Not too long ago, my husband and I were talking about startrek.com’s poll results of fans’ favorite top 10 episodes of all of Star Trek. I disagreed with some of the episodes and definitely the order, so my husband suggested I create a top 10 list favorite of each series, and then at the end of our current rewatch do my own top 10 of all the series. Last month I shared my top 10 favorite episodes of the original series, and today I wanted to share my top 10 episodes of TNG. In descending order…
10. Data’s Day
A day in the life of Data proves to be anything but typical in this episode. It also features one of my favorite poems of all time, “Ode to Spot.” 😉
When members of the Enterprise crew are isolated to different sections of the ship thanks to a disaster, they have to work in atypical pairs/groupings to find their way back to each other. (And now I have a great idea for an Escape Room style game…)
8. Lower Decks
This episodes provides a glimpse into the lives of some of the younger, less experienced officers aboard the Enterprise
One of the best uses of an alternate timeline I’ve ever seen, in which Worf has to set things back to how he remembers them to be.
6. The Measure of a Man
An episode which explores just what it is to be human.
5. The Drumhead
When Picard is put on trial for some of his actions, he has to defend himself against someone who seems determined to see him fail.
4. The Inner Light
An alien probe affects Picard as he lives out another life as another man.
3. Yesterday’s Enterprise
Another great use of an alternate timeline in which the Federation is in the middle of a brutal war.
2. Best of Both Worlds
The Enterprise encounters the Borg and Picard gets assimilated. Whaaaaat.
1. Chain of Command
A Cardassian is determined to get answers out of Picard that he doesn’t have in this compelling look into the psychology of torture.
Which episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation are your favorite?
Ooh unexpected – Best of Both Worlds topped by Chain of Command! Great choices though – I remember all of these well except for Disaster for some reason – definitely I’m in need of a rewatch. Interesting that Lower Decks makes this list too!
Chain of Command is my dark horse for sure. I just find it really compelling.
Disaster is easily in my top 10. Menage a Troi. The Game. I know other people don’t love it, but I have a lot of affection for it. The High Ground. Deja Q. Future Imperfect, maybe. Not in that order. All of mine are from the first like 5 seasons because we didn’t have tv for the later seasons and I had to read about the episodes in the Star Trek The Next Generation magazine. How much of a geek am I?! Also, now that I think real hard about it, some of my favorites are actually ST:TNG novels, not episodes.