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Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

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Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Captain Jean-Luc Picard / ... (176 episodes, 1987-1994)
 Commander William T. Riker / ... (176 episodes, 1987-1994)
 Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge / ... (176 episodes, 1987-1994)
 Lieutenant Worf / ... (176 episodes, 1987-1994)
 Counselor Deanna Troi (176 episodes, 1987-1994)
 Lt. Commander Data / ... (176 episodes, 1987-1994)
 Dr. Beverly Crusher (155 episodes, 1987-1994)
 Enterprise Computer / ... (104 episodes, 1987-1994)
 Wesley Crusher / ... (87 episodes, 1987-1994)


Set in the 24th century and decades after the adventures of the original crew of the starship Enterprise, this new series is the long-awaited successor to the original Star Trek (1966). Under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the all new Enterprise NCC 1701-D travels out to distant planets to seek out new life and to boldly go where no one has gone before. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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New Stars. New Stories. New Worlds To Explore.


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26 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Early in the planning stages of the series, Roger C. Carmel was offered the chance to return as his Star Trek (1966) character Harry Mudd, but he died before production would have begun on such an episode. Attempts were also reportedly made to get Leonard Nimoy to appear during the first season, but fans had to wait four years for that to happen in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Unification II (1991). See more »


It is claimed that Data can't use contractions (Can't, Isn't, Don't, etc) yet there are several instances throughout the series where he does. One of the first such examples is heard in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint, where Data uses the word "Can't" while the Enterprise is being chased by Q's "ship". See more »


[repeated line]
Capt. Picard: Tea, Earl Grey, hot.
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Crazy Credits

The pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint" has the end credits in a "scroll up" format. All subsequent episodes display the end credits in a "slideshow" format. See more »

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Whether you liked the original Trek or not, 'The Next Generation is a true Trek across space.
9 September 2000 | by (Fresno, CA) – See all my reviews

Being a child of the late 20th century, I never had the chance to ‘grow up' with the original Captain Kirk and gang; However, lucky me I had Captain Picard to idolize.

While Captain James Tiberius Kirk was the trigger happy, love crazed gigolo, Captain Jean-Luc Picard was (and still is) the gentle, sensitive diplomat. Realizing that you cannot simply compare Kirk's crew to Picard's crew, you must evaluate ‘The Next Generation on it's own merits.

It's a show that had very well written stories, and each week there was a different hero from the no named ensign, to the captain himself. Several of the stories developed into true sagas and much of the plots involved many of the original cast. Bringing Spock into ‘The Next Generation was a true piece of art.

You must keep in mind that the budget for ‘The Next Generation was a great deal larger than that of the original show. With that in mind, the special effects were superb, not only for a television show, but for movies as well. The Next Generation brought some very cool gadgets into our lives including tricorders, androids, and, of course, the most dreamed about invention the Holodeck! What a great thing that would be!

While I would never doubt that the original Star Trek series is a classic, after all, they did name a Space Shuttle after the Enterprise, ‘The Next Generation brought the 21st century into our homes each and every Saturday night, and helped us to believe that we can `Boldly go where no man have gone before!'

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