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The Next Generation

Star Trek: The Next Generation (abbreviated as TNG and ST:TNG) was created by Gene Roddenberry (who created the original 1960s TV series). This first TV re-boot of the franchise ran for seven seasons from 1987 to 1994.

The series involves the Starship Enterprise and is set in the nearby regions of the Milky Way galaxy, the Alpha Quadrant. The first episode takes place in the year 2364, one-hundred years after the start of the five-year mission described in the original series, which began in 2264.

Gates McFadden
Gates McFadden played Doctor Beverly Crusher, the Enterprise’s chief medical officer. As a fully certified bridge officer, Dr. Crusher had the ability to command the Enterprise, if circumstances required her to do so.

McFadden was fired after the first season, but was rehired for the third season and remained for the remainder of the series.
Brent Spiner - Star Trek The Next Generation
Brent Spiner as Lieutenant Commander Data is an android who serves as second officer and operations officer. Data's “outsider’s” perspective on humanity served a similar narrative purpose as Spock’s in the original Star Trek series. Spiner also played his “brother”, Lore, and his creator, Noonien Soong. In Enterprise, Spiner played Noonien’s ancestor, Arik, and contributed a brief voiceover (heard over the Enterprise-D’s intercom) in the Enterprise finale.
Carel Struycken - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Carel Struycken - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Eric Menyuk (The Traveller) - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Eric Menyuk (The Traveller) - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Dwight Schultz (Reginald Barclay)
Dwight Schultz played Lieutenant Reginald Barclay, a technician and engineer. He also makes several appearances in the later seasons of Voyager and the 1996 movie, “Star Trek: First Contact”.
Jonathan Frakes
Jonathan Frakes played Commander William Riker, the Enterprise’s first officer. The character of Riker also appeared in an episode Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise. Frakes also played William's transporter-created double, Thomas, in an episode of Deep Space Nine and TNG.
Patrick Stewart and Alice Krige
Patrick Stewart played Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He also played the character in the pilot episode of Deep Space Nine.

Alice Krige played the Borg Queen in the 1996 movie “Star Trek: First Contact.” She returned to the character in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Endgame” in 2001.
LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton played Geordi La Forge who was initially the ship’s helmsman, but the character became chief engineer from the second season. Burton also played the character in an episode of Voyager.
Marina Sirtis
Marina Sirtis played Lieutenant Commander Deanna Troi, the half-human, half-betazoid ship’s counselor. In the last season, she is promoted to the rank of commander.

The character’s relationship with first officer Riker was a carry-over from character ideas developed for the planned Phase II TV series. Troi also appeared in later episodes of “Voyager” and in the final episode of “Enterprise”.
Michael Dorn
Michael Dorn played Klingon Worf, initially appearing as a junior officer fulfilling several roles on the bridge. When Denise Crosby (Lieutenant Yar) left at the end of the first season, he succeeded her as the ship’s chief of security and tactical officer.

Dorn reprised the role as a regular in seasons 4-7 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Dorn has made 282 on screen appearances, the most of any actor in the Star Trek franchise.

The Original Cast

The Next Generation Cast