Star Trek: The Next Generation
The other day, I remembered that I hadn't posted one of these in a while. (And then I went back over my blog history and discovered that it's been almost a year, so this is long overdue.)
The original Star Trek series was canceled after just three seasons, but later gained a huge following after the Star Trek movies were made. Television producers were eager to capitalize on its new popularity, but couldn't figure out how to reboot the series. (The original actors were now much older than they had been during the original run, but recasting new actors in the same roles was equally problematic.)
Finally, the powers that be came up with the idea to create a series set in the same universe (and with basically the same premise), but with different characters and set 70 years after the original series. (Moving the time period ahead 70 years allowed the producers to update the look of some elements from the original series which were beginning to look outdated even by the 1980s.)
Star Trek: The Next Generation ran for seven seasons, won 18 Emmy Awards, and spun off four movies. When fans are asked which is their favorite Star Trek series, The Next Generation usually wins a plurality of the vote (although not a majority). In future posts, I'll introduce the regular cast, highlight notable guest stars, discuss the most commonly seen aliens and maybe even write a post all about evil twins.