Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)

Star Trek: The Next Generation was the first live action television show in the franchise since the TOS ended almost 20 years earlier. The success of the motion picture brought attention to the franchise, and when the salaries of the actors got bigger, Paramount decided it was cheaper just to make a new series with lesser known actors.

The Next Generation (known as TNG) took place 100 years later in 2364. We are now onboard the brand new USS Enterprise. This one, the fourth in its line, is captained by a man quite different then Kirk, although I suspect Picard would have great respect for James T. Kirk.

I have to admit that I am biased towards TNG over TOS when it comes to my list of favorites in this franchise. Partially because I feel there was more of an attempt of an essemble cast in this but also because this is the first Trek I really got exposed to. I’m a 90s kid, so I grew up with Picard, Riker and the crew of the Enterprise-D.

TNG has also given me alot more to write about. The commentary they try to make is closer to what I’m familiar with, but there is alot more to write about. The episodes themselves are actually shorter, but they make better use of their cast, and have a variety of different writers to input into the pot.

Main Cast:

Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart)
Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes)
Lt. Commander Data
(Brent Spiner)
Lt. Commander Deanna Troi, Counselor (Marina Sirtis)
Lt. Commander Beverly Crusher, MD (Gates McFadden)
Lt. Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton)
Lt. Natasha “Tasha” Yar (Denise Crosby)
Lt. Worf (Michael Dorn)
Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton)

Season One

  • 1.01-2 Encounter at Farpoint
  • 1.03 The Naked Now
  • 1.04 Code of Honor
  • 1.05 The Last Outpost
  • 1.06 Where No ONe Has Gone Before
  • 1.07 The Lonely Among Us
  • 1.08 Justice
  • 1.09 The Battle
  • 1.10 Hide & Q
  • 1.11 Haven
  • 1.12 The Big Goodbye
  • 1.13 Datalore
  • 1.14 Angel One
  • 1.15 11001001
  • 1.16 Too Short a Season
  • 1.17 When the Bough Breaks
  • 1.18 Home Soil
  • 1.19 Coming of Age
  • 1.20 Heart of Glory
  • 1.21 The Arsenal of Freedom
  • 1.22 Symbiosis
  • 1.23 Skin of Evil
  • 1.24 We’ll Always have Paris
  • 1.25 Conspiracy
  • 1.26 The Neutral Zone

Season Two

Main Cast Addition:

Dr. Katherine Pulaski (Diana Mulder)
Riker’s Beard.

Main Cast Subtractions:

Lt. Natasha “Tasha” Yar (Denise Crosby)
Lt. Commander Beverly Crusher, MD (Gates McFadden)

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Season Three

Main Cast additions:

Lt. Commander Beverly Crusher, MD (Gates McFadden)

Main Cast Substrations

Dr. Katherine Pulaski (Diana Mulder)

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Season Four

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Season Five

Main Cast substrations:

Cadet/Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton)

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Season Six

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Season Seven

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