Re: Did TNG have too many characters at first?
It would appear they didn't feel they had enough after Crosby left, because they added Whoopi Goldberg in a small role.
Whoopi was added because she asked
to be on the show and at the time the producers thought the name recognition would help the series ratings. Her character actually stole a lot of Troi's development and in doing so weakened a main character. Not the best decision in the end.
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