who previously appeared in two episodes of the original Star Trek never received billing in the opening credits instead she was listed as a special guest star during the first act Marina Sirtis as Lieutenant Commander Commander Deanna Troi is the half human half Betazoid ship s counselor Starting in the season seven episode Thine Own Self Counselor Troi having taken and completed the bridge officer s test is later promoted to the rank of commander which allowed her to take command of the ship and also perform bridge duties other than those of a ship s counselor The character s relationship with first officer Riker was a carry over from character ideas developed for Phase II 10 Troi also appeared in later episodes of Voyager in the finale of Enterprise and in the first season of Picard Brent Spiner as Lieutenant Commander Data is an android who serves as second officer and operations officer Data s outsider s perspective on humanity served a similar narrative purpose as Spock s in the original Star Trek 10 Spiner also played his brother Lore and his creator Noonien Soong In Enterprise Spiner played Noonien s ancestor Arik and contributed a brief voiceover heard over the Enterprise D s intercom in the Enterprise finale In 2020 Spiner reprised the role of Data as well as Dr Altan Inigo Soong Noonien s prodigy in Picard Wil Wheaton as Beverly Crusher s son Wesley He becomes an acting ensign and later receives a field commission to ensign before attending Starfleet Academy After being a regular for the first four seasons Wheaton appeared sporadically as Wesley Crusher for the remainder of the series Recurring Edit John de Lancie plays the role of the mysterious but powerful alien known as Q Like many actors in the series he also worked on some of the video games of the period Whoopi Goldberg portrays Guinan in The Next Generation She was inspired to take on the role by Nichelle Nichols portrayal of Uhura on the original series Majel Barrett as Lwaxana Troi Federation ambassador and Deanna Troi s mother also the voice of the ship s computer Brian Bonsall as Alexander Rozhenko Worf s son Rosalind Chao as Keiko O Brien botanist until her transfer to Deep Space Nine in 2369 Denise Crosby as Sela Romulan commander and Tasha Yar s daughter John de Lancie as Q a member of the Q Continuum who frequently visits the USS Enterprise D Jonathan Del Arco as Hugh a Borg drone who was disconnected from the collective by Geordi La Forge and Beverly Crusher Michelle Forbes as Ro Laren conn officer until her defection to the Maquis in 2370 Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan bartender hostess on the USS Enterprise D Ashley Judd as Robin Lefler engineering officer on the USS Enterprise D Andreas Katsulas as Tomalak a Romulan commander who has several encounters with the USS Enterprise D Barbara March as Lursa Klingon officer from the House of Duras and B Etor s sister Colm Meaney as Miles O Brien conn officer and later transporter chief until his transfer to Deep Space Nine in 2369 Eric Menyuk as The Traveler a member of a species from Tau Alpha C who mentors Wesley Crusher Lycia Naff as Sonya Gomez engineering officer on the USS Enterprise D Natalia Nogulich as Alynna Nechayev flag officer in charge of Cardassian affairs Robert O Reilly as Gowron leader of the Klingon Empire Suzie Plakson as K Ehleyr Federation ambassador mate to Worf and Alexander Rozhenko s mother until her death in 2367 Dwight Schultz as Reginald Barclay engineering officer until his transfer to Starfleet Communications in 2374 Carel Struycken as Mr Homn Lwaxana Troi s attendant Tony Todd as Kurn Klingon officer and Worf s brother Gwynyth Walsh as B Etor Klingon officer from the House of Duras and Lursa s sister Patti Yasutake as Alyssa Ogawa medical officer and head nurse Ken Thorley as Mot barber on the USS Enterprise D Daniel Davis as Professor Moriarty as a holodeck character who becomes self aware For a more complete list see List of Star Trek The Next Generation cast members Appearances Enterprise D Characters Season 1 7 examples Character Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7Captain Picard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes YesWilliam T Riker Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes YesData Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes YesWorf Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes YesDeanna Troi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes YesGeordi La Forge Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes YesBeverly Crusher Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes YesKatherine Pulaski No Yes No No No No NoWesley Crusher Yes Yes Yes Yes 2 ep No 2 ep Tasha Yar Yes No 1 ep No No No 1 ep Guinan No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes NoStory arcs and themes Edit Michael Dorn plays Lieutenant Worf and appears in all seven TNG seasons and four TNG films a scene as an ancestor of Worf