The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2019

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.

All Good Things... (2)

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

Season 7 - Episode 26

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 8.87
250 votes
Writers: Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga
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All Good Things... (1)

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

Season 7 - Episode 25

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 8.71
429 votes
Writers: Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga
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The Best of Both Worlds (1)

#3 - The Best of Both Worlds (1)

Season 3 - Episode 26

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 8.66
599 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Michael Piller
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The Best of Both Worlds (2)

#4 - The Best of Both Worlds (2)

Season 4 - Episode 1

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 8.57
554 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Michael Piller
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The Inner Light

#5 - The Inner Light

Season 5 - Episode 25

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 8.51
487 votes
Writers: Peter Allan Fields, Morgan Gendel
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The Measure of a Man

#6 - The Measure of a Man

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 8.40
566 votes
Writers: Melinda M. Snodgrass
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Yesterday's Enterprise

#7 - Yesterday's Enterprise

Season 3 - Episode 15

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 8.34
629 votes
Directors: David Carson
Writers: Ira Steven Behr, Richard Manning, Hans Beimler, Ronald D. Moore, Eric A. Stillwell, Trent Christopher Ganino
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Relics

#8 - Relics

Season 6 - Episode 4

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 8.14
504 votes
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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Time's Arrow (2)

#9 - Time's Arrow (2)

Season 6 - Episode 1

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 8.11
474 votes
Writers: Jeri Taylor
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The Pegasus

#10 - The Pegasus

Season 7 - Episode 12

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 8.10
431 votes
Directors: LeVar Burton
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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Parallels

#11 - Parallels

Season 7 - Episode 11

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

star 8.09
462 votes
Directors: Robert Wiemer
Writers: Brannon Braga
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Cause and Effect

#12 - Cause and Effect

Season 5 - Episode 18

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 8.08
521 votes
Writers: Brannon Braga
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Déjà Q

#13 - Déjà Q

Season 3 - Episode 13

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

star 8.07
519 votes
Directors: Les Landau
Writers: Richard Danus
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Time's Arrow (1)

#14 - Time's Arrow (1)

Season 5 - Episode 26

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 8.06
464 votes
Writers: Joe Menosky, Michael Piller
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Redemption (1)

#15 - Redemption (1)

Season 4 - Episode 26

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

star 8.05
428 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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Ship in a Bottle

#16 - Ship in a Bottle

Season 6 - Episode 12

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

star 8.02
429 votes
Writers: René Echevarria
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I, Borg

#17 - I, Borg

Season 5 - Episode 23

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 8.02
435 votes
Writers: René Echevarria
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Chain of Command (2)

#18 - Chain of Command (2)

Season 6 - Episode 11

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

star 8.01
451 votes
Directors: Les Landau
Writers: Frank Abatemarco
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Timescape

#19 - Timescape

Season 6 - Episode 25

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 8.01
473 votes
Directors: Adam Nimoy
Writers: Brannon Braga
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Redemption (2)

#20 - Redemption (2)

Season 5 - Episode 1

Stardate: 45020.4 - Picard suspects a Romulan influence in the recent Klingon civil war, and must force the Federation to intervene before the Empire collapses.

star 8.00
453 votes
Directors: David Carson
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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Unification (2)

#21 - Unification (2)

Season 5 - Episode 8

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 7.96
450 votes
Writers: Michael Piller
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The Next Phase

#22 - The Next Phase

Season 5 - Episode 24

Stardate: 45092.4 - While the Enterprise helps a Romulan science vessel, an accident occurs which forces Geordi LaForge and Ro Laren slightly out of 'phase', causing them to become undetectable to everyone but each other. As a result, the crew thinks they are dead and make arrangements for their funerals, even though they are closer than the crew realise.

star 7.96
432 votes
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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Lower Decks

#23 - Lower Decks

Season 7 - Episode 15

Stardate: 47566.7 - Four young ensigns compete for a promotion that only one of them will receive. However, they are soon placed on a top secret mission that places some of their lives in danger.

star 7.92
383 votes
Writers: René Echevarria, Ron Wilkerson
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Gambit (2)

#24 - Gambit (2)

Season 7 - Episode 5

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

star 7.92
372 votes
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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The Offspring

#25 - The Offspring

Season 3 - Episode 16

Stardate: 43657.0 Data becomes a father when he creates a Soong-type android in the form of a daughter named Lal. Issues are complicated when Lal starts showing signs of a more evolved consciousness, including the ability to feel emotions, which attracts the attention of Starfleet scientists who want to take her away from Data and examine her advanced systems.

star 7.91
484 votes
Writers: René Echevarria
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