Star Trek: All 7 seasons of The Next Generation ranked from worst to best

Space: the Final Frontier. This article: a ranking of Star Trek: The Next Generation's seasons done with much care.

Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek”
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1. Season 5

Season 5 is often hailed as a stellar example of science fiction television at its finest, a season where the show truly hit its stride. This season is filled with episodes that not only entertain but also provoke thought, showcasing a level of storytelling sophistication that has become a benchmark for the genre.

Furthermore, it's in this season that the writers, having already laid a solid foundation in the previous seasons, confidently dive deeper into the complex lore of its characters and the rich universe they inhabit. Each episode feels like a mini-movie, complete with compelling plots, distinct and unique character development, and often, a moral quandary that leaves viewers sitting and thinking about it long after the credits roll. There's a sense of maturity in these narratives, a sign that the show has grown up, reflecting the evolving dynamics of the beloved crew of the USS Enterprise.

The magic of this season lies in part in how it balances high-stakes space adventures with intimate character studies. Episodes like "The Inner Light" and "Darmok" have become iconic, not only in the Star Trek universe but in the wider science fiction landscape, for their ingenious plots and emotional depth. "The Inner Light," in particular, is a standout, offering a touching and deeply personal journey for Captain Picard that resonates with viewers on a profound level. The characters, now fully fleshed out, navigate these stories with a sense of authenticity that makes their experiences feel real and relatable.

All of this makes season 5 of Star Trek: The Next Generation a shining example of television storytelling at its best.

Whether you agree or disagree with my rankings, one cannot deny the influence of The Next Generation and the way it continued Star Trek's mission of pushing sci-fi television to what it is today.

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