[[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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->''"Boy, was Spielberg ever wrong. 'Close Encounters' my ass."''
-->-- '''John'''

''Farscape'', co-created by Rockne O'Bannon (''Series/SeaquestDSV'') and Brian Henson (son of [[Creator/JimHenson Jim]]), is an [[{{UsefulNotes/Australia}} Australian]] {{space opera}}. Originally airing on the Creator/NineNetwork, it became the flagship show on [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] from 2000-2003.

It follows John Crichton (Ben Browder), a [[SpaceMadness space-happy]] astronaut who finds himself stranded aboard a ship ("a '''[[SapientShip LIVING]]''' ship!") full of alien ex-cons. While en route to Earth, John and the crew find themselves targeted by both sides in an intergalactic war. At the end of the day, the half-mad and therefore [[HumanityIsInsane half-sane]] Crichton is able to save everyone because he's [[AchievementsInIgnorance the most deficient of all the species aboard]].

It was compelling for viewers of that time because of the adult themes. Our "heroes" had more [[DysfunctionJunction sordid backgrounds and bad habits]] than usual, and the clean, well-dressed military served as the antagonist. Crichton (a pacifist who would get his ass kicked constantly) would often quibble over the "right" way to do things, but he [[BlackAndGrayMorality turned out to be wrong]] as often as not. To say nothing of the costumes: Whereas ''Franchise/StarTrek'' at times looked like they robbed a fabric store, ''Farscape'' went looking in actual fetish shops. War Minister Ahkna's boots were bought from such a store.

The Jim Henson Company went all out in designing [[StarfishAliens non-biped]] aliens, right down to the four-armed and [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep appropriately named]] Pilot. While stupidly expensive, the puppeteering allowed them to do things that even modern sci-fi can't. There are plenty of scenes with the crew hugging Pilot, climbing on him or even [[GoodThingYouCanHeal slightly dismembering him]] that couldn't be done with CGI.

The premise of ''Farscape'' bears some resemblance to the '70s British series ''[[Series/BlakesSeven Blake's 7]]''. ''[=B7=]'' fans see the character of Grayza (Rebecca Riggs) as an acknowledgment of it, judging by her resemblance to the old show's BigBad Servalan. The fact that Riggs is an avowed fan of ''[=B7=]'' doesn't hurt. There is also some common ground with ''Guardians of the Galaxy'', which is why Browder can be seen painted gold and doing his [[FakeBrit "Peacekeeper" voice]] in the [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 sequel]].

!!Tie-ins and Possible Reboot
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!"''