The Best Episodes of Battlestar Galactica

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2018

When the 12 Colonies of Man are wiped out by a cybernetic race called the Cylons, Commander Adama (Lorne Greene) and the crew of the battlestar Galactica lead a ragtag fleet of human survivors in search of a "mythical planet" called Earth.

The Hand of God

#1 - The Hand of God

Season 1 - Episode 24

Rather than continue fleeing from their enemies, the crew of the Galactica commences an all-out attack on a Cylon base.

star 7.97
65 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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The Living Legend (2)

#2 - The Living Legend (2)

Season 1 - Episode 13

The brash Commander Cain insists that the Galactica join in on a frontal attack on the Cylons -- an attack that Adama believes would be a suicide mission.

star 7.91
82 votes
Writers: Glen A. Larson
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Saga of a Star World (3)

#3 - Saga of a Star World (3)

Season 1 - Episode 3

While most of the crew members from Galactica enjoy themselves in the casino, Apollo and Starbuck discover a dark secret in the mines below.

star 7.91
94 votes
Directors: Richard Colla
Writers: Glen A. Larson
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Saga of a Star World (2)

#4 - Saga of a Star World (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2

When the fleet stops at the planet Carillon to refuel and pick up supplies, a newly-elected member of the Council seizes power from Commander Adama. Boomer and Starbuck check out a shady casino resort on the planet.

star 7.82
100 votes
Directors: Richard Colla
Writers: Glen A. Larson
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The Living Legend (1)

#5 - The Living Legend (1)

Season 1 - Episode 12

While on patrol, Apollo and Starbuck encounter the supposedly lost Battlestar Pegasus, commanded by the living legend, Commander Cain.

star 7.81
79 votes
Writers: Glen A. Larson
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The Lost Planet of the Gods (2)

#6 - The Lost Planet of the Gods (2)

Season 1 - Episode 5

While Commander Adama leads the rag-tag fleet of ships to the planet Kobol, where he hopes to find clues of Earth's location, the Viper pilots contract a disease, making it necessary for the women to take on fighter patrol duties. But the traitor Baltar leads the Cylons in an attack on the Galactica.

star 7.78
122 votes
Writers: Glen A. Larson, Donald P. Bellisario
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Saga of a Star World (1)

#7 - Saga of a Star World (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1

The Cylon Empire tricks the Twelve Colonies into believing they are striving for peace. Then they ambush the unprepared colonies and destroy the military's Battlestar fleet. One surviving Battlestar, the Galactica, under the command of Commander Adama, gathers the remaining humans and leads them in the search for the legendary 13th colony called Earth.

star 7.66
234 votes
Directors: Richard Colla
Writers: Glen A. Larson
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War of the Gods (1)

#8 - War of the Gods (1)

Season 1 - Episode 15

While the fleet is plagued by glowing lights that constantly fly past them too fast to be followed, Apollo, Starbuck, and Sheba find the remains of a shipwreck, with a mysterious and seemingly all-powerful being named Count Iblis, who helps them capture Baltar.

star 7.63
62 votes
Directors: Daniel Haller
Writers: Glen A. Larson
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The Lost Planet of the Gods (1)

#9 - The Lost Planet of the Gods (1)

Season 1 - Episode 4

Apollo and Starbuck discover a void in space. Commander Adama is convinced that this void will lead them to the planet Kobol, and orders they go through.

star 7.60
142 votes
Writers: Glen A. Larson, Donald P. Bellisario
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The Long Patrol

#10 - The Long Patrol

Season 1 - Episode 7

Starbuck is assigned to test a new ultra-fast, but unarmed, Viper with a talking computer named CORA; but when he meets a bootlegger, who steals the Viper, Starbuck finds himself arrested by the Galactic Police of a prison planet.

star 7.56
110 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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The Gun on Ice Planet Zero (1)

#11 - The Gun on Ice Planet Zero (1)

Season 1 - Episode 8

Baltar attempts to lure Galactica into range of a gigantic pulsar cannon. Adama becomes aware of the trap and sends in a team of commandos to destroy it.

star 7.54
108 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, Leslie Stevens, Michael Sloan
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The Gun on Ice Planet Zero (2)

#12 - The Gun on Ice Planet Zero (2)

