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


Season 1
Star Trek: The Next Generation

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 14


Audience Score

User Ratings: 195
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Air date: Sep 28, 1987
Air date: Sep 28, 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…

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…

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…
Top Critic

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…

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

  • Jun 20, 2019
    starts a little slow and doesn't showcase the show in the glowing light of the original
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2019
    Amazing even 30 years later its still incredibly watchable and it does modern politics better than anything today where no one is given a part because of their race or sex but purely because of their acting talent which is really refreshing and a great break
  • Sep 29, 2019
    a rough first season with some episodes you can skip.
  • Sep 06, 2019
    Somewhat disappointing beginning to one of the greatest science fiction shows in history. Actors and writers are still unsure of what to make of their characters and what kind of story they want to tell. We see an experimentation with some concepts and props. There is also too much high-pitched melodrama, especially in opening hours. Nevertheless it's still must watch and includes a couple of now-classic episodes.
  • Jan 17, 2019
    maybe 6 episodes are good in this season, but is the start of a great series
  • Jan 14, 2019
    Star Trek TNG is still my favourite show of all-time. A modern take on the classic original series that revamped it for modern times. It promotes equality between men and women and different races (even different species) but without being too preachy or in your face about it. They occasionally meet other cultures in a couple of episodes where the alien culture was sexist, one was even a matriarchy that oppressed men. But it is not like every single episode. This TV show was one of the best shows. Season 1 has some really corny episodes as the show tries to figure out who the characters are and what the show really is, hence my removing half a star from my rating, but it just some growing pains that get fleshed out by season 2. People tend to hate boy wonder, Wesley Crusher. when this originally aired, I was about the same age as him and a genius misfit in school so I identified with him. Watching reruns on Netflix lately, he still doesn't bother me personally. What I like most about TNG is that there are subplots in most episodes that support character development. In later Star Trek series, the subplots were not present and they felt watered down compared to the rich story writing of the TNG series. The writing of this show was great and the characters and acting are great. This season, like I said did have some corny plots and some cheesy acting as growing pains but most of what will make this show great in later seasons is setup here.
  • Dec 10, 2018
    TNG is a show that took a couple seasons to find itself. Season 1 is full of over acting and limited production value, but you can see the potential developing with each episode as the writer, cast, and producers begin to find their footing.
  • Oct 14, 2018
    Season one brings a good but inconsistent introduction to the show.
  • May 12, 2018
    Although compared to other seasons of TNG, the first season is not the best, it is still good television. I decided to give it three and a half stars, because I believe that Star Trek fans, like myself, have unfairly high standards when it comes to our favorite sci-fi franchise. For the most part, season 1 of TNG is still of relatively high quality. The best episodes are masterful, while the worst are still far from terrible, (unlike some later series *cough* Discovery! *cough*. The biggest weakness of this season is that it relies fairly heavily on fan service, whereas, later seasons were able to stand on their own.
  • Apr 17, 2018
    Star Trek: The NExt Generation had an okay but rough start that would've sunken entirely if not for (most) of its cast. A couple of the stories are good and i appreciate Picard's willingness for diplomacy in the face of danger, but there are a number of awful episodes that considerably dampen the fun. It does not weigh down my spirits for this rewatch however, as I know the best is yet to come. 3 Favorite episodes: 1. Encounter at farpoint 2. 11001001 3. where no one has gone before 3 worst episodes: 1. Code of honor 2. The naked now 3. Lonely among us

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