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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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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 May 20 '11 at 15:50
  • Great answer! And thanks for putting the web series' in there too, I would not have known about those. – Adam Harte May 20 '11 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.) – Lightness Races in Orbit May 21 '11 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. – Lightness Races in Orbit Sep 8 '15 at 11:48
  • Just a warning, The Plan hints pretty blatantly whom the last of the original five Cylons is. At episode 15 of season 4 you will not know who this is. Whether or not that is a spoiler will be at your own discretion but taking this viewing order in advice I probably would not recommend The Plan until much later in season 4 or entirely after it. – Jared Dec 14 '15 at 1:32
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It appears that another answer on this page was largely "inspired" by the Battlestar Galactica Viewing Order I created nearly four years ago.

That episode order was actually 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". Two months prior to the other answer being posted, it was so well known that it was even featured on an episode of TekZilla.

But clearly my blog 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.

Anyways, 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. Read here for instructions on how to avoid the unintentional spoilers in Razor..

  • 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. (Read more about these deleted scenes here.)

  • 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 - Note: Not included on Region 2 DVDs, but is included on ALL Bluray releases.)
  • 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

Razor: Yes, this again. (Well this is where Razor was originally broadcast, after all.) Watch the last 10 minutes of Razor here. (Read here more information on what moments I'm talking about.)

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, but if you live in the US you can view them for free on Hulu.com.

  • 4.12 A Disquiet Follows My Soul (53 minute extended version - only on Bluray releases)
  • 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)

The Plan : This is where this DVD/Bluray movie was originally released (after the show had finished). It seems universally agreed that it's preferable to watch this after No Exit, instead of after you've finished the entire series, but there's no harm in waiting until now.


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 Oct 12 '18 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 Oct 12 '18 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 Oct 12 '18 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 Oct 12 '18 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 Oct 12 '18 at 23:55
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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 May 20 '11 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. – Mark Rogers May 20 '11 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 May 20 '11 at 15:09
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    "The Plan" made the cylons look like total idiots and screw ups. – Tangurena May 20 '11 at 16:16
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    @Tangurena: Well... they were. Anyway, IMO, the best part of The Plan was the invasion sequence. Whoo! – Lightness Races in Orbit May 21 '11 at 0:35
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  1. Miniseries (2 parts)
  2. Season 1, Episodes 1 - 13
  3. Season 2, Episodes 1 - 9
  4. Season 2, Episode 10 (Extended version)
  5. Season 2, Episodes 11 - 17
  6. Razor (Extended version)
  7. Season 2, Episodes 18 - 20
  8. The Resistance
  9. Season 3, Episodes 1 - 8
  10. Season 3, Episode 9 (Extended version)
  11. Season 3, Episodes 10 - 20
  12. Season 4, Episodes 1 - 11
  13. The Face of the Enemy
  14. Season 4, Episode 12 (Extended version)
  15. Season 4, Episodes 13 - 15
  16. The Plan
  17. Season 4, Episodes 16 - 17
  18. Season 4, Episode 18 (Extended version)
  19. Season 4, Series Finale, Episode 19 - 20 (Extended version)

Notes for streaming services:
* Some streaming services might combine the miniseries into one part - which is fine.
* Some 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 streaming services might combine S03E19 and S03E20 into one part, or split them into three parts - which is fine.
* Most streaming services don't have the extended versions of episodes S02E10, S03E09, S04E12, S04E18, and S04E19-E20, nor The Resistance and The Face of the Enemy webisodes. You will have to search these out if you want the complete story.
* Some streaming services list Razor as Episodes 1 and 2 of Season 4, and then the real Episode 1 (in terms of story) becomes Episode 3. This is because Razor was produced as the first part of Season 4's production budget, however, it chronologically belongs in Season 4 and fits perfectly there.

  • Hi there! Could you maybe edit in why this is the order you'd choose? – Jenayah Oct 13 '18 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 Oct 13 '18 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. Nov 26 '18 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 Nov 27 '18 at 4:29
  • Why do you even need ellipses after the Mini-series or Season 1 for instance? It's just clutter and wasted space. Also, there is a lack of clear starting and ending points. For example, for season 2 my directions are to watch episodes 1 through 9, watch an extended version of episode 10, watch episodes 11 through 17, watch Razor, then watch episodes 18 through 20. There's no way anyone would misunderstand those clear, well-defined steps. – Daniel Nov 27 '18 at 4:31

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