Total Nerd The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes  

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List Rules Vote for your favorite Star Trek: TNG episodes, no matter how popular they are.

List of the best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, as determined by voters like you. Easily one of the most influential space westerns of all time, TNG still has an incredibly rampant fan base despite being off the air for years. Trekkies might also enjoy the best Spock and Bones McCoy moments and awesome Star Wars/Star Trek crossover art. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes of all time are.

Fans of The Next Generation are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is. List ranges from "All Good Things..." to "The Best of Both Worlds" and more. What is the best Star Trek: The Next Generation episode of all time? Look below and find out.

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The Inner Light is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
The Inner Light 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, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
The Best of Both Worlds, Part II 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) 3 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Yesterday's Enterprise 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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The Best of Both Worlds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
The Best of Both Worlds 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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All Good Things... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
All Good Things... 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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Q Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Q Who 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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The Measure of a Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
The Measure of a Man 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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Cause and Effect is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Cause and Effect 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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Déjà Q is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added Déjà Q Feb 05 1990 - Stardate: 43539.1 A Calamarian starts attacking the Enterprise while seeking revenge on a powerless Q.

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The Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added The Pegasus 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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Tapestry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Tapestry 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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Timescape is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Timescape 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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The Drumhead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
The Drumhead 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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Time's Arrow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Time's Arrow 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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Disaster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Disaster 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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Chain of Command is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Chain of Command 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) 17 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Darmok 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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The Defector is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added The Defector 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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A Matter of Honor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added A Matter of Honor Feb 06 1989 - Commander Riker participates in an officer's exchange program which lands him an assignment on a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. Meanwhile, a Bezite ensign has trouble assimilating to the routines of the ...more

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Sins of the Father is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Sins of the Father Mar 19 1990 - "Sins of the Father" is the 65th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the 17th episode of the third season. The episode is one of three ...more

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Relics is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Relics 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 Nth Degree is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added The Nth Degree Apr 01 1991 - An alien probe transforms Barclay from a shy, awkward character into an arrogant super-genius who is able to interface with the Enterprise's computer through the holodeck.

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I, Borg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
I, Borg 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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Clues is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Clues 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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Parallels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Parallels 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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Sarek is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added Sarek May 14 1990 - Stardate: 43917.4 Spock's Vulcan father, Sarek, boards the Enterprise to negotiate political relations with the Legaran. However, Sarek has contract Bendii syndrome, which causes a Vulcan to ...more

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Rascals is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
HarleyCartee added Rascals Nov 02 1992 - Stardate: 46235.7 - A transporter accident transforms Picard, Ro Laren, Guinan and Keiko O'Brien into small children who appear to be about 12 years old. Matters are complicated when the Ferengi ...more

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Thine Own Self is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Thine Own Self 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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The Offspring is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
The Offspring Mar 12 1990 - 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 ...more

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Frame of Mind is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Frame of Mind May 03 1993 - Stardate: 46778.1 - Riker questions his sanity when his reality seems to shift between an alien psychiatric hospital and a play he is performing with other members of the crew.

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Who Watches the Watchers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Who Watches the Watchers Oct 16 1989 - Stardate: 43173.5 An away team inadvertently breaks the Prime Directive and reveal themselves to a primitive culture on Mintaka III, causing the inhabitants believe that Captain Picard is a

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Face of the Enemy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Face of the Enemy Feb 08 1993 - Stardate: 46519.1 - Troi is abducted and surgically altered by the Romulans as part of a ploy to smuggle intelligence operatives into the Federation.

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Unification is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Unification Nov 04 1991 - Ambassador Spock has dissapeared and intelligence finds him on Romulus. Captain Picard is sent to Romulus to find Spock. Meanwhile Riker and the rest of the crew investigate the fragments of a ...more

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Where No One Has Gone Before is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Q047 added Where No One Has Gone Before Oct 26 1987 - Stardate: 41263.1 The Enterprise is flung across space into a distant galaxy billions of light years away when a propulsion engineer, and his mysterious companion, attempt to re-design the ...more

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The Next Phase is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
The Next Phase May 18 1992 - "The Next Phase" is the 124th episode of the American syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 24th episode of the fifth season. In this ...more

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Ensign Ro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added Ensign Ro Oct 07 1991 - Stardate: 45076.3 - Picard exposes a planned genocidal attack on the Bajorans with the help of a new officer, Ensign Ro Laren.

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Data's Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added Data's Day Jan 07 1991 - "Data's Day" is the 85th episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 11th episode of the fourth season. This episode introduces both ...more

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Qpid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added Qpid Apr 22 1991 - Q places Vash and the senior Enterprise crew in a recreation of Robin Hood and his merry men.

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Future Imperfect is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Future Imperfect Nov 12 1990 - "Future Imperfect" is the 82nd episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is the eighth episode of the fourth season. During an away mission on ...more

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Redemption, Part II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Redemption, Part II Sep 23 1991 - Redemption,Part 2 was the season premiere of the fifth season; it was the 101st episode of the show and first aired on September 23, 1991 in the United states. In the Star Trek timeline, the ...more

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Silicon Avatar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Silicon Avatar Oct 14 1991 - "Silicon Avatar" is the 104th episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The fourth episode of the fifth season. After the Crystalline Entity- which years earlier ...more

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The Chase is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
HarleyCartee added The Chase 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 ...more

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Ship in a Bottle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Ship in a Bottle Jan 25 1993 - "Ship in a Bottle" is the 138th episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The 12th episode of the sixth season. The sentient holodeck character Professor James ...more

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The Emissary is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added The Emissary Jun 29 1989 - Stardate: 42901.3 Worf is re-united with his former lover, K'Ehleyr, while the Enterprise is ordered to intercept a Klingon ship whose crew has been in stasis for a century.

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Reunion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Reunion Nov 05 1990 - Picard is asked to choose between two candidates to succeed the current Chancellor of the Klingon High Council as the new ruler of the Empire. Worf is disturbed by unexpected news when he is ...more

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True Q is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added True Q Oct 26 1992 - "True Q" is the 132nd episode of the American syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the sixth episode of the sixth season. In this episode, a ...more

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Peak Performance is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Q047 added Peak Performance Jul 10 1989 - Stardate: 42923.4 Trouble begins when a Ferengi warship stumbles over a war simulation between Riker and Picard, each on different ships, and begins attacking them.

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Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added Conspiracy May 09 1988 - "Conspiracy" is the 25th episode of the syndicated American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, originally aired on May 9, 1988 in the United States. The ...more

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Descent is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
AndrewNystrom added Descent Jun 21 1993 - Stardate: 46982.1 - The Borg return to threaten the Federation under the new leadership of Lore. Data experiences a disturbing facet of human emotions - he feels pleasure after killing a Borg

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Birthright, Part II is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Q047 added Birthright, Part II Mar 01 1993 - Stardate: 46759.2 - Worf is captured by the Romulans where he learns why the other captives did not attempt an escape years before.