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After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Captain Apollo (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Lieutenant Starbuck (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Commander Adama (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Lieutenant Boomer (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Count Baltar (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Maren Jensen ...
 Lieutenant Athena (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Boxey (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Cassiopeia (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Tony Swartz ...
 Flight Sergeant Jolly (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Colonel Tigh (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
David Greenan ...
 Flight Officer Omega / ... (18 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Lieutenant Sheba (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Flight Corporal Rigel (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Opening Credit Announcer / ... (13 episodes, 1978-1979)
 Lucifer (9 episodes, 1978-1979)


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17 September 1978 (USA)  »

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$750,000 (estimated)

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The members of the council were elected in the first episode. However, every time we see the council, there are different members. See more »


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A Part Of Sci-Fi History...
21 August 2003 | by (East Coast) – See all my reviews

ok.. I have read all the comments about BSG... I must say I am disappointed in many of the truly negative comments. I remember watching BSG when it first aired... I would never miss the show when it was on. I was sad to see it leave the airwaves when it was canceled. I did watch 'Galactica 1980' when the series resurfaced for a brief time. The only episode I liked from that was the one featuring Starbuck when he crash landed on a planet and had a cylon as his companion for company. Yes... the show had feathered hair styles that showed the influence of the times of the late 70's. But who cares! I liked the friendship between Apollo, StarBuck, and I loved when they added Sheeba into the group. BSG is a part of Sci-Fi History. I would really love to see Richard Hatch's film he made of BSG that he financed and made. but unless it was ever shown at a convention... I will never get to see it. I will watch SciFi channels 'Re-Imagined' BSG, but hate the fact that StarBuck and Boomer will be female characters now. With StarBuck as a Female... it will kind of take away a lot of the friendship that Apollo and StarBuck had together. It's not like you will see them going to the rising star or an officer's club looking for women together anymore. No daggit Muffy either. But I'll give the newer series a chance...Just as I did for ST:TNG(Star Trek:The Next Generation). Fans of Star Trek, and even the original Trek cast from TOS were back handed slapping TNG when it first came out. They claimed they knew Star Trek, and the new show will fail. But TNG made it through a rocky 1st and 2nd season. They really came into their own as the 3rd season began. Maybe the new BSG will be Ok? We'll see what happens when it starts in Dec.2003. I just wish people would stop slamming BSG in so many of the comments I have sat through for the last 15 mins. Some of them are by people that have just seen the series for the first time on the sci-fi channel.. It's really all about right now is what the fans of the show remember from seeing it back in 78/79 and appreciating it all over again in reruns on SciFi, and buying the DVD set due out 10/2003. It's a piece of history for SciFi. Those of you that have been slamming it. Maybe it was your first time seeing it as a rerun someplace. Watch the newer version coming out in Dec. 2003. SciFi has a web site up for it right now giving some background into the newer 'Re-Imagined' version.

Well all I want to say is. I love the show. It still stands up to the test of time as a great series. no matter what you others have been saying about it. Hopefully I will be around long enough to see all of the newer BSG if it does become a TV series... Seeing as I have cancer (Hodgkins disease) and have endured a long treatment in a year and 7 months among which was a really long treatment called 'Stem Cell Transplant'.... Anyhow. Enough said.

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