|The Next Generation|
|Staring Patrick Stewart|
Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST:TNG, TNG) is a science fiction television series, part of the Star Trek universe created by Gene Roddenberry. Set in the 24th century, about 80 years after the original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation features a new crew and a new starship Enterprise. It premiered the week of September 28, 1987 to some 27 million viewers with the two-hour pilot "Encounter at Farpoint" and ran for 178 episodes (the greatest number of episodes of any Star Trek show in the series) in seven seasons, ending with the finale "All Good Things..." the week of May 23, 1994.
The series was broadcast in first-run syndication, with dates and times varying among individual television stations. The show gained a considerable following during its run and, like its predecessor, remains popular in syndicated reruns. It was the first of several series (the others being Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise) that kept new Star Trek episodes airing until 2005. Star Trek: The Next Generation won 18 Emmy Awards and became the first syndicated television show to be nominated for the Emmy for Best Dramatic Series in its seventh season. It was nominated for three Hugo Awards and won two, becoming the first television series since the original Star Trek to be recognized. The series also formed the basis of the seventh through tenth Star Trek films.