Hi! Im new to the group, and i started watching TNG when i was about 9... I caught it around midway through season 4 (first time I had my own tv in my room), and stuck with it till the end. Im a girl (GASP!) so I always liked girls better in the series than guys. As a rule, I was a Riker/Troi fan from the start. I also liked P/C.. I was never really a fan of Worf, and I was dissapointed when the whole Worf/Troi escapade was going on. Needless to say, my favorite episodes were ones that didnt focus on Worf too much. i too, had to grow up to enjoy the symbolism (especially with Picard and Wesley). I think the saddest part for me was how underdeveloped some of the characters were, despite being "regulars" for a season or more.
I often wondered what it would have been like to have Wesley and Ro Laren on the ship together!