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Star Trek, the Next Generation
As against the original Star Trek that was conceived to take place in the 23rd century, the Next Generation Star Trek is set in 24th century between the years 2364-2370.
Around twenty years after the original Star Trek series was aired on primetime television, the creators of the series thought of taking up a bold new experiment in space discovery this time under the new crew. The leader of the Galaxy-class Starship Enterprise is Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), who is both an intellectual and an explorer. The second in command is ironically referred to as Number One. He is the First Officer William Riker (Jonathan Frakes). The scientific officer is Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner).
The Star Trek: The Next Generation remained in production for about seven years, thanks to an overwhelming audience response especially from the old loyal fans. It ran a total of 178 episodes before it was taken up as a motion picture. The show was rated the highest among the dramatic television series and it is still in high demand even today.
The purpose of the voyages was to explore the "Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission was: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations — to boldly go where no one has gone before."
Star Trek: The Next Generation has been adjudged the biggest of the Star Trek shows for many reasons. First, the show ran for seven long years, more than double the time the original series ran for three years. Second, the spectators nurtured on the Star Trek had become hungry for more after seeing the original 79 hours of the show. The fans were eager to have a new story line and a new star cast on weekly basis was just what they were looking for. A next generation of viewers had sprung up to lap up the next generation of the Star Trek.