in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country and in four seasons of the spin off show DS9 making him appear more times as a regular cast member than any other actor in the franchise s history Star Trek had a number of story arcs within the larger story and oftentimes different episodes contributed to two or more different story or character arcs Some are epitomized by the aliens the characters interact with for example TNG introduced the Borg and the Cardassians The Klingons and Romulans had been introduced in The Original Series 1966 1969 however the Klingons were somewhat rebooted with a turtle head look although a retcon was given to explain this in an Enterprise episode Other story arcs focus on certain peripheral characters such as Q Ro Laren or characters projected on the Holodeck Certain episodes go deeper into the Klingon alien saga which are famous for having an actual Klingon language made for them in the Star Trek universe The Klingon stories usually involve Worf but not all Worf centric shows are focused on Klingons The Duras sisters a Klingon duo named Lursa and B Etor were introduced on TNG in the 1991 episode Redemption They later appeared in the film Generations One of the science fiction technologies featured in Star Trek The Next Generation was an artificial reality machine called the Holodeck and several award winning episodes featured plots centering on the peculiarities of this device 54 Some episodes focused on malfunctions in the holodeck and in one case how a crew member became addicted to the environment created by the technology 54 The dangers of technology that allows illusion is one of ongoing themes of Star Trek going back to the 1st pilot The Cage where aliens power of illusion to create an artificial reality is explored 55 One of the plots is whether a character will confront a reality or retreat to a world of fantasy 56 Several episodes in the show also deal with the concept of time including narrative structures around time travel temporal loops parallel universes alternate universes and more In some episodes the character Q is responsible for the shifts in time Reception EditSee also List of awards and nominations received by Star Trek The Next Generation Patrick Stewart talks at Destination Star Trek London with other actors from the franchise The Next Generation s average of 20 million viewers often exceeded both existing syndication successes such as Wheel of Fortune and network hits including Cheers and L A Law Benefiting in part from many stations decision to air each new episode twice in a week it consistently ranked in the top ten among hour long dramas and networks could not prevent affiliates from preempting their shows with The Next Generation or other dramas that imitated its syndication strategy 22 17 124 Star Trek The Next Generation received 18 Emmy Awards and in its seventh season became the first and only syndicated television show to be nominated for the Emmy for Best Dramatic Series It was nominated for three Hugo Awards and won two The first season episode The Big Goodbye also won the Peabody Award for excellence in television programming In 1997 the episode The Best of Both Worlds Part I was ranked No 70 on TV Guide s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time 57 In 2002 Star Trek The Next Generation was ranked 46 on TV Guide s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time list 58 and in 2008 was ranked No 37 on Empire s list of the 50 greatest television shows 59 On October 7 2006 one of the three original filming models of the USS Enterprise D used on the show sold at a Christie s auction for US 576 000 making it the highest selling item at the event 60 The buyer of the model was Microsoft co founder Paul Allen owner of the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle The model is on display within the Science Fiction Museum In 2012 Entertainment Weekly listed the show at No 7 in the 25 Best Cult TV Shows from the Past 25 Years saying The original Star Trek was cult TV before cult TV was even a thing but its younger sleeker offspring brought yes a new generation into the Trekker fold and reignited the promise of sci fi on television 61 Although TNG did develop a cult following it was noted for its prime time general audience viewership also 4 The flute from The Inner Light was valued at a maximum of US 1 000 when it went to auction in late 2006 but was sold for over 40 000 in this case the auctioneers admitted they had underestimated the appeal of the prop 62 63 In the days leading up to the auction Denise Okuda former Star Trek scenic artist and video supervisor as well as co writer of the auction catalog said That s the item people say they really have to have because it s so iconic to a much beloved episode 64 DS9 s The Emissary which came out half way through season 6 of TNG achieved a Nielsen rating of 18 8 65 Star Trek s ratings went into a steady decline starting