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Galactica 1980 (1980– )

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When the Battlestar Galactica finally arrives at the planet Earth, they find they must subtly raise its tech level and protect Earth from the Cylons.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Capt. Troy (10 episodes, 1980)
 Lt. Dillon (10 episodes, 1980)
Robyn Douglass ...
 Jamie Hamilton (10 episodes, 1980)
 Commander Adama (10 episodes, 1980)
 Dr. Zee (7 episodes, 1980)
Fred Holliday ...
 Mr. Brooks / ... (5 episodes, 1980)
 Colonel Boomer (5 episodes, 1980)
Mike Brick ...
 Super Scout (5 episodes, 1980)
Ronnie Densford ...
 Super Scout (5 episodes, 1980)
Mark Everett ...
 Super Scout / ... (5 episodes, 1980)
Georgi Irene ...
 Sunshine / ... (5 episodes, 1980)
Tracy Justrich ...
 Starla (5 episodes, 1980)
Lindsay Kennedy ...
 Super Scout (5 episodes, 1980)
D.G. Larson ...
 Super Scout (5 episodes, 1980)
Eric Larson ...
 Moonstone (5 episodes, 1980)
Michelle Larson ...
 Super Scout / ... (5 episodes, 1980)


Thirty years after the events of the series "Battlestar Galactica", the fugitive starfleet finally reaches its legendary destination. But Commander Adama discovers that the planet Earth in 1980 is not technologically advanced enough to help them battle the Cylons. Indeed, by coming to Earth, the Galactica has inadvertently exposed the helpless planet to attack by the android race bent on exterminating all humanity. Therefore, teams of Colonial warriors are covertly sent to the planet to work incognito with various members of the scientific community, hoping to advance Earth's technology. Written by Anthony Bruce Gilpin <agilpin@pacbell.net>

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27 January 1980 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Lorne Greene (Adama) and Herbert Jefferson Jr. (Boomer) are the only regular cast members from the original Battlestar Galactica (1978) to appear in this sequel series. As a last ditch effort to raise ratings, the producers brought back Dirk Benedict as Starbuck for one episode. See more »


At the beginning of the series, the Galactica arrives at Earth in the year 1980. It is said by Adama that their voyage has taken 30 years which means that the events of Battlestar Galactica took place around 1950 in Earth time. However, at the very end of the original series (in the episode "The Hand of God"), the Galactica receives a television transmission that shows the 1969 Apollo moon landing. Since the fleet's journey to Earth had only started a few months prior, it means that the events of Battlestar Galactica must have taken place at least in the late 1960s Earth time. See more »


Captain Troy: [after taking off in a Viper from the Galactica] Well, how did you like that?
Jamie Hamilton: Don't bother me, I'm praying.
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Crazy Credits

Several episodes end with the disclaimer: "The United States Air Force stopped investigating UFOs in 1969. After 22 years, they found no evidence of extra-terrestrial visits and no threat to national security." This is due to the series featuring an Air Force division dedicated to looking for UFOs. See more »


Referenced in Roseanne: Saturday (1989) See more »

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Laugh out loud bad
29 May 2004 | by (Minnesota, USA) – See all my reviews

After Battlestar Galactica was canceled, the network decided to try and wring some more dollars out of the series by giving us this low budget thing. It was incredibly childish, featuring a bunch of little kids who could jump really high, like up into trees. I think they could turn invisible as well. They used these powers to throw apples at bumbling cops and stuff like that. The cops would look around, all confused, like "Where are the apples coming from?! I can't figure it out!". You get the idea. Then there were the two main characters who gave comically bad performances. When they first got to earth, they couldn't figure out what a phone booth was, and had trouble with our vocabulary. It could have been done in such a way as to make it realistic, or perhaps even funny, but the way it was done just came off as these two guys being idiots. And yes, they were the stars.

Plots were very much like a Saturday morning cartoon of the '70s, like Isis or Shazam. Packed full of "educational" material (did you know that cars have internal combustion engines?) and environmentalist schlock - the same guys who didn't know what a phone was got upset that people didn't like environmentalists.

Then there was Dr. Zee, the little kid who was supposed to be really smart. But because he was so smart, he spent a lot of time staring off into space, almost as if in a coma, and spoke his lines as if reciting from a cue card. Definitely in the top 10 most laughably bad character I can remember in any TV show right now.

I have to say this thing rates extremely high on the "so bad it's good" scale. I mean, you just can't help but laugh at it.

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