The Battlestar Galactica TV show was a 60 minute sci-fi series on ABC about a small number of human beings trying to survive genocide at the hands of a race of intelligent machines known as the "Cylons". The "Twelve Planets of Man" were just about to sign a peace treaty with the Cylons when the cyborg race brutally attacked, wiping out all twelve colonies and most human spacecraft. A "ragtag group of ships" including the Battlestar Galactica managed to escape the attack. They went together in search of a long lost 13th tribe of humans that legend claimed to have settled on a planet called Earth. During their search they often must defend themselves from more Cylon attacks.
Battlestar Galactica Cast:Lorne Greene ............... Adama
Richard Hatch .............. Apollo
Dirk Benedict .............. Starbuck
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ...... Boomer
Laurette Sprang ............ Cassiopeia
Maren Jensen ............... Athena
Terry Carter ............... Tigh
Noah Hathaway .............. Boxey
Tony Swartz ................ Jolly
John Colicos ............... Baltar
Dick Durock ................ Imperious Leader
Battlestar Galactica Trivia:
The Cylons were actually an extinct alien race of reptilian creatures. The creatures known as Cylons on the show were actually machines built by the Cylons.
Did the Battlestar Galactica crew ever find Earth? Yes they did! You can find out more about it by checking out our Galactica 1980 TV show page!
Props from Battlestar Galactica were also used to film the series "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century".
Originally, Baltar was only going to be in the pilot episodes. In fact, a movie version was released in Canada & Europe before the pilot premiered on ABC and in that movie, Baltar was beheaded! Then Glen Larson decided to keep Baltar for the television series so he redirected the final scene himself. This time the sword was stopped at the last second when Baltar agreed to help the Cylons destroy the rest of the human race!
One interesting fact about Battlestar was the invention of a whole new system of time. In the closest approximation of our time as possible: A "micron" was a second; "centon" = minute; "centar" = hour; "secton" = week; "sectar" = month; "yahren" = year.
Battlestar won an emmy in 1979 for Outstanding Costume Design.
Lorne Greene (Adama) had a #1 hit in the U.S. with his 1960's recording "Ringo". He was also the star of the series, "Bonanza", that ran from 1959 to 1973 with 430 episodes!
There were five other Battlestars that did not survive to flee the Cylons. the were the Battlestar Atlantia, Acropolis, Columbia, Pacifica, and the Triton.
Battlestar Galactica returned to television in 2005 as a miniseries and then a TV series! Check out our Battlestar Galactica (2005) page!
Battlestar Galactica Opening Narrative:"Their are those that believe that life here began out there, far across the universe with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians or the Toltecs or the Mayans. They may have been the architects of the great pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria or Atlantis. Some believe there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive, from far away, amongst the star." (or "somewhere beyond the heavens.") (Program closing narrated by Lorne Greene as Commander Adama) "Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest...a shining planet known as Earth."
Episodes List With Original Air Dates
Battlestar Galactica - The First And Only Season
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