Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series created by Glen A. Larson about the adventures of a fleet of starships from an ancient civilization who are seeking a legendary lost colony known as Earth.
The series only aired for one season but spawned two further series: Galactica 1980 and the reimagined Battlestar Galactica in 2004. It aired in the USA on ABC from 17 September, 1978 to 29 April, 1979. There are 24 hour-long episodes in one season.
The series originally aired in South Africa on the SABC in the 1980s.
Battlestar Galactica premiered on TopTV's Fox Retro channel on Monday 3 May 2010, at 21h15. New episodes air daily, on weekdays.
Saturdays: 16h45 (five-episode omnibus)
Sundays: 00h15, 08h30 (five-episode omnibus)
"There are those who 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. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive, somewhere beyond the heavens." - Opening Narration
The leaders of the 12 human colonies are making plans to sign a peace treaty with their mortal enemies, the Cylons. On the eve of the ceremony, the Cylons attack and destroy most of the colonies.
The remaining Colonial ships, led by the battlestar Galactica under the command of Adama, head out into space and seek out a "lost" 13th colony, which turns out to be Earth.
Along the way, the Colonials encounter various races (both friendly and hostile), the legendary human warrior Commander Cain, and the planet Kobol, the mother world of all the colonies.
All the while, the Cylons - led by the human traitor, Baltar - are in hot pursuit...
"Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica, leads a ragtag, fugitive fleet, on a lonely quest—for a shining planet known as Earth." - Closing Narration