The Worst Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Avoid these cringe-worthy disasters

As a die-hard Star Trek fan, I have watched every episode of The Next Generation more times than I care to admit. While there are some episodes that are pure gold, there are also a few that make me want to throw my tricorder at the screen. So, I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a list of the worst episodes of TNG, in the hopes that I can save you from wasting your precious time on these intergalactic duds. From cringe-worthy acting to nonsensical plotlines, these episodes are truly the final frontier of bad television. So, grab your Earl Grey tea and get ready to boldly go where no one should ever have to go again.
Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

Season 2 – Episode 22

Air Date: 1989-07-17

Stardate: 42976.1. Riker is infected with an alien organism that takes over his mind. Dr. Pulaski must force Riker’s mind back to a state where it can access primitive survival skills.

Sub Rosa

Sub Rosa

Season 7 – Episode 14

Air Date: 1994-01-31

Stardate: Unknown. Dr. Crusher attends her grandmother’s funeral, to find that she had been in romantic encounters with a mysterious man who had been haunting the Howard family women for generations.

Code of Honor

Code of Honor

Season 1 – Episode 3

Air Date: 1987-10-12

Stardate: 41235.25. Tasha Yar must fight for her life and a vaccine to save a race of people when she is kidnapped and forced to battle with her abductor’s wife.

Masks

Masks

Season 7 – Episode 17

Air Date: 1994-02-21

Stardate: 47615.2. The Enterprise is slowly transformed into an ancient alien temple when Data discovers an alien archive full of information about an ancient culture. Shortly after opening the archive, Data becomes possessed with several different personalities.

Angel One

Angel One

Season 1 – Episode 13

Air Date: 1988-01-25

Stardate: 41636.9. The Enterprise discovers the male crew of a crashed Federation freighter are hiding as fugitives on the planet Angel One, which is dominated and ruled by women.

Man of the People

Man of the People

Season 6 – Episode 3

Air Date: 1992-10-05

Stardate: 46071.6. Deanna becomes attracted to an alien ambassador. Shortly thereafter, she starts ageing rapidly and starts becoming violent.

Justice

Justice

Season 1 – Episode 7

Air Date: 1987-11-09

Stardate: 41255.6. Picard is forced to choose between friendship and the Prime Directive when Wesley Crusher is sentenced to death for accidentally breaking the law on Rubicon III.

The Child

The Child

Season 2 – Episode 1

Air Date: 1988-11-21

Stardate: 42073.1. Troi undergoes a mysterious pregnancy when the Enterprise tries to escape from a system that has recently fallen victim to a deadly plague.

The Loss

The Loss

Season 4 – Episode 10

Air Date: 1990-12-01

Stardate: 44356.9. Troi loses her empathic abilities when the Enterprise is caught in the gravitational pull of a black hole.

Cost of Living

Cost of Living

Season 5 – Episode 20

Air Date: 1992-04-20

Stardate: 45733.6. Deanna’s mother pays a surprise visit to the Enterprise with even more surprising news: she plans to marry a man she has never met. After destroying an asteroid, the ship becomes infected with parasites that eat away at the ship’s hull.

Journey's End

Journey’s End

Season 7 – Episode 20

Air Date: 1994-03-28

Stardate: 47751.2. Under the terms of the new Federation/Cardassian alliance, Picard is ordered to evacuate a colony of native Americans, but protests from Wesley hamper the process. Wesley’s destiny is finally revealed to him when the Traveler returns.

Manhunt

Manhunt

Season 2 – Episode 19

Air Date: 1989-06-19

Stardate: 42859.2. While being escorted to a Federation conference by the Enterprise, Lwaxana hunts for a man to satisfy her needs when her sex-drive is quadrupled during a natural mid-life cycle.

Aquiel

Aquiel

Season 6 – Episode 13

Air Date: 1993-02-01

Stardate: 46461.3. Geordie falls in love with a lieutenant who is the prime suspect in a murder case.

Imaginary Friend

Imaginary Friend

Season 5 – Episode 22

Air Date: 1992-05-04

Stardate: 45832.1. While exploring a strange form of energy in a region of space, a little girl’s imaginary friend becomes real and places the Enterprise in great danger.

Violations

Violations

Season 5 – Episode 12

Air Date: 1992-02-03

Stardate: 45429.3. While escorting a group of telepaths, crew members on board the Enterprise suddenly start to slip into comas.

Interface

Interface

Season 7 – Episode 3

Air Date: 1993-10-04

Stardate: 47215.5. Geordi defies direct orders from Captain Picard in an attempt to rescue his mother who had recently been reported as missing.

Dark Page

Dark Page

Season 7 – Episode 7

Air Date: 1993-11-01

Stardate: 47254.1. Lwaxana Troi collapses with a repressed memory related illness. Her only chance for survival is if Deanna can probe her subconscious and find out what is killing her. However, the secret Lwaxana holds is deeper than Deanna imagined.

The Icarus Factor

The Icarus Factor

Season 2 – Episode 14

Air Date: 1989-04-24

Stardate: 42686.4. Riker is promoted to Captain of another Federation ship. Worf must confront his past and his Klingon heritage.

Up the Long Ladder

Up the Long Ladder

Season 2 – Episode 18

Air Date: 1989-05-22

Stardate: 42823.2. Picard must convince two dying civilizations that they must co-exist on the same planet to survive, however, they have other plans to ensure their survival: in the form of clones of the Enterprise crew.

Genesis

Genesis

Season 7 – Episode 19

Air Date: 1994-03-21

Stardate: 47653.2. Upon returning from an away mission, Picard and Data find the ship drifting in space, and the crew de-evolving into their animal ancestors.