Where I lived, at the time the series began, The local affiliate station showed the first episode "Encounter At Farpoint", both parts, and then never showed another. Which angered me to no end. I ended up watching the rest of it years later on VHS tapes I bought, and in syndication. I enjoyed most of the series after it had already ceased production. But I enjoyed it immensely and still hold it in high regard second only to TOS. Voyager is third on my list, then Enterprise, and lastly Deep Space Nine, which I didn't particularly enjoy, with the exception of a few really stand-out episodes. But Star Trek: The Next Generation is a worthy successor to it's namesake, and a marvellously entertaining series in it's own right, and on it's own terms.
"One of the many, the proud, the friends of Zardoz".