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



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


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Air date: Sep 28, 1987
Air date: Sep 28, 1987
Air date: Oct 5, 1987
Air date: Oct 12, 1987
Air date: Oct 19, 1987
Air date: Oct 26, 1987
Air date: Nov 2, 1987
Air date: Nov 9, 1987
Air date: Nov 16, 1987
Air date: Nov 23, 1987
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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.


Patrick Stewart
as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
as Cdr. William T. Riker
LeVar Burton
as Lt. Cdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn
as Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis
as Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner
as Lt. Cdr. Data
Gates McFadden
as Dr. Beverly Crusher
Denise Crosby
as Lt. Tasha Yar
Wil Wheaton
as Wesley Crusher
Colm Meaney
as Conn Ensign
Diana Muldaur
as Dr. Katherine `Kate' Pulaski
Michael Rider
as Transporter Chief
Michelle Forbes
as Ens. Ro Laren
Patti Yasutake
as Dr. Elissa Ogawa
Michael Patrick Bell
as Groppler Zorn
Biff Yeager
as Lt. Cmdr. Argyle
DeForest Kelley
as Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Walter Gotell
as Kurt Mandl
Brooke Bundy
as MacDougal
Jay Louden
as Liator
Marc Alaimo
as Cdr. T-Bok
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
as Mandarin Bailiff
Timothy Dang
as Bridge Security
Frank Corsentino
as DaiMon Bok
Katy Boyer
as Zero One
Rod Loomis
as Dr. Paul Manheim
Anthony James
as Sub-Cdr. Thei
Eric Menyuk
as Assistant
Evelyn Guerrero
as Computer Ensign
Chuck Hicks
as Military Officer
Clayton Rohner
as Adm. Mark Jameson
Gerard Prendergast
as Bjorn Benson
Kavi Raz
as Singh
William Boyett
as Lt. Dan Bell
Majel Barrett
as Lwaxana Troi
Michelle Phillips
as Jenice Manheim
John Durbin
as Ssestar
Roi Loomis
as Dr. Paul Manheim
Robert Knepper
as Wyatt Miller
Lawrence Tierney
as Cyrus Redblock
Leon Rippy
as L.Q. "Sonny" Clemonds
Elaine Nalee
as Klingon Survivor
Nan Martin
as Victoria Miller
Marco Rodriguez
as Capt. Paul Rice
Benjamin Lum
as Asst. Engineer Jim Shimoda
Ron Gans
as Armus
Gene Dynarski
as Cmdr. Quinteros
Herta Ware
as Maman Picard
Walker Boone
as Lt. Cmdr. Leland T. Lynch
Dan Kern
as Lt. Dean
David Q. Combs
as 1st Mediator
Mario Roccuzzo
as Arthur Malencon
Robert Ellenstein
as Steven Miller
Robert Bauer
as Kunivas
Robert Ito
as Lt. Chang
Stephen Gregory
as Jake Kurland
Michael Berryman
as Capt. Rixx
Raymond Forchion
as Lt. Ben Prieto
Mike Gomez
as DaiMon Tarr
Richard Lavin
as 2nd Mediator
George De La Pena
as Lt. (jg) Orfil Solis
Kelly Ashmore
as Francine
Skip Stellrecht
as Engineering Captain
Judith Jones
as Edo Girl
Dierk Torsek
as Dr. Bernard
Tasia Valenza
as T'shanik
Mike Genovese
as Desk Sergeant
Anna Katarina
as Valeda Innis
Jack Sheldon
as Piano Player
Estee Chandler
as Oliana Mirren
Eric Matthew
as 1st Edo Boy
Carolyn Allport
as Jessica Bradley
Dan Mason
as Accolan
Rhonda Aldrich
as Secretary
Ron Brown
as Drummer
Wyatt Knight
as Technician #2
Philip Waller
as Harry Bernard
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Critic Reviews for Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

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…

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

Oct 2, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | 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…

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

Star Trek returns to television with a new look and a new cast in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Set nearly 80-years after the original series, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-D continue the mission "to seek out new life and new civilizations." But unlike the original, the cast is more of an ensemble and more diverse. Yet, the show tries pretty hard to be the old Star Trek and ends up being a little too campy. Still, there are some standout episodes such as "The Big Goodbye" and "Datalore." Additionally, the series' visual style includes some interesting set designs and alien makeup effects. Though it's off to a bit of a weak start, Season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation shows promise.


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