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.

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Glen A. Larson
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1979   1978  
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Richard Hatch ...  Captain Apollo 21 episodes, 1978-1979
Dirk Benedict ...  Lieutenant Starbuck 21 episodes, 1978-1979
Lorne Greene ...  Commander Adama 21 episodes, 1978-1979
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ...  Lieutenant Boomer 21 episodes, 1978-1979
John Colicos ...  Count Baltar 21 episodes, 1978-1979
Maren Jensen ...  Lieutenant Athena 21 episodes, 1978-1979
Noah Hathaway ...  Boxey 21 episodes, 1978-1979
Laurette Spang ...  Cassiopeia 21 episodes, 1978-1979
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ...  Flight Sergeant Jolly 21 episodes, 1978-1979
Terry Carter ...  Colonel Tigh 21 episodes, 1978-1979
David Greenan ...  Flight Officer Omega / ... 18 episodes, 1978-1979
Anne Lockhart ...  Lieutenant Sheba 11 episodes, 1978-1979
Sarah Rush ...  Flight Corporal Rigel 10 episodes, 1978-1979
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The leaders of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind are making plans to sign a peace treaty with their mortal enemies, the Cylon Empire. On the eve of the ceremony, the Cylons betray the pact and destroy most of the Colonies and their entire fleet. Under the command of Commander Adama, the battlestar Galactica leads the remaining Colonial ships into space and seeks out a lost thirteenth colony, which turns out to be Earth. Along the way, the Colonials encounter various races (both friendly and hostile), the legendary human warrior Commander Cain, and the planet Kobol, the motherworld of all the Colonies. All the while, the Cylons - under the command of human traitor Count Baltar - closely pursue this fugitive fleet across the universe. Written by Anonymous

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Evie (short for Evolution), a chimpanzee owned by Exotic Animal Trainer Ralph Helfer, played the robot dog Muffit (it's obvious by how it moved). See more »

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Also, the Rising Star brought Uri from his home, which had to be on one of the other eleven planets (the novelization says that he was Leon). This makes sense, as we can see when Apollo leaves Jolly below decks, we see the writing L.S.S. Rising Star on the bulkhead. However, in "The Long Patrol", Athena's computer lists it as T.S.S. Rising Star, making it Taura. See more »

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Lucifer: Anything is possible, but the odds are astronomically against it.
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Alternate Versions

The opening three-part TV episode was originally produced as Battlestar Galactica (a 2-hour movie), which was released to theaters. The three-hour TV version contained a number of scenes not shown in theaters. Baltar is seemingly executed in the theatrical version but his life is spared in the television version. The television version also includes an "epilogue" in which Baltar is given his own Cylon base ship and which introduces the Cylon character Lucifer, thus setting up the weekly series. This three-hour version is now available on the DVD set of the entire series as the first episode, "Saga of a Star World". See more »

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Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: The Hofstadter Isotope (2009) See more »

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A Part Of Sci-Fi History...
21 August 2003 | by riker10abSee all my reviews

ok.. I have read all the comments about BSG... I must say I am disappointed in many of the truly negative comments. I remember watching BSG when it first aired... I would never miss the show when it was on. I was sad to see it leave the airwaves when it was canceled. I did watch 'Galactica 1980' when the series resurfaced for a brief time. The only episode I liked from that was the one featuring Starbuck when he crash landed on a planet and had a cylon as his companion for company. Yes... the show had feathered hair styles that showed the influence of the times of the late 70's. But who cares! I liked the friendship between Apollo, StarBuck, and I loved when they added Sheeba into the group. BSG is a part of Sci-Fi History. I would really love to see Richard Hatch's film he made of BSG that he financed and made. but unless it was ever shown at a convention... I will never get to see it. I will watch SciFi channels 'Re-Imagined' BSG, but hate the fact that StarBuck and Boomer will be female characters now. With StarBuck as a Female... it will kind of take away a lot of the friendship that Apollo and StarBuck had together. It's not like you will see them going to the rising star or an officer's club looking for women together anymore. No daggit Muffy either. But I'll give the newer series a chance...Just as I did for ST:TNG(Star Trek:The Next Generation). Fans of Star Trek, and even the original Trek cast from TOS were back handed slapping TNG when it first came out. They claimed they knew Star Trek, and the new show will fail. But TNG made it through a rocky 1st and 2nd season. They really came into their own as the 3rd season began. Maybe the new BSG will be Ok? We'll see what happens when it starts in Dec.2003. I just wish people would stop slamming BSG in so many of the comments I have sat through for the last 15 mins. Some of them are by people that have just seen the series for the first time on the sci-fi channel.. It's really all about right now is what the fans of the show remember from seeing it back in 78/79 and appreciating it all over again in reruns on SciFi, and buying the DVD set due out 10/2003. It's a piece of history for SciFi. Those of you that have been slamming it. Maybe it was your first time seeing it as a rerun someplace. Watch the newer version coming out in Dec. 2003. SciFi has a web site up for it right now giving some background into the newer 'Re-Imagined' version.

Well all I want to say is. I love the show. It still stands up to the test of time as a great series. no matter what you others have been saying about it. Hopefully I will be around long enough to see all of the newer BSG if it does become a TV series... Seeing as I have cancer (Hodgkins disease) and have endured a long treatment in a year and 7 months among which was a really long treatment called 'Stem Cell Transplant'.... Anyhow. Enough said.


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17 September 1978 (USA) See more »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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