[[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.

The show follows John Crichton, 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!]]) John 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. Similar to their Canadian and British counterparts (''Series/{{Lexx}}'' and ''Series/RedDwarf''), 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 [[{{Dominatrix}} fetish shops]]. It was also known for its tendency to use stock sci-fi plots, but then avert the ResetButton and ForgottenFallenFriend in order to [[BreakTheCutie turn the screws on the characters even more]] - the most notable example perhaps being [[Recap/FarscapeS03E06EatMe "Eat Me"]], where all the crew are [[ExpendableClone cloned and all the clones conveniently die before the end of the episode...]] except one, leaving them with two copies of a main character for the whole of the next season. It also felt free to [[AnyoneCanDie kill off main characters]], and only a few survived the full series.

The Jim Henson Company went all out in designing [[StarfishAliens non-bipedal]] 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 strong resemblance to the older show's BigBad Servalan. The fact that Riggs is an avowed fan of ''[=B7=]'' doesn't hurt.

!!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!"''