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.

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
3,082 ( 130)

Watch Now

on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1980  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Running low on fuel, the Battlestar Galactica receives the help of the supposedly lost Battlestar Pegasus which is taking the offensive with the Cylons.

Directors: Christian I. Nyby II, Vince Edwards
Stars: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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

Directors: Richard A. Colla, Alan J. Levi
Stars: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene
Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)
Sci-Fi | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict
Conquest of the Earth (TV Movie 1981)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The Battlestar Galactica and its ragtag fleet of ships finally locate the Earth, only to discover that the planet is not prepared for the inevitable Cylon invasion.

Directors: Barry Crane, Sidney Hayers, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke, Robyn Douglass
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero.

Stars: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time where Earth is threatened by alien invaders.

Director: Daniel Haller
Stars: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Pamela Hensley
Short | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Directors: Richard Hatch, Jay Woelfel
Stars: Richard Hatch, John Colicos, Terry Carter
The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Movie 1973)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After an astronaut/test pilot is catastrophically mutilated in a test plane crash, he is rebuilt and equipped with nuclear powered bionic limbs and implants.

Director: Richard Irving
Stars: Lee Majors, Barbara Anderson, Martin Balsam
Man from Atlantis (1977–1978)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The adventures of a man with amphibious abilities.

Stars: Patrick Duffy, Alan Fudge, Belinda Montgomery
V (1984–1985)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A year after Liberation Day, courtesy of the red-dust bacteria, the humanoid, lizard-like aliens develop a resistance to the micro-organism and try to regain control of the Earth--only now some humans are knowingly working with them.

Stars: Marc Singer, Faye Grant, Michael Ironside
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After a crippled test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear powered limbs and implants, he serves as a unique intelligence agent.

Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks
The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)
Action | Sci-Fi | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After fully recovering from her near fatal bout of bionic rejection, Jaime Sommers, the first female cyborg, is assigned to spy missions of her own.

Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Captain Troy (10 episodes, 1980)
...
 Lieutenant 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)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 January 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Battlestar Galactica  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(10 episodes) | (7 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

For a sequence that showed the Cylons attacking Earth, the producers used footage from Earthquake (1974) and superimposed Cylon fighters firing and causing the destruction in the sequence. Thus they managed to create a spectacular sequence on a tiny budget. See more »

Goofs

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. In fact it would be at least in the 1970s since television signals travel at the speed of light and the Galactica was obviously far more than a light year away from Earth at the time they received the transmission. See more »

Quotes

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.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Followed by Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A truly awful series and not at all like the original.
20 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

The worst series in the world....ever!

After the events of the REAL Battlestar Galactica and series, this troll of a series came along. Gone are Starbuck and Apollo and replacing them are Troy and Dillon. Wannabee heroes who can't act. They might as well have cast Troi (StarTrek TNG) and Dillan (Magic Roundabout) for all the effectiveness they have.

Lorne Greene must have had a mortgage to pay off or something, because I can't see any other reason he'd want to be on board this turkey.

There's a new character, in the form of the obnoxious Dr Zee. A child genius who basically tells Adama what to do. I couldn't help thinking that maybe Adama had gone senile and Zee was his nurse - he always dressed in white, anyhow. It certainly seemed like Adama was senile, he didn't seem to be able to make a decision without consulting the boy-wonder. A far cry from the confident, decisive war veteran of the original Galactica series.

Anyway Troy and Dillon get to inact it up a little and go to Earth on repetitive boring missions. There's none of the interesting space-going malarkey from the original series (even though a lot of it was stock footage) and I don't think I ever saw a starfighter. No budget for anything remotely interesting.

The only gadgets on display were the flying motorcycles (I kid you not) that the heroes use now and again. The special effects of them flying through the air are particularly guffawful, reminding me of those old rear-window shots of roads in black and white films, where the road movements in the background bore no correlation to what the driver did with the wheel.

A truly awful series and not at all like the original. Only one episode is remotely worth watching. Entitled "The Return of Starbuck" it focuses on what happened to Starbuck and has a kind of "Enemy Mine" plot involving a Cylon. Mercifully, it features only very few scenes of Dr Zee and Adama talking and none at all of Troy and Dufus. Nearly all Starbuck.

But, apart from this one episode, the rest of the series is just awful.


32 of 59 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The real Dr Zee - Robbie Rist or Patrick Stuart??? iamrundal
Goofs galactica 80 p-mcgowan
Is this on the DVD? west_tx_tapper
Waste 'o Money! dgotzh
Earth's technology gregbarnes
Sci-Fi runs incomplete versions bronkofilms
Discuss Galactica 1980 (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?