79. STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - TIE 

Created by Gene Roddenberry  

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Aired: SYNDICATED, 1987-1994

For his follow-up to a sci-fi series phenomenon roughly the size of the cosmos, Gene Roddenberry wanted to demonstrate, as he put it in a 1991 Los Angeles Times Magazine article, "that TV need not be violent to be exciting.” The article noted that Roddenberry’s show bible for the future Peabody-winning Star Trek: Next Generation contained an entire list of ‘thou shalt nots’” and the proviso: "Beware of spaceship battles: They cost enormous amounts of money and are not really as interesting as people conflicts." No longer helmed by Capt. Kirk but by Capt. Picard (the British actor Patrick Stewart), The Enterprise was still boldly going but its crew were less other-directed and more self-examining. SNG vets Rick Berman, Michael Spiller and Jeri Taylor would go on to co-create Star Trek: Voyager; another SNG writer, Rene Balcer, became one of the driving creative forces in the Law & Order franchise.

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