On September 8, 1966, writer Gene Roddenberry produced a science fiction television series in America. The Original Series, formerly Star Trek, only had three seasons, but it created a stir on the genre of science fiction. The storyline revolved around the hardships and perils of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew in the 23rd century where there is no hunger, and there is unity amongst humanity.
The three seasons of the television series Star Trek: The Original Series ran from 1966 to 1969. After its cancellation in 1969, Paramount Pictures decided to renew Star Trek into a film but decided to produce another Star Trek TV series. Several spin-off television series, movies, animated series, video games, comic books, and even a theme park of Star Trek are existent today.
However, which of the Star Trek installations — The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and The Animated Series — has the best quality script revision and delivery amongst other series?
According to the surveys of three well-known movie meter authorities in the web — IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, and Ranker, — The Next Generation (TNG) is the series to watch for Star Trek starters. It is the first live-action series, which aired from September 1987 to May 1994, after the original Star Trek. TNG had seven seasons and 176 episodes in totality and served as the cornerstone of four Star Trek films, games, and comics. The setting of TNG is in 2364, a century after James T. Kirk. The plot focuses on Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crowd in a massive starship — the USS Enterprise, — and their adventure to explore undiscovered civilizations.
The Tomatometer list of Rotten Tomatoes showed that 89% of the critics prefer The Next Generation, 86% for Deep Space Nine, 82% for Discovery, and only 51% for Enterprise. Moreover, IMDb released the result of their poll which showed that 354 out of 900 viewers favored TNG, followed by The Original Series and Deep Space Nine with 259 and 128, respectively. Ranker, on the other hand, stated that TNG had its fair share of mediocre episodes. It took the producers three seasons to come up with exceptional scenes which addressed deeper societal and political issues and ways to be humane despite the prevalence of prejudice and discrimination.
The viewers commended the two-hour series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled All Good Things. It has also received the Best Dramatic Presentation in 1995 Hugo Award and Outstanding Drama Series nomination in 1994 Emmy Awards.