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(1999–2003)

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Virginia Hey was originally required to shave her head for the full-body makeup needed for Zhaan. In later episodes, the makeup was modified to include a skullcap, allowing her to grow her hair back. Besides her problems with contact lenses, the make-up itself also negatively impacted Virginia Hey's health and was a factor in her decision to leave the series.
Crichton makes references to numerous movies and television shows throughout the series. Some of these include:
Lani John Tupu, who appears regularly as Captain Crais, also provides the voice of Pilot.
Originally Gigi Edgley's character, Chi'ana was supposed to be killed off after a few episodes. But the producers liked her so much they changed their minds and made her a regular cast member.
Ben Browder's wife, Francesca Buller, has played three different guest starring roles to date on Farscape (M'Lee in "Bone to Be Wild", Ro-Na in "Look at the Princess" and Raxil in "Scratch 'n' Sniff"), all three as antagonists to John Crichton. In the Fourth Season, she came back again as War Minister Akhna, another antagonist.
The show faced the very real threat of cancellation halfway through its first season when its production location, Fox Studios Australia, "forced" them out to make way for another production: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002). The logistical problems of moving the large and expensive sets to a Stateside location would have been too cost-prohibitive. Fortunately, another studio was found nearby that was able to house the production (at Homebush), and the series was renewed for a second season.
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Crichton's nickname for Chiana, "Pip", came from Ben Browder. It was originally Ben Browder's nickname for Gigi Edgley, who plays Chiana.
Crichton calls the Scorpius clone that resides in his mind "Harvey", after the invisible rabbit in the classic James Stewart film, Harvey (1950). The name was suggested by a fan website.
The character John Crichton was ranked 20th in American magazine TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).
Paul Goddard (Stark) originally auditioned for the role of Scorpius.
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At one point the show was re-named to Far Horizon before switching back to Farscape.
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Ben Browder is the only actor to appear in all 88 episodes of the series. In second place is Jonathan Hardy, who provides the voice of Rygel in every episode except for "Losing Time", "Incubator", "Scratch 'N' Sniff" and "Revenging Angel".
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In August 2002, the cancellation of Farscape was leaked by David Kemper, Richard Manning and Ben Browder in an online chat at Scifi.com. Fans began a campaign to save the series and have hopes that a fifth season will follow, especially since the fourth season finale was written with the fifth season in mind. After more than a year of rumours of a feature film or revived series being produced, plans were announced for a series-ending mini-series for 2004.
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Ranked 4th in American magazine TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).
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Ben Browder's wife Francesca Buller played four different characters during the show's run. She played M'Lee in "Bone to Be Wild", ro-NA in "Look at the Princess" (Parts 1 & 2), Raxil in "Scratch and Sniff" and the recurring role of Minister Akhna four episodes from the fourth season as well as in "Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars".
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Raelee Hill (Sikozu) originally auditioned for the role of Commandant Grayza.
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The show is infamous among German fans due to the fact that only the first three seasons were dubbed into German (the fourth season was not dubbed because of low ratings). It was expected that the final season would eventually be dubbed for the DVD release but Koch Media, the home video licensee, deemed the cost too high.
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The font used in the credits and on posters is Pritchard, designed by Martin Wait in 1990.
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The character of DK is named after Farsape writer and producer David Kemper.
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