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Premiere March 19, 1999
Finale March 21, 2003
Creator Rockne S. O'Bannon
Network Sci Fi Channel
Style 60-minute science fiction
Company Jim Henson Company
Seasons 4 + Mini-series
Episodes 90
Origin USA

In 1999, the creator of Alien Nation and SeaQuest DSV, Rockne S. O'Bannon along with The Jim Henson Company created Farscape. It follows the adventures of John Crichton, an American astronaut, who, while running an experiment, gets sucked into a wormhole. On the other side of the wormhole he gets captured by a group of escaped convicts, who have taken a living ship (Moya) as their own.

Because of the perspective from which Farscape is told, it is unique among science fiction shows because the main character is as much a stranger to the world as are the viewers. This enables him and the viewers to learn of the oddities of this world at the same time. This perspective also gives it a unique sense of humor, which is evidenced in the première, where Crichton, after grabbing a pistol from a guard and accidentally firing it, quips "Stop, or I'll fill you full of... Little yellow bolts of light."

Jim Henson's Creature Shop also did a fantastic job on the puppets that are used liberally throughout the show. Pilot & Rygel are main characters that are completely (outside of voices) played by puppets, something that other SF shows would likely do with Computer Graphics.



Actor Character Duration
Claudia Black Aeryn Sun 1 2 3 4 S
Ben Browder John Crichton 1 2 3 4 S
Gigi Edgley Chiana 1 2 3 4 S
Paul Goddard Stark 1 2 3 4 S
Jonathan Hardy Dominar Rygel XVI (voice) 1 2 3 4 S
Virginia Hey Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan 1 2 3 4
Raelee Hill Sikozu Svala Shanti Sugaysi Shanu 4 S
Melissa Jaffer Utu-Noranti Pralatong 3 4 S
Wayne Pygram Scorpius 1 2 3 4 S
Tammy MacIntosh Joolushko "Jool" Tunai Fenta Hovalis 3 4 S
Anthony Simcoe Ka D'Argo 1 2 3 4 S
Lani John Tupu Commander Bialar Crais 1 2 3
Pilot (voice) 1 2 3 4 S
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Kent McCord Jack Crichton 1 2 3 4
Rose Klemp Moya 1 2 3 4 S


Season Premiere Finale #
Sci Fi Channel
Season One March 19, 1999 January 28, 2000 22
Season Two March 17, 2000 January 26, 2001 22
Season Three March 16, 2001 April 26, 2002 22
Season Four June 7, 2002 March 21, 2003 22
The Peacekeeper Wars October 17, 2004 October 18, 2004 2

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series November 17, 2009 25


Season Sets
The Complete Season One October 29, 2002 11


The Complete Second Season October 28, 2003 11


The Complete Third Season August 24, 2004 10


The Complete Fourth Season October 5, 2004 10


The Complete Season One (2009) November 17, 2009 6


The Complete Second Season November 17, 2009 6


The Complete Third Season November 17, 2009 6


The Complete Fourth Season November 17, 2009 6


The Peacekeeper Wars January 18, 2005 2


External Sites