So pretty much everybody here probably knows that I don't care much for TOS. But lately I have been thinking about something in regards to both the original show and TNG. Yes, TOS is very outdated today as far as gender dynamics and other aspects of mid-20th century goes. But still, the series had a black, female character is a position of competence (outranking a male co-star, even) at a time when parts of the US were still functioning under segregation. Yes Uhura was there because Nichelle Nichols was attractive and she didn't do all that much, but she existed, she was visible in most episodes and she was portrayed as competent. In addition to that they had a Japanese character(albeit with a non-Japanese name) and a Russian one(during the cold war). Now let's compare that to TNG, created in the 1980s, when things should have been a lot more advanced you'd think. Yet, the two female characters (out of a main cast of 7/8 characters for most of the show) are both relegated to caregiver positions. Yes Doctors and Counselors are important, but with the way the cast turned out after Seasons 1/2 it looks a bit unfortunate that all main character women are in caregiver positions and all main character caregiver roles are staffed by women. Particularly when one of the sole two female characters was reduced to a sex symbol who was clothed in revealing outfits and frequently portrayed as less knowledgeable than the male characters. (Though to be fair, they didn't plan on losing Tasha and there were female extras in various roles, as well as male extras in caregiver roles) And while, TOS as I wrote above, showed people of African and Asian descents in roles of competence, making them clearly visible to the audience. TNG completely failed to make the next step and include a single gay character in a similar role, or to even acknowledge the existence of LGBT+ people at all (aside from one very clumsy "allegory"). And that was at a time when even the Golden Girls had gay relatives. This is particularly uncomfortable since TNG made such a big deal about being an "evolved" and "better" humanity. So...what the hell TNG? Why did they fail to be as bold as their predecessor in these aspects? Why does the show with the miniskirts and men's men pseudo-Western characters look more progressive when looked upon by the standards of its time than the newer one?