This article is about the 2004 television series. For other uses, see Battlestar Galactica (disambiguation).
Battlestar Galactica title card
Genre Serial drama
Military science fiction
Created by Ronald D. Moore
Developed by David Eick, Ronald D. Moore
Starring see below
Opening theme Gayatri by Richard Gibbs
Composer(s) Bear McCreary
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 75 (plus 27 webisodes) (List of episodes)
Running time approx. 42 min.
Original channel Sci Fi
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
First shown in United Kingdom
Original run October 18, 2004 – March 24, 2009
Preceded by Miniseries
Related shows Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica (often abbreviated as BSG or just Galactica) is a British-Canadian-American military science fiction serial drama television series and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was created by Ronald D. Moore, as a re-image of the Battlestar Galactica television series which started airing in 1978. The series first aired as a three-hour miniseries in December 2003 on the Sci Fi network and ran for four seasons thereafter, ending its run on March 20, 2009. The series featured Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Edward James Olmos and Academy Award-nominated Mary McDonnell and garnered a wide range of critical acclaim, including Emmy nominations for its creative works, writing and directing.
The story arc of Battlestar Galactica is set in a distant part of the universe, a civilization of humans live on a series of planets known as the Twelve Colonies. In the past, the Colonies have been at war with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons. With the help of a human named Baltar, the Cylons launch a sudden ambush on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations. The handful of human survivors flee into space aboard any spacecraft they can reach. Of all the Colonial Fleet, the Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military capital ship that survived the attack. Under the leadership of famed military leader Commander William "Bill" Adama, the Battlestar Galactica and its crew take up the task of leading the small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled refuge known as Earth.
The series was a ratings success for the Sci Fi Channel, and was particularly popular in Europe, Australia and the United States. Since its release, the show has received nationwide critical response from the American media, Battlestar Galactica has been honored with numerous awards and award nominations in its four-season run. It has spawned the live-action spin-off TV series Caprica set to be released in 2010, an extended version of the pilot episode premiered exclusively on DVD and digital download on April 21, 2009.