The Best Episodes of Battlestar Galactica (2003)

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2018

In a distant part of the universe, a civilization of humans live on planets known as the Twelve Colonies. In the past, the Colonies have been at war with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons. 40 years after the first war the Cylons launch a devastating attack on the Colonies. The only military ship that survived the attack takes up the task of leading a small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled refuge known as Earth.

Crossroads (2)

#1 - Crossroads (2)

Season 3 - Episode 20

As Baltar's trial comes to a conclusion, key members of the fleet discover that they may be the Final Five Cylons. Tigh attempts to decipher the strange music he is hearing in his head, while a Cylon fleet approaches.

star 8.54
642 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Mark Verheiden
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Exodus (2)

#2 - Exodus (2)

Season 3 - Episode 4

Tigh must decide the fate of his wife Ellen after the assistance she rendered to the Cylons.Lee struggles with his assignment to protect the civilian fleet on its journey toward Earth while Adama returns to New Caprica with just the Galactica.The Resistance coordinates an attack on the Cylons just as Galactica arrives. As the Cylons begin to lose control, Number Three (D'Anna Biers) vows to put a final end to the New Caprican experiment.

star 8.53
725 votes
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
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Daybreak (2)

#3 - Daybreak (2)

Season 4 - Episode 20

Adama and the Galactica crew stake the survival of the human race on their plan to rescue Hera from the Cylon colony in this, the series finale.

star 8.50
600 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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Kobol's Last Gleaming (2)

#4 - Kobol's Last Gleaming (2)

Season 1 - Episode 13

When Commander Adama learns that Kara disobeyed orders and Jumped to Caprica on orders from President Roslin, he demands the president's resignation, with the implied threat of a military coup. Roslin refuses his demand and sparks a confrontation.

star 8.49
791 votes
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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Revelations

#5 - Revelations

Season 4 - Episode 10

D'Anna holds President Roslin and other Colonials hostage in order to draw out the Final Five from the Colonial fleet. Col. Tigh believes he has the solution to end the standoff.

star 8.41
663 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
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Resurrection Ship (2)

#6 - Resurrection Ship (2)

Season 2 - Episode 12

The struggle between Adama and Cain is temporarily put on hold while the two Battlestars combine forces for an assault on the Cylon Resurrection Ship. Apollo faces a momentous decision and Baltar takes an interest in Gina, the Cylon prisoner.

star 8.38
762 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Michael Rymer, Ronald D. Moore
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Blood on the Scales

#7 - Blood on the Scales

Season 4 - Episode 14

President Roslin faces off against Tom Zarek and Lt. Gaeta as they try to take control of the Colonial fleet. Both the alliance with the rebel Cylons and Adama's life are at stake.

star 8.36
636 votes
Directors: Wayne Rose
Writers: Michael Angeli
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Daybreak (1)

#8 - Daybreak (1)

Season 4 - Episode 19

With Galactica on the verge of falling apart, Admiral Adama readies the ship for what could be its final mission, as Baltar's Six warns that humanity's final chapter is near.

star 8.35
635 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
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Lay Down Your Burdens (2)

#9 - Lay Down Your Burdens (2)

Season 2 - Episode 20

When Baltar wins the vote, Roslin considers stealing the election because she believes he is a Cylon collaborator.

star 8.34
685 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Mark Verheiden, Anne Cofell
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Resurrection Ship (1)

#10 - Resurrection Ship (1)

Season 2 - Episode 11

The Battlestars Galactica and Pegasus face a new Cylon target, a "Resurrection" ship, while a power struggle threatens to result in all-out war among the human fleet.

star 8.31
754 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Michael Rymer
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Pegasus

#11 - Pegasus

Season 2 - Episode 10

Battlestar Galactica was not the only Battlestar to have survived the cylon attack, The Battlestar Pegasus also survived.

star 8.30
783 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Anne Cofell Saunders
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The Oath

#12 - The Oath

Season 4 - Episode 13

Loyalties are made clear when Gaeta orchestrates a coup d'état of the Adama regime. Both prisoners and lives are taken as many of the fed up people work to take over Galactica.

star 8.30
627 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Mark Verheiden
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You Can't Go Home Again

#13 - You Can't Go Home Again

Season 1 - Episode 5

When Lt. Kara Thrace goes missing in action after encountering a Cylon patrol while on a training mission, Commander Adama feels responsible — especially in light of her recent admission that she blames herself for his son Zak's death.

