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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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The Ferengi were originally introduced with the intention of making them the main, recurring adversaries in the series (very much like the Klingons were in the original Star Trek (1966)). However, audiences found the Ferengi too comical to take seriously as potential foes, and the race was gradually refined into the more blatantly comical characters later typified by Quark in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). The Borg eventually became infamous as ST:TNG's ultimate nemesis. 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 »


Capt. Picard: Shut up, Wesley!
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Projections (1995) See more »

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Greatest Sci-Fi series of its time
2 January 2004 | by (Sultan, Washington, United States) – See all my reviews

People that watch science fiction seem to forget that Star Trek: The Next Generation was filmed from 1987 to 1994, and that it accomplished the breakthrough technical wizardry we now see in other sci-fi movies and television shows.

It was Star Trek: The Next Generation (STTNG) that accomplished the "orange screen", reducing by 2/3 the cost of shooting space sequences. It was STTNG that finally allowed for a very advanced and yet BELIEVABLE "evolved" human behavior involved in space travel.

I admired Captain Jean-Luc Picard for his reserved Brit style, and the tension between him and Dr. Beverly Crusher. Who did not like watching Lieutenant Commander Data and Lieutenant Geordi LaForge spar over human behavior? What about the short brilliant life of Lieutenant Natasha Yar? Who didn't tune in to see that? Commander William Riker was amazing to watch, as he grew a beard and a conscience -- while still being able to keep up with the great Lieutenant Worf, the only Klingon (as yet) in Star Fleet!?

Those of you out there trying still to wage the Star Wars - Star Trek battle for supremacy -- grow up! They are both inspiring stories in different universes.

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