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Stargate SG-1 (popularly abbreviated as SG1 or SG-1) is a television series based upon the 1994 science fiction movie Stargate. MGM owns and licenses the show. The first episode was broadcast on July 27, 1997 on Showtime, which aired the series' first five seasons. Seasons six, seven, and eight were awarded to the SciFi Channel. During the eighth season (2004) the SciFi Channel began airing the first season of the spinoff series Stargate Atlantis. In November 2004, the SciFi channel announced that it would renew SG-1 for a ninth season, although none of the original cast members had yet signed contracts. Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge and Amanda Tapping all returned; however Richard Dean Anderson's character, Jack O'Neill, would not be a regular as (as rumoured) O'Neill will be promoted again to replace General George Hammond's position in The Pentagon. This tied SG-1 with The X-Files as the longest-running sci-fi drama series on American television. Unlike sci-fi franchises such as Star Trek or Babylon 5, SG-1 is set in the present day.

The series follows the adventures of four explorers designated as SG-1, who use an alien artifact called a 'Stargate' to travel the vast distances between planets, operating under the aegis of the United States government. The very existence of the Stargate Command and all of its activities are covert and SCI-classified ("Sensitive Compartmented Information").

The four original members of SG-1 were Colonel Jonathan "Jack" O'Neill, Captain Samantha "Sam" Carter, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Teal'c, an alien Jaffa. In season three Carter was promoted to major. For season six, Jackson was replaced by Jonas Quinn, an alien human, but Jackson returned to the show for season seven.

Originally led by Major General George Hammond, Stargate Command is based out of Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado. The U.S. Air Force is in direct charge of the Stargate program, although from early on there was at least one SG team comprised of U.S. Marines. In later seasons there was considerable participation in the Stargate program by civilians and non-Americans, including at least one Russian SG team.

At the end of season seven, Hammond was promoted to Lieutenant General and reassigned to the "Office of Homeworld Security" in the Pentagon. Dr. Elizabeth Weir assumed temporary command of the SGC, after which she was reassigned to the Antarctic base and, subsequently, as leader of the "Atlantis" mission (See Stargate Atlantis). O'Neill was promoted to Brigadier General and he in turn promoted Carter to Lieutenant Colonel and team leader of SG-1.

(For season nine, General Hank Landry replaces O'Neill as commander of the SGC, Dr. Carolyn Lam replaces Brightman and Fraiser as Chief Medical Officer, and Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell will be the new CO of SG-1 for at least the first 5-6 episodes.)

One of the most endearing qualities of Stargate SG-1 is that it takes place in the present day. Humans, as depicted in the series, are technologically behind some the alien races the Stargate teams have met, but are rapidly gaining the ability to fight, defend, and benefit from the advances they have been exposed to in both significant and material ways.

The primary goal of the SG teams is to travel to other worlds through the Stargate and procure alien technology to help defend Earth against the Goa'uld, who became aware of the planet's now relatively advanced civilization after the recovery of Earth's Stargate and the subsequent destruction of Ra, the supreme Goa'uld System Lord (the events depicted in the 1994 movie). The Stargate teams were frustrated in initial efforts to acquire advanced technology to fight the Goa'uld from more advanced species and offshoots of humanity. Three attempts were made to reverse-engineer alien technology and build its own starships, leading to the production of the F-302 and BC-303 models.

Stargate SG-1 is notable for featuring many characters from other prominent science fiction series as guest stars on its show. These included Jolene Blalock (Star Trek: Enterprise), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager), and Claudia Black (Farscape). This trend extends to Atlantis, which featured Colm Meaney (Star Trek: The Next Generation), as well as Robert Patrick and Mitch Pileggi (both of The X-Files). The recent incorporation of Ben Browder (Farscape) as a regular character further cements this trend.

The show remains popular despite entering its ninth season on the air. TV Guide recently proposed that its popularity may be exceeding that of the Star Trek franchise. Stargate SG-1 continues to break records in terms of Nielsen Ratings for the Sci-Fi channel, while the eighth season two-part episode "Reckoning" was widely regarded by fans as one of the five best in the show's history. Although Richard Dean Anderson will be departing the show as a regular in season nine, he will appear in the first and third episodes of that season and has left the door open for future appearances.

The USAF cooperates closely with the makers of the program. Two successive Chiefs of Staff of the USAF, Generals Michael E. Ryan and John P. Jumper, have appeared in the show, playing themselves. Ryan appeared in the episode "Prodigy" (4x19) because of his fascination with science fiction, especially space exploration. Jumper made a cameo appearance in "Lost City" (7x22), the episode that was originally slated to be the show's last. The Air Force Association recognized Richard Dean Anderson at its 57th annual dinner on September 14, 2004 for his work as actor and executive producer of the show and "for the show's continuous positive depiction of the Air Force."

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Premiere July 27, 1997
Network SciFi
Format/Time Color / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
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Peter Williams....   Apophis (22 episodes)
Ben Browder....   Cameron Mitchell (2005 -)
Michael Shanks....   Dr. Daniel Jackson (1997-2002, 2003 -)
Don S. Davis....   George Hammond (1997-2004)
Beau Bridges....   Hank Landry (2005 -)
Richard Dean Anderson....   Jack O'Neil (1997-2005)
Carmen Argenziano....   Jacob Carter/Selmak / General Jacob Carter (26 episodes)
Corin Nemec....   Jonas Quinn (2002-2003)
Amanda Tapping....   Samantha "Sam" Carter
Dan Shea....   Sgt. Siler / O'Neill Alternate (37 episodes)
Gary Jones....   Sgt. Walter Harriman (81 episodes)
Christopher Judge....   Teal'c

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