I proudly raise my hand as a TNG fan.
Born way back in 1960, I have always been a fan of SF in general, and had a general awareness of and liking for Trek. But it wasn't until my boss enthused to me about ST:TNG in 1988 that I really started *watching*...I caught the episodes leading up to the "Best of Both Worlds" cliffhanger, watched the reruns through the summer, and by the time they dropped Picard's other Borg shoe in September I was *hooked*.
Like all Trek series, ST:TNG struggled in its early years. There are some first-season episodes that are just painful
to watch, and I share the view of many that young Wesley just needed to have been shoved out the nearest air lock. But once they found their stride, ST:TNG produced some of the finest SF ever created...thoughtful, consistent, coherent and well-acted.