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.
#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.
#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.
#3 - Pegasus
Season 2 - Episode 10
Battlestar Galactica was not the only Battlestar to have survived the cylon attack, The Battlestar Pegasus also survived.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#16 - The Hub
Season 4 - Episode 9
Colonial Viper pilots plan an attack on the Resurrection Hub with their Cylon rebel allies.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#25 - Fragged
Season 2 - Episode 3
Democracy is brought back to the fleet and soon with it come hardball politics and potentially deadly intrigue.