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Star Trek: The Next Generation 

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Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Patrick Stewart ...  Capt. Jean-Luc Picard / ... 176 episodes, 1987-1994
Jonathan Frakes ...  Cmdr. William Riker / ... 176 episodes, 1987-1994
LeVar Burton ...  Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge / ... 176 episodes, 1987-1994
Marina Sirtis ...  Counselor Deanna Troi 176 episodes, 1987-1994
Brent Spiner ...  Lt. Commander Data / ... 176 episodes, 1987-1994
Michael Dorn ...  Lieutenant Worf / ... 176 episodes, 1987-1994
Gates McFadden ...  Dr. Beverly Crusher 155 episodes, 1987-1994
Majel Barrett ...  Enterprise Computer / ... 106 episodes, 1987-1994
Wil Wheaton ...  Wesley Crusher / ... 86 episodes, 1987-1994
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Storyline

Set in the twenty-fourth century and seven to eight decades after the adventures of the original crew of the starship Enterprise, this new series is the long-awaited successor to 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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Country:

USA

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English | Klingon | French

Release Date:

26 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek: TNG See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

In the original series, most planet sets were re-configured in nearly every episode, bar the obvious generic planet surface studio set. However, on binge watching episodes in order of this show, it becomes apparent that Paramount Pictures spent big money on building large standing set structures that would be re-used for several episodes back to back, even with minor to major set re-dressing. In particular, the one set that seemed to last the bulk of the seasons, was a huge cave interior set, which seemed to be the stock generic studio interior set cave and rock face location. Recognizable for a series of steps from a door sized entrance, larger steps, during the crystaline entity terra-forming episode, Picard's archaeology adventure, Picard and Wesley's water scene, an episode with Tasha Yar's daughter, Ambassador Spock's scenes, amongst many others. See more »

Goofs

Items in the holodeck cannot exist off the holodeck. However in the first episode Wesley falls in the river where Riker and Data met, and was still wet going down the halls of the Enterprise. Also in "The Big Goodbye" which is the first time we see Picard playing Dixon Hill, he had gotten a kiss, and when he left the holodeck to change into a suit, he was walking down the hall of the Enterprise with lipstick on his face. See more »

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Commander Riker: [Riker's about to turn down a ship of his own to command for the third time and he doesn't even know why] What am I still doing here? Deanna, I pushed myself hard to get this far. I... I sacrificed a lot. I always said I wanted my own command and yet... something's holding me back. Is it wrong for me to want to stay?
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Commander Riker: [musing it over] Maybe I'm just afraid of the big chair?
Counselor Deanna Troi: I don't think so.
Commander Riker: [...]
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Alternate Versions

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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 chrisbrown6453See 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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