The Battlestar Galactica science fiction franchise, which began as a 1978 TV series, was "reimagined" in 2003 into a TV mini-series. The mini-series served as a backdoor pilot for a 2004 TV series.
Featuring re-imagined, more deeply portrayed favourite characters from the original series, each season of the show sees the crew of Galactica facing new adventures, challenges, failures and conquests as they travel through time and space trying to find what they're searching for.
The mini-series originally aired in the USA on the Sci Fi channel from 8-9 December, 2003. The full series premiered on 18 October, 2004 and ended in the USA on 20 March, 2009.
The mini-series aired in South Africa on M-Net from 8-22 July, 2005. The full series aired on M-Net Action (previously known as actionX) from 9 August, 2005 to 6 May, 2009. It later aired on TopTV's Fox FX channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
The first season of Battlestar Galactica originally aired in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Action channel (formerly actionX) from 9 August to 1 November 2005, on Tuesdays at 18h00.
Battlestar Galactica premiered on Fox FX on Wednesday 11 May 2011, at 20h40. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 13 episodes in the first season (the mini-series did not air on Fox FX).
Fox FX Repeats
Thursdays: 03h25, 22h00
Fridays: 04h45, 19h45
With only each other to rely upon, and Cylon spies in their midst, trust becomes the survivors' most valuable asset...
With the human race reduced to fewer than 50,000 people, a ragtag fleet of ships searches for the mythical planet Earth, protected only by the Galactica.
Newly sworn-in President Laura Roslin and Commander William Adama, joined by an uneasy alliance, lead the fleet of shocked and grieving survivors deep into uncharted space with their tormentors, the Cylons, in pursuit.
Because some Cylons now appear to be human, no one can be sure whom to trust.
One of the Galactica's pilots — Lt. Karl Agathon, call sign "Helo" — experiences a Cylon deception more intimately than most. Stranded on the devastated and Cylon-occupied planet Caprica, he falls in love with a woman he thinks is his flight partner, Sharon Valerii (call sign "Boomer").
In fact she is a Cylon, one of many copies of the "Number Eight" Sharon model. Her mission: to seduce Helo and bear a child so that the Cylons can study hybrid reproduction.
This plan backfires, however, when Sharon and Helo fall in love, and her devotion to him eclipses her loyalty to the Cylons.
Unknown to Helo, "Boomer," the Sharon he had served with, is still on the Galactica — unaware of her own Cylon nature, and romantically involved with the ship's senior noncommissioned officer, Chief Galen Tyrol.
Meanwhile, vivid and disturbing visions begin to haunt President Roslin. As a result, she becomes a devout believer in the mythological planet Earth, which she feels is a real place, a safe haven to which she is destined to lead humanity according to the prophecies of the Colonies' gods.
Accordingly, she orders pilot Kara Thrace to hijack a captured Cylon ship, sneak back to the ruined capital city of Caprica, and retrieve the ancient Arrow of Apollo.
At a critical moment, after the Sharon aboard the Galactica returns from a critical mission to destroy a Cylon base ship, her Cylon programming abruptly activates: in one shattering instant, on the command deck of the Galactica, she shoots Adama.
Mini-Series (3 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 8 Jul 2005 | Finale: 22 Jul 2005 | Fridays, 18h00
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 9 Aug 2005 | Finale: 1 Nov 2005 | Tuesdays, 18h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 11 May 2011 | Finale: 3 Aug 2011 | Wednesdays, 20h40
Season 2 (20 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 12 Jul 2006 | Finale: 22 Nov 2006 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 7 Mar 2012 | Finale: 18 Jul 2012 | Wednesdays, 20h30
Season 3 (20 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 18 Apr 2007 | Finale: 29 Aug 2007 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 20 Aug 2013 | Finale: 31 Dec 2013 | Tuesdays, 20h30
Razor (Note: Razor aired in SA as the first two episodes of Season 4)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 16 Apr 2008 | Finale: 23 Apr 2008 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Season 4 (20 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 16 Apr 2008 | Finale: 6 May 2009 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Channel: M-Net | Aired: 25 March 2011 | Friday, 21h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Aired: 25 March 2011 | Friday, 21h30
BSG 4: Battlestar Galactica 4 Premiere
BSG 3: Who Are The Final Five?
BSG 3: Episode 8 - A Close Look At The Episode
BSG 3: Episode 11- Visual Orgasms
BSG 3: Episode 13 - The Best Moments In Pictures