The BEST Episodes of Battlestar Galactica

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 4, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

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 - Aired Apr 29, 1979

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

star 7.91
292 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
Greetings from Earth (1)

#2 - Greetings from Earth (1)

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 25, 1979

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 7.75
255 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Glen A. Larson
The Living Legend (1)

#3 - The Living Legend (1)

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 26, 1978

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

star 7.72
362 votes
Writers: Glen A. Larson
The Gun on Ice Planet Zero (1)

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

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 22, 1978

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 7.65
531 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, Leslie Stevens, Michael Sloan
Murder on the Rising Star

#5 - Murder on the Rising Star

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 18, 1979

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 7.62
227 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, James Carlson, Terrence McDonnell
Baltar's Escape

#6 - Baltar's Escape

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 11, 1979

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 7.58
248 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
Saga of a Star World (3)

#7 - Saga of a Star World (3)

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 17, 1978

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 7.57
469 votes
Directors: Richard Colla
Writers: Glen A. Larson
Saga of a Star World (1)

#8 - Saga of a Star World (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 1978

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 7.56
784 votes
Directors: Richard Colla
Writers: Glen A. Larson
War of the Gods (2)

#9 - War of the Gods (2)

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 21, 1979

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 7.55
289 votes
Directors: Daniel Haller
Writers: Glen A. Larson
War of the Gods (1)

#10 - War of the Gods (1)

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 14, 1979

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 7.53
289 votes
Directors: Daniel Haller
Writers: Glen A. Larson
The Lost Planet of the Gods (2)

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

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 1, 1978

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 7.48
521 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, Glen A. Larson
Saga of a Star World (2)

#12 - Saga of a Star World (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 17, 1978

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 7.43
390 votes
Directors: Richard Colla
Writers: Glen A. Larson
The Living Legend (2)

#13 - The Living Legend (2)

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 3, 1978

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 7.42
420 votes
Writers: Glen A. Larson
The Man with Nine Lives

#14 - The Man with Nine Lives

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 28, 1979

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 7.37
258 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
Experiment in Terra

#15 - Experiment in Terra

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 18, 1979

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 7.35
282 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Glen A. Larson
The Gun on Ice Planet Zero (2)

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

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 29, 1978

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 7.33
433 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, Leslie Stevens, Michael Sloan
The Long Patrol

#17 - The Long Patrol

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 15, 1978

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 7.30
424 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
Greetings from Earth (2)

#18 - Greetings from Earth (2)

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 25, 1979

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 7.23
144 votes
Directors: Ahmet Lateef
Writers: Glen A. Larson
The Lost Planet of the Gods (1)

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

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 24, 1978

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 7.22
602 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, Glen A. Larson
Take the Celestra

#20 - Take the Celestra

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 1, 1979

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 7.14
286 votes
Writers: Jim Carlson, Terrence McDonnell
The Lost Warrior

#21 - The Lost Warrior

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 8, 1978

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 7.01
572 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, Herman Groves
The Magnificent Warriors

#22 - The Magnificent Warriors

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 12, 1978

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 6.97
393 votes
Writers: Glen A. Larson
The Young Lords

#23 - The Young Lords

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 19, 1978

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 6.81
388 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario, Frank Lupo, Paul Playton
Fire in Space

#24 - Fire in Space

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 17, 1978

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 6.80
259 votes
Writers: Jim Carlson, Terrence McDonnell