S1 E1 | 09/17/78
Battlestar Galactica, Part One
September 17, 1978
Richard Hatch as Captain Apollo
Lorne Greene as Commander Adama
Dirk Benedict as Lieutenant Starbuck
Herbert Jefferson Jr. as Lieutenant Boomer
John Colicos as Baltar
Terry Carter as Colonel Tigh
The original series on which the SyFy Channel phenomenon was based, "Battlestar Galactica" ran for a single season on ABC from 1978 to 1979. Created by Glen A. Larson ("Knight Rider," "Magnum, P.I.") and starring Richard Hatch ("Dynasty," "Santa Barbara") and Lorne Greene ("Bonanza"), "Battlestar Galactica" follows the last surviving warship after a devastating space war. The crew of the Galactica goes in search of the legendary "thirteenth tribe of humanity" and its settlement, "Earth," while being pursued by warrior robots called Cylons.
In its 24-episode run, "Battlestar Galactica" featured guest stars Ed Begley Jr. ("St. Elsewhere," "Arrested Development"), Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"), Lloyd Bridges ("Roots," "North and South, Book II"), Lew Ayres ("State Fair," the "Dr. Kildare" film series), John de Lancie ("Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Torchwood"), Rick Springfield ("General Hospital"), Ray Milland ("Dial M for Murder," "Love Story") and Ian Abercrombie ("Twin Peaks," "Seinfeld," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"). Behind-the-camera talents included writer Donald P. Bellisario ("Quantum Leap," "JAG"), director Winrich Kolbe ("Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Millennium") and special effects wizard John Dykstra ("Star Wars," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," "Spider-Man," "X-Men: First Class").
Despite airing for only a single season, "Battlestar Galactica" won a People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama and Emmys for Outstanding Costume Design and Creative Technical Crafts. It was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series and a Grammy for Best Original Score. In addition, Richard Hatch was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best TV Actor - Drama.