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The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation 

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Star Trek: The Next Generation follows Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise-D as it explores the Milky Way. The best episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation often find the crew solving mysteries and avoiding disasters. Some good episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation also focus interstellar anomalies.

What are the best episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? “The Inner Light,” from season five is a fan favorite. It finds Picard experiencing a lifetime as Kamin after getting struck by an alien energy beam. “Yesterday's Enterprise” is also an engaging episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

“The Measure of a Man” is another good episode from House as is “All Good Things..,” which served as the series finale.

Do you have a favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation episode? Give the best episodes a vote up and vote down any episodes you may not have liked.

 

 

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The Inner Light is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 25, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5

Original Airing: Jun 01 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. ...more
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The Best of Both Worlds ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 26, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3

Original Airing: Jun 18 1990

"The Best of Both Worlds" is a two-part storyline from the syndicated American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It comprises the 74th and 75th episodes ...more
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The Best of Both Worlds,... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 1, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4

Original Airing: 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.
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Yesterday's Enterprise ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 15, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3

Original Airing: Feb 19 1990

"Yesterday's Enterprise" is the 63rd episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was the 15th episode of the third season. The episode first aired in ...more
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Cause and Effect is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 18, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5

Original Airing: 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.
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Q Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 16, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2

Original Airing: May 08 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.
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All Good Things... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 25, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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The Measure of a Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 9, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2

Original Airing: Feb 13 1989

"The Measure of a Man" is the ninth episode of the second season of the syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 35th episode overall, first ...more
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Tapestry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 15, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6

Original Airing: Feb 15 1993

"Tapestry" is the 15th episode of the sixth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 141st overall. It was originally released on ...more
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The Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
AndrewNystrom added Episode: 12, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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Chain of Command is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 10, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6

Original Airing: Dec 14 1992

"Chain of Command" is a two-part episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It aired as the 10th and 11th episodes of the sixth season, the 136th and 137th ...more
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Darmok is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 2, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5

Original Airing: Sep 30 1991

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.
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Déjà Q is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
AndrewNystrom added Episode: 13, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3

Original Airing: Feb 05 1990

Stardate: 43539.1 A Calamarian starts attacking the Enterprise while seeking revenge on a powerless Q.
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Timescape is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 25, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6

Original Airing: Jun 14 1993

"Timescape" is the 151st episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The 25th episode of the sixth season.
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Clues is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 14, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4

Original Airing: Feb 11 1991

Picard orders a secret investigation when the crew suspects Data of lying about the discovery of a wormhole.
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Relics is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 4, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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The Defector is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
AndrewNystrom added Episode: 10, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3

Original Airing: Jan 01 1990

Stardate: 43462.5 A defecting Romulan warns the Federation about an impending attack by the Romulans, who are secretly establishing bases within the Neutral Zone.
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Parallels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 11, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7

Original Airing: Nov 29 1993

"Parallels" is the 163rd episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is the 11th episode of the seventh season. After returning from a bat'leth ...more
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Time's Arrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 26, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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The Drumhead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 21, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4

Original Airing: Apr 29 1991

Picard is accused of treason when an explosion aboard the Enterprise is investigated by a ruthless and paranoid Starfleet Admiral.
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I, Borg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 23, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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Lower Decks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 15, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7

Original Airing: Feb 07 1994

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
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Disaster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 5, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5

Original Airing: Oct 21 1991

"Disaster" is the 105th episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The fifth episode of the fifth season. The episode has an average rating of 4.4/5 on the ...more
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Thine Own Self is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 16, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7

Original Airing: Feb 14 1994

Stardate: 47611.2 - Data find himself mysteriously stranded on a planet with no recollection of who he is or how he arrived there. Soon he is accused of spreading a plague among the inhabitants. ...more
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Starship Mine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: 18, Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6

Original Airing: Mar 29 1993

Stardate: 46682.4 - The crew evacuates the Enterprise when the ship needs to be cleaned of particles that have built up over the ship's hull. However, Picard accidentally stumbles over a ...more