I have watched a few random episodes of BSG here and there and really enjoyed it, but now I want to do it right. I want to go back to the start, and watch it all the way through.

I understand there is the main series, but have also heard of a mini-series, and movies etc. It makes me quite confused, and I have no idea of where to start and in what order I should watch. Can someone please clear this up for me, and give me a list of the entire viewing order?

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    And all of this has happened before, and will happen again. BSG is a closed time loop meta trap, and so you can pick up on any episode and watch it circuarly. But the catch is you can never stop watching the loop because otherwise you’ll miss out on the part of plot of it happening again. Commented Jan 4, 2022 at 12:54

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I've pulled this from a few forum posts and wikis

  • Mini-Series (2 parts)
    • ...
  • Season 1 (13 eps)
    • ...
  • Season 2 (20 eps)
    • ...
    • 2.17 the Captain's Hand
    • Razor (movie)
    • Razor Flashbacks (7 part web series)
    • 2.18 Downloaded
    • ...
  • The Resistance (10 part web series)
    • ...
  • Season 3 (20 eps)
    • ...
  • Season 4 (19 eps)
    • ...
    • 4.11 Sometimes a Great Nation
    • The Face of the Enemy (10 part web series)
    • 4.12 A Disquiet Follows My Soul
    • ...
    • 4.15 No Exit
    • The Plan (movie) *
    • 4.16 DeadLock
    • ...
    • 4.19 Daybreak (end of series)

(*) The Plan is technically a flash back of season 1&2 from the cylon POV (that was released after the end of the series) but many have suggested that due to it also explaining details about the final 5 it's best to watch it before or after "4.15 No Exit" which first exposes the history of the 5. My personal view is it works best after.

  • Alan! That's a great breakdown of where to start. Thanks.
    – Travis
    Commented May 20, 2011 at 15:50
  • Great answer! And thanks for putting the web series' in there too, I would not have known about those.
    – Adam Harte
    Commented May 20, 2011 at 23:34
  • 100% correct. Good job. (As for "The Plan", think of it as most definitely after the series in production and narrative order, but presented in flashback format. As opposed to being "part of" Seasons 1/2.) Commented May 21, 2011 at 0:33
  • I would not watch Razor in that location. I would watch it in air order, so after Season 3. It's not crucial to the plot to do so (except for a little Kara Thrace foreshadowing), but that's how its intended. And it doesn't exactly strain the imagination to watch it as a flashback. Interesting idea to move The Plan, though; I quite like that. Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 11:48
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    @Missouri Anyone who watches Caprica and/or Blood and Chrome first might not even make it to BSG because the quality in storytelling for both of those productions is so, so far below the main run of BSG. The BSG miniseries is already a 3-hour slog for many people (the miniseries is good, but not great, and a little bit slow), and now you want to put an entire season and another movie of mediocre-quality story before they get to the real meat? I highly disagree with this. Watch BSG first, and then if you need more, watch Caprica and/or Blood and Chrome - but I really don't recommend either.
    – Daniel
    Commented Oct 25, 2019 at 5:05

Hmm. It appears that the accepted answer on this page was largely taken from my Battlestar Galactica Viewing Order, which I created nearly four years ago :(

My episode order was the first to take into account all the BSG extras, like the web series, deleted scenes, extended episodes, etc. It was also the first to suggest placement of Razor and The Plan in the positions mentioned in the other answer. There was no other such list on the internet at the time.

My list was (and still is) the first result in Google if you search for "Battlestar Galactica viewing order". And two months prior to the other answer being posted, it was even featured on an episode of TekZilla.

It's surprising that my answer didn't come up in the other answerer's research, because if it did, I'd like to think he would have given credit where it was due... Hmm.

Anyway... here's almost all of my original blogpost. (The original viewing order is even longer -- if you're looking for the most comprehensive and spoiler-free guide on the internet, I'd recommend checking it out: Battlestar Galactica Viewing Order (No spoilers!))

