Stargate Atlantis is an American-Canadian science fiction television series, part of the Stargate franchise owned by MGM, which follows the adventures of a human expedition to the lost city of Atlantis in the Pegasus Galaxy.
Developed by longtime SG-1 producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, it is a spin-off from the television series Stargate SG-1. It was filmed and produced in Canada.
The series originally aired in the USA on the Sci Fi Channel from 16 July, 2004 to 9 January, 2009. There are 100 hour-long episodes in five seasons.
Stargate Atlantis originally aired in South Africa on DStv's actionX (now M-Net Action) channel from 17 February, 2005 to 4 November, 2009. It later aired on TopTV's Fox FX channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 5 originally aired on M-Net Action from 24 June to 4 November, 2009, on Wednesdays at 18h00. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 5 premiered on Fox FX on Sunday 8 July 2012, at 18h15. New episodes broadcast daily, seven days a week. There are 20 episodes in the fifth and final season.
M-Net Action Repeats
As they explore the distant Pegasus galaxy, the Atlantis Expedition encounters great challenges, great friends — and great foes.
Often, their adventures begin in their home base, Atlantis itself, a city built thousands of years ago by the highly evolved and mysterious Ancients. Atlantis is a treasure trove of strange technology, all of it wondrous and some of it downright lethal.
The city is also linked to countless planets and human civilizations throughout the galaxy via the Ancients' network of stargates. The team confronts terrible dangers as they travel among these foreign stars.
The Wraith, who feed on human life, dream of one day seizing Atlantis as a gateway to the rich feeding grounds of Earth. More recently, the Asuran Replicators — artificial life forms once created and then abandoned by the Ancients — have become determined to claim Atlantis as their rightful home ... at any cost.
With the stakes this high, Stargate Command assigns the best of the best to lead the Atlantis Expedition: Col. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping). She's new to the Pegasus galaxy, but her years of stargate exploration in the Milky Way have given her a wealth of military and diplomatic skills to compliment her scientific genius.
Working beside her is Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), the team's gifted military commander and undisputed best pilot.
Two Pegasus-galaxy natives add their special perspectives to the group: Teyla Emmagan (Rachel Luttrell), the caring and quick-witted leader of the Athosian people; and Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa), a warrior who lost his home and family to the Wraith.
The expedition's new chief of medicine, Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite) finds her quiet confidence tested by the alien wonders of the Pegasus galaxy.
Last but certainly not least, Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett), a brilliant but prickly astrophysicist, butts heads with all of them — but only to hide how much he cares for them.
Note: actionX became M-Net Action in 2007
Season 1 (20 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 17 Feb 2005 | Finale: 30 Jun 2005 | Thursdays, 18h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 22 Jun 2011 | Finale: 11 Jul 2011 | Daily, 17h30
Season 2 (20 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 19 Apr 2006 | Finale: 30 Aug 2006 | Wednesdays, 22h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 12 Jul 2011 | Finale: 31 Jul 2011 | Daily, 17h30
Season 3 (20 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 29 Nov 2006 | Finale: 11 Apr 2007 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 1 Aug 2011 | Finale: 20 Aug 2011 | Daily, 18h15
Season 4 (20 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 28 Nov 2007 | Finale: 9 Apr 2008 | Wednesdays, 20h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 18 Jun 2012 | Finale: 7 Jul 2012 | Daily, 18h15
Season 5 (20 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 24 Jun 2009 | Finale: 4 Nov 2009 | Wednesdays, 18h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 8 Jul 2012 | Finale: 27 Jul 2012 | Daily, 18h15