Stargate SG-1 (often abbreviated simply SG-1) is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate television franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is based on the 1994 science fiction film of the same name by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The television series was filmed in and around the city of Vancouver, Canada. The series premiered on Showtime premium cable network 27 July 1997; the final episode first aired on Sky1 13 March 2007. With 214 episodes over ten seasons, Stargate SG-1 had surpassed The X-Files as the longest-running North American science fiction television series. This has since been surpassed by the series Smallville with its 218 episodes.
The story of Stargate SG-1 begins about a year after the events of the feature film, when the United States government learns that an ancient alien device called the Stargate device which can access a network of such devices on a multitude of planets. SG-1 is an elite United States Air Force special operations team, one of about 20 teams from Earth who explore the galaxy and defend against alien threats such as the Goa'uld, the Replicators and the Ori. The series draws upon Egyptian and Norse mythology and Arthurian legend. The show also occasionally references and does parodies of the extremely influential Star Trek franchise as well.
The series was a ratings success for its first-run broadcasters and in syndication, and was particularly popular in Europe and Australia. Stargate SG-1 was honored with numerous awards and award nominations in its ten-season run. It also spawned the animated television series Stargate Infinity, the live-action spin-off TV series Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe and the direct-to-DVD films Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum.
- One of the line producers of the show worked with Ryan Stiles back during his Second City improv years.
- Wayne Brady guest-starred on the show once in a rare villainous performance.