After defeating the Borg, the crew of the Enterprise experiences shore leave in various ways. Captain Picard's return to his family's vineyard in France has some extraordinary repercussions.


Les Landau


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data (credit only)
Wil Wheaton ... Ensign Wesley Crusher
Jeremy Kemp ... Robert Picard
Samantha Eggar ... Marie Picard
Theodore Bikel ... CPO Sergey Rozhenko, ret.
Georgia Brown ... Helena Rozhenko
Dennis Creaghan ... Louis
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan


With the Enterprise in spacedock undergoing repairs following its encounter with the Borg, several members of the crew have the opportunity for shore leave. Captain Picard returns to his home village in Labarre (France) to visit his older brother Robert, sister-in-law Marie and nephew René. He hasn't been home for 20 years and he has always had a difficult relationship with his brother who considered him a know-it-all; the captain viewed his brother as a bully. They ultimately find a way to get along. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Worf welcomes his adoptive parents, CPO Sergey and Helena Rozhenko, on board the Enterprise. Worf still feels the sting of his dishonor on the Klingon homeworld and his parents know he is hurting. As for Wesley Crusher, his mother gives him an old holographic recording his father made just after Wesley was born. Written by garykmcd

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29 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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While not written or filmed until well after the completion of Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part II (1990), "Family", popular in its own right, has come to be seen as the third part of "The Best of Both Worlds" serial. It is one of the few times where characters' families are introduced (Worf's parents, Picard's family). Although the relaxed, peaceful, episode feels like a 180-degree opposition to the adventurous, warlike serial, part of its point is to put in context what the Borg were threatening - loved ones, as well as civilization and planets. See more »


Picard is visiting a French farm, yet everyone there speaks with an English accent. See more »


René Picard: You know, you don't seem so arrow... arrow... you know...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Arrogant?
René Picard: Yes, arrogant. You don't seem that way to me. What does it mean, anyway? "Arrogant son of a..."
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Let's talk about that later, shall we?
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Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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All in the family
7 January 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'Family' is one of my favorite TNG episodes; partly because it's deceptively uneventful, but mostly because it's a brilliant human drama. The acting is impressive from everyone involved, but especially Patrick Stewart. This shore leave story feels entirely necessary after the dust settles from 'The Best of Both Worlds' and Picard takes this opportunity to reconnect with his roots.

A contentious sibling relationship is something we can all relate to, but Robert is the presence Picard needs to finally come to terms with what he was forced to do:

"You don't know, Robert. You don't know... They took everything I was. They used me to kill and to destroy and I couldn't stop them!"

This is a show-stopping scene and renews the explorer in Picard. And that restless sense of adventure doesn't stop with his generation.

It's an amazingly cathartic episode.


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