Babylon 5 (1994–1998)

TV Series  -   -  Action | Adventure | Drama
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 18,320 users  
Reviews: 163 user | 38 critic

A space station in neutral territory is the focus of a unique five year saga.

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 02 Mar 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 07 Apr 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 27 Jul 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 4 weeks ago
 

Search for "Babylon 5" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Babylon 5 (1994–1998)

Babylon 5 (1994–1998) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Babylon 5.

User Polls

Season:

5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1

Year:

1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 16 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protects a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony of Earth.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Orbiting the liberated planet of Bajor, a Federation space station guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the Galaxy.

Stars: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton
Crusade (TV Series 1999)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A team of soldiers and scientists has five years to find a cure for a plague decimating Earth.

Stars: Gary Cole, Tracy Scoggins, Daniel Dae Kim
Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith.

Stars: Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett
Caprica (2009–2010)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two families, the Graystones and the Adamas, live together on a peaceful planet known as Caprica, where a startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence brings about unforeseen consequences. A spin-off of the Sci Fi Channel series "Battlestar Galactica" set 50 years prior to the events of that show.

Stars: Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson
Defiance (TV Series 2013)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the year 2046, it's a new Earth - with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition... See full summary »

Stars: Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas, Graham Greene
Jericho (2006–2008)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A small town in Kansas is literally left in the dark after seeing a mushroom cloud over near-by Denver, Colorado. The townspeople struggle to find answers about the blast and solutions on how to survive.

Stars: Skeet Ulrich, Lennie James, Ashley Scott
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start world war III.

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Firefly (2002–2003)
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk
Real Steel (2011)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo
Space: Above and Beyond (1995–1996)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Earth is embroiled in a desperate war against alien invaders, and this series focuses on one squadron of Marine pilots involved in it.

Stars: Morgan Weisser, Kristen Cloke, Rodney Rowland
Seven Days (1998–2001)
Sci-Fi | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An ex-CIA is the point man for a government organization dedicated to time traveling to correct errors that occurred in the previous week.

Stars: Jonathan LaPaglia, Don Franklin, Justina Vail
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Michael Garibaldi / ... (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
...
 Delenn / ... (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
Richard Biggs ...
 Dr. Stephen Franklin / ... (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
...
 Lennier (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
...
 Vir Cotto / ... (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
...
 G'Kar (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
...
 Londo Mollari (110 episodes, 1994-1998)
...
 Capt. John Sheridan / ... (88 episodes, 1994-1998)
...
 Cmdr. Susan Ivanova / ... (88 episodes, 1994-1998)
...
 Zack Allan / ... (74 episodes, 1994-1998)
...
 Lyta Alexander (47 episodes, 1995-1998)
...
 Marcus Cole / ... (45 episodes, 1995-1998)
Edit

Storyline

In the year 2258, it is ten years after the Earth-Minbari War. Commander Sinclair takes command of a giant five-mile-long cylindrical space station, orbiting a planet in neutral space. At a crossroads of interstellar commerce and diplomacy, Cmdr Sinclair (2d season Captain Sheridan) must try to establish peace and prosperity between various interstellar empires, all the while fighting forces from within the Earth Alliance. It is a precarious command, particularly given that sabotage led to the destruction of Babylon stations 1, 2, and 3 and 4 vanished without trace. Written by Tony Lammens <lammens@connexus.apana.org.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

B5  »

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(110 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Usenet posts by series creator J. Michael Straczynski, the term "psi cop" (for the powerful, merciless enforcers of the Psi Corps) intentionally echoes the acronym "CSICOP" - the acronym for the "Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal", a group of scientists and professional magicians who investigate psychic phenomena and unmask frauds and hoaxes. See more »

Quotes

Commander Jeffrey David Sinclair: Mr. Garibaldi was right. He said this was going to be trouble.
Susan Ivanova: There's nothing more annoying than Mr. Garibaldi when he's right.
See more »

Crazy Credits

As the credits roll in "Atonement" Jason Carter "Marcus" is singing Gilbert and Sullivan's "I am the very model of a Modern Major General." See more »

Connections

Followed by Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Great Maker!
14 November 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Babylon 5 is the greatest science fiction show in the history of television.

A bold statement I know, especially when one considers the original series of Star Trek which is certainly the genre's most celebrated. It's true to say that Star Trek has had a much greater cultural impact and has lasted longer than any other SF show, but when watching it again, it has dated. I'm not questioning the brilliance of some early episodes - they're still well written and thought provoking - season 1 of the old series is still fantastic. However, Babylon 5 is the Star Trek for today in that it deals with issues in a modern context. Whereas ST was a bunch of cleverly disguised morality plays about 1960's issues like communism, nuclear war and racial prejudice, B5 deals with social control, economics, war, governmental corruption, social psychology and spirituality. Although the issues discussed in Star Trek haven't gone away, they're not foremost in the psyche of mr average anymore.

Alongside the fact that B5 discusses issues at the forefront, it has many other virtues. The main one is that the story continues from episode to episode - even now when I re-watch season one (just released on DVD) I can see events taking shape that will lead to major plotlines in future years. I'm not just talking about Data gradually becoming more human or Worf tussling with the dying Kilingon Empire every 7 or 8 episodes ... I'm talking about characters and plots that can be seen to be evolving each week without an obvious good guys vs bad guys scenario.

I can't remember how many times I've watched a B5 episode and had a flashback to an earlier one - the sudden realisation of the importance of an event that seemed insignificant is very satisfying. Even in the 5th series, you'll be thinking back to an episode in series 1 and feeling smug that you got it.

'Ahhhh! That's what it meant!' You'll be saying that a lot.

The characters are wonderfully fleshed out by some great actors. They're complex beings who have to deal with temptations and failings as well as triumphs and successes. Sometimes things go deeply wrong and (get this Trek Fans) IT'S NOT SORTED OUT BY THE END OF THE EPISODE!! That's right - people change realistically - everything's not reset each week! Don't get me wrong

  • I'm a huge Trek fan myself, but it's always irked me that everything is
just so hunky dory (don't people have arguments on the enterprise?)

It's very satisfying to see a character that you've come to know and love wrestle with their morals and sometimes make the wrong choices (just like we all do.) In the end, we all knew the various crewmembers of the Enterprise would do the right thing. You can't say the same for the characters on B5 - they're fallible and thus much more interesting.

There's many other great things about the show, but for me, the story and the characters are the most important. Sure, I know it doesn't look as expensive as Star Trek and yes I know it's hard to get into because it's not a whole load of 'one shot' episodes! If you like Star Trek and consider yourself intelligent - step up to the next level and watch B5!

I guarantee that if you stick with it for a while, you'll be glad you did because the payoffs are enormous. If My girlfriend can like it - anyone can....


211 of 233 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Vorlons Question edestci
What would be the correct order for watching all the movies? suarez_976
I would like to give the show a shot BUT... newdickmorris
One thing I never understood... sorny
Centauri Women edestci
Free Babylon 5 campaign janmschroeder
Discuss Babylon 5 (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page