[[caption-width-right:350:Exploring the frelling Frontier.[[note]]From left to right: Bialar Crais, Rygel, Chiana, Zhaan, Aeryn Sun, John Crichton, D'Argo.[[/note]] ]]

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->''"Iím Butch. ''(at Aeryn)'' This is Sundance. We're the Hole in the Sky gang."''
-->--'''John''', "Till The Blood Runs Clear"

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->"''If ''Star Wars'' and ''Red Dwarf'' had a baby, and then that baby ran off to join the circus, that's ''Farscape''.''"
-->-- '''{{Website/SFDebris}}''' gives the greatest description of the show possible

'''''Farscape''''', co-created by Rockne O'Bannon and Brian Henson (son of [[Creator/JimHenson Jim]]), was the flagship show of SciFiChannel from 1999-2003. Production took place in {{UsefulNotes/Sydney}} to take advantage of lower costs. As a result, nearly the entire cast hails from Australia and UsefulNotes/NewZealand, with the exception of All-American Ben Browder. Several of the aliens went far beyond RubberForeheadAliens into the realm of StarfishAliens, thanks to puppets and animatronics created by the Jim Henson Creature Shop.

The story follows John Crichton, a hapless astronaut who winds up stranded in a distant galaxy aboard a ship -- a '''LIVING''' ship! -- named Moya. While en route to Earth, John and the crew -- including disgraced stormtrooper Aeryn Sun, proud warrior D'argo, destitute king Rygel, space punk Chiana, vegetable-based mystic Zhaan, deranged soul-ferryman Stark, and the symbiotic, appropriately-named [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Pilot]] -- find themselves the target of both sides in a war between the Peacekeeper [[LawfulEvil military complex]] and Scarran [[AlwaysChaoticEvil marauders]]. Meanwhile, John is looking less the plucky human these days and more like a [[BreakTheCutie shellshocked anti-hero on the edge of sanity]].

At the end of the day, the half-mad (and so [[HumanityIsInsane half-sane!]]) John is able to save everyone because he's [[AchievementsInIgnorance the most deficient of all the species aboard]].

Pitched as a madcap and [[HotterAndSexier subversive]] take on the genre (much like its Canadian and British counterparts, ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' and ''Series/RedDwarf''), ''Farscape'' became heavily serialized in Season Two, coinciding with the sharp turn into '[[GrowingTheBeard gritty war drama]]'. Even at its darkest, the show gleefully skewered the sci-fi tropes of its time, and has been referred to as the "[[ThisIsyourPremiseOnDrugs anti-]]''Franchise/StarTrek''": Our heroes tended to have more [[DysfunctionJunction sordid backgrounds]] and bad habits than usual, and the clean, well-dressed military served as the antagonist. Actions had consequences, poor judgments were [[strike:[[PlethoraOfMistakes always]]]] often made...and in a bad situation, the seediest option [[BlackAndGrayMorality was often the correct one.]]

The series is also notorious for its mantra of DeathIsCheap, to the point where John Crichton expired [[TheyKilledKenny no less than seven times]] (not counting numerous deaths in [[AlternateUniverse parallel worlds]]).

The premise of ''Farscape'' bears some resemblance to the '70s British series ''[[Series/BlakesSeven Blake's 7]]''. ''B7'' fans see the character of Grayza as an acknowledgment of this, judging by her strong resemblance to Servalan, ''B7'''s own BigBad. The fact that actress Rebecca Riggs is an avowed fan of ''B7'' doesn't hurt.

Cancelled abruptly in 2002, ''Farscape'' was later resurrected for a two-part miniseries, ''The Peacekeeper Wars''. It resolved the "KillEmAll" cliffhanger from Season Four and gave fans [[WrapItUp a condensed version]] of the planned plot for Season Five. O'Bannon has also recently stated that he has had some discussions with the Henson company about a potential film revival, but nothing's come of it as of yet.

In 2008, BOOM! Studios started publishing ongoing -- and canonical -- ''Farscape'' comics, from stories written by Rockne O'Bannon and scripted by Keith R.A. [=DeCandido=] and [[Literature/StarTrekDestiny David Allan Mack]]. There were two ongoing series set post-''Peacekeeper Wars'', one following Moya's crew (''Farscape'') and one following Scorpius (''Farscape: Scorpius''). The latter has since merged into the mainline comics as of the ''War for the Uncharted Territories'' storyline, soon to be followed by a pre-''PKW'' series following D'Argo.

This series has its own [[Recap/{{Farscape}} recaps]] page.
* Farscape/TropesAToC
* Farscape/TropesDToG
* Farscape/TropesHToN
* Farscape/TropesOToZ
-->''"Frell me dead!"''