After the original 1966 Star Trek ended, this followed in 1987.
I personally like the original 1966 series and Deep Space Nine (1993-99) a lot more but I sometimes re-watch TNG episodes to this day. The plots are often interesting and that is enough to hold me. However, the series is far from perfect as I never totally warmed to the regular or semi-regular characters - with exception of the episodes where Captain Picard and Q teamed up (they are great). For those who don't know, Q is a nasty arrogant being with god-like powers.
The four TNG motion pictures that appeared between 1994 and 2002 are in some ways better than the TV show (much higher budgets) but in some ways less entertaining (they had an awkward desire to add action scenes, no Q in them and they sometimes had forced humour). So what direction do I head you in if you want a brief taste of this series?
If you wish to spend three ad-free hours watching TNG, this is what I suggest you do, watch these two feature length TV episodes where the makers of the show went all-out with them:
1- Encounter At Farpoint. The 90 minute opener to the series where Q captures the Enterprise and makes a highly amusing entrance, complete with several costume changes, on the bridge. Soon followed by a scene where Picard is transported to Q's very loud court room. The EAF musical score is better and much louder to the scores used in the series that follows. Also, in these early episodes, the uniforms are better than the later designs.
2- All Good Things. The 90 minute closing episode that ended it all (until the four movies appeared). Oddly enough, even if you have only seen the above EAF show and no other episode, you can follow All Good Things without any problems at all! This has it all...more great exchanges between Picard and Q, time travel, space travel, disaster, scope, adventure, imagination, just outstanding!
But again, the bulk of the series can be watched and enjoyed for the clever plots, but if you really just want a brief powerful blast of the series, watch Encounter At Farpoint and All Good Things.
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