On September 28, 1987, Star Trek returned to television with Star Trek: The Next Generation. Eventually, the show would become a big hit, running for seven seasons before moving to the big screen with four feature films. To celebrate, let’s go back in time to see how the show was being introduced.
Say hello to Star Trek: The Next Generation
In 1987, doing a show like this in syndication was still a big risk, especially with a cast of mostly unknown actors. As part of their publicity to promote the show, Paramount released an electronic press kit from which television stations could take segments and incorporate them into their own programming. The 42-minute video is broken into sections introducing the series and features profiles/interviews with all of the main cast as well as creator Gene Roddenberry, producers Robert Justman and Rick Berman, and behind-the-scenes looks at the production and special effects.
You can watch it in its entirety below (via media-ron on YouTube):
Catch up on more Star Trek history at TrekMovie.com.