List of the best ST: TNG episodes

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by Joutou43, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. Joutou43

    Joutou43 Cadet Newbie

    Feb 8, 2014

    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:

    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. :)
  2. Ro_Laren

    Ro_Laren Commodore Commodore

    Dec 12, 2004
    The Badlands
    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!
  3. He's Dead - Mix

    He's Dead - Mix Clean Old Mod Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    Somewhere in Connecticut
    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)
  4. Runetouch

    Runetouch Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 22, 2014
    The Best of Both Worlds is the best TNG episode.
  5. 2takesfrakes

    2takesfrakes Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 13, 2013
    Philadelphia, PA
    ... 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!
  6. He's Dead - Mix

    He's Dead - Mix Clean Old Mod Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    Somewhere in Connecticut
    That's laying it on a bit thick....
  7. Runetouch

    Runetouch Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 22, 2014
    TNG season 1 was bad. Only like 3 or 4 episodes were good. So I wouldn't recommend seeing all of TNG.
  8. HaventGotALife

    HaventGotALife Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 6, 2011
    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
    Data's Day
    The Wounded
    First Contact
    Galaxy's Child (b-story rocks!)
    The Nth Degree
    The Drumhead
    Half a Life
    The Host
    Redemption I and II
    Ensign Ro
    Unification I and II
    Hero Worship
    The Outcast
    Cause and Effect
    The First Duty
    I, Borg
    The Inner Light
    Chain of Command, I and II
    Journey's End
    Dark Page
    Lower Decks
    Preemptive Strike
    All Good Things...

    Those are the episodes that I would watch more than once in a single sitting.
  9. PhoenixClass

    PhoenixClass Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Aug 16, 2013
    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.
  10. 2takesfrakes

    2takesfrakes Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 13, 2013
    Philadelphia, PA
    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!
  11. Mojochi

    Mojochi Commodore Commodore

    Aug 18, 2007
    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
    Time Squared
    Ship in a Bottle

    And I'd add these 6

    The Drumhead
    Cause & Effect
    The Enemy
    The Offspring

    That would round out my top 25
  12. Lance

    Lance Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 9, 2012
    The Enterprise's Restroom
    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).