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Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Epic Series

 Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Epic Series (Limited Edition Cylon Head Packaging)

Battlestar Galactica - The Feature Film (Widescreen Edition)

So Say We All: An Unauthorized Collection of Thoughts and Opinions on Battlestar Galactica


Show Type: Sci-Fi

First Telecast: September 17, 1978

Last Telecast: August 17, 1980

Special Effects: John Dykstra

Theme & Show Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Broadcast History:

September 1978-April 1979, Sunday 8:00-9:00 on ABC

June 1979-August 1979, Saturday 8:00-9:00 on ABC

January 1980-August 1980, Sunday 7:00-8:00 on ABC


Commander Adama..... Lorne Greene

Captain Apollo (1978-1979)..... Richard Hatch

Lieutenant Starbuck (1978-1979)..... Dirk Benedict

Lieutenant Boomer (1978-1979)..... Herb Jefferson, Jr.

Athena (1978-1979)..... Maren Jensen

Flight Sergeant Jolly (1978-1979)..... Tony Swartz

Boxey (1978-1979)..... Noah Hathaway

Colonel Tigh (1978-1979)..... Terry Carter

Cassiopea (1978-1979)..... Laurette Spang

Count Baltar (1978-1979)..... John Colicos

Sheba (1979)..... Anne Lockhart

Captain Troy (1980)..... Kent McCord

Lieutenant Dillon (1980)..... Barry Van Dyke

Jamie Hamilton (1980)..... Robyn Douglass

Dr. Zee (1980)..... Robbie Risk

Dr. Zee (1980)..... Patrick Stuart

Colonel Sydell (1980)..... Allan Miller

Xavier (1980)..... Richard Lynch


Battlestar Galactica was the most highly publicized new series of the fall 1978 schedule. Reported to have cost one million dollars per hour to produce - the highest budget ever for a regular series - it used spectacular special effects to depict a mighty life-and-death struggle between the forces of good and evil in outer space, thousands of years in the future. Lasers flashed, majestic spaceships lumbered through deep space, and dashing, caped heroes fought half-human, half-robot villains for no less than the survival of mankind.

If this sounds like a copy of the movie Star Wars, it was. Battlestar Galactica was such a literal imitation of Star Wars that the producers of the movie sued ABC for "stealing" their film. Part of the similarity lay in the special effects, such as laser battles and close-ups of the spacecraft, which were created by John Dykstra, the same man who worked on Star Wars.

The setting was the seventh millennium, A.D. Galactica was the only surviving battlestar after a surprise attack by the evil Cylons, aided by the treacherous Count Baltar, had shattered the interplanetary peace and wiped out most of human-kind. Now the Cylons were pursuing Galactica and her attendant fleet of 220 smaller spacecraft as they sped through space toward a last refuge, a distant, unknown planet called Earth.

Commanding the mile-wide Galactica was the stoic, silver-haired Adams. His son, Apollo, led Galactica's fighter squadron (another son was killed off by the Cylons in the premiere). Starbuck was his ace pilot, as well as a smooth-talking con artist and ladies' man. Muffit was the mechanical canine Daggit. Many other characters came and went from the large cast, including the singing Android Sisters, who entertained with two sets of mouths apiece, in a surrealistic outer-space bar peopled by oddly shaped creatures from other civilizations (remember that scene in Star Wars?).

Despite the hype, the audience for Galactica declined sharply, until eventually only the kids were left watching. It left the air after a single season, then returned in early 1980 retitled Galactica 1980.

The new series of films was set 30 years later, and only Lorne Greene remained from the original regular cast. Galactica had finally reached Earth, only to find that the Cylons were planning to destroy that, too. Capt. Troy (Boxey as an adult) and Lt. Dillon were sent to the planet's surface, incognito, to enlist the aid of California's high-powered Pacific Institute of Technology in preparing Earth for the forthcoming battle. Novice TV newswoman, Jamie Hamilton of United Broadcasting latched on to them, and, sensing a big story, insisted that she accompany them when they were called back to the mother ship. Also in the revamped cast were Dr. Zee, a 14-year-old boy genius, and Xavier, a renegade member of Galactica's 12-man ruling counsel.