In the first of three special podcasts Couch Commandos talk Trivia and Season 1 as well as personal recollections of STTNG . This is a guide to the Top 10 episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation as well as each season's standout episodes.
TOP 10 Episode
Encounter at Farpoint S01E01
The new Starship Enterprise begins her maiden voyage by uncovering the mysteries of an advanced space station. The crew's mission is threatened by an omnipotent being named Q, who puts them on trial for the crimes of all humanity.
SEASON 1 STAND OUTS
Hide and Q S01E10
Q returns to the Enterprise to tempt Commander Riker into joining the Q Continuum with the lure of Q's powers.
The Big Goodbye S01E12
A computer malfunction traps Picard, Data, Dr. Crusher, and Whalen in a Dixon Hill holodeck program set in early-20th-century Earth.
The Enterprise crew finds a disassembled android identical to Data at the site of the Omicron Theta colony—where Data was found—which was destroyed by a life form dubbed "the Crystalline Entity." The reassembled android, Lore, brings the Crystalline Entity to the Enterprise.
Bynars upgrade the Enterprise's computers in spacedock. Riker and Picard become distracted by a surprisingly realistic holodeck character.
Picard tries to mediate a trade dispute between two neighboring planets, one of which is the sole supplier of a drug to treat the other's apparently fatal disease.
Skin of Evil S01E23
An evil, tar-like creature holds Troi hostage on an alien world. During the rescue mission, one of the Enterprise's crew is killed.
The strange behavior of high-ranking officers—which earlier prompted the investigation of the crew (in "Coming of Age")—leads Picard to uncover a conspiracy within Starfleet
The Neutral Zone S01E26
A derelict satellite is found containing cryonically frozen humans from the 21st century as the Enterprise is sent to investigate the destruction of outposts near Romulan space.