Top 20 "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episodes

by jonhatchell | created - 19 Jul 2012 | updated - 23 Jul 2012 | Public

Two-parters are counted as one episode (so I only list the first part). Sorry, "The Inner Light" doesn't make my Top Twenty. Honorable Mentions: Power Play (115) The Chase (146) Second Chances (150) Phantasms (158) All Good Things (177/178)

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1. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: The Best of Both Worlds (1990)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

9.4
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Responding to a distress call on one of the Federation's outer-most colonies, the Enterprise arrives...only to find a big hole in the ground where the town used to be, and discovers the Borg are behind the attack.

Director: Cliff Bole | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 2,584

2. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Yesterday's Enterprise (1990)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

9.2
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The Enterprise C enters the Enterprise D's time and space continuum, where they find Picard and crew in a constant state of war with the Klingons, and only Guinan knows it.

Director: David Carson | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 2,583

3. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Reunion (1990)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.3
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When the leader of the Klingon High Council passes on, Picard finds himself in the middle of the struggle for the now-vacant position. Meanwhile, Worf reunites with a past love, only to find he now has a son.

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,535

4. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Who Watches the Watchers (1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.1
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A proto-Vulcan culture worships Captain Picard and prepares to offer Counselor Troi as a sacrifice.

Director: Robert Wiemer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,809

5. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Sins of the Father (1990)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.2
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A Klingon commander comes aboard the Enterprise in an officer exchange program initiated by Starfleet, much to the chagrin of the crew.

Director: Les Landau | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,534

6. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Q Who (1989)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

9.0
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Q tries to prove that Picard needs him as part of their crew by hurling the Enterprise 7,000 light years away where they encounter the Borg for the first time.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 2,125

7. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Chain of Command: Part I (1992)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.4
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Picard is replaced as captain of the Enterprise so he, Lt. Worf and Dr. Crusher go on a top-secret mission into Cardassian space. Meanwhile, his replacement, Captain Jellico, meets his new command with some resistance from the crew.

Director: Robert Scheerer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,509

8. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Family (1990)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.2
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After defeating the Borg, the crew of the Enterprise experiences shore leave in various ways. Captain Picard's return to his family's vineyard in France has some extraordinary repercussions... See full summary »

Director: Les Landau | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,780

9. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: The Defector (1990)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.5
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When a Romulan officer defects to the Federation with a warning of a impending invasion, Capt. Picard struggles to decide if he is to be believed.

Director: Robert Scheerer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,663

10. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Future Imperfect (1990)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

7.8
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The Enterprise is conducting a security sweep in an area near the Neutral Zone when they are probed by what Captain Picard thinks may be a secret Romulan base. Commander Riker, who has just... See full summary »

Director: Les Landau | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,506

11. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Identity Crisis (1991)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

6.8
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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge and an old friend fight to defeat a parasite that is trying to transform them into another species.

Director: Winrich Kolbe | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,262

12. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: The Measure of a Man (1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

9.1
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When Data resigns his commission rather than be dismantled for examination by an inadequately skilled scientist, a formal hearing is convened to determine whether Data is considered property without rights or is a sentient being.

Director: Robert Scheerer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 2,474

13. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Conundrum (1992)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.3
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When an approaching alien ship wipes their memory, the crew struggles to put back together what happened.

Director: Les Landau | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,487

14. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Ship in a Bottle (1993)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.6
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Diagnosing anomalies in the recreative Sherlock Holmes hologram game programs, Lieutenant Reginald 'Reg' Barclay III discovers protected memory contains the arch-villain character professor... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,534

15. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: The Drumhead (1991)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.4
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A retired admiral boards the Enterprise in an effort to determine the actions aboard the ship surrounding an act of sabotage and possible treason.

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,700

16. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: The Mind's Eye (1991)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

7.8
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Geordi is brainwashed by the Romulans to assassinate a Klingon governor.

Director: David Livingston | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,301

17. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: The Next Phase (1992)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.3
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A transporter malfunction, combined with a Romulan ship under stress and a damaged cloaking device, creates the illusion that Ensign Ro and Geordi are dead, but Geordi doesn't believe it to be so, and he acts accordingly.

Director: David Carson | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,389

18. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Tapestry (1993)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

9.0
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Captain Picard incurs serious wounds in a fight, even his artificial heart is gravely damaged. While Dr. Crusher wrestles with the medical consequences, his mind meets Q, who presents him ... See full summary »

Director: Les Landau | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 1,793

19. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Where No One Has Gone Before (1987)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

7.6
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Although Riker considers maverick Federation scientist Kosinski's project to vastly boost the Enterprise's propulsion absurd, Picard obeys the Admiralty's orders. Fascinated, Wesley sits ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby

Votes: 1,946

20. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Conspiracy (1988)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.1
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After diverting to a secret meeting with an old friend and some of Starfleet's finest commanders, Picard finds the Horatio blown to bits just hours after the meeting and he returns the Enterprise to Earth looking for answers.

Director: Cliff Bole | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby

Votes: 1,766