Season 1 - Episode 9

Apollo and Starbuck lead a group of convicts on a possible suicide mission to destroy the cannon, which is located on an icy planet.

star 7.51
92 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, Leslie Stevens, Michael Sloan
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Baltar's Escape

#13 - Baltar's Escape

Season 1 - Episode 21

When Baltar plans his escape with the help of the three Borellians and the Eastern Alliance Enforcers, members of the Council of Twelve are taken hostage, and Adama must give in to the escapees' demands.

star 7.48
50 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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The Lost Warrior

#14 - The Lost Warrior

Season 1 - Episode 6

Apollo is marooned on a Western Frontier-like planet, where he meets a woman and her son ... and a damaged Cylon, known as Red Eye, who has become a notorious gunslinger.

star 7.43
117 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Herman Groves, Donald P. Bellisario
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War of the Gods (2)

#15 - War of the Gods (2)

Season 1 - Episode 16

While the fleet is plagued by glowing lights that constantly fly past them too fast to be followed, Apollo, Starbuck, and Sheba find the remains of a shipwreck, with a mysterious and seemingly all-powerful being named Count Iblis, who helps them capture Baltar.

star 7.40
62 votes
Directors: Daniel Haller
Writers: Glen A. Larson
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Murder on the Rising Star

#16 - Murder on the Rising Star

Season 1 - Episode 18

When Starbuck's rival in the popular sporting event is found murders, all the evidence points to Starbuck; and Apollo is about the only person who believes in Starbuck's innocence.

star 7.37
57 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, James Carlson, Terrence McDonnell
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Take the Celestra

#17 - Take the Celestra

Season 1 - Episode 23

Starbuck runs in to his long-lost love, Aurora, who is involved with a group trying to free the passenger ship Celestra from its supposedly dictatorial captain.

star 7.29
58 votes
Writers: Jim Carlson, Terrence McDonnell
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The Young Lords

#18 - The Young Lords

Season 1 - Episode 11

Starbuck crashes on the planet Trillion, where the Cylons have destroyed all the humans except for a band of children, who have become warriors to save their enslaved father.

star 7.29
76 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, Frank Lupo, Paul Playton
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The Man with Nine Lives

#19 - The Man with Nine Lives

Season 1 - Episode 17

An old con man known as Chameleon meets Starbuck and convinces him that he may be Starbuck's father, to gain Starbuck's help in evading a trio of bloodthirsty Borellians who are after him in revenge for another con.

star 7.26
60 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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The Magnificent Warriors

#20 - The Magnificent Warriors

Season 1 - Episode 10

When a Cylon attack destroys most of the fleet's food supply, the Galactica must trade equipment for grain on a rural planet plagued by the Borays, a group of pig-like marauders.

star 7.26
80 votes
Writers: Glen A. Larson
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Greetings from Earth (1)

#21 - Greetings from Earth (1)

Season 1 - Episode 19

When Apollo and Starbuck find a primitive sleeper ship carrying a man, a woman, and four children, speculation spreads in the fleet that the people are from Earth.

star 7.26
56 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Glen A. Larson
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Experiment in Terra

#22 - Experiment in Terra

Season 1 - Episode 22

Apollo and Starbuck follow the escaped Eastern Alliance ship back to Terra, where they help the Terrans overcome a nuclear holocaust, with the help of the race of white lights that had earlier helped them defeat Count Iblis.

star 7.20
55 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Glen A. Larson
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Fire in Space

#23 - Fire in Space

Season 1 - Episode 14

A Cylon kamikaze attack leaves the Galactica burning in space, with no way to extinguish the blaze that has trapped Boomer, Athena, and Boxey except a dangerous spacewalk by Apollo and Starbuck.

star 7.15
59 votes
Writers: Jim Carlson, Terrence McDonnell
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Greetings from Earth (2)

#24 - Greetings from Earth (2)

Season 1 - Episode 20

When Apollo and Starbuck find a primitive sleeper ship carrying a man, a woman, and four children, the inhabitants reveal that they are from Terra, an Earth-like planet at war with the evil Eastern Alliance.

star 7.01
30 votes
Directors: Ahmet Lateef
Writers: Glen A. Larson
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