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Firefly (2002–2003)

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
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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.


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Top Rated TV #16 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Zoë Washburne (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Hoban 'Wash' Washburne (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Inara Serra (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Jayne Cobb (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Kaylee Frye (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Dr. Simon Tam (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
 River Tam (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
 Shepherd Book (14 episodes, 2002-2003)


Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds is a former galactic war veteran who is the captain of the transport ship "Serenity". Mal and his crew, ensign Zoe Alleyne Washburne; Zoe's husband, pilot Hoban 'Wash' Washburne; muscular mercenary Jayne Cobb; young mechanic Kaylee Frye; former Alliance medical officer Simon Tam; his disturbed teenage sister River (both on the run from the interplanetary government "The Alliance"); the beautiful courtesan Inara Serra; and preacher Shepherd Book do any jobs, legal or illegal, they can find as the Serenity crew travels across the outskirts of outer space. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Meet the most spaced-out crew in the galaxy.


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Objects in Space (#1.10) which was the final episode of the series saw bounty hunter Jubal Early sneak aboard "Serenity" to capture River Tam. In the final episode of the British sci-fi series "Blake's 7" Blake (#4.13) The Scorpio crew discover their former leader Roj Blake is now a bounty hunter. Paul Darrow, whom played Kerr Avon in that series, was a fan of the film "Serenity", which is based on this series. See more »


The Chinese characters for "Blue Sun" change from throughout the series. On Jayne's T-shirt, "Blue Sun" is Qing Ri, but in logo signs, it's Lan Ri. In ancient China, as well as Japan, green and blue were seen as different shades of the same color. The character Qing was used to represent both green and blue. In modern China, Lan is the character used for blue. See more »


opening song: Take my love, take my land / Take me where I cannot stand / I don't care, I'm still free / You can't take the sky from me / Take me out to the black / Tell 'em I ain't comin' back / Burn the land and boil the sea / You can't take the sky from me / There's no place I can be / Since I found serenity / But you can't take the sky from me
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Referenced in Castle: Setup (2011) See more »


The Ballad of Serenity
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
Written by Joss Whedon
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User Reviews

Counterpoint, apparently
18 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Comparable in flavor to critically-acclaimed Cowboy Bebop. If you're one of the many people that enjoy a good, character-driven show, with a decent plotline and writing hand-crafted by some of the finest in the business, then this is the show for you. Apparently so for the Fox network, but only for a few weeks. Thankfully, the show was released in its entirety on DVD, in all of its glory. Also, as if the brilliant episodes weren't enough to satisfy, there are great, insightful commentaries on most episodes, by creator Joss Whedon and others, and lots of other extras. I can't say enough about this show. Everyone was sad to see this show go, especially the stars.

***** out of *****

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