Battlestar Galactica Viewing Order

The Miniseries

  • Night 1
  • Night 2

Season 1

  • 1.01 33
  • 1.02 Water
  • 1.03 Bastille Day
  • 1.04 Act of Contrition
  • 1.05 You Can't Go Home Again
  • 1.06 Litmus
  • 1.07 Six Degrees of Separation
  • 1.08 Flesh and Bone
  • 1.09 Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down
  • 1.10 The Hand of God
  • 1.11 Colonial Day
  • 1.12 Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I
  • 1.13 Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II

Season 2

  • 2.01 Scattered
  • 2.02 Valley of Darkness
  • 2.03 Fragged
  • 2.04 Resistance
  • 2.05 The Farm
  • 2.06 Home, Part I
  • 2.07 Home, Part II
  • 2.08 Final Cut
  • 2.09 Flight of the Phoenix
  • 2.10 Pegasus (56 minute extended version)
  • 2.11 Resurrection Ship, Part I
  • 2.12 Resurrection Ship, Part II
  • 2.13 Epiphanies
  • 2.14 Black Market
  • 2.15 Scar
  • 2.16 Sacrifice
  • 2.17 The Captain's Hand

Razor (101 minute extended version - not the 81 minute broadcast version) TV movie. If you have this on DVD or Bluray, you have the extended version.

Important note: This was originally broadcast just before Season 4, but chronologically it fits here, telling more of the Pegasus's story. Some people argue it's better to watch after Season 3, as originally broadcast, but it makes most sense to watch it here.

  • Optional: Razor Flashbacks

Note: This was billed as a "seven episode web series", but really they are just deleted scenes from the shorter broadcast version of Razor. In fact, most of these scenes are now reintegrated into the extended version of Razor (the one on DVD and Bluray), making what's left even more unessential.

  • 2.18 Downloaded
  • 2.19 Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I
  • 2.20 Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II

The Resistance A 10 episode web-based series bridging seasons 2 and 3. (25 mins.) This should be included on your DVDs/Blurays, but if it's not, and you're in the US, you can watch it here.

Season 3

  • 3.01 Occupation
  • 3.02 Precipice
  • 3.03 Exodus, Part I
  • 3.04 Exodus, Part II
  • 3.05 Collaborators
  • 3.06 Torn
  • 3.07 A Measure of Salvation
  • 3.08 Hero
  • 3.09 Unfinished Business (70 minute extended version)
  • 3.10 The Passage
  • 3.11 The Eye of Jupiter
  • 3.12 Rapture
  • 3.13 Taking a Break From All Your Worries
  • 3.14 The Woman King
  • 3.15 A Day in the Life
  • 3.16 Dirty Hands
  • 3.17 Maelstrom
  • 3.18 The Son Also Rises
  • 3.19 Crossroads, Part I
  • 3.20 Crossroads, Part II

Season 4

  • 4.01 He That Believeth In Me
  • 4.02 Six of One
  • 4.03 The Ties That Bind
  • 4.04 Escape Velocity
  • 4.05 The Road Less Traveled
  • 4.06 Faith
  • 4.07 Guess What's Coming to Dinner?
  • 4.08 Sine Qua Non
  • 4.09 The Hub
  • 4.10 Revelations

Season 4 Continued (aka "Season 4.5" or "The Final Season")

  • 4.11 Sometimes a Great Notion

The Face of the Enemy A 10 episode web-based series (although it plays together like an intense mini-episode). (36 mins.) These episodes have not been included on any DVD or Bluray releases :( I highly recommend you try and track them down as they add some important details to the continuing story.

  • 4.12 A Disquiet Follows My Soul (53 minute extended version)
  • 4.13 The Oath
  • 4.14 Blood on the Scales
  • 4.15 No Exit

The Plan (DVD/Bluray movie) A stand-alone movie that shows (approximately) the first two seasons from the Cylons' perspective. (You finally get to see "The Plan", mentioned all those times in the opening sequence!) Although The Plan was originally released after the show had finished, it is generally agreed that it should be watched here, so that everything is all tied up when you do reach the end.

  • 4.16 Deadlock
  • 4.17 Someone to Watch Over Me
  • 4.18 Islanded In a Stream of Stars (62 minute extended version - only on BluRay releases)
  • 4.19 Daybreak (150 minute extended version - only on BluRay releases)

Post BSG:

Caprica An entire TV series set 58 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica, and revealing the events surrounding the creation of the Cylons. (Although it's worth noting that you don't have to have seen BSG to watch Caprica... and some people have decided to watch this series first, even though it was produced after BSG had finished.)

Blood and Chrome This was potentially a whole new show at one stage, but it appears to be now just a stand-alone TV/web movie. The story follows the exploits of a young William Adama during the First Cylon War, and is considered a sequel to Caprica and a prequel to Battlestar Galactica.

As stated before, you can view this reading order in much more detail (and without spoilers) on my blog. Thanks.

