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Old February 8 2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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List of the best ST: TNG episodes

Hi,

I want to see the best of Star Trek: TNG without going through to the whole series so I am looking for a list of the best ST:TNG episodes to watch.

I have found such list of the 25 best episodes online:

http://whatculture.com/tv/star-trek-...pisodes.php/14

Do you agree with it and have you any other suggestions?

PS: I want the best of the best and would like to see those borgs too.
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Old February 8 2014, 10:47 PM   #2
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Re: List of the best ST: TNG episodes

Joutou43 wrote: View Post
Hi,

I want to see the best of Star Trek: TNG without going through to the whole series so I am looking for a list of the best ST:TNG episodes to watch.

I have found such list of the 25 best episodes online:

http://whatculture.com/tv/star-trek-...pisodes.php/14

Do you agree with it and have you any other suggestions?

PS: I want the best of the best and would like to see those borgs too.
Why don't you want to watch the whole series? It's worth it!

I didn't go through the list since it would take forever to get through, but I will say that my favorite TNG episode is from Season 3: Yesterday's Enterprise!
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Old February 8 2014, 11:08 PM   #3
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Re: List of the best ST: TNG episodes

I only agree with about half of that list. Everyone has their favorites. That said, I recently wanted to put together a list of roughly the 20 best episodes of the series, and dug up an old thread here where everyone gave their personal top 20. I did a tally of which episodes got the most mentions and mostly based my list on that, with a little tweaking for my personal opinion. In chronological order, the top 21 or 22 (depending on whether you count AGT as one or two episodes, as it originally aired as one):

1) The Measure of a Man (2x09)
2) Q Who (2x16)
3) The Defector (3x10)
4) Yesterday's Enterprise (3x15)
5) Sins of the Father (3x17)
6) Sarek (3x23)
7) The Best of Both Worlds (3x26)
8) The Best of Both Worlds: Part II (4x01)
9) Family (4x02)
10) The Wounded (4x12)
11) The Drumhead (4x21)
12) Darmok (5x02)
13) Cause and Effect (5x18)
14) The Inner Light (5x25)
15) Chain of Command, Part 1 (6x10)
16) Chain of Command, Part II (6x11)
17) Tapestry (6x15)
18) Parallels (7x11)
19) The Pegasus (7x12)
20) Lower Decks (7x15)
21) All Good Things... (7x25/26)

Honorable mention: If you want to see how the Worf arc that starts in "Sins of the Father" plays out, add these episodes:

Reunion (4x07)
Redemption I (4x26)
Redemption II (5x01)
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Old February 19 2014, 12:38 PM   #4
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Re: List of the best ST: TNG episodes

The Best of Both Worlds is the best TNG episode.
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Old February 20 2014, 02:36 AM   #5
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Re: List of the best ST: TNG episodes

Ro_Laren wrote: View Post
Why don't you want to watch the whole series? It's worth it!
... AGREED!!!
Taken in whole, or in part, I find The Next Generation to be supremely satisfying! This particular series is a stellar role call of some of the best stars in Hollywood, at the time. Knowing this series fairly well, I can tell you - with a high degree of confidence - that you won't want to miss a thing!
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Old February 20 2014, 03:08 AM   #6
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2takesfrakes wrote: View Post
This particular series is a stellar role call of some of the best stars in Hollywood, at the time.
That's laying it on a bit thick....
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Old February 20 2014, 12:31 PM   #7
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TNG season 1 was bad. Only like 3 or 4 episodes were good. So I wouldn't recommend seeing all of TNG.
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Old February 20 2014, 01:51 PM   #8
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Re: List of the best ST: TNG episodes

I'm not going to rank them. I love this show and it's like picking between my kids (if I had any, but I've heard).

Encounter at Farpoint
Where No One Has Gone Before
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
Skin of Evil
The Measure of a Man
Q Who
Who Watches the Watchers?
The Bonding
Déjà Q
Yesterday's Enterprise
The Offspring
Sins of the Father
Transfigurations (A Bev Crusher episode I like!)
BOBW I and II
Family
Reunion
Data's Day
The Wounded
Clues
First Contact
Galaxy's Child (b-story rocks!)
The Nth Degree
The Drumhead
Half a Life
The Host
Redemption I and II
Darmok
Ensign Ro
Unification I and II
Hero Worship
Eithics
The Outcast
Cause and Effect
The First Duty
I, Borg
The Inner Light
Chain of Command, I and II
Tapestry
Lessons
Journey's End
Dark Page
Parallels
Lower Decks
Masks
Firstborn
Preemptive Strike
All Good Things...

Those are the episodes that I would watch more than once in a single sitting.
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Old February 21 2014, 04:02 AM   #9
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I would add The Drumhead and The Ensigns of Command to the OP's list. Also, I really enjoy watching Devil's Due. I know it doesn't have the important themes of other episodes, but I find it really fun to watch.
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Old March 5 2014, 02:39 AM   #10
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Re: List of the best ST: TNG episodes

I was just watching DRUMHEAD and it occurred to me that Jean Simmons was one of the biggest HOLLYWOOD legends that TNG ever got on the show. Isn't that right?

They certainly used her to effect, but I hated her outfits. Particularly that one thing that jutted up and out from her shoulders. Maybe they put her in those creations so that the audience would think she was nuts just by her fashion sense. And it's such a shame that her character's Daddy Issues are only there to give Picard a devistating blow against her. It serves no other purpose and someone this out to hurt the innocent wouldn't have left herself so open to attack. Certainly not by the likes of The Good Captain, when she boasts how, "I've taken down bigger men than YOU, Picard!" Yes. Yes, of course you have.

I'm trying to think who else might've been that legendary, from Hollywood's heyday ... from what I've gathered, actually, Admiral Jameson's wife from "Too Short a Season" was actually a mover and shaker in her time. She'd done alot to fight so-called "blacklisting" of celebs, if I recall. And her performance in that episode is wholly unremarkable. But she was a cutey in her day ... I'm sure she was a force to reckon with. Not unlike Admiral Satie!
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Old March 5 2014, 11:28 PM   #11
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Re: List of the best ST: TNG episodes

Their list wrote:
25 Brothers
24 The Battle
23 Where Silence Has Lease
22 Relics
21 Contagion
20 Parallels
19 The Wounded
18 Gambit
17 Schisms
16 Phantasms
15 Datalore
14 Time Squared
13 The Pegasus
12 No One Has Gone Before
11 Ship in a Bottle
10 Conspiracy
9 I Borg
8 Chain of Command
7 Measure of a Man
6 All Good Things
5 The Defector
4 Q who
3 The Inner Iight
2 Yesterday's Enterprise
1 The Best of Both Worlds
I agree that the entire show is worth watching. Their list isn't bad, however...

Although they're not bad, I'd pull these 6

The Battle
Relics
Contagion
Gambit
Phantasms
Time Squared
Ship in a Bottle

And I'd add these 6

Sarek
The Drumhead
Cause & Effect
Darmok
Redemption
The Enemy
The Offspring

That would round out my top 25
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Old March 7 2014, 05:40 AM   #12
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The Best of Both Worlds is the best TNG episode.
I do agree in regards to Part 1, but the second part does dilute the appeal of the overall story somewhat IMO (inevitably, I hasten to add; it would be almost impossible to top *that* cliffhanger without it coming across as a bit of a let-down).
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