7. Star Trek: The Next Generation
- For the first couple of years of this series, if you had told me that I would ever consider it to be better than the original Star Trek
, I'd laughed laughed as scornfully and rudely as possible in your face. It seemed that every other episode was a reworking of an episode from the original series. Diana Muldaur off-putting as "Dr. Pulaski." And everybody was so damned earnest
all the time.
But then something happened.
For the third season, some new writers were brought in. At the same time, Gates McFadden came back as "Beverly Crusher" and, with her return, the rest of the cast seemed to finally settle into their roles and give them some much-needed humanity.
By season six, ST:TNG had become the best written show on television. And it was a syndicated show! The writers finally managed to successfully blend epic and exotic stories of discovery and galaxy-wide political upheavals with the personal lives of the Enterprise crew. Smart, dramatic, gorgeous to look at and occasionally hilarious, ST:TNG became one of those shows I watched/taped religiously during the late 80's and into the 90's. You can keep your X-Files
--as far as I'm concerned, ST:TNG is simply the best sci-fi series ever.