How to watch Stargate in order

Escape across the galaxy with this cherished sci-fi saga.

Stargate SG-1 cast photo (season two)

From its relatively humble beginnings as a modestly successful ’90s film, Stargate ultimately became a huge franchise in its own right spanning multiple popular television shows.

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With hours of entertainment to get stuck into and a passionate fanbase that remains active to this day, sci-fi fans could well find their next binge watch in this sprawling saga.

But where to begin? RadioTimes.com has broken down the two easiest ways of getting hooked into Stargate, by following either the order of release or the chronological timeline of the universe.

How to watch Stargate in release order

Stargate kicked off in 1994, with the cult favourite sci-fi movie of the same name, starring screen icons Kurt Russell (Fast & Furious) and James Spader (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

A few years later, the series moved into the television space with Stargate SG-1 which proved to be a huge hit, running for almost a decade and spawning more than 200 episodes.

Atlantis came on the air during the same time, which causes some debate among fans over the correct chronological order to watch the series (see next section), while Universe is the most recent full-length Stargate series.

The franchise did make a brief return in 2018 in the form of Stargate Origins, a web show comprised of 10-minute instalments, which was later compiled into a feature-length version.

  1. Stargate (1994 film)
  2. Stargate SG-1
  3. Stargate: Infinity*
  4. Stargate: Atlantis
  5. Stargate: The Ark of Truth (2008 film)
  6. Stargate: Continuum (2008 film)
  7. Stargate: Universe
  8. Stargate Origins

*Stargate: Infinity was a short-lived animated series that isn’t classed as official canon, but avid fans of the franchise may still enjoy the stories it has to offer.

How to watch Stargate in chronological order

Stargate Atlantis
Stargate: Atlantis full cast, including Jason Momoa (Aquaman)

If you want to attempt Stargate in the chronological order, things are a little more complicated – as is often the case with sprawling sci-fi sagas!

The original film still leads the pack as the ultimate introduction to the franchise, but afterwards, Stargate: Origins is the next instalment in the chronology.

Set roughly 10 years after the film, it explores the early years of fan favourite side character Catherine Langford, but is by no means an essential watch – especially given its generally negative reviews.

Instead, you may wish to jump straight into the beloved television series, Stargate: SG-1, but be sure to hit the brakes when you reach the end of season seven.

Now here’s where it gets complicated. Seasons eight to ten of Stargate: SG-1 and the first three seasons of Stargate: Atlantis were on TV at the same time, which has caused some confusion over the “correct” order to watch them in.

Some fans opt for alternating between SG-1 and Atlantis episodes in the same way they aired on television, as this allows you to view every reference and crossover in context.

But of course, this isn’t particularly convenient and some fans would argue it isn’t necessary either, with an alternative suggestion being to swap shows after finishing a season (i.e. season eight of SG-1, followed by season one of Atlantis, and then back to SG-1 for season nine, etc).

Feature-length Stargate outings The Ark of Truth and Continuum offer a nice interlude after all that juggling, essentially wrapping up the SG-1 era.

Then, you can dive into the final two seasons of Atlantis and move on to the short-lived follow-up series Stargate: Universe, which ran for two seasons starring Robert Carlyle (COBRA). The show was eventually concluded in the form of a comic book.

  1. Stargate (1994 film)
  2. Stargate Origins
  3. Stargate: SG-1 (Seasons 1-7)
  4. Stargate: SG-1 (Seasons 8-10) and Stargate: Atlantis (Seasons 1-3)
  5. Stargate: The Ark of Truth
  6. Stargate: Continuum
  7. Stargate: Atlantis (Seasons 4-5)
  8. Stargate: Universe
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