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"When the Bough Breaks" was the 18th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in the show's first season, first aired during the week of 15 February 1988. The episode was written by Hannah Louise Shearer and directed by Kim Manners.




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Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class)


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Races and cultures

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States and organizations

StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets


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Related stories

The Buried Age

Before the USS Enterprise-D's discovery of Aldea in this episode, the existence of Aldea was believed to be a myth. While teaching archaeology at the University of Alpha Centauri in the 2350s, Jean-Luc Picard asked his students to name ancient civilizations, and one student jokingly referred to the Aldeans.


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Home Soil
TNG episode produced Next episode:
Coming of Age
Previous episode:
Too Short a Season
TNG episode aired Next episode:
Home Soil
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Home Soil
Pocket Next Adventure:
Coming of Age

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