with Season 6 of TNG and the second to last episode of DS9 achieved a Nielsen rating of 3 9 66 In 2017 Vulture ranked Star Trek The Next Generation the second best live action Star Trek television show 67 In 2019 Popular Mechanics ranked Star Trek The Next Generation the third best science fiction television show ever 68 In 2021 Empire magazine ranked it the 17th greatest television show ever 69 They point out it was hard to follow in the reputation of the original series but the series found its footing and paved the way for more spin offs 69 International broadcasts EditThe Next Generation was first broadcast on UK terrestrial TV on BBC2 with the first episode shown on 26 September 1990 70 The sequence remained the same as the US releases for the first four episodes 71 but after this they were somewhat shuffled about 72 Games Edit Screenshot of the 1995 game Star Trek The Next Generation A Final Unity Starting in the 1990s to early 21st century main computer and video games were produced featuring characters and settings from the television series Also games in genres such as cards and board games were also produced Some were quite successful in there time A Final Unity was a commercial success selling 500 000 copies by 1996 73 and was met with generally positive reviews The game was in the U K PC Gamer Magazine for how it translates the atmosphere and feel of The Next Generation almost perfectly 74 Video games based on The Next Generation TV series movies and characters include Star Trek The Next Generation 1993 NES Game Boy Star Trek The Next Generation Future s Past 1993 for the SNES Star Trek The Next Generation Echoes from the Past 1993 a port of Future s Past for the Sega Genesis Star Trek Generations Beyond the Nexus 1994 for Nintendo Game Boy or Sega Game Gear Star Trek The Next Generation A Final Unity 1995 for MS DOS or Macintosh A Final Unity sold 500 000 copies by 1996 75 Star Trek Borg 1996 includes live action segments directed by James L Conway and acting by John de Lancie as Q Star Trek Klingon 1996 for PC and Mac Star Trek Generations 1997 for IBM PC Star Trek The Next Generation Klingon Honor Guard 1998 for Mac and Windows 95 and 98 Star Trek The Game Show 1998 for PC and Mac Star Trek Hidden Evil 1999 for Windows 95 and 98 Star Trek Invasion 2000 for the PlayStation Star Trek Armada 2000 76 for Microsoft Windows 98 Star Trek Armada II 2001 Star Trek Bridge Commander 2002 Star Trek Conquest 2007 Wii PlayStation 2 Star Trek TNG pinball featured the voices of actors from the show The Enterprise and its setting is also in other Trekiverse games like Star Trek Armada 2000 For example in Star Trek Armada voice actors from The Next Generation returned to their characters in the game including Patrick Stewart reprising the roles of Jean Luc Picard and Locutus Michael Dorn voiced Worf Denise Crosby reprised Sela and J G Hertzler 77 voiced Chancellor Martok Several other voice actors who had been previously unaffiliated with Star Trek also voiced characters in the game among them was Richard Penn 78 Star Trek Armada II was set in the Star Trek The Next Generation era of the Star Trek universe 76 Star Trek Hidden Evil 1999 included voice acting by Brent Spiner as Data and Patrick Stewart as Picard 79 and was a follow up to the ninth Star Trek film Star Trek Insurrection 79 Board Games Star Trek The Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game This game is played with television with VCR player and also a game board 80 Star Trek The Next Generation a 1993 board game 81 Star Trek Five Year Mission also included TOS Pinball Star Trek The Next Generation pinball Further information List of Star Trek games includes other series Films EditMain article Star Trek film series Four films feature the characters of the series Star Trek Generations 1994 Star Trek First Contact 1996 Star Trek Insurrection 1998 and Star Trek Nemesis 2002 An ancestor of Worf also played by Dorn also appeared in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country 82 I think it was kind of an honor they had my character be sort of the link between the two series It was wonderful to be working with the other cast from the original Star Trek series It was kind of a fantasy because who would have thought when I was watching the original show that I d be working in the movie Beyond that it s like professionalism takes over and you just kind of do the best you can and not make yourself look bad Dorn on his role in The Undiscovered Country 82 Film U S release date Director s Screenwriter s Story by Producer s Star Trek Generations November 18 1994 1994 11 18 David Carson Ronald D Moore and Brannon Braga Rick Berman Brannon Braga and Ronald D Moore Rick BermanStar Trek First Contact November 22 1996 1996 11 22 Jonathan Frakes Brannon Braga and Ronald D Moore Rick Berman Marty Hornstein and Peter LauritsonStar Trek Insurrection December 11 1998 1998 12 11 Michael Piller Rick Berman and