Eddie Roth wrote:
I remember distinctly that in 1992, when I first got into Trek, there were many people who referred to TNG as "New Trek" or "the new series" or something to that effect. There was no talk of a "franchise". I suppose that happened around the time that VGR premiered, no? After all, that was when three "generations" were active at the same time across TV and theaters.
No, I remember ST being referred to as a franchise years before. At least during TNG's run and, I suspect, long before.