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Battlestar Galactica (2003)

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Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica-Title.jpg
Premiere January 14, 2005
Finale March 20, 2009
Creator Glen A. Larson (premise)
Ronald D. Moore (development)
Network USA: Sci Fi Channel
UK: Sky One
Canada: Space
Style 1-hour sci-fi drama
Company R&D TV
USA Cable Entertainment
NBC Universal Television Studio
(seasons 1–3)
Universal Media Studios
(season 4)
Seasons 4
Episodes 73 + miniseries + 2 movies
Origin USA/UK (season 1)
USA (season 2–4)

Battlestar Galactica (2003, 2005–2009) is a science fiction series that premiered as a miniseries on the Sci Fi Channel (now SyFy) on December 8, 2003. Due to stellar ratings, it spawned a one-hour television series aired on Sky One and Sci Fi Channel, which premiered its 13-episode first season on October 18, 2004 in the UK and January 14, 2005 in the United States.

Helmed by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine scribe Ronald D. Moore, this "re-imagining" of the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica is similarly based around the aftermath of the massacre of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol by the Cylons. The battlestar Galactica, an aging Colonial military vessel, leads the remnants of humanity on a desperate pilgrimage to the fabled thirteenth colony of Earth. The Cylons, having "evolved" from their mechanical/robotic forms into humanoid models, pursue the human fleet tirelessly. Some (allegedly, eight) of the human survivors are in fact Cylon spies, creating a constant threat from within as well as without.

This new Galactica series, unlike the original, features no aliens (actor Edward James Olmos went on record as saying that he would leave the show immediately if they ever started doing alien-of-the-week episodes), and foregoes sci-fi technobabble and random "advanced technology" in favor of realistic modern-day naval terminology, realistic weaponry instead of "ray-guns", and character-driven plots.

Galactica was perhaps best known, at least initially, for its dramatic departures from the original series. The character of Starbuck, originally portrayed by Dirk Benedict (The A-Team), became a female character, and Boomer, originally a secondary character who fulfilled the show's 1970s "wisecracking black man" quotient, was now a primary character portrayed by Grace Park. Colonel Tigh, also originally a black character, was replaced with a balding white man with a drinking problem. The calendar system was also returned to a "true" dating system (years, months, etc; instead of the original series' convention of time units like "centon" and "yahren") and each character was issued a full name, instead of being referred to by occasionally goofy single-word names like "Apollo", "Boomer", "Athena", "Greenbean", and so on.

Battlestar Galactica aired on Sci Fi Channel on Fridays until 2007, when it was announced that the show would be moving to a new timeslot Sundays at 10PM with the new series The Dresden Files as a lead-in. The show officially moved to the new Sunday timeslot with the premiere of Season 3.5 on January 21, 2007. Although the series was renewed for a fourth season during the upfront presentations, it was later announced on May 31, 2007, that the fourth season would be the last for the show. The fourth season will return to the original Fridays at 10PM slot.

The show was produced by R&D TV throughout its run. USA Cable Entertainment co-produced the miniseries, then the regular series was co-produced by NBC Universal Television for its first three seasons and by Universal Media Studios for its final season. NBC Universal Television Distribution syndicates the series.



Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast
Edward James Olmos Admiral William Adama M 1 2 3 4 P
Mary McDonnell President Laura Roslin M 1 2 3 4
Jamie Bamber Lee "Apollo" Adama M 1 2 3 4
Katee Sackhoff Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace M 1 2 3 4
James Callis Dr. Gaius Baltar M 1 2 3 4
Tricia Helfer Number Six M 1 2 3 4 P
Grace Park Number Eight
Sharon "Boomer" Valerii
Lieutenant Sharon "Athena" Agathon
M 1 2 3 4 P
Secondary Billed Cast
Michael Hogan Colonel Saul Tigh M 1 2 3 4 P
Aaron Douglas Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol M 1 2 3 4 P
Kandyse McClure Lieutenant Anastasia Dualla M 1 2 3 4
Alessandro Juliani Lieutenant Felix Gaeta M 1 2 3 4
Paul Campbell Billy Keikeya M 1 2
Tahmoh Penikett Captain Karl "Helo" Agathon M 1 2 3 4
Sam Witwer Lieutenant Alex "Crashdown" Quartararo 1 2
Nicki Clyne Petty Officer 2nd Class Cally Tyrol M 1 2 3 4
Michael Trucco Ensign Samuel T. "Longshot" Anders 2 3 4 P
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Matthew Bennett Number Five
Aaron Doral
M 1 2 3 4 P
Callum Keith Rennie Number Two
Leoben Conoy
M 1 2 3 4 P
Ty Olsson Captain Aaron Kelly M 2 3 4
Kate Vernon Ellen Tigh 1 2 3 4 P
Richard Hatch Tom Zarek 1 2 3 4
Leah Cairns Lieutenant Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson 1 2 3 4
Bodie Olmos Lieutenant Brendan "Hot Dog" Constanza 1 2 3 4
Jennifer Halley Ensign Diana "Hardball" Seelix 1 2 3 4
Donnelly Rhodes Dr. Cottle 1 2 3 4
Luciana Carro Captain Louanne "Kat" Katraine 1 2 3
Rekha Sharma Tory Foster 2 3 4 P
Dean Stockwell Number One
John Cavil
2 3 4 P
Brad Dryborough Lieutenant Hoshi 2 3 4
Lucy Lawless Number Three
D'Anna Biers
2 3 4
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.

Other characters can be found here.


Season Premiere Finale #
Sci Fi Channel
Miniseries December 8, 2003 December 9, 2003 2
Season One January 14, 2005 April 1, 2005 13
Season Two July 15, 2005 March 10, 2006 20
Season Three October 6, 2006 March 25, 2007 20
Season Four April 4, 2008 March 20, 2009 20
Short Episodes
The Resistance September 5, 2006 October 6, 2006 10
Mini-sodes October 5, 2007 November 16, 2007 7
The Face of the Enemy December 12, 2008 January 12, 2009 10

Telefilms and Direct-to-Video Films

Title Network Airdate
Razor Sci Fi Channel November 24, 2007
The Plan Direct-to-Video October 27, 2009


  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Characters: A listing of characters in the series
  • Locations and Places: A list of all the different locations known in the Battlestar Galactica universe
  • Ships and Technology: A listing of all the technology that populates the series, including ships and weaponry
  • Culture and Mythologies: A listing of the various aspects of Colonial and Cylon culture, and the contrasting belief systems that drive them
  • Terminology: A listing of common terminology heard in the series
  • Military Rank: A listing of ranks in the Colonial military

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series July 28, 2009 25 purchase
The Complete Series (2010) April 6, 2010 26 purchase
Season Sets
The Miniseries December 28, 2004 1 purchase
Season One September 20, 2005 5 purchase
Season 2.0 December 20, 2005 3 purchase
Season 2.5 September 19, 2006 3 purchase
Season Three March 18, 2008 6 purchase
Season 4.0 January 6, 2009 4 purchase
Season 4.5 July 28, 2009 4 purchase
Season Sets (HD DVD)
Season One December 4, 2007 4 purchase
Individual Episodes
Razor (Unrated Extended Edition) December 4, 2007 1 purchase
The Plan October 27, 2009 1 purchase
Season Sets: Region 2
Volume 1
Season One
July 26, 2005 4


Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season One January 5, 2010 4 purchase
Season Two April 6, 2010 5 purchase
Season Three July 27, 2010 5 purchase
Season 4.5 July 28, 2009 3 purchase
Complete Series
The Complete Series July 28, 2009 20 purchase
The Complete Series (2010) April 6, 2009 21 purchase
The Plan October 27, 2009 1 purchase

Soundtrack Releases

Title Release Date Music By #
Miniseries Soundtrack March 16, 2004 Richard Gibbs 26
Season 1 Soundtrack June 21, 2005 Bear McCreary 30
Season 2 Soundtrack June 13, 2006 Bear McCreary 23

External Sites