Michael Piller Rick BermanStar Trek Nemesis December 13 2002 2002 12 13 Stuart Baird John Logan John Logan Rick Berman and Brent SpinerHome media Edit Exhibit in Los Angeles featuring the crew quarters of Captain Picard uniform shown Star Trek harnessed the emergence of home video technologies that rose to prominence in the 1980s as new revenue and promotion avenue 83 Star Trek The Next Generation had release in part or in full on VHS Betamax LaserDisc DVD and Blu Ray media 83 VHS Edit All episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation were made available on VHS cassettes starting in 1991 The entire series was gradually released on VHS over the next few years during the remainder of the show s run and after the show had ended The VHS for TNG were available on mail order with usually two episodes per VHS cassette Beta Edit Some episodes had releases on the tape videocassette format Betamax 83 Releases of all Betamax publications including those of the Star Trek The Next Generation was halted in the early 1990s 84 LaserDisc Edit Paramount published all episodes on the LaserDisc format from October 1991 using an extended release schedule that concluded in May 1999 Each disc featured two episodes with Closed Captions Digital Audio and CX encoding Also published were four themed collections or boxed sets of related episodes These included The Borg Collective The Q Continuum Worf Return to Grace and The Captains Collection 85 For example the Q Continuum collection of LaserDisc featured 4 episodes 86 The collection was released on July 30 1997 and was published by Paramount Home Video it retailed for 99 98 USD 86 The set included the 2 part Encounter at Farpoint Hide amp Q Q Who and Deja Q on 12 inch optical discs in NTSC format with a total runtime of 230 minutes with stereo sound 86 The collection came in a Tri Fold jacket that also included a letter from actor Jon De Lancie Q 86 There was a production error with episode 166 Sub Rosa where a faulty master tape was used that was missing 4 minutes of footage Though a new master copy of the episode was obtained no corrected pressing of this disc was issued 85 Star Trek The Next Generation was also released on LaserDisc in the non US markets Japan and Europe In Japan all episodes were released in a series of 14 boxed sets two boxed sets per season and as with the US releases were in the NTSC format and ordered by production code The European laserdiscs were released in the PAL format and included the ten two part telemovies as well as a disc featuring the episodes Yesterday s Enterprise and Cause And Effect The pilot episode Encounter At Farpoint was also included in a boxed set called Star Trek The Pilots featuring the pilot episodes from Star Trek The Original Series Star Trek The Next Generation Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Voyager DVD Edit The first season of the series was released on DVD in March 2002 Throughout the year the next six seasons were released at various times on DVD with the seventh season being released in December 2002 To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment released Star Trek The Next Generation The Complete Series on October 2 2007 The DVD box set contains 49 discs Between March 2006 and September 2008 Fan Collective editions were released containing select episodes of The Next Generation and The Original Series Deep Space Nine and Voyager based on various themes The individual episodes were chosen by fans voting on StarTrek com In total six Fan Collectives were produced along with a boxed set containing the first five collectives In April 2013 all seven seasons of Star Trek The Next Generation were re released in new packaging featuring a silhouette of a different cast member on each box However the discs contained the identical content that was previously released in 2002 Blu ray Edit CBS announced on September 28 2011 in celebration of the series twenty fifth anniversary that Star Trek The Next Generation would be completely re mastered in 1080p high definition from the original 35mm film negatives The original show was edited and post processed in standard definition for broadcast as were all the show s visual effects e g all exterior shots of the Enterprise phaser fire or beaming fade ins and outs For the remaster almost 25 000 reels of original film stock were rescanned and reedited and all visual effects were digitally recomposed from original large format negatives and newly created CGI shots The release was accompanied by 7 1 DTS Master Audio Michael Okuda believes this is the largest film restoration project ever attempted 87 An initial disc featuring the episodes Encounter at Farpoint Sins of the Father and The Inner Light was released on January 31 2012 under the label The Next Level The six disc first season set was released on July 24 2012 88 The remaining seasons were released periodically thereafter culminating in the release of the seventh