Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 (1987 - 1988)


Season 1
Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Minor missteps aside, Star Trek: The Next Generation proves to be an engaging introduction to a bold new final frontier.



Critic Ratings: 14


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Air date: Sep 28, 1987

The first two episodes of the syndicated Star Trek: The Next Generation were originally telecast in tandem as a two-hour "TV movie" on September 30, 1987. After the obligatory introductions of the new crew of the Enterprise, the starship sets sail for the planet Daneb IV, for the purpose of investigating the new Farpoint starbase. Halfway to their destination, the crew is captured by obstreperous alien life form "Q" (John de Lancie) and placed on trial for all the crimes previously committed by the Human Race. One of the stars of the original Star Trek makes a surprise appearance in octogenarian makeup (Hint: He doesn't get to say, "He's dead, Jim"). "Encounter at Farpoint" was cowritten by Gene Roddenberry and D.C. Fontana.

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Air date: Sep 28, 1987

Conclusion. At the end of the trial, Q (John de Lancie) gives Picard 24 hours to prove the worthiness of the human race. Zorn: Michael Bell. Riker: Jonathan Frakes. Geordi: LeVar Burton. Dr. Crusher: Gates McFadden. Yar: Denise Crosby

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Air date: Oct 5, 1987

This first-season Next Generation episode finds Captain Picard facing a dilemma previously encountered some nine decades earlier by Captain Kirk and the original Enterprise crew. An insidious mind-altering disease, which prompted the crew of another starship to commit mass suicide, wends its way aboard the Enterprise. Before long, Lt. Geordi LaForge has become infected with the horrible illness. Brooke Bundy guest stars as MacDougal. Written by John D.F. Black and J. Michael Bingham, "The Naked Now" first aired October 10, 1987.

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Air date: Oct 12, 1987

Enterprise security chief Lt. Tasha Yar is abducted by aliens.

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Air date: Oct 19, 1987

The Enterprise crew engages in their first meeting the with the greedy race of aliens the Ferengi.

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Air date: Oct 26, 1987

A mysterious being works on the Enterprise's warp engines, and the ship and crew are propelled into a dimension where their thoughts become reality.

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Air date: Nov 2, 1987

A strange alien being takes over Captain Picard's mind.

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Air date: Nov 9, 1987

Arriving on the idyllic planet of Rubicam Three for a much-needed vacation, Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew are endangered when Wesley Crusher unknowingly violates a planetary law. To save Wesley and three others from a death sentence, Picard must do the unthinkable and break the Prime Directive. Making matters worse, the Enterprise is attacked by a hostile vessel which objects to the presence of human beings in the vicinity. Cowritten by Worley Thorne and Ralph Wills, "Justice" originally aired November 14, 1987.

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Air date: Nov 16, 1987

The Ferengi are back to settle a score with Picard.

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Air date: Nov 23, 1987

Riker's self control is tested when Q offers him the powers the super alien possesses.

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A new crew boards a revamped USS Enterprise in the first spin-off from the '60s cult classic. Set some 70 years after the Captain Kirk era, the syndicated sequel follows the seven-year trek of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his colourful subordinates(including a Klingon!) as they encounter new life forms and foes.

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Critic Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

Next Generation, arguably the most successful and recognisable of all the many offshoots of the Trek franchise, deserves the special treatment.

Dec 28, 2018 | Full Review…

[TNG], as it was called by fans, had the same wonderfully cosmic-pulpy feel of the original, and helped kick off a slew of other Trek-related series that kept the property as fresh as a Romulan daisy.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

But, for all of its silliness, the first season succeeded where it needed to: It introduced viewers to the characters who would carry the torch through six more seasons, the new crew of the Starship Enterprise.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Star Trek aims to fill the eye and engage the mind; it has a long way to boldly go at both. But the new beginning is not without its rejuvenating properties, and there's nothing else on the air quite like it.

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

The new cast is fine ([Patrick] Stewart is a very interesting actor) and the story, although not very deep, inspired or mind-melding, has a nice payoff. But getting there takes much too long.

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Those of us who have been less diligent in our viewing habits, though, may see the spinoff as energetically entertaining sci-fi stuff, an alternately spirited and silly piece.

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

The show has aged well, especially with this new restoration driving the visuals and bringing new details to life (more on that below). And even some of the bad episodes have their charm.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It's probably the best pure cast in terms of acting talent that any entry in the series has ever had.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Like a lot of Part Ones, this first season did a lot of unglamorous grunt work for the benefit of later entries.

Oct 3, 2017 | Full Review…

It's hard to say if it's entertaining or entertainingly bad, but either way it IS entertaining.

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite the season's high points, there are some real stinkers here.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Where the original Star Trek was blatantly interventionist, The Next Generation is much more laissez-faire.

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1

  • Oct 29, 2020
    Oh my great life star trek
  • Oct 27, 2020
    The next generation is a great series
  • Sep 24, 2020
    A few standout episodes such as "Heart of Glory" and "Arsenal of Freedom", and the notable concept/moral science fiction links don't save it from being a mostly forgettable season. Not to mention particularly rotten episodes such as "Skin of Evil" and "Code of Honor" that are disrespectful and racist, respectively. Watch the first episode and maybe the two standout ones, but its unremarkable otherwise, as far as I'm concerned.
  • Aug 14, 2020
    Season 1 has a lot of writers from TOS and it shows. Some of the episodes did not age well at all (Code of Honor comes to mind.) That being said it's still the start of my favorite television series of all time, and I can't bring myself to rate it lower than 4/5.
  • Aug 13, 2020
    Plain simple classic. Has his ups and downs but every minute of it is still way better than anything new produced by the Kurzman folks.
  • Jul 12, 2020
    Fall asleep to this show for years, but also have actually watched every episode awake as well
  • Jun 28, 2020
    Fantastic stories, imaginative beings and worlds, profound explorations of human nature that can teach us all so much. Love the characters in the crew - positively diverse. Start at the beginning knowing that it gets better and better. Truly great series.
  • Jun 27, 2020
    Excellent. I love this season, the start for something brilliant.
  • May 15, 2020
    A couple of episodes were rough, but besides that this is a decent start to one of the greatest TV shows ever
  • Feb 12, 2020
    Undeniably adventurous, charming, and socially aware.

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