When Stargate SG-1 launched in 1997, Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner envisioned a show that might last for two seasons, since that's what their contract with MGM stated.
Little did they know, the show they crafted to follow on from Roland Emmerich's 1994 film Stargate would turn into a mammoth production that would (briefly) hold the title for the longest running continuous science fiction television show in history.
After 214 episodes of Stargate SG-1, we have two live action spin-off shows (Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe), one dubious cartoon series (Stargate Infinity) and two direct to DVD-movies, The Ark Of Truth and Continuum. But while its legacy is secure, what about the very show that got this fictional universe rolling? How does it rank up amongst its own extensive catalogue of episodes? Which seasons were better than the others?
So, here are all ten seasons of Stargate SG-1, ranked from worst to best. Not that the worst are particularly bad, of course. It's still Stargate. Which is still awesome.
10. Season 8
It may seem strange to lump Season 8 all the way down at the shallow end of this list, but it really was less than the sum of it's parts. There are some individually great episodes in this season, but with Richard Dean Anderson now straddling the role of being the base commander and still sort-of-but-not-really the main character, there was no real focus to the season.
Icon and Zero Hour were both pretty good episodes with very different stories, but many of the other episodes for this season felt mish-mashed together and out of place. Full Alert and Citizen Joe (which is admittedly quite funny) are wildly different and don't fully lend the gravitas to what the season is supposedly building up to.
The conclusion to it was meant to be the destruction of both the Replicators and Anubis, bad guys who have dogged the SGC for a long time. But Anubis had already been defeated at the end of Season 7, so this was simply going over ground that was already trodden. Then the actual end of the season has a reasonably amusing time-travel story that seems to render itself pointless by the end of it. Which is just kind of weird.