This Day in Television History – October 5th, 1987 – First Regular-Length Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode Airs

Following the two-hour series debut, the crew of the Enterprise-D go on their second adventure on this day in television history.

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“The Naked Now” is the 3rd episode of the 1st season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Written by longtime Trek veteran D.C. Fontana (under the alias of J. Michael Bingham), with story by her and John D.F. Black, the episode first aired in syndication on October 5th, 1987. (Courtesy: Paramount / Viacom / CBS)

“The Naked Now” is the 3rd episode of the 1st season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Written by longtime Trek veteran D.C. Fontana (under the alias of J. Michael Bingham), with story by her and John D.F. Black, the episode first aired in syndication on October 5th, 1987.

In the episode, the Enterprise investigates the mysterious happenings onboard the SS Tsiolkovsky, a Federation science vessel. The crew has seemingly all been the source of their own demise, in mysterious ways. As the investigation goes on, crewmembers onboard the Enterprise begin acting strange as well–which is dangerous with a nearby star about to go supernova.

“The Naked Now” is a successor to the original series Star Trek episdoe, “The Naked Time,” and in fact the events of that episode are directly mentioned in the episode. The Tsiolkovsky is an Oberth-class science vessel, portrayed through the re-use of the USS Grissom model from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. The episode is also the first one scored by award-winning composer, Ron Jones.

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