Star Trek: The Next Generation

10 Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Follow the intergalactic adventures of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and his loyal crew aboard the all-new USS Enterprise NCC-1701D, as they explore new worlds.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation - S7E26

#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.

The episode was rated 8.84 from 288 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S7E25

#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.

The episode was rated 8.74 from 448 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S3E26

#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.

The episode was rated 8.69 from 647 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S4E1

#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.

The episode was rated 8.61 from 588 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S5E25

#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.)

The episode was rated 8.58 from 513 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S2E9

#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.

The episode was rated 8.49 from 624 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S3E15

#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.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 680 votes.

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#8 - Q Who? (Season 2 - Episode 16)


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.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 675 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S6E4

#9 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 520 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S5E18

#10 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 529 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S7E11

#11 - Parallels (Season 7 - Episode 11)

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

The episode was rated 8.14 from 488 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S7E12

#12 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 454 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S4E26

#13 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 450 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S6E1

#14 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 488 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S5E23

#15 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 461 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S5E1

#16 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 475 votes.

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#17 - Darmok (Season 5 - Episode 2)

Stardate: 45047.2 - Picard must find a way to communicate with the newly discovered Tamarians, who speak entirely in metaphors, when a Tamarian Captain is brutally killed.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 510 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S7E15

#18 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 418 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S3E13

#19 - Déjà Q (Season 3 - Episode 13)

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

The episode was rated 8.07 from 560 votes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - S5E26

#20 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 474 votes.


Last updated: jul 12, 2023

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