star 8.16
917 votes
Writers: Carla Robinson
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Flight of the Phoenix

#14 - Flight of the Phoenix

Season 2 - Episode 9

Sharon informs Adama that the Galatica has been infected with a computer virus that is tampering with the basic ship functions and is scanning them for weaknesses. All this is preparation for a major assault by the Cylon Raiders. So with the clock ticking

star 8.14
754 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
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Scattered

#15 - Scattered

Season 2 - Episode 1

With Adama out of action, Colonel Tigh takes his position as commander of the Galactica. Boomer is in jail, and the cat's out of the bag - she's a Cylon.

star 8.13
777 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle
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The Eye of Jupiter (1)

#16 - The Eye of Jupiter (1)

Season 3 - Episode 11

Tyrol discovers the Temple of Five on the algae planet. The temple may hold the Eye of Jupiter, which is believed to show the way to Earth. The Cylons take a keen interest in the discovery.Athena learns that her baby, Hera, may still be alive. Lee relies on Anders to help build civilian support for the protection of the Eye. His relationship with Kara complicates matters.

star 8.11
640 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Mark Verheiden
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The Hand of God

#17 - The Hand of God

Season 1 - Episode 10

As its fuel supply dwindles, the fleet must seek out a new supply of tylium ore or risk becoming sitting ducks to any Cylon attack. A recon patrol finds an asteroid full of the fuel, but there's a catch — the Cylons have found it first and established a heavily guarded refining plant.

star 8.10
821 votes
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
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Exodus (1)

#18 - Exodus (1)

Season 3 - Episode 3

Sharon helps the Resistance on New Caprica as Adama leads Galactica on a dangerous rescue operation.Tyrol races to save Cally from the execution squad. Meanwhile Anders uncovers treachery among the humans.D'Anna Biers/Number Three meets the Oracle Selloi after having strange dreams about the temple.

star 8.09
678 votes
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle
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Guess What's Coming to Dinner

#19 - Guess What's Coming to Dinner

Season 4 - Episode 7

President Roslin faces challenges as the Colonials plot with Cylon rebels to destroy a Resurrection Hub.

star 8.08
638 votes
Directors: Wayne Rose
Writers: Michael Angeli
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Sometimes a Great Notion

#20 - Sometimes a Great Notion

Season 4 - Episode 11

Kara struggles with the foreboding prediction of the Cylon Hybrid, while Adama and the Colonial fleet face despair over their shocking discovery.

star 8.08
636 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
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Home (2)

#21 - Home (2)

Season 2 - Episode 7

Adama heads to Kobol to find Roslin, reassembles the fleet and heads down to Kobol himself to find the presidential party in search of the "Tomb of Athena" which allegedly leads to Earth. Apollo hangs out with Starbuck , Zarek tries to keep his cronie off plotting with Boomer who is unaware of tension building between Helo and Tyrol.

star 8.08
742 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Ronald D. Moore, David Eick
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No Exit

#22 - No Exit

Season 4 - Episode 15

As Sam Anders recovers from his head injury onboard the Galactica, he begins to remember events from ancient Earth. The Final Cylon struggles with the fallout from the Final Five's former plans. One of the humanoid Cylons vows to get revenge for being created in the image of Man. Tyrol informs Admiral Adama about the extensive structural damage on the Galactica.

star 8.08
624 votes
Writers: Ryan Mottesheard
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Downloaded

#23 - Downloaded

Season 2 - Episode 18

After Boomer's consciousness is downloaded into a new body following her death, she struggles with her new life on Cylon-occupied Caprica. Number Six is asked to help Boomer adjust to her new role in Cylon society.

star 8.06
712 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
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The Hub

#24 - The Hub

Season 4 - Episode 9

Colonial Viper pilots plan an attack on the Resurrection Hub with their Cylon rebel allies.

star 8.06
639 votes
Directors: Paul Edwards
Writers: Jane Espenson
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Rapture (2)

#25 - Rapture (2)

Season 3 - Episode 12

D'Anna/Number Three squares off against Adama over the Temple of the Five. Athena asks for Helo's aid in her plan to rescue Hera.On the algae planet, Apollo orders Dee to leave her defended position in order to save Kara. Anders helps Apollo to hold off the Cylon Centurion attack.Another copy of D'Anna finds the Temple and continues her search for the identities of the Final Five. Her messianic complex begins to concern the other Cylons.

star 8.04
658 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
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