The BEST Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: CBS

A century after Captain Kirk's five year mission, the next generation of Starfleet officers begins their journey aboard the new flagship of the Federation. Commanded by Captain Jean-Luc Picard the Galaxy class starship Enterprise NCC-1701-D will seek out new life and new civilizations - to boldly go where no one has gone before.

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All Good Things... (2)

#1 - All Good Things... (2)

Season 7 - Episode 26 - Aired May 23, 1994

Stardate: 47988.1 - After his encounter with Q, Picard assembles the senior staff, and wonders if Q is actually giving him a chance to save humanity by showing him that the spatial anomaly also exists in the past. As they talk, the ship reaches the Neutral Zone, then Picard returns to the future, where Beverly's ship is also on the edge of the Neutral Zone. He convinces a reluctant Worf to accompany the group into Klingon territory, and then travels to the past, where he orders the crew into the Devron system. Finally, he returns to the present, where he is able to get Tomalak, the Romulan Commander on the other side of the border, to agree to entering the Neutral Zone together. Now heading for the anomaly in all three time periods, Picard learns that it exists in the present, and is larger in the past, but does not exist in the future.

star 8.69
959 votes
Writers: Brannon Braga, Ronald D. Moore
The Best of Both Worlds (1)

#2 - The Best of Both Worlds (1)

Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired Jun 18, 1990

Stardate: 43989.1 An Starfleet expert on the Borg, Lt. Cmdr. Shelby, is assigned to the Enterprise to investigate the disappearance of a Federation colony. Picard is abducted by the Borg and assimilated into the Collective, which forces Riker to attempt a rescue mission.

star 8.50
2,402 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Michael Piller
All Good Things... (1)

#3 - All Good Things... (1)

Season 7 - Episode 25 - Aired May 23, 1994

Stardate: 47988.0 - Shortly after Picard is diagnosed with a long-term, potentially debilitating brain disorder, he starts experiencing bizarre shifts into three main time periods: 25 years into the future, a few days before the Enterprise-D is sent on its mission to Farpoint station, and the present. Picard realizes that Q is behind these shifts through time. Q finally reveals himself that humanity is still on trial, and that Picard must stop an event in the future that will halt the formation of life on Earth four billion years ago.

star 8.34
2,092 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Writers: Brannon Braga, Ronald D. Moore
The Best of Both Worlds (2)

#4 - The Best of Both Worlds (2)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 1990

Riker must pull out all the stops in order to save Earth from a Borg invasion being lead by none other than Locutus - otherwise known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

star 8.32
2,362 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Michael Piller
The Inner Light

#5 - The Inner Light

Season 5 - Episode 25 - Aired Jun 1, 1992

Picard is struck by an energy beam from an alien probe, which renders him unconscious and places him in the life of a citizen on the planet Kataan, with his memory of the Enterprise intact. Although he searches for a way to return, he finally decides to live his life with his Kataan wife, have children & grandchildren, learning to play a flute and completely immersing in the Kataan culture. He finds the planet is dying due to an imbalance of its sun. With no way to evacuate the planet's people, the government builds a probe which will tell others how they lived. The same probe that Picard met. Picard wakes to find himself back on the Enterprise having lived an entire lifetime in just minutes. The probe, having disgorged its memories, gives one last gift: the flute (which shows up in later episodes.)

star 8.22
2,268 votes
Writers: Morgan Gendel, Peter Allan Fields
Yesterday's Enterprise

#6 - Yesterday's Enterprise

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 19, 1990

Stardate: 43625.2 A rift in the space/time continuum brings the U.S.S. Enterprise - C forward into the 24th Century, and alters the timeline. In this future, the Federation is at war with the Klingons, Tasha Yar is on the bridge, Worf did not join the Federation, and only Guinan's unique perception of reality may restore the timeline.

star 8.00
2,435 votes
Directors: David Carson
Writers: Eric A. Stillwell, Hans Beimler, Ira Steven Behr, Richard Manning, Ronald D. Moore, Trent Christopher Ganino
The Measure of a Man

#7 - The Measure of a Man

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 13, 1989

Stardate: 42523.7 When Data's rights as a sentient individual are placed under trial, Starfleet forces Riker into a position where he must prove that Data is only an Android.

star 7.97
2,293 votes
Directors: Robert Scheerer
Writers: Melinda M. Snodgrass
The Pegasus

#8 - The Pegasus

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 17, 1994

Stardate: 47457.1 - Riker is placed on a covert mission to find the missing starship he was once a member aboard, but the mission holds a secret that could destroy the peace treaty between the Federation and the Romulans.

star 7.96
2,020 votes
Directors: LeVar Burton
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
Time's Arrow (2)

#9 - Time's Arrow (2)

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 21, 1992

Stardate: 46001.3 - The away team's investigations are hampered by a nosy Samuel Clemens. Picard discovers that he originally met Guinan in the 1890s on Earth.

star 7.94
2,200 votes
Writers: Jeri Taylor
Time's Arrow (1)

#10 - Time's Arrow (1)

Season 5 - Episode 26 - Aired Jun 15, 1992

Stardate: 45959.1 - Data's head is uncovered in an archaeological dig on Earth, where evidence is also found that aliens may have been on Earth as early as the 19th Century. Using modified technology, an away team follows Data into the late 1890s to investigate.

star 7.93
2,324 votes
Writers: Joe Menosky, Michael Piller
Q Who?

