Star Trek: The Next Generation facts for kids
|Star Trek: The Next Generation|
|Created by||Gene Roddenberry|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||176|
|Original run||September 28, 1987 – May 23, 1994|
The Next Generation was set in the 24th century, eighty years after the original series of Star Trek, and it focused on the lives of a crew on a starship called Enterprise. The crew's mission was to explore the universe, as was the mission of the crew in the original series.
The Starfleet officers and members in Star Trek: The Next Generation and most 24th century Star Trek based shows had to wear a jumpsuit, (except for children and some parents onboard the Enterprise) with a communicator badge (also known as a combadge) shaped in the form of an oval, with the Starfleet logo over top of it on the upper right side. The uniform colors would also represent your position.
|Red||Command or Helm|
|Gold||Engineering, OPS (Operations) or Security|
|Teal/Blue||Science or Medical|
For ranks from Petty Officer to Captain you could see on the right collar of the uniform (Seasons 3-7) or on the collar bone area of the uniform (Seasons 1-2), were gold pips, an outline, or solid, that defined the rank of the officer.
With ranks higher than Captain, including the rank of Admiral (1 to 5 star) the pips would be on both collars.
|One (Outline Only)||Petty Officer|
|Two (One Solid, One Outlined)||Lieutenant Junior Grade|
|Three (One Outlined, Two Solid)||Lieutenant Commander|
|One (Solid w/ square border)||Admiral, one star|
|Two (Solid w. square border)||Admiral, two star|
|Three (Solid w. square border)||Admiral, three star|
|Four (Solid w. square border)||Admiral, four star|
|Five (Solid w. square border)||Admiral, five star (max)|
During other episodes including (TNG: Future Imperfect) the TNG crew had a different way to show rank. The ranks were shown on a different communicator badge with the Starfleet logo and four long bars behind the logo, closely separated vertically. Each bar that was lit would represent a rank. The rank of admiral was shown with the bars on the combadge being full white. There was also another communicator (TNG: All Good Things Part I & II) with an outline of a Starfleet logo and two long vertical trapezoids, each separated horizontally.
Cast and crew
|Jean-Luc Picard||Captain||Patrick Stewart||Commanding Officer|
|William Thomas Riker||Commander||Jonathan Frakes||Executive Officer|
|Data||Lt. Commander||Brent Spiner||Second officer, chief operations officer, science officer|
|Deanna Troi||Lt. Commander (1–6), Commander (7)||Marina Sirtis||Ship's counselor|
|Geordi La Forge||Lt. Junior Grade (1), Lieutenant (2), Lt. Commander (3–7)||LeVar Burton||Conn Officer and Ops, Chief Engineering Officer|
|Worf||Lt. Junior Grade (1), Lieutenant (2–7),||Michael Dorn||Tactical and Conn officer (season 1)
Chief security/tactical officer after Yar's death (seasons 2-7)
|Beverly Crusher, M. D.||Commander||Gates McFadden||Chief medical officer (seasons 1, 3–7; season 2, absent while Chief of Starfleet Medical); bridge officer|
|Natasha "Tasha" Yar||Lieutenant||Denise Crosby||Chief of Security (season 1, also recurring)|
|Katherine Pulaski||Commander||Diana Muldaur||Chief medical officer (Season 2)|
|Wesley Crusher||Acting Ensign (1–3), Ensign (3–4), Cadet (Recurring)||Wil Wheaton||Dr. Crusher's son, Conn Officer (seasons 1–4, also recurring)|
The U.S.S Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
The U.S.S Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) is a Galaxy Class starship from the television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Enterprise was set in the 24th century, with the same mission as the original U.S.S Enterprise (NCC-1701).
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