Parents' Guide to

Star Trek: The Next Generation

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Still going boldly, updated series is fun for all.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 24 parent reviews

age 7+

Age-appropriate depends on episode

Disclaimer: I grew up watching this show & was a Trekkie from around age 7. I love the exploration of morality & what makes us human that's inherent in each episode, as well as the way Captain Picard uses logic & reason to overcome obstacles. That said, re-viewing this as an adult (and then an adult with children) I've realized a lot of the episodes have some pretty big issues such as baked-in racism (S1E4 "Code of Honor") or one of the female characters being mentally assaulted (S5E12 "Violations"). Of course, everyone has their own thoughts on what is appropriate and what is not, but below is a short list of episodes I've watched with my own young kids: S2E9: "The Measure of a Man" S2E10: "The Dauphin" S2E15: "Pen Pals" S4E11: "Data's Day" S4E16: "Galaxy's Child" S6E7: "Rascals"

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age 9+

Great family viewing

My 9-year-old and I love watching TNG together. She loves the variety of plots and interesting problems. The pace is so different from today’s TV, to me it feels relaxing :). Most episodes have moral dilemmas and scientific ideas that are fun to discuss, and the role models and values feel very contemporary and relevant.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (24 ):
Kids say (31 ):

The real accomplishment of this series is that it managed to create an entire future universe that seems plausible, is nearly religious about maintaining internal consistency, and is loads of fun to watch. Star Trek: The Next Generation is much bigger than the original series -- the bridge, where much of the action takes place, is bigger, the crew is bigger, and even the Federation seems to cover more of the galaxy. Each episode seems to introduce a new race of people (or creature -– or even entity), so viewers might need a guidebook to keep track of which ones are allies and which are hostile. (Fortunately, the series was so popular in its seven seasons on the air that several of those books are available.)

TNG gradually created an elaborate canon of Star Trek lore, which has been replicated in three additional spin-off shows. This complex, finely nuanced interior literature gave the series a strong foundation for storytelling, and many of the episodes have complex, intriguing plots and profound social undercurrents.

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