Thirty-four years ago today the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation made its premiere on syndication, bringing a fresh round of faces, ships, and storylines to the science-fiction franchise that had been mostly about the same crew for twenty years. Some 27 million people tuned in for the first episode of the first new Star Trek series since the original, a tremendous feat even by the standards of the mid-1980s. To mark their appreciation for the series and the anniversary of its premiere, Star Trek TNG fans have been tweeting about it so much they made the hit series trend on Twitter.
Seven seasons, 178 episodes, and four feature films later, Star Trek: The Next Generation mostly wrapped up 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis, that is until very recently. Paramount+ and ViacomCBS bet big on the Star Trek franchise and among the many shows they've developed and produced is Star Trek: Picard, a decades-later follow-up to The Next Generation that has brought back multiple characters from that series. Patrick Stewart reprises his part with others appearing including Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi, Jonathan Frakes as William Riker, and Brent Spiner as Data. Picard will return for season two next year.
See how Star Trek fans are celebrating the anniversary of Next Gen below!
TONIGHT, THE 24TH CENTURY BEGINS!
TONIGHT, THE 24TH CENTURY BEGINS!
Today in 1987, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" debuted with "Encounter at Farpoint," introducing Captain Picard, Commander Riker, and the crew of the USS Enterprise-D.#StarTrek pic.twitter.com/6SiWnu8CYk— TrekCore.com 🖖 (@TrekCore) September 28, 2021
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Jean-Luc Picard, Captain of the USS Enterprise and noted serial killer
STAR TREK HISTORY: On this day in 1987, the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation aired, featuring Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, Captain of the USS Enterprise and noted serial killer. pic.twitter.com/OJNELCw7ua— Shreddie Guerrero (@El_Rey_De_Iowa) September 28, 2021
My very favorite
Happy 34th anniversary 🎉— Astrid (@astrid_klos) September 28, 2021
to my very favorite 💛
Star Trek: The Next Generation💫 pic.twitter.com/ftRh88WVS4
I wish they made an episode of Star Trek Next Generation with just a day in the life of Worf where he walked around annoyed at the crew and his comments and thoughts sort of like what they did with data. #StarTrekTNG #StarTrek #worf pic.twitter.com/FcA0DZqiEa— Antonio Sosa (@4kSosa) September 28, 2021
Patrick Stewart was a year younger than I am now
On this day in 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered. Patrick Stewart was a year younger than I am now, almost to the day.— The Incredulous Kurt (@kurtquistador) September 28, 2021
How come he looked all cool and distinguished, and I look like a homeless dude that got kicked out an anime convention for shoplifting T shirts?
Mild production design critique
Star Trek: The Next Generation is like "Here's our spaceship with loads of windows to look at outer space but also all of the artwork hanging in the ship are paintings of outer space."— Zelda MacGregor (@zeldamacgregor) September 28, 2021
Can Star Trek be done without Kirk, Spock and McCoy?
Today is the 34th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The show that faced skepticism as it took on the question, can Star Trek be done without Kirk, Spock and McCoy? #StarTrekTNG pic.twitter.com/Dhy4WSmtyA— Brian Rittmeyer (@BCRittmeyer) September 28, 2021