The WORST Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 11, 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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Shades of Gray

#1 - Shades of Gray

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Jul 17, 1989

Stardate: 42976.1 Riker is infected with an alien organism that takes over his mind. Dr. Pulaski must force Riker's mind back to a state where it can access primitive survival skills.

star 5.64
1,672 votes
Writers: Hans Beimler, Maurice Hurley
Imaginary Friend

#2 - Imaginary Friend

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 4, 1992

Stardate: 45832.1 - While exploring a strange form of energy in a region of space, a little girl's imaginary friend becomes real and places the Enterprise in great danger.

star 6.29
1,533 votes
Writers: Brannon Braga, Edithe Swensen, Ron Wilkerson
Sub Rosa

#3 - Sub Rosa

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 31, 1994

Stardate: Unknown - Dr. Crusher attends her grandmother's funeral, to find that she had been in romantic encounters with a mysterious man who had been haunting the Howard family women for generations.

star 6.30
1,380 votes
Writers: Brannon Braga
The Bonding

#4 - The Bonding

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 1989

Worf and Wesley must help a 12 year old boy cope with the death of his mother; an archaeologist killed during an away mission to a deserted planet.

star 6.59
1,769 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
Man of the People

#5 - Man of the People

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 5, 1992

Stardate: 46071.6 - Deanna becomes attracted to an alien ambassador. Shortly thereafter, she starts ageing rapidly and starts becoming violent.

star 6.60
1,610 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Writers: Frank Abatemarco
Cost of Living

#6 - Cost of Living

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 20, 1992

Stardate: 45733.63 - Deanna's mother pays a surprise visit to the Enterprise with even more surprising news: she plans to marry a man she has never met. After destroying an asteroid, the ship becomes infected with parasites that eat away at the ship's hull.

star 6.61
1,465 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Writers: Peter Allan Fields
The Loss

#7 - The Loss

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 1, 1990

Troi loses her empathic abilities when the Enterprise is caught in the gravitational pull of a black hole.

star 6.67
1,675 votes
Directors: Chip Chalmers
Writers: Alan J. Adla, Hilary J. Bader, Vanessa Greene
Aquiel

#8 - Aquiel

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 1, 1993

Stardate: 46461.3 - Geordie falls in love with a lieutenant who is the prime suspect in a murder case.

star 6.71
1,555 votes
Writers: Brannon Braga, Ronald D. Moore
Manhunt

#9 - Manhunt

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Jun 19, 1989

Stardate: 42859.2 While being escorted to a Federation conference by the Enterprise, Lwaxana hunts for a man to satisfy her needs when her sex-drive is quadrupled during a natural mid-life cycle.

star 6.72
1,756 votes
Directors: Rob Bowman
Writers: Terry Deveraux
Suddenly Human

#10 - Suddenly Human

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 15, 1990

A custody battle between Picard and a child's adoptive father arises when a boy showing evidence of abuse is discovered.

star 6.74
1,566 votes
Writers: Jeri Taylor, John Whelpley
The Host

#11 - The Host

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 13, 1991

Dr. Crusher falls in love with a Trill Ambassador, until she discovers the Trill's symbiotic relationship.

star 6.77
1,381 votes
Directors: Marvin Rush
Writers: Michel Horvat
Interface

#12 - Interface

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 1993

Stardate: 47215.5 - Geordi defies direct orders from Captain Picard in an attempt to rescue his mother who had recently been reported as missing.

star 6.79
1,590 votes
Directors: Robert Wiemer
Writers: Joe Menosky
Identity Crisis

#13 - Identity Crisis

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 25, 1991

Geordi and a former crew mate begin evolving into bizarre creatures when they return to a planet both of them were on during an Away Mission five years earlier.

star 6.80
1,693 votes
Writers: Brannon Braga
Pen Pals

#14 - Pen Pals

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired May 1, 1989

Stardate: 42695.3 Wesley must investigate the causes of strange tectonic activity on the planet where Data's pen pal lives.

star 6.80
1,848 votes
Writers: Melinda M. Snodgrass
The Icarus Factor

#15 - The Icarus Factor

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 24, 1989

Stardate: 42686.4 Riker is promoted to Captain of another Federation ship. Worf must confront his past and his Klingon heritage.

star 6.82
1,851 votes
Writers: David Assael, Robert L. McCullough
Code of Honor

#16 - Code of Honor

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 12, 1987

Stardate: 41235.25 Tasha Yar must fight for her life, and a vaccine, to save a race of people when she is kidnapped and forced to battle with her abductor's wife.

star 6.83
2,460 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Kathryn Powers, Michael Baron
Up the Long Ladder

#17 - Up the Long Ladder

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired May 22, 1989

Stardate: 42823.2 Picard must convince two dying civilizations that they must co-exist on the same planet to survive, however, they have other plans to ensure their survival: in the form of clones of the Enterprise crew.

star 6.84
1,850 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Writers: Melinda M. Snodgrass
Haven

#18 - Haven

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 30, 1987

Stardate: 41294.6 Lwaxana pays a surprise visit to the Enterprise and announces the pre-arranged marriage of Deanna to the son of her late husband's best friend.

star 6.84
1,922 votes
Writers: Tracy Torme
Skin of Evil

#19 - Skin of Evil

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 25, 1988

Stardate: 41601.3 When Troi's shuttle crashes on an alien planet, a new being is discovered: an entity that thrives on the suffering of others.

star 6.84
1,911 votes
Directors: Joseph Scanlan
Writers: Hannah Louise Shearer, Joseph Stefano
Masks

#20 - Masks

Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 21, 1994

Stardate: 47615.2 - The Enterprise is slowly transformed into an ancient alien temple when Data discovers an alien archive full of information about an ancient culture. Shortly after opening the archive, Data becomes possessed with several different personalities.

star 6.85
1,522 votes
Directors: Robert Wiemer
Writers: Joe Menosky
The Dauphin

#21 - The Dauphin

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 20, 1989

Stardate: 42568.8 Wesley falls in love with a passenger the Enterprise is escorting, who has the secret ability to shape-shift.

star 6.85
1,928 votes
Directors: Rob Bowman
Writers: Leonard Mlodinow, Scott Rubenstein
Angel One

#22 - Angel One

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 25, 1988

Stardate: 41636.9 The Enterprise discovers the male crew of a crashed Federation freighter are hiding as fugitives on the planet Angel One, which is dominated and ruled by women.

star 6.85
2,066 votes
Directors: Michael Rhodes
Writers: Patrick Barry
Legacy

#23 - Legacy

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 1990

The Enterprise is caught in the middle of a civil war when they encounter Tasha Yar's long-lost younger sister, Ishara.

star 6.86
1,569 votes
Directors: Robert Scheerer
Writers: Joe Menosky
The Perfect Mate

#24 - The Perfect Mate

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 27, 1992

Stardate: 45761.3 - The Ferengi try to abduct an empathic Metamorph who could bring peace between two warring worlds.

star 6.86
1,598 votes
Writers: Gary Percante, Michael Piller
Liaisons

#25 - Liaisons

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 1993

Stardate: Unknown - During an exchange program, Picard's shuttle crashes on an unknown planet where he is rescued by the sole survivor of another crash.

star 6.87
1,798 votes
Writers: Jeanne Carrigan-Fauci, Lisa Rich