When Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired in 1987, the shot at glory and longevity was slim to none; in fact, the chances of it going anywhere were so slim that Sir Patrick Stewart, fresh off the boat from England, didn’t unpack his bags for months after moving to Los Angeles.

TNG had what was known as the “three S’s” working against it: it was a syndicated science fiction sequel. But defying all odds, the show went on to become an Emmy-nominated, Peabody and Hugo Award-winning television show that ran for seven seasons before being cancelled in 1994 to make way for a rather lackluster movie franchise.

Following the poor, but well-loved original series, TNG was a ground-breaking show, and a watershed moment in the history of sci-fi TV. Without Picard and co proving that audiences would respond, chances are we would never have seen anything like the number of galactic shows that we have. And the world would be a poorer place for it.

We have already charted the best Original Series episodes, and now comes the time to trek through the very best of what the second addition to the TV franchise had to offer. Out of 177 episodes, here are the top 25 picks for best episodes in seven years.

Click next to reveal the chosen episodes…

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This article was first posted on May 26, 2013