Star Trek: The Next Generation


'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Season 3 Episodes

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3

The third season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation commenced airing in broadcast syndication in the United States on September 25, 1989 and concluded on June 18, 1990 after airing 26 episodes. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet starship Enterprise-D. Season three featured the return of Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher after she was replaced by Diana Muldaur for the second season. The season also saw the debut of several actors who would reappear in the same roles and others throughout the franchise, such as Dwight Schultz as Lt. Reginald Barclay, and Tony Todd as Kurn.

Further changes occurred to the writing staff, with Michael Piller brought on board as executive producer after Michael I. Wagner held the position for three weeks. Ronald D. Moore also joined the staff following the submission of a script for "The Bonding". Hans Beimler, Richard Manning, Melinda M. Snodgrass and Ira Steven Behr all left the staff at the end of the season. Actor Wil Wheaton also asked to leave following the way his character, Wesley Crusher, was written during the season – a decision he later regretted. Other changes included a modification to the opening sequence, and changes to the Starfleet uniforms on the show, which resulted in the creation of Patrick Stewart's "Picard Maneuver".

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E1
Episode 1  •  September 25th, 1989


A system-wide computer malfunction places the crew of the Enterprise in grave danger while they escort a scientist to study an exploding star.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E2
Episode 2  •  October 2nd, 1989

The Ensigns of Command

Data is sent to evacuate a human colony when the hostile non-humanoid species that possesses the planet now want to inhabit it.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E3
Episode 3  •  October 9th, 1989

The Survivors

The Enterprise investigates a planet where an entirely colony has been eradicated except for two elderly residents and their home, which has been left in perfect condition.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E4
Episode 4  •  October 16th, 1989

Who Watches the Watchers?

An away team inadvertently breaks the Prime Directive and reveals themselves to a primitive culture on Mintaka III, leading the inhabitants to believe that Captain Picard is a god.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E5
Episode 5  •  October 23rd, 1989

The Bonding

Worf and Wesley must help a 12 year old boy cope with the death of his mother; an archaeologist killed during an away mission to a deserted planet.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E6
Episode 6  •  October 30th, 1989

Booby Trap

While investigating an ancient ship left adrift in space, the Enterprise accidentally trips the ancient booby trap that disabled the old vessel over 1000 years ago.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E7
Episode 7  •  November 6th, 1989

The Enemy

A blind Geordi is trapped on a hazardous planet with a paranoid and severely injured Romulan.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E8
Episode 8  •  November 13th, 1989

The Price

The Enterprise hosts the negotiations for the rights to a newly discovered, stable wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E9
Episode 9  •  November 20th, 1989

The Vengeance Factor

The Enterprise crew tries to mend the relationship between a race known as the Acamarians and a faction known as the Gatherers.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E10
Episode 10  •  January 1st, 1990

The Defector

A defecting Romulan warns the Federation about an impending attack by the Romulans, who are allegedly establishing a secret base within the Neutral Zone.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E11
Episode 11  •  January 8th, 1990

The Hunted

A planet applying to join the Federation enlists the help of the Enterprise to track down a wanted criminal who has a reputation for excessive violence.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E12
Episode 12  •  January 29th, 1990

The High Ground

Dr. Crusher is abducted by a group of terrorists while delivering crucial medical supplies to a planet ravaged by civil war.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E13
Episode 13  •  February 5th, 1990

Déjà Q

The Calamarian starts attacking the Enterprise while seeking revenge on a powerless Q who has requested sanctuary.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E14
Episode 14  •  February 12th, 1990

A Matter of Perspective

Riker is accused of murder when a scientist is killed in an explosion.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E15
Episode 15  •  February 19th, 1990

Yesterday's Enterprise

A rift in the space/time continuum brings the Enterprise 22 years into the future, and alters the timeline.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E16
Episode 16  •  March 12th, 1990

The Offspring

Data becomes a father when he creates a Soong-type android in the form of a daughter named Lal. Issues are complicated when Lal starts showing signs of a more evolved consciousness.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E17
Episode 17  •  March 19th, 1990

Sins of the Father

Worf is reunited with his long-lost brother when their father is charged with treason for helping the Romulans.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E18
Episode 18  •  March 26th, 1990


Picard is secretly abducted and switched with an alien double. The crews' suspicions are raised when he starts exhibiting unusual behavior.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E19
Episode 19  •  April 2nd, 1990

Captain's Holiday

While on vacation on Risa, Captain Picard encounters two Vorgons from the 27th Century.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E20
Episode 20  •  April 23rd, 1990

Tin Man

The Enterprise encounters a "living" ship in the Neutral Zone, and risks breaking the Romulan Federation alliance in order to bring it into contact with a Betazoid emissary.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E21
Episode 21  •  April 30th, 1990

Hollow Pursuits

A nervous and insecure officer places the Enterprise in great danger when he spends his time acting out his fantasies on the holodeck and neglects his duties in Engineering.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E22
Episode 22  •  May 7th, 1990

The Most Toys

The crew is shattered by the apparent death of Data in a shuttle explosion, and they're prevented from carrying out a detailed investigation when Starfleet gives them orders for a new mission.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E23
Episode 23  •  May 14th, 1990


Spock's Vulcan father, Sarek, boards the Enterprise to negotiate political relations with the Legaran.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E24
Episode 24  •  May 28th, 1990

Ménage à Troi

Riker and Troi's shore leave on Betazed is interrupted when they are unexpectedly joined by Deanna's mother, Lwaxana.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E25
Episode 25  •  June 4th, 1990


Crusher becomes attracted to an injured alien with mysterious powers, who is being tracked down by his government like a wanted criminal.

Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E26
Episode 26  •  June 18th, 1990

The Best of Both Worlds (1)

A Starfleet expert on the Borg, Lt. Cmdr. Shelby, is assigned to the Enterprise to investigate the disappearance of a Federation colony.

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