I was in 7th grade for Encounter at Farpoint. TNG was a constant through some tough stuff, my father passing in 1990. So although I was well aware even back in '87 that the early episodes were lacking, watching them bring in strong memories.
Recently I saw a bunch of 6th and 7th season episodes for the first time, since I was working by then and wasn't concerned with Star Trek at the time. What a treat that has been.
There's only one cherry episode left for me now, perhaps appropriately, "Second Chances" from season 6.
Some favorites as I recall:
"Cause and Effect"
"The Inner Light"
"Cost of Living"
pretty much any weird episode is likely to be a favorite of mine. There's not much of TNG I dislike. My favorite character by far when I was a kid was Worf. At this point, all the characters are like old friends.