season on December 2 2014 Season 1 sold 95 000 units in its launch week in 2012 89 The Blu ray sets include many special features and videos such as a 1988 episode of Reading Rainbow where LeVar Burton who plays Geordi on TNG documents the making of a Star Trek The Next Generation episode 90 The entire re mastered series is available on Blu ray as individual seasons and as a 41 disc box set titled The Full Journey Eventually all remastered episodes became available for television syndication and digital distribution 91 Season Release date 92 Special featuresSeason 1 July 24 2012 Documentaries Energized about the VFX remastering and Stardate Revisited Origin Season 2 December 4 2012 Extended version of The Measure of a Man Reunification reunion interview with entire TNG cast Season 3 April 30 2013 Inside the Writer s Room Resistance is Futile Assimilating TNG A Tribute to Michael PillerSeason 4 July 30 2013 In Conversation The Star Trek Art Department Relativity The Family Saga of Star Trek TNG Deleted scenesSeason 5 November 19 2013 In Conversation The Music of TNG Requiem A Remembrance of TNG Deleted scenesSeason 6 June 24 2014 Beyond the Five Year Mission The Evolution of Star Trek The Next Generation Deleted scenesSeason 7 December 2 2014 The Sky s the Limit The Eclipse of Star Trek The Next Generation In Conversation Lensing Star Trek The Next Generation deleted scenesStandalone episodes Edit When TNG was remastered in high definition several episodes were released as stand alone single show Blu ray products 93 The Best of Both Worlds is split between two seasons whereas the standalone product includes parts 1 and 2 94 The Best of Both Worlds single was released in April 2013 coinciding with the release of Season 3 95 Other singles of TNG HD include the two part shows Redemption Unification Chain of Command and All Good Things 95 The Measure of a Man HD extended cut Edit Main article The Measure of a Man Star Trek The Next Generation The Measure of a Man was released in HD in 2012 with an extended cut 96 The extended version includes an extra 13 minutes of footage as well as recreated special effects 97 It was released as part of the Season 2 collection set Streaming and syndication EditStar Trek The Next Generation is available on various streaming video services including Hulu Amazon Prime Video Netflix Apple iTunes and CBS All Access under various qualities and terms 95 98 The Netflix version included some additional special effect improvements 99 One service stated that by 2017 the most re watched episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation among the most re watched Star Trek franchise shows in their offerings were The Best of Both Worlds Part I The Best of Both Worlds Part II Q Who and Clues 100 Streaming offerings were noted for binge watching including Star Trek The Next Generation 178 episodes among the overall 726 episodes and 12 movies that had been released prior to Star Trek Discovery in late 2017 101 As of the late 2010s Star Trek The Next Generation is syndicated to air in the United States on the cable network BBC America and the broadcast channel network Heroes amp Icons 102 Star Trek The Next Generation episodes have been featured in TV specials and marathons 103 For example for Saint Patrick s Day BBC America planned a marathon with the episodes including The Best of Both Worlds Time s Arrow Chain of Command Tapestry and the series finale All Good Things 104 On the launch of Paramount streaming service on March 4 2021 a free Star Trek marathon was presented featuring the pilots of the various Star Trek television series including TNG 105 The marathon started at 7 am PT 10 am ET and streamed on the YouTube internet video platform and ran all day 105 Spin offs and the franchise EditStar Trek The Next Generation spawned different media set in its universe which was primarily the 2370s but set in the same universe as first Star Trek TV shows of the 1960s This included the aforementioned films computer games board games theme parks etc In the 2010s there were rumors of a Captain Worf spin off the Klingon bridge officer that debuted on TNG and was also featured in the TNG spin off show Deep Space Nine 106 A documentary called Journey s End The Saga of Star Trek The Next Generation was released in 1994 107 Directed by Donald R Beck it featured the cast of the show and explored the last season and the then upcoming film Generations 107 Novels Edit Star Trek The Next Generation era novels examples Series Star Trek The Q Continuum by Greg Cox Q Space Q Zone Q Strike Star Trek The Lost Era edited by Mario Palmieri The Sundered by Michael A Martin Serpents Among the Ruins by David R George III The Art of the Impossible by Keith DeCandido Well of Souls by Ilsa J Bick Deny Thy Father by Jeff Mariotte Catalyst of Sorrows by Margaret Wander Bonanno One Constant Star by David R George III Star Trek Typhon Pact Zero Sum Game by David Mack Seize the Fire