Galactica 1980

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Galactica 1980
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Premiere January 27, 1980
Finale May 4, 1980
Creator Glen A. Larson
Network/Provider ABC
Style 60-minute sci-fi drama
Company Glen A. Larson Productions,
Universal Television
Distributor MCA Television (until 1996)
Universal Television Enterprises (1996-1998)
Studios USA (1998-2002)
Universal Domestic Television (2002-2004)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution (2004-2021)
NBCUniversal Syndication Studios (2021- )
Seasons 1
Episodes 10
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

Galactica 1980 is a sci-fi drama that aired on ABC.

Galactica 1980 was ABC's attempt to bring back Battlestar Galactica after it was canceled in 1979. However, due to series stars Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict not being able to come back, the writers fast forwarded the story to 30 years after the events of the original series, with Apollo being dead (as confirmed in the novel of the pilot episode "Galactica Discovers Earth") and Starbuck missing and presumed dead. Lorne Greene and Herb Jefferson, Jr. were the only cast from the first season to return, though Dirk Benedict did return for the final episode "The Return of Starbuck".

Like Battlestar Galactica, Galactica 1980 was a ratings hit with the first episode, however the ratings quickly dropped when the show was placed in the Sunday at 7PM time slot, a time where TV shows had to have an educational lesson, so many of the episodes involved Troy (a now grown up Boxey) and Dillon and the Super Scouts (children sent to live on Earth after the Cylons attacked the Rag Tag Fleet) learning about baseball, farming, and the environment.

Syndicated reruns of the series have taken on the Battlestar Galactica name due to these episodes being incorporated into the present syndication package for the original series.



Actor Character
Main Cast
Kent McCord Captain Troy
Barry Van Dyke Lieutenant Dillon
Robyn Douglass Jamie Hamilton
Lorne Greene Commander Adama
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Robbie Rist Dr. Zee
Patrick Stuart
Richard Lynch Xaviar
Allan Miller Colonel Jack Sydell
Herbert Jefferson, Jr. Colonel Boomer


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One January 27, 1980 May 4, 1980 10


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series December 23, 2007 purchase 2

External Sites