Patrick Stewart, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (Photo: Paramount)

On its 30th anniversary, revisit the legendary ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ episode that saved the franchise

“Star Trek: The Next Generation” suffered a wobbly launch.

Many fans questioned why a sequel series was needed when so many stars from the original series were game and willing to slip into those familiar Federation uniforms.

The first two seasons of “Next Gen” were rough, but in its third season, the series found its own path to the stars with such memorable episodes as “Deja Q” and “Yesterday’s Enterprise.”

But no fan, casual or not, was prepared for “The Best of Both Worlds.”

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Kimberly McCullough, "General Hospital" (Photo: ABC)

Is there a ‘perfect’ soap moment? Yes!

Is there a perfect soap moment?

A spot that somehow encapsulates all the great things about the soaps? One that captures the romance and the drama and demonstrates why they are so beloved by viewers?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot since ABC aired “The Story of Soaps,” a prime-time tribute to daytime serials.

It was a surprisingly well-done special, until Andy Cohen guest-starred in the role of undertaker and declared the soaps dead.

As if.

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Ed O'Neill.

‘Married … with Children’ star Ed O’Neill made life hell for his lesbian co-star

Before there was Ellen, there was Amanda Bearse.

The actress, then co-starring on Fox’s “Married … with Children,” became the first working TV actress on network television to come out. She was a trailblazer on the politically incorrect sitcom that launched the Fox network and ran for 11 seasons, from 1987-1997.

It starred Ed O’Neill as sad-sack shoe salesman Al Bundy, Katey Sagal as his lazy wife Peg, Christina Applegate as his dumb blonde daughter Kelly, and David Faustino as horndog son Bud. Bearse played next-door neighbor Marcy, a bank manager who clashed with Al about everything.

That, apparently, extended off-screen.

O’Neill and Bearse did not get along.

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The Justice Society of America from "Smallville" (Photo: CW)

Stargirl: Must every Justice Society story be a tragedy?

“DC’s Stargirl” is taking flight with its story of a teenager coming into her own as a hero indebted to the past and looking to the future.

But there’s no denying the premiere episode hit like a punch to the solar plexus for those who love the first and greatest super-hero team, the Justice Society of America. In a harrowing sequence, “Stargirl” opened with the team assassinated by the Injustice Society of America.

As the Modern Age of Super-Heroes has soared in film, animated works and live-action TV, those who have followed the JSA for decades, hoping to see them take their place in the pantheon of champions, have been resoundingly disappointed.

In their scant few appearances, the Justice Society seems to have one power: dying.

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