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    I like the skeleton of your recommendations, but the details are uneccessary and overly complex.
    – Daniel
    Commented Oct 12, 2018 at 23:43
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    1. You don't need to leave out the ending of Razor. It fits in fine during Season 2. There are no spoilers. Everything revealed is mystical (seeming) mumbo-jumbo fortune telling that is encoded in symbolic language. A brand new viewer has no idea what, if any of Razor's ending is significant for the future. I've shown many new BSG viewers the entirety of Razor after S2E17 with no detrimental (read: spoiler) effects on their viewing experience. Seriously, try it the next time you screen the show with a new viewer.
    – Daniel
    Commented Oct 12, 2018 at 23:45
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    2. Related to Razor, you don't need to watch the Razor again, nor the last ten minutes, between Season 3 and 4. That would be silly and unbearably repetitive. It's much better when the new viewer organically and slowly pieces together the connections from "way back" in Season 2 to what is happening in Season 4. Watching Razor again before Season 4 is BIGGER "spoiler" in my opinion as it is a little to "on the nose" in terms of trying to highlight Starbuck's role. Watching all of Razor in Season 2 and leaving it there feels much more fluid and organic to the overall narrative.
    – Daniel
    Commented Oct 12, 2018 at 23:49
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    3. Nobody should EVER watch The Plan after the end of the show, not even optionally. It would be completely anti-climactic and really disrupts the overall flow of the story to watch it after the show. The Season 4 ending is such an emotional climax. The Plan, on the other hand, is very interesting, and narratively important, but not particularly good on its own. It's an important footnote, but it's a footnote that is best read and digested while the interest and tension in the show is still high.
    – Daniel
    Commented Oct 12, 2018 at 23:53
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    3 (cont.). Finishing the show WITHOUT The Plan is intellectually unsatisfying, because far too many story threads are left unresolved. Similarly, finishing the show by watching The Plan AFTER the Series Finale is EMOTIONALLY UNSATISFYING because you've already finished the emotional journey of the show and The Plan is just kind of meh. Putting The Plan after Episode 15 means you can finish the whole show 5 episodes later both emotionally AND intellectually satisfied. There is no other option.
    – Daniel
    Commented Oct 12, 2018 at 23:55

The easiest way to do it is to just get the DVDs or watch it through Netflix. If you get all the DVDs, they're in order.

The mini-series came first, then the series.

Aside from that, there are two movies, "Razor" and "The Plan." "Razor" comes after season 3 and before season 4. I suppose one could make justifications for it coming at other times, but that's also the time when it was originally aired.

"The Plan" is best to wait until afterwards. It's essentially a re-telling of many of the events from the Cylon point of view. Personally, I don't feel it added much to the series, but that's just my opinion.

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    I kept waiting for some revelation or interesting thing to come out of "The Plan" but it was just a clip show, really.
    – geoffc
    Commented May 20, 2011 at 14:28
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    The Plan was a huge let-down IMO, it's really hap-hazard and kind of low-quality. Commented May 20, 2011 at 14:29
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    I think the only thing "The Plan" added to the whole story came out in the conversation between the two characters that were about to be executed.
    – Tango
    Commented May 20, 2011 at 15:09
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    "The Plan" made the cylons look like total idiots and screw ups.
    – Tangurena
    Commented May 20, 2011 at 16:16
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    @Tangurena: Well... they were. Anyway, IMO, the best part of The Plan was the invasion sequence. Whoo! Commented May 21, 2011 at 0:35

Battlestar Galactica Viewing Order

Complete & Simplified

Note: The following viewing order is fundamentally the same as both answers above, just with cleaner formatting, and without any superfluous notes and explanations. It is intended for a first-time viewer who cannot and does not need to know or debate the finer points of why a certain viewing order is preferred. If you are interested in that nitty-gritty detail and discussion, then feel free to consult the more detailed answer above, and the many, many comments throughout, but BEWARE: SPOILERS ABOUND.
There are no spoilers in this viewing order.

