Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)

Here are my favorite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the best of the sequels to the original series. [work in progress—not yet complete]

Where No One Has Gone Before (Oct. 26, 1987)
An attempt to improve warp engine efficiency unexpectedly sends the Enterprise and her crew to a place far beyond anything experienced before.

Too Short a Season (Feb. 8, 1988)
A very elderly Starfleet admiral is brought in to handle a tense hostage situation—using a rather unconventional approach.

Home Soil (Feb. 22, 1988)
Checking on the progress of the terraforming of Velara III, Data and Geordi make a remarkable discovery.

Coming of Age (Mar. 14, 1988)
As Captain Picard is under investigation by Starfleet, Wesley Crusher takes his entrance examinations for Starfleet Academy.

Skin of Evil (Apr. 25, 1988)
A shuttlecraft crash lands on the planet Vagra II, but the rescue operation is complicated by a malevolent entity.

The Child (Nov. 21, 1988)
Counselor Troi is shocked to find out she is pregnant. What transpires afterwards is more amazing still.

The Measure of a Man (Feb. 13, 1989)
A Starfleet cyberneticist wishes to remove Lieutenant Commander Data from the Enterprise against his will for study and partial disassembly, considering him Starfleet property. But does he have rights as a sentient being?

The Dauphin (Feb. 20, 1989)
The Enterprise is ferrying intellectually curious and beautiful Salia and her guardian to the planet Daled IV where she is to become a reluctant young governess, but a chance meeting between the girl and Wesley Crusher leads to mutual love and difficult choices.

Q Who (May 8, 1989)
The Enterprise is hurled thousands of light years across the galaxy, bringing it and the Federation to the attention of a previously unknown species that represents a grave threat.

The Survivors (Oct. 9, 1989)
The Enterprise responds to a distress call from Rana IV, a Federation colony under attack from an unknown aggressor. They arrive to find the entire surface of the planet obliterated, save for a small patch of land with a single house and two occupants.

Who Watches the Watchers (Oct. 16, 1989)
A concealed anthropological field team observing a pre-industrial Vulcan-like civilization on Mintaka III experiences a power failure and explosion, which exposes them and members of the Enterprise crew helping them to the Mintakans, thus violating the prime directive.

The Bonding (Oct. 23, 1989)
During a routine archeological investigation on a planet once inhabited by the extinct Koinonians, a still active land mine kills a member of the crew. Captain Picard, Security Chief Worf, Counselor Troi, and Wesley Crusher must help her son, now parentless, deal with his loss.

The Enemy (Nov. 6, 1989)
A distress signal leads to the inhospitable world Galorndon Core, where Riker, Worf, and Geordi discover the remains of a crashed Romulan vessel.

The Defector (Jan. 1, 1990)
A Romulan scout ship enters the Neutral Zone requesting asylum with a Romulan warship in hot pursuit.

Yesterday's Enterprise (Feb. 19, 1990)
The U.S.S. Enterprise-C passes through a temporal rift and encounters the U.S.S. Enterprise-D twenty-two years in the future.

The Offspring (Mar. 12, 1990)
Lieutenant Commander Data creates a new android, Lal, which he considers to be his child, but the magnitude of his achievement quickly catches the unwanted attention of Starfleet.

Tin Man (Apr. 23, 1990)
An ancient organic spaceship with no remaining crew begins orbiting a planet whose parent star is about to go supernova, and the Enterprise and Betazoid prodigy Tam Elbrun are sent to make contact.

Sarek (May 14, 1990)
Spock's father, Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan, now 202 years old, beams aboard the Enterprise to establish the foundation for trade relations between the Federation and an alien race called the Legarans.

Transfigurations (Jun. 17, 1990)
Dr. Crusher, Riker, and Geordi La Forge rescue a critically injured humanoid from the wreckage of an escape pod on an uninhabited and unexplored planet.

Family (Oct. 1, 1990)
Captain Picard, Worf, and Wesley Crusher reunite with family members while the Enterprise is undergoing repairs after the Borg confrontation.

Remember Me (Oct. 22, 1990)
Dr. Beverly Crusher welcomes her old friend and mentor Dr. Dalen Quaice aboard the Enterprise, but then he turns up missing. Star Trek meets The Twilight Zone.

Future Imperfect (Nov. 12, 1990)
On an away mission, Riker loses consciousness from a toxic gas, and when he awakens, he finds himself 16 years in the future.

Final Mission (Dec. 2, 1990)
Before leaving for Starfleet Academy, Wesley Crusher accompanies Captain Picard on a dangerous mission.