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The Best Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the 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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The best episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is "The Inner Light", rated 9.4/10 from 8356 user votes. It was directed by Peter Lauritson and written by Peter Allan Fields, Morgan Gendel. "The Inner Light" aired on 6/1/1992 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Best of Both Worlds (1)".

  • The Inner Light
    9.4/10 8,356 votes

    #1 - The Inner Light

    Season 5 Episode 25 - Aired 1992-06-01

    Stardate: 45944.1. Picard awakes to find himself living in a small village where he is a well-known member of the community who is suffering from a delusion of being a starship captain.

    Director: Peter Lauritson

    Writer: Peter Allan Fields, Morgan Gendel

  • The Best of Both Worlds (1)
    9.3/10 5,878 votes

    #2 - The Best of Both Worlds (1)

    Season 3 Episode 26 - Aired 1990-06-18

    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.

    Director: Cliff Bole

    Writer: Michael Piller

  • Yesterday's Enterprise
    9.2/10 6,141 votes

    #3 - Yesterday's Enterprise

    Season 3 Episode 15 - Aired 1990-02-19

    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.

    Director: David Carson

    Writer: Ira Steven Behr, Richard Manning, Eric A. Stillwell, Trent Christopher Ganino, Ronald D. Moore, Hans Beimler

  • The Best of Both Worlds (2)
    9.2/10 5,498 votes

    #4 - The Best of Both Worlds (2)

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 1990-09-24

    Stardate: 44001.4. 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.

    Director: Cliff Bole

    Writer: Michael Piller

  • The Measure of a Man
    9.1/10 6,326 votes

    #5 - The Measure of a Man

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 1989-02-13

    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.

    Director: Robert Scheerer

    Writer: Melinda M. Snodgrass

  • All Good Things...
    9.1/10 9,318 votes

    #6 - All Good Things...

    Season 7 Episode 25 - Aired 1994-05-23

    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. 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.

    Director: David Carson, Winrich Kolbe

    Writer: Brannon Braga, Ronald D. Moore

  • Q Who
    8.9/10 5,148 votes

    #7 - Q Who

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 1989-05-08

    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.

    Director: Rob Bowman

    Writer: Maurice Hurley

  • Cause and Effect
    8.9/10 4,836 votes

    #8 - Cause and Effect

    Season 5 Episode 18 - Aired 1992-03-23

    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.

    Director: Jonathan Frakes

    Writer: Brannon Braga

  • Chain of Command (2)
    8.9/10 4,071 votes

    #9 - Chain of Command (2)

    Season 6 Episode 11 - Aired 1992-12-21

    Stardate: 46360.8. Picard is captured and tortured by the Cardassians, while Riker tries to prevent a Federation attack on Cardassia.

    Director: Les Landau

    Writer: Frank Abatemarco

  • I, Borg
    8.8/10 4,389 votes

    #10 - I, Borg

    Season 5 Episode 23 - Aired 1992-05-11

    Stardate: 45854.2. 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.

    Director: Robert Lederman

    Writer: René Echevarria

  • Tapestry
    8.8/10 4,352 votes

    #11 - Tapestry

    Season 6 Episode 15 - Aired 1993-02-15

    Stardate: Unknown. A mortally wounded Picard is forced into re-living a time of his life when he was back in Starfleet Academy, with the intervention of Q.

    Director: Les Landau

    Writer: Ronald D. Moore

  • Parallels
    8.8/10 3,911 votes

    #12 - Parallels

    Season 7 Episode 11 - Aired 1993-11-29

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

    Director: Robert Wiemer

    Writer: Brannon Braga

  • Darmok
    8.7/10 5,148 votes

    #13 - Darmok

    Season 5 Episode 2 - Aired 1991-09-30

    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.

    Director: Winrich Kolbe

    Writer: Philip LaZebnik, Joe Menosky

  • Lower Decks
    8.7/10 4,218 votes

    #14 - Lower Decks

    Season 7 Episode 15 - Aired 1994-02-07

    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.

    Director: Gabrielle Beaumont

    Writer: Jeri Taylor, Brannon Braga, René Echevarria

  • Déjà Q
    8.5/10 4,353 votes

    #15 - Déjà Q

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 1990-02-05

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

    Director: Les Landau

    Writer: Richard Danus

  • The Offspring
    8.5/10 4,653 votes

    #16 - The Offspring

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 1990-03-12

    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 consciousness, including the ability to feel emotions, which attracts the attention of Starfleet scientists who want to take her away from Data and examine her advanced systems.

    Director: Jonathan Frakes

    Writer: René Echevarria

  • Relics
    8.5/10 3,996 votes

    #17 - Relics

    Season 6 Episode 4 - Aired 1992-10-12

    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.

    Director: Alexander Singer

    Writer: Ronald D. Moore

  • Ship in a Bottle
    8.5/10 3,718 votes

    #18 - Ship in a Bottle

    Season 6 Episode 12 - Aired 1993-01-25

    Stardate: 46424.1. While performing holodeck maintenance, Barclay accesses the stored hologram of Professor Moriarty, who wreaks havoc on board the Enterprise.

    Director: Alexander Singer

    Writer: René Echevarria

  • Timescape
    8.5/10 3,441 votes

    #19 - Timescape

    Season 6 Episode 25 - Aired 1993-06-14

    Stardate: 46944.2. Picard, Geordi, Troi and Data return from a Federation conference to find the Enterprise frozen in time and under attack from a frozen Romulan Warbird.

    Director: Adam Nimoy

    Writer: Brannon Braga

  • The Pegasus
    8.5/10 3,473 votes

    #20 - The Pegasus

    Season 7 Episode 12 - Aired 1994-01-17

    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.

    Director: LeVar Burton

    Writer: Ronald D. Moore

  • The Defector
    8.4/10 4,231 votes

    #21 - The Defector

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 1990-01-01

    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.

    Director: Robert Scheerer

    Writer: Ronald D. Moore

  • The Drumhead
    8.4/10 4,258 votes

    #22 - The Drumhead

    Season 4 Episode 21 - Aired 1991-04-29

    Stardate: 44769.2. Picard is accused of treason when an explosion aboard the Enterprise is investigated by a ruthless and paranoid Starfleet Admiral.

    Director: Jonathan Frakes

    Writer: Jeri Taylor

  • Redemption (1)
    8.4/10 3,496 votes

    #23 - Redemption (1)

    Season 4 Episode 26 - Aired 1991-06-17

    Stardate: 44995.3. Worf must choose between his people and the Federation when a civil war threatens to destroy the Klingon Empire.

    Director: Cliff Bole

    Writer: Ronald D. Moore

  • Redemption (2)
    8.4/10 3,523 votes

    #24 - Redemption (2)

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 1991-09-23

    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.

    Director: David Carson

    Writer: Ronald D. Moore

  • Family
    8.3/10 4,453 votes

    #25 - Family

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 1990-10-01

    Stardate 44012.3. Picard meets with his older brother in France, and contemplates resigning his Starfleet commission after his ordeal with the Borg. Worf's adoptive parents spend time with their son on the Enterprise, and succeed in embarrassing him in front of his crewmates.

    Director: Les Landau

    Writer: Ronald D. Moore