Star Trek: The Next Generation (often abbreviated as TNG) is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, Maurice Hurley, Rick Berman and Michael Piller served as executive producers at different times throughout the production.
The series involves a starship named the 'Enterprise' and is set in the nearby regions of the Milky Way galaxy. The first episode takes place in the year 2364, 100 years after the start of the five-year mission described in the original series, which began in 2264. It features a new cast and a new starship Enterprise. The introduction to each episode by Patrick Stewart stated the starship's purpose, updated from the 1966 version to represent an open-ended "mission", and to be gender-neutral:
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.
TNG premiered the week of September 28, 1987, to 27 million viewers, with the two-hour pilot "Encounter at Farpoint". In total, 178 episodes were made, ending with the two-hour finale "All Good Things..." the week of May 23, 1994.
The series (1987–94) was broadcast in first-run syndication with dates and times varying among individual television stations. Three additional Star Trek spin-offs followed The Next Generation: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999), Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001), and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005). The series formed the basis of the seventh through the tenth of the Star Trek films, and is also the setting of numerous novels, comic books, and video games.
In its seventh season, Star Trek: The Next Generation became the first and only syndicated television series to be nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Dramatic Series. The series received a number of accolades including 18 Emmy Awards, two Hugo Awards, five Saturn Awards and a Peabody Award.