Star Trek: The Next Generation
After the success of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in 1986, Paramount came to Gene Roddenberry, asking him to develop a new Star Trek series. May of the same design elements, originaly developed for "Star Trek: Phase II" and later Star Trek: The Motion Picture where incorporated into the new series. Gene did have one stipulation, the new show must not fall under the thumb of network executives, who will meddle in the show, and ulimately not understand it. As a result, TNG was sold into first-run syndication. At the time it was a huge gamble, as very few shows had ever been successful in first-run syndication, and often after their first series, would be picked up by a network.
With great fanfare, TNG premiered the week of September 28, 1987, and over 7 seasons and 178 episodes, was one of the most successful first-run wyndication series in US history.