Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)
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Saga of a Star World 

The Twelve Colonies of Man are annihilated by the Cylons. Adama, commanding the last surviving Battlestar, takes it upon himself to lead all remaining survivors aboard 220 ships to find a ... See full summary »


Richard A. Colla, Alan J. Levi (uncredited)


Glen A. Larson (created by), Glen A. Larson




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hatch ... Captain Apollo
Dirk Benedict ... Lieutenant Starbuck
Lorne Greene ... Commander Adama
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Lieutenant Boomer
Tony Swartz Tony Swartz ... Flight Sergeant Jolly
Maren Jensen ... Lieutenant Athena
Noah Hathaway ... Boxey
Terry Carter ... Colonel Tigh
Lew Ayres ... President Adar
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Anton
John Colicos ... Count Baltar
Laurette Spang ... Cassiopeia
John Fink ... Dr. Payne
Jane Seymour ... Serina
Ray Milland ... Sire Uri


The Twelve Colonies of Man are annihilated by the Cylons. Adama, commanding the last surviving Battlestar, takes it upon himself to lead all remaining survivors aboard 220 ships to find a new home. After the Galactica's fighter pilots successfully navigate a path through the Nova of Madagon minefield, the spoiled Sire Uri proposes to settle down on Carillon, where food and entertainment are provided by the natives. However, Adama suspects a Cylon trap. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

17 September 1978 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


President Adar (Lew Ayres) is portrayed as a naive fool, while Adama is a cautious militarist who is shown to be correct. This led to charges by some viewers that the series was preaching fascism. See more »


When Adama is recording his log at Carillon, he says that the fuel is coming aboard in small quantities. Yet at the end all the ships have enough fuel to leave. See more »


Lt. Starbuck: [entering the female crew's quarters] Anybody here?
Athena: [scantily dressed, ducking behind locker door] Starbuck...
Lt. Starbuck: Oh!
[standing back]
Lt. Starbuck: I'm looking for you. I came to, uh, apologize... for how I treated you. It's just...
Lt. Starbuck: I've seen so many of the guys from my squadron
Lt. Starbuck: burnt up. I guess I was looking to take it out on somebody, I wish it hadn't been you.
Athena: [shielded by locker door, shaking her head] It wasn't important, Starbuck.
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Edited into Remembering 'Battlestar Galactica' (2004) See more »


Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Aged quite well
22 May 2018 | by keyopeSee all my reviews

Even though the 1978 Battlestar Galactica is often derided as a campy sci fi show, this pilot episode / movie is a fun and entertaining story. The effects are pretty good for their time and the plot has actually held up well. In this day and age where people are so divided in their opinions about things such as immigration what happens in Saga of a Star World gives an unbiased vision of what can happen and how it affects everyone rather than just a chosen section of people. Both sides of every argument are on show here. The cylons are pretty awesome and so are the space ships. Lorne Greene adds real weight to proceedings in the way that Alec Guiness did in Star Wars, while Starbuck and Apollo are closely based on Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. I actually prefer the 1978 version of Galactica to the much lauded 2004 reboot.

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