BSG Series Viewing Order Begins

  1. Miniseries (parts 1 and 2)
  2. Season 1, Episodes 1 - 13 (33 through Kobol's Last Gleaming, parts 1 and 2)
  3. Season 2, Episodes 1 - 9 (Scattered through Flight of the Phoenix)
  4. Season 2, Episode 10 (Pegasus, extended version)
  5. Season 2, Episodes 11 - 17 (Resurrection Ship, parts 1 and 2 through The Captain's Hand)
  6. Razor (extended version)
  7. Season 2, Episodes 18 - 20 (Downloaded through Lay Down Your Burdens)
  8. The Resistance (ten webisodes, 30-minute total runtime)
  9. Season 3, Episodes 1 - 8 (Occupation through Hero)
  10. Season 3, Episode 9 (Unfinished Business, extended version)
  11. Season 3, Episodes 10 - 20 (The Passage through Crossroads, parts 1 and 2)
  12. Season 4, Episodes 1 - 11 (He That Believeth in Me through Sometimes a Great Notion)
  13. The Face of the Enemy (ten webisodes, 30-minute total runtime)
  14. Season 4, Episode 12 (A Disquiet Follows My Soul, extended version)
  15. Season 4, Episodes 13 - 15 (The Oath through No Exit)
  16. The Plan
  17. Season 4, Episodes 16 - 17 (Deadlock through Someone to Watch over Me)
  18. Season 4, Episode 18 ((Islanded in a Stream of Stars, extended version)
  19. Season 4, Series Finale, Episode 19 - 21 (Daybreak, parts 1 through 3, extended versions)

BSG Series Viewing Order Ends

Notes for streaming services and other versions:
* Updated for 2023: BSG is no longer available for streaming anywhere that I know of, but is still available as a downloadable purchase in a few places. The following notes may be applicable and helpful for downloadable versions or if the show ever pops up on streaming again.
* Some download/streaming services might combine the miniseries into one part - which is fine.
* Some download/streaming services might combine S03E01 and S03E02 into one part - which is fine, but then it does shift all the episode numbers down by one.
* Some download/streaming services might combine S04E19, S04E20, and S03E21 into one part, or recombine them into two parts - which is fine.
* Some download/streaming services list Razor as Episodes 1 and 2 of Season 4, and then the real Episode 1 (in terms of story) and the direct continuation to the cliffhanger ending of S03E20 becomes Episode 3 of Season 4. This is because Razor was produced as the first part of Season 4's production budget, however, it chronologically belongs in Season 2 and storywise it fits perfectly there.
* Some download/streaming services have alternatively listed Razor at the end of Season 3 instead of at the beginning of Season 4, or as a separate movie.
* Some download/streaming services list The Plan at the end of Season 4 instead of as a separate movie.
* Most download/streaming services don't have The Resistance and The Face of the Enemy webisodes at all, nor the extended versions of Razor, nor the extended versions of episodes S02E10, S03E09, S04E12, S04E18, and S04E19-E21. You will have to search some or all of these out if you want the complete story. I've heard that the SyFy streaming service does have the extended versions, but then you also have to deal with the joy of commercials. The best way to get all the available media is by buying the Blu-ray boxsets, but beware that some versions of the boxsets don't have The Plan and unfortunately no versions (except an obscure Japanese release) have The Face of the Enemy. You may have to turn to less savory or more "grey" areas to find some versions. The webisodes, for example, are commonly available on video-sharing websites like youtube.com or dailymotion.com.
* You may find extended versions alternately listed as "Director's Cut", "Unrated" version, or "Uncut" version.
* You may find The Resistance and The Face of the Enemy webisodes in the original release format of ten 3-minute webisodes, or as one 30-minute presentation.

  • Hi there! Could you maybe edit in why this is the order you'd choose?
    – Jenayah
    Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 0:15
  • @Jenayah This is effectively the same order the first two answers suggest. I've only made it shorter, more streamlined, and a little less confusing. I've removed the elipses from the first answer and removed the options and explanations from the second answer. For more insight into my thought processes you can read the comments that I made below the first and second answers. There's basically only two accepted orders in which to watch the show: 1. the broadcast order (meh), 2. the order I've posted above (which is what the other two answers also posted plus some inconsequential details)
    – Daniel
    Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 0:29
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    -1; this is in no way superior to any of the already posted answers. Stripping out the reasoning is not an improvement.
    – T.J.L.
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 20:26
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    My perspective on this is that the list is for a brand new viewer that has no idea where to start or what to watch or in what order. My list's improvement in comparison to the other two answers is a mixture of improving formatting and streamlining content to make it easier and more clear for a newcomer to understand and follow. My answer in terms of content is actually very similar to the highest rated answer, but I find the excessive use of ellipses to be a little confusing and busy on the eyes, not to mention lacking in clarity.
    – Daniel
    Commented Nov 27, 2018 at 4:29
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    The top post improperly uses ellipses which makes it difficult for me to understand. Maybe it's just my Asperger's, but I'm glad for this version and and keeping it up in another tab as I watch, so thank you @Daniel I'm not much involved in this SE—so I don't know the rules—but in other SE's you can edit another answer in order to improve the grammar or formatting (both of which applies to the problems in the top answer). Commented Feb 4, 2021 at 23:37

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