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The Offspring 

After returning from a cybernetics conference to the Enterprise, Data creates his own "child," much to the chagrin of his captain, and without regards to the ramifications with Starfleet.


Jonathan Frakes


Gene Roddenberry (created by), René Echevarria (as Rene Echevarria)




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 ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Hallie Todd ... Lal
Nicolas Coster ... Adm. Anthony Haftel
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
Judyann Elder ... Lt. Ballard
Diane Moser Diane Moser ... Ten Forward Crew
Hayne Bayle Hayne Bayle ... Ten Forward Crew
Maria Leone Maria Leone ... Ten Forward Crew


After a visit to a cybernetics conference on an asteroid belt, Data returns and presents the human crew to the android Lal, which he considers his child. Captain Jean-Luc Picard is appalled, to Data's utter surprise, that life was created without prior permission of any kind. Meanwhile Lal is allowed to choose, advised by Data and Troi, its own gender and racial appearance - human female. Data and others find educating and refining her software fascinating, but she makes progress no-one anticipated. Admiral Anthony Haftel comes to investigate, is impressed but wants this unique specimen removed from her 'parent', which proves no lesser drama than in a human family. Written by KGF Vissers

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This takes place in 2366. See more »


When Data, Lal, and Troi enter the holodeck for Lal to choose her gender/form and Data wakes up Troi (who has fallen asleep) you can see staples in the holodeck wall holding up the set. See more »


[the man and woman are kissing]
Lal: He's biting that female!
Guinan: No, he's not biting her. They're pressing lips; it's called kissing.
[the couple leaves]
Lal: Why are they leaving?
Guinan: Lal, there are some things your father's just gonna have to explain to you when he thinks you're ready.
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Better than ALL of Westworld in-one-episode.
6 March 2020 | by omegawolf1See all my reviews

This is the best episode of STTNG.

Brilliantly written, acted, and directed. If you don't cry at the end, you might need a shrink.

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10 March 1990 (USA) See more »

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