The Quality of Life
Episode 9 of 26 within Season Six. Item 134 of 182 overall.
Production number 235.
Naren Shankar - Writer
Jonathan Frakes - Director
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Stardate: 46307.2--The Enterprise arrives at Tyrus 7A to observe a new method of mining, the particle fountain. Dr. Farallon, head of the project, introduces her other innovation, a small repair robot called an exocomp.

Meanwhile, Data soon hypothesizes that the exocomps are living beings with intelligence.Capt. Picard and the crew must determine if certain mining machines qualify as “life forms,” and whether they can be sacrificed to save humans on the mining site, when an emergency arises.

original airdate: November 16,1992 rating: 13.2 million

network: Syndication

music: Theme song Feature music by Dennis McCarthy


Alien races: Tyrans, 'Exocomps'

Goofs: Data states that he is considered "alive". Actually he is not. He is considered sentient and has human rights but he is not biologically alive.

Trivia: The stakes in the poker game are that if Crusher wins the men will shave off their beards, and if one of the others win, Crusher will change her hair color to brunette.


"Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It's continuing voyages to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before!"

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alternative title

Also known as - The Underground Circuit

regional titles

The Quality of Life
Vie et mort d'un Exocomp
Datas Hypothese
Il sapore della vita
Capacidad de vida