In 1994, the sci-fi action movie, Stargate arrived in cinemas. The movie, which starred Kurt Russell, James Spader and Jaye Davidson, told the story of an ancient and mysterious gateway, that could open up a wormhole to all different corners of the universe.
Stargate boasted an interesting central premise, good special effects, as well as a strong cast, but it received mixed reviews from critics. As such, any thoughts about developing a sequel were quickly put to bed, and for a brief period of time it looked as if Stargate was to become a ‘one-and-done’ story.
But Stargate wasn’t abandoned so quickly, instead, the story was reworked into a television series – taking the premise of the movie and expanding it to fit the format of a weekly show. And that show – Stargate SG-1 – quickly became a big success, which in turn spawned various spin-off series and movies, which made Stargate one of the most successful sci-fi properties of the 1990s and 2000s.
But if you’re new to Stargate, how do you get into the mythology? What are all the shows and movies you need to watch, and what is the best viewing order?
In this post I am taking a look at Stargate, to explain the best way to watch the movies and television shows in order. I will set out a simple-to-follow list of all the key content you need to check out, so that you can navigate your way through the Stargate with ease!
Now, before I provide a list, let me first offer a brief rundown of all the key shows and movies you need to be aware of. This will help contextualise the Stargate mythology and allow you to gauge how much content you need to work through.
As noted above, Stargate began life as a movie in 1994. The movie was then followed by the first season of Stargate SG-1 in 1997/1998.
Stargate SG-1 was conceived as a continuation of the original film, albeit with new actors taking on the lead roles. This continuation proved popular with audiences and the show remained on air, with Seasons Two, Three, Four, Five, Six and Seven following between 1998 and 2004.
In late 2004, from Season Eight onward, Stargate SG-1 was then joined by a spin-off show, Stargate Atlantis. Both shows aired concurrently as Stargate SG-1 worked its way through Seasons Eight, Nine and Ten, and Stargate Atlantis worked through Seasons One, Two and Three.
In 2007, after ten seasons, Stargate SG-1 came to an end, but this wasn’t quite the end of the SG-1 journey. The following year, the show was revived and concluded via two television movies – Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum.
Meanwhile, Stargate Atlantis remained on air for two additional seasons, concluding with Season Five in 2009. It was then followed by a new spin-off show, Stargate: Universe, which aired two seasons between 2009 and 2011.
Although this seemed like the end of the Stargate story, the mythology was revived in 2018 for a new web series. The series – Stargate Origins – acted as a prequel to all of the movies and TV shows that had come before, and detailed events at the very beginning of the timeline.
OK, so that is an explanation of the shows/movies, now let’s put everything in order…
How to watch Stargate in chronological order
Below is a list of all the Stargate movies and TV shows in chronological order. This order starts at the very beginning of the timeline, with Stargate Origins (set in 1939) as the first entry, followed by Stargate (largely set in 1994) as the second entry, and so on.
While this list does its very best to put everything into chronological order, it should be noted that there will be a few blips along the way. This is because some seasons of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis aired at the same time, so the events of some seasons do overlap. Where overlapping occurs, I have placed the seasons in the best viewing order possible.
The Stargate timeline viewing order:
- Stargate Origins (2018) – Web series
- Stargate (1994) – Movie
- Stargate SG-1: Season One (1997 – 1998) – TV series
- Stargate SG-1: Season Two (1998 – 1999) – TV series
- Stargate SG-1: Season Three (1999 – 2000) – TV series
- Stargate SG-1: Season Four (2000 – 2001) – TV series
- Stargate SG-1: Season Five (2001 – 2002) – TV series
- Stargate SG-1: Season Six (2002 – 2003) – TV series
- Stargate SG-1: Season Seven (2003 – 2004) – TV series
- Stargate SG-1: Season Eight (2004 – 2005) – TV series
- Stargate Atlantis: Season One (2004 – 2005) – TV series
- Stargate SG-1: Season Nine (2005 – 2006) – TV series
- Stargate Atlantis: Season Two (2005 – 2006) – TV series
- Stargate SG-1: Season Ten (2006 – 2007) – TV series
- Stargate Atlantis: Season Three (2006 – 2007) – TV series
- Stargate: The Ark of Truth (2008) – Movie*
- Stargate: Continuum (2008) – Movie
- Stargate Atlantis: Season Four (2007 – 2008) – TV series
- Stargate Atlantis: Season Five (2008 – 2009) – TV series
- Stargate Universe: Season One (2009 – 2010) – TV series
- Stargate Universe: Season Two (2010 – 2011) – TV series
*Please note: Stargate: The Ark of Truth takes place directly after the events of the Stargate SG-1 Season Ten finale, but before the events of the Stargate Atlantis Season Three finale.
In addition to the above list, there are two Stargate anomalies which I need to draw your attention to. These anomalies concern Stargate: Children of the Gods: Final Cut and Stargate Infinity.
Stargate: Children of the Gods: Final Cut is a DVD movie, released in 2009. This movie does not appear on the above list as it is in essence a recut of the pilot episode of Stargate SG-1, albeit with new visual effects and some additional scenes.
As for Stargate Infinity, this is an animated show set in the future (long after the events of Stargate Universe). The show is not considered canon, is largely ignored by fans, and is for Stargate completists only.
If you work your way through the Stargate timeline, and become a fan of the mythology (especially the Stargate SG-1 mythology) then you may wish to check out Stargate: Children of the Gods, which is available on DVD.
As noted above, this is a revised cut of the pilot episode of SG-1 and presents a slightly different take on the original material.
Thank you for stopping by It’s A Stampede! to read this post about the best viewing order of the Stargate movies and television shows – I hope you found it useful. For more classic TV content, be sure to check out the recommended reads below, where you will find details about other great shows!
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