Galactica 1980 was a science fiction television series that ran for 10 episodes on ABC. The show was developed following a strong outpouring of support by fans after the cancellation of the original Battlestar Galactica. ABC responded positively to a letter-writing campaign by fans, a novelty at the time, and restored the show with an eye on lowering production costs. The series was set three decades after the conclusion of the original series and initially embraced time travel, a concept that was quickly scrapped but later reused on the highly popular Quantum Leap.
Despite running for just 10 episodes, Galactica 1980 played an important role in the development of an enduring cult following for the Battlestar Galactica franchise, particularly after the episodes were rolled into the original series’ syndication package. In fact, the original DVD release for the series described Galactica 1980 as the final season of the first series.
Battlestar Galactica returned to television as a miniseries in 2003, the popularity of which resulted in a 2004 series in that aired for 75 episodes over four seasons.