The first season of the American television science fiction show Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered in the United States on September 28, 1987 through first-run syndication, and concluded on May 16, 1988. The season consisted of one feature-length episode, entitled "Encounter at Farpoint", and 24 additional episodes with a run time of 44 minutes each. The show followed the first adventures of the crew of the USS Enterprise-D, between stardates 41153.7 and 41986.0. This season was the first season of a live action Star Trek television to be produced since season three of Star Trek which aired in 1968–1969.
The season was first released on region 1 DVD on March 26, 2002, and on region 2 on April 1, 2002. The Blu-ray releases followed over ten years later on July 23 and 24, 2012.
The new Starship Enterprise and its crew set out "to boldly go where no one has gone before". Their first mission is to explore the creation of the Farpoint station located on planet Deneb IV.
An omnipotent being known as Q, who accuses humanity of barbarism, and places them on trial. Jean-Luc must prove otherwise, or the human race will be annihilated.
While examining the mysterious deaths of the entire crew on board the Starship Tsiolkovsky, the crew of the Enterprise is infected with a touch-transmitted virus that lowers inhibitions.
Tasha Yar must fight for her life, and a vaccine that will save a race of people, when she is kidnapped and forced to battle her abductor's wife.
A powerful entity disables the Enterprise and a Ferengi ship. Their only means of escape is if they can correctly answer the riddles he asks.
The Enterprise is flung across space into a distant galaxy over 2,700,000 light years away when a propulsion engineer, and his mysterious companion, attempt to re-design the ship's engine systems.
Circling around an energy field in order to briefly study it, the Enterprise collects data, and continues towards its destination...with one extra passenger.
Picard is forced to make a difficult choice when Wesley Crusher accidentally breaks a law on Rubicon III and is sentenced to death.
The Ferengi hand over an old ship which Picard once captained: the U.S.S. Stargazer. However, a device on board alters Picard's mind.
Q places the senior crew of the Enterprise in a war game that pits them against a boar-faced, Napoleonic enemy.
Lwaxana pays a surprise visit to the Enterprise and announces the pre-arranged marriage of Deanna to the son of her late husband's best friend.
Picard, Dr. Crusher, and Data are placed in great danger when the holodeck malfunctions while they are running a Dixon Hill private detective program, which pits them against 1940s mobsters.
The crew of the Enterprise finds android parts that are identical to Data's while they are exploring his homeworld.
The Enterprise discovers the male crew of a crashed Federation freighter hiding as fugitives on the planet Angel One, which is dominated and ruled by women.
While the crew takes some time off, four members from the species known as the Bynar work feverishly on the ship's computer system.
The aging and terminally ill Starfleet Admiral Mark Jameson, who is negotiating the release of hostages, suddenly begins growing younger.
The children of the Enterprise, including Wesley Crusher, are abducted by a race of people who are unable to have children of their own.
The Enterprise has been asked by the Federation to check in on the progress made by scientists terraforming the planet Velara III, whose communications have been spotty.
While Wesley takes the entrance exam to Starfleet Academy, the Enterprise is investigated by the Inspector General's office and Picard's competency is questioned.
The Enterprise takes up the call from the Federation to investigate a battle that has taken place in the Neutral Zone.
While searching for any signs of the U.S.S. Drake, which was last reported orbiting the planet Minos, the Enterprise receives a strange communication from the planet surface.
While examining the solar flares of the sun Delos, the Enterprise receives a distress signal from a freighter that is about to crash on a nearby planet.
When Troi's shuttle crashes on an alien planet, a new being is discovered: an entity that thrives on the suffering of others.
Picard meets an old flame, who is now married to a scientist that accidentally rips the fabric of space and inadvertently creates a new dimension.
Picard suspects a large-scale conspiracy when he witnesses strange behavior among Starfleet's high ranking officers.
A 20th century probe carrying three cryogenically frozen humans is detected by the Enterprise while en route to the Neutral Zone to confront Romulans.