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[[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"

'''''Farscape''''', co-created by Rockne O'Bannon and Brian Henson (son of [[Creator/JimHenson Jim]]), was the flagship show of [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] 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 test pilot who winds up stranded in a distant galaxy aboard a ship ("a '''[[SapientShip LIVING]]''' ship!") named Moya. While en route back 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 Scarran [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Imperium]] and the Peacekeeper [[LawfulEvil military complex]]. Meanwhile, John is less a plucky astronaut these days and more like a [[BreakTheCutie shell-shocked marine 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 take on the genre (much like its Canadian and British counterparts, ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' and ''Series/RedDwarf''), ''Farscape'' became heavily [[ContinuityCreep serialized]] in Season Two, which coincided with the sharp turn into '[[GrowingTheBeard gritty war drama]]'. Even in the darkest moments, the show gleefully skewered the sci-fi tropes of its time, to the point that it was nick-named the "[[ThisIsyourPremiseOnDrugs anti-]]''Star Trek''": Our heroes tend to have [[DysfunctionJunction sordid backgrounds]] and more bad habits than usual, whereas the clean, well-dressed military is the antagonist. Actions have consequences, poor judgments are ''[[PlethoraOfMistakes often]]'' made...and in a bad situation, the seedy option is [[BlackAndGrayMorality often the correct one.]]

The series is notorious for its mantra of DeathIsCheap, to the extent where John Crichton expires [[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.

!!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.
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* Farscape/TropesAToC
* Farscape/TropesDToG
* Farscape/TropesHToN
* Farscape/TropesOToZ
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-->''"Frell me dead!"''