#11 - Q Who?

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired May 8, 1989

Stardate: 42761.3 Q hurls the Enterprise into the Delta Quadrant and introduces the Federation to a powerful new enemy that may destroy the Alpha Quadrant: The Borg.

star 7.90
2,372 votes
Directors: Rob Bowman
Writers: Maurice Hurley
Cause and Effect

#12 - Cause and Effect

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 23, 1992

Stardate: 45652.1 - While exploring the Typhon Expanse, the Enterprise is caught in a time warp in which they are repeatedly destroyed while colliding with another starship.

star 7.84
2,206 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Brannon Braga

#13 - Relics

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 12, 1992

Stardate: 46125.3 - Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott is discovered suspended in a transporter beam 75 years after he disappeared. After the Enterprise crew re-materialise him, he has a hard time adjusting to the new society.

star 7.83
2,198 votes
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
Chain of Command (2)

#14 - Chain of Command (2)

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 21, 1992

Stardate: 46360.8 - Picard is captured and tortured by the Cardassians, while Riker tries to prevent a Federation attack on Cardassia.

star 7.81
1,966 votes
Directors: Les Landau
Writers: Frank Abatemarco

#15 - Timescape

Season 6 - Episode 25 - Aired Jun 14, 1993

Stardate: 46944.2 - Picard, Geordi, Troi and Data return from a Federation conference to find the Enterprise frozen in time and under attack from a frozen Romulan Warbird.

star 7.79
2,122 votes
Directors: Adam Nimoy
Writers: Brannon Braga

#16 - Parallels

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 29, 1993

Stardate: 47391.2 - Worf returns from a Klingon competition to find that he is shifting through different realities.

star 7.76
2,064 votes
Directors: Robert Wiemer
Writers: Brannon Braga
The Chase

#17 - The Chase

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 26, 1993

Stardate: 46731.5 - Picard's old archaeology professor is found murdered, the crew try to complete his research. Soon, the crew must compete with Romulans and Klingons and Cardassians to uncover the truth behind his discoveries.

star 7.75
1,990 votes
Writers: Joe Menosky
I, Borg

#18 - I, Borg

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired May 11, 1992

Stardate: 45832.1 - An injured Borg is discovered and brought back to the Enterprise where he is 'repaired' by Dr. Crusher and befriended by Geordi, who names him 'Hugh.' Soon, Hugh starts showing signs of individuality while Picard must choose between destroying him or returning him to the collective.

star 7.75
1,933 votes
Directors: Robert Lederman
Writers: René Echevarria
Déjà Q

#19 - Déjà Q

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 5, 1990

Stardate: 43539.1 A Calamarian starts attacking the Enterprise while seeking revenge on a powerless Q.

star 7.75
2,096 votes
Directors: Les Landau
Writers: Richard Danus
Ship in a Bottle

#20 - Ship in a Bottle

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 25, 1993

Stardate: 46424.1 - While performing holodeck maintenance, Barclay accesses the stored hologram of Professor Moriarty, who wreaks havoc on board the Enterprise.

star 7.72
1,947 votes
Writers: René Echevarria
Unification (2)

#21 - Unification (2)

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 1991

Stardate: 45245.8 - Picard and Data find Spock and discover the reason behind the secret meetings. However, a darker scheme planned by the Romulans is also uncovered in the process.

star 7.71
1,971 votes
Writers: Michael Piller
Encounter at Farpoint (1)

#22 - Encounter at Farpoint (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 28, 1987

Stardate: 41153.7 The new captain of the recently built U.S.S. Enterprise-D, Captain Jean Luc Picard, takes the crew on their first mission: to discover the secret of Farpoint Station. During their journey, they encounter an omnipotent being known as Q, who accuses humanity of barbarism, and places them on trial. Jean-Luc must prove otherwise, or the human race will be annihilated.

star 7.70
3,943 votes
Directors: Corey Allen
Writers: D.C. Fontana, Gene Roddenberry
Gambit (2)

#23 - Gambit (2)

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 18, 1993

Stardate: 47160.1 - Picard and Riker covertly work together in an attempt to find out why the criminals are looting archaeological digs.

star 7.68
1,630 votes
Writers: Ronald D. Moore

#24 - Contagion

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 20, 1989

Stardate: 42609.1 A strange power source disables the Enterprise's computer systems, damages Data's programming and leaves the ship and crew vulnerable to a Romulan attack.

star 7.66
2,436 votes
Directors: Joseph Scanlan
Writers: Beth Woods, Steve Gerber
Redemption (1)

#25 - Redemption (1)

Season 4 - Episode 26 - Aired Jun 17, 1991

Worf must choose between his people and the Federation when a civil war threatens to destroy the Klingon Empire.

star 7.66
1,940 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Ronald D. Moore