Welcome back, everyone! In this episode of the podcast, I am charting the musical journey of the popular TV series, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, which ran from 1987 to 1994. THE NEXT GENERATION, or TNG, was a sequel syndicated series to the beloved original STAR TREK series, the first spin-off in what is now a long-running media franchise. TNG ran successfully for 7 seasons before leaping to the big screen in four feature films, closing out in 2002 with STAR TREK: NEMESIS. Personally, it happens to be my favorite TV series, it's what made me into a Star Trek fan and features some of my favorite music for television.
The three primary composers on TNG were Dennis McCarthy, Ron Jones and Jay Chattaway. Only 4 episodes out of the 178 total received music from guest composers. My aim, as with other installments in my "Listening To..." episodes, is to identify the hallmarks of the show's overall musical style, where each composer's sound represented this and differed and then how the music evolved during its 7-year run.
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