The BEST Episodes of Battlestar Galactica (2003)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2019

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.

Daybreak (2)

#1 - 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 8.49
638 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
Revelations

#2 - 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 8.40
96 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
Pegasus

#3 - 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
813 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Anne Cofell Saunders
Exodus (2)

#4 - 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 8.30
90 votes
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
Crossroads (2)

#5 - 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 8.30
79 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Mark Verheiden
Blood on the Scales

#6 - 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 8.30
96 votes
Directors: Wayne Rose
Writers: Michael Angeli
Kobol's Last Gleaming (2)

#7 - 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 8.20
87 votes
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
The Oath

#8 - 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 8.20
93 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Mark Verheiden
You Can't Go Home Again

#9 - 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 8.13
967 votes
Writers: Carla Robinson
Flight of the Phoenix

#10 - 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 8.13
783 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
Lay Down Your Burdens (2)

#11 - 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 8.10
84 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Mark Verheiden, Anne Cofell
Guess What's Coming to Dinner

#12 - 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
671 votes
Directors: Wayne Rose
Writers: Michael Angeli
The Hand of God

#13 - 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 8.07
857 votes
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
Resurrection Ship (1)

#14 - 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 8.00
85 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Michael Rymer
Resurrection Ship (2)

#15 - 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 8.00
89 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Michael Rymer, Ronald D. Moore
The Hub

#16 - The Hub

Season 4 - Episode 9

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

star 8.00
86 votes
Directors: Paul Edwards
Writers: Jane Espenson
Sometimes a Great Notion

#17 - 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 8.00
89 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
No Exit

#18 - 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 8.00
93 votes
Writers: Ryan Mottesheard
Daybreak (1)

#19 - 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 8.00
101 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
Lay Down Your Burdens (1)

#20 - Lay Down Your Burdens (1)

Season 2 - Episode 19

Chief Tyrol is plagued by terrifying dreams and seeks the aid of a priest. Kara leads a rescue mission to Caprica. Roslin and Baltar go head-to-head in a presidential debate that changes dramatically with the discovery of a habitable planet.

star 7.99
715 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
Torn (1)

#21 - Torn (1)

Season 3 - Episode 6

Lingering feelings of rage lead Saul Tigh and Kara Thrace to cause problems aboard Galactica between the survivors from New Caprica and those who stayed with the fleet during the Occupation. Baltar assists the Cylons in an attempt to stay alive and uncovers details about Cylon civilization. A Cylon baseship falls victim to a mysterious disease.

star 7.98
679 votes
Writers: Anne Cofell Saunders
Kobol's Last Gleaming (1)

#22 - Kobol's Last Gleaming (1)

Season 1 - Episode 12

While flying a supply patrol, Crashdown and Sharon Valerii discover a bountiful planet that can support human life. Indeed, it might be Kobol, the legendary "home of the gods." The discovery prompts Commander Adama to send a ground team to investigate; it also gives new life to President Roslin's belief that she is a tool of destiny and that this discovery, like her rapidly spreading cancer, is part of an ancient prophecy.

star 7.95
826 votes
Writers: Ronald D. Moore
Collaborators

#23 - Collaborators

Season 3 - Episode 5

Tyrol participates in the Circle, a secret tribunal on Galactica that tries and convicts in absentia those accused of collaborating with the Cylons during the Occupation.The death sentences--administered without the knowledge of Roslin or Adama--begin to weigh on Tyrol's conscience.Baltar faces a similar jury among the Cylons, who must decide whether he is allowed to stay with them.

star 7.93
690 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Mark Verheiden
Islanded in a Stream of Stars

#24 - Islanded in a Stream of Stars

Season 4 - Episode 18

The rebel Cylons and the Colonial humans react to Hera's kidnapping while the physical condition of the Galactica continues to deteriorate.

star 7.91
649 votes
Writers: Michael Taylor
Fragged

#25 - Fragged

Season 2 - Episode 3

Democracy is brought back to the fleet and soon with it come hardball politics and potentially deadly intrigue.

star 7.90
758 votes
Writers: Nicole Yorkin, Dawn Prestwich