IIRC the first episode we see them in is TNG's Q Who when Q throws the Enterprise into another quadrant to prove to Picard that they aren't ready for what's out there, but I don't recall whether they said "Resistance is Futile" in that episode​.

To emphasize, I'm looking for the first occurrence of "Resistance is Futile" in episode airing order (in any of the Star Trek shows/films), not timeline order. So we don't have to worry about that First Contact storyline. :-)

  • Dr who aired the line resistance is futile back in 1977 the Master said it to The Doctor! – Jim Jan 17 '19 at 9:01
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    Not the Borg and not the exact phrasing. But Spock says "Any show of resistance would be futile" in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), which predates the appearance of the Borg by nearly 10 years. – ApproachingDarknessFish Jan 17 '19 at 9:14

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 Episode 26, Best of Both Worlds, Part 1:

PICARD: I have nothing to say to you, and I will resist you with my last ounce of strength.

BORG: Strength is irrelevant. Resistance is futile. We wish to improve ourselves. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service ours.

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    The scripts are online. Wow! – T.J. Crowder Feb 23 '16 at 19:30
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    Everything is online, my friend. – Politank-Z Feb 23 '16 at 19:31
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    @T.J.Crowder even YOU are online. – Morgan Feb 25 '16 at 2:16

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