When I was in high school back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, TNG was on twice a night. It was on a Buffalo station at 1800 and on a Toronto station at 1900.
My entire high school class watched both those episodes every night. When new episodes were on, nobody picked up the phone.
Needless to say, I've been a huge TNG fan since 1987.
But only recently have I realized that I'm a fan. Sure I've read most of the novels and watched all the episodes, but I don't collect Trek stuff. Well, I didn't.... until the reproduction TNG communicator was released last year.
I don't know what came over me - from the communicator came T-shirts. And from the T-shirts came a Sisko cosplay costume. (I'm a huge 24th-century fan in general.)
I'm hooked. I'm now rewatching all of TNG for the first time since the 1990s. When you haven't seen the episodes in almost 25 years it's like watching them for the first time.