by Michael A Martin Rough Beasts of Empire by David R George III Paths of Disharmony by Dayton Ward The Struggle Within by Christopher L Bennett Plagues of Night by David R George III Raise the Dawn by David R George III Brinksmanship by Una McCormack Star Trek A Time to A Time to Be Born by John Vornholt A Time to Die by John Vornholt A Time to Sow by David Ward and Kevin Dilmore A Time to Harvest by David Ward and Kevin Dilmore A Time to Love by Robert Greenberger A Time to Hate by Robert Greenberger A Time to Kill by David Mack A Time to Heal by David Mack A Time for War a Time for Peace by Keith DeCandido Star Trek Titan Taking Wing by Michael A Martin and Andy Mangels The Red King by Michael A Martin and Andy Mangels Orion s Hounds by Christopher L Bennett Sword of Damocles by Geoffrey Thorne Over a Torrent Sea by Christopher L Bennett Synthesis by James Swallow Fallen Gods by Michael A Martin Absent Enemies by John Jackson Miller Sight Unseen by James Swallow Fortune of War by David Mack One offs Balance of Power by Dafydd ab Hugh The Children of Hamlin by Carmen Carter Dark Mirror by Diane Duane Death in Winter by Michael Jan Friedman The Devil s Heart by Carmen Carter I Q by John de Lancie and Peter David Immortal Coil by Jeffrey Lang Imzadi by Peter David The Peacekeepers by Gene DeWeese Planet X by Michael Jan Friedman Q in Law by Peter David Rogue by Andy Mangels and Michael A Martin Rogue Saucer by John Vornholt Star Trek Stargazer by Michael Jan Friedman Strike Zone by Peter David Survivors by Jean Lorrah Vendetta by Peter David These Are The Voyages 2005 Edit Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis returned to their The Next Generation roles for the series finale of Enterprise as Commander Riker and Counselor Troi respectively In 2005 the last episode of Star Trek Enterprise called These Are the Voyages S4E22 featured a holodeck simulation on the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 D from Star Trek The Next Generation during the events of the episode The Pegasus and the return of Commander William Riker Jonathan Frakes and Counselor Deanna Troi Marina Sirtis 108 It was written by Berman and Braga who noted this was a very cool episode because it has a great concept driving it 109 Star Trek Enterprise was the TV show launched following the conclusion of Star Trek Voyager and was set 100 years before TOS and 200 years before TNG in addition to including some soft reboot elements with an all new cast Some episodes connected to TNG directly including guest stars by Brent Spiner and connections to the events in TNG s fictional universe The three episode story arc consisting of Borderland Cold Station 12 and The Augments with a Soong ancestor portrayed by The Next Generation regular Brent Spiner provides some backstory to Data s origins Also the Enterprise episode Affliction helps explain the smooth headed Klingons that sometimes appeared a retcon that helped explain this varying presentation between TOS TNG and the films Star Trek would not return to television as a show for over 12 years until the debut of Star Trek Discovery on CBS but thereafter exclusively available on the internet service CBS All Access Netflix internationally at that time The film franchise was rebooted in 2009 essentially a grafted on fork off of the timeline known in Star Trek The Next Generation That movie contains an event from the TNG timeline which is the destruction of Romulus and the flight of Spock s special ship to the time fork In the Star Trek franchise witnessing the events of time shenanigans is a common plot device The return of Picard Edit Main article Star Trek Picard On August 4 2018 Patrick Stewart stated on social media that he would return to the role of Jean Luc Picard in a project with CBS All Access 110 Stewart wrote I will always be very proud to have been a part of Star Trek The Next Generation but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002 I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course It is therefore an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him Seeking out new life for him when I thought that life was over During these past years it has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps pursuing science exploration and leadership I feel I m ready to return to him for the same reason to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh unexpected and pertinent story to life once more In January 2019 the producer said that the Picard series will answer questions about what happened to Captain Picard in the 20 years after Star Trek Nemesis 111 Context Edit This infographic shows the first run production timeline of various Star Trek franchise shows and films including Star Trek The Next Generation See also Edit Science Fiction portal Speculative fiction portal Television portal Cultural influence of Star Trek List of comic books based on 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