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Battlestar Galactica is a science-fiction franchise created by Glen A. Larson, which began in 1978 with the eponymous TV series. By the 21st century, it includes two TV series, two spin-off TV series, TV movies, two film movies (three if you count the original being re-edited for movie release), comic books, tie-in books for both TV series, a board game, and video games.

Titles in the franchise include:

Recurrent tropes in the franchise:

  • Space Cossacks: In both the 1978 and 2003 versions, the remnants of the Twelve Colonies flee to Earth in a rag-tag space fleet who Survived the Beginning. On one occasion, the fleet has to ration supplies because resources are extremely scarce when you are running from a Robot Empire.
  • Survived the Beginning:
  • Truce Trickery:
    • Battlestar Galactica (1978) opens with the Twelve Colonies celebrating a peace agreement between themselves and the Cylons, only for the Cylons to suddenly attack amidst the celebrations, killing most of humanity.
    • Battlestar Galactica (2003): The Cylons have had a peace treaty with the Twelve Colonies for forty years, but without warning they launch a massive attack that kills all but a few tens of thousands of humans who escape on ships.