Twenty-eight years ago, Star Trek: The Next Generation aired its first episode and brought a breath of fresh air to the Star Trek mythology, being the first series to follow the original – not including the animated series. With a new crew aboard a new USS Enterprise, Trekkies – or Trekkers, depending on your preference – were able to tune in weekly for new adventures into the final frontier.
The adventures in The Next Generation, which many consider to be the best Star Trek series, take place roughly 100 years after those of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew. Now, Captain Jean-Luc Picard is sitting in the big chair with Commander William Riker serving at his side as first officer. Similar to its predecessor, TNG provided actors from various backgrounds a place to come together for the greater good, “going where no one has gone before.”
While some of the actors’ are most known for their Star Trek work, others went on to become icons in their own right later on. Here’s a look back at what’s become of The Next Generation crew since the final episode aired in 1994.