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  • 1993
  • 5 Seasons
  • 8.3  (29,264)

Babylon 5 is a science fiction television show that ran from January 1994 to November 1998, airing for five seasons. It was created by J. Michael Straczynski, who served as executive producer and wrote nearly all of the show's 110 episodes. During its initial run, the show received two consecutive Hugo Awards for "best dramatic presentation," as well as several other television awards. It has grown to be considered a cult classic and is frequently listed among the best sci-fi shows in fan and critic polls alike. The show takes place on Babylon 5, an Earth-run space station used as a diplomatic center for the various alien races. The cast of major characters consists of both the space station's Earth staff (including Captain John Sheridan, Chief of Security Michael Garibaldi, and Commander Susan Ivanova) and ambassadors from the most prominent alien planets (Delenn from Minbar, Londo Mollari from the Centauri Republic, G'Kar from Narn, and the mysterious Kosh from the Vorlon Empire). The show was noteworthy for its consistent story arc that spanned several seasons. Straczynski described the show as "a novel for television," and although the show was often divided into stand-alone episodes and stories, most episodes, especially in seasons 3 and 4, played heavily into the overall "big picture" story. Early in the series, an alien race known only as The Shadows is revealed as the major villain, and the next several seasons follow the protagonists' attempts to use Babylon 5 to bond together all the support they can from as many worlds as possible, as this is the only way they can ultimately defeat The Shadows.

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Sleeping in Light
22. Sleeping in Light
November 25, 1998
Twenty years has passed since Z'ha'dum - and as prophesized it is time for Sheridan to die. He does, however, have enough time to tie some lose ends, say his goodbyes to old friends. Ivanova is now general, Vir Kotto is Emperor of Centauri, Garibaldi is on Mars leading the corporation, Franklin is working on Earth - but they all immediately pack their things and head to Minbar after receiving an invitation. They are all still important to eachother, and have great impact on eachother's lives. A time for remembrance and goodbyes - and the final decomission of Babylon 5.
Objects at Rest
21. Objects at Rest
November 18, 1998
Sheridan and Delenn are preparing to leave Babylon 5, and set up head quarters on Minbar. It is time for bitter-sweet farewells. With most already gone, the station isn't what it used to be, and new faces replace those that familiar ones once had. Talon arrives to find G'Kar already gone, but receives a message where G'Kar appoints Talon to be his successor. Vir Kotto is holding down Centauri interests. Franklin appoints his successor as he is to leave for earth. Garibaldi is getting used to his new role as head of Edgar Industries back on Mars. He starts by promoting "his" type of people, and is making a name for himself immediately. Lennier returns to watch over Sheridan and Delenn's journey to Minbar.
Objects in Motion
20. Objects in Motion
November 11, 1998
Garibaldi is leaving for Mars to start a new life with Lise. Franklin's heading for earth to start a new and exciting career. Lyta and G'Kar are to leave and explore space. Londo back on Centaur, not in touch with anybody else. Sheridan and Delenn on their way to Minbar to lead the alliance... Everybody are leaving, turning new pages in their lives. Edgar industries are regarded as a threat, the Mars resistance leader arrives to tell Garibaldi and Lise. Their lives are in danger.
The Wheel of Fire
19. The Wheel of Fire
November 4, 1998
G'Kar is back on Babylon 5, having left Londo on Centauri who now is emperor. G'Kar is now treated like a star, and it bothers him exceedingly. Garibaldi's friends have decided to talk to him. His lapses and mistakes have finally been so apparant, that his drinking problem is no longer a secret. He needs to straighten out, and is suspended until he succeeds beating it. Elizabeth Lochley turns out to be a surprising support in his process. Lyta is escalating her protests in regards on how the telepaths are treated, and Delenn suddenly falls ill. Things aren't the way it used to be around the station, and all are individually taking a look at their lives and what they want out of their future.0
The Fall of Centauri Prime
18. The Fall of Centauri Prime
October 28, 1998
Lyta Alexander found Shadow technology on the Draazi homeworld. Finally it's clear, it's the Draak, the leftover race from when the Shadow's left that are doing all this, and they are controlling the Centauri regent. Centauri is left completely vulnerable, without any defense, and the attack on the planet leaves it in ruins. Londo scurries to try and salvage as much as he can of his beloved country, and this includes dealing with the regent. He finds out that it is his turn to accept the dark, that was foretold. The Draak wants a new home, and they have selected Centaur. Delenn is floating in space, in a wrecked ship having been attacked on her way to Minbar.
Movements of Fire and Shadow
17. Movements of Fire and Shadow
June 17, 1998
The Centauri war continues - and it's growing more and more serious. Centauri citizens on the station are murdered by acts of revenge, and the situation is spiraling out of control. The White Stars are now authorised to take on Centauri vessels and Babylon 5 may be caught in the cross-fire. They need to build more ships - and it's going to be a great expense. Delenn needs to go through dangerous territories to start building. Vir Kotto, now tucked away in a non-descript quarter in order to protect him, wishes that the dead Centauri soldiers is returned to them. Londo and G'Kar are sharing a cell back on Centauri, as Londo insisted.
And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder
16. And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder
June 10, 1998
The alliance are preparing for war. One that may torn the fragile bonds between the races. Now having proof of Centauri involvement in the attacks - they need to fight them. Londo is terrified - not knowing what his government been up to. Londo is told that it is all lies, and his innocence is used to keep up appearance. G'Kar decides to continue to be Londo's bodyguard and goes with him to Centaur, despite the fact that the council is now at odds with Centauri. Vir Kotto finds his new appointment as ambassador a huge and difficult task to keep up with, now that the situation at hand is what it is.
Darkness Ascending
15. Darkness Ascending
June 3, 1998
Lise returns to Garibaldi. Hiding his drinking problem to her will prove very difficult. Lennier is finding out more about the attacks - he needs to find solid proof about the Centauri participation. Meanwhile he still participate as if he is one of the trainees on the ship he's stationed at. Londo is starting to wonder why so little interstellar alliance business is being made with them. Lyta is trying to find a way to form a colony for the telepaths. She's approaching business interests in order to try and make a deal. The Psi Corps is holding Earth in too tight a grip though. She needs to find outside interests, and G'Kar comes to mind.
Meditations on the Abyss
14. Meditations on the Abyss
May 27, 1998
Delenn meets with Lennier in secret - she needs to send him on a covert mission. She needs him to patrol the Centauri border and report in any suspicious activity. Nobody knows, not even Sheridan. Lennier will do whatever she asks of him, his devotion to her is as strong as ever. He confess to her, that during the day of the dead Mr Morden appeared to him saying that Lennier would betray the Rangers. On the ship that will take him where he needs to go, Lennier learns a few valuable lessons, as he needs to partake in the education although being on a mission.
The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father
13. The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father
April 15, 1998
We get to follow the inner workings of the Psi Corps. Bester gets to take care of two new young recruits, to show them the ropes. Meanwhile a telepath at the training facility, has become unstable - and are killing other telepaths. Bester needs to hunt down his old student, who was at one point very close to him, and the two new recruits are given a scary crash course in the practice of the Psi Corps. The killer, a mindshredder, takes refuge to Babylon 5 - and Bester must yet again go back to his least favourite place in space. It's of importance that nobody finds out about the inner problems within the Corps.
The Ragged Edge
12. The Ragged Edge
April 8, 1998
The members of the council are boycotting the meetings. They feel that Sheridan and Delenn are failing, as they can't protect the various worlds from the attacks. A possible witness to an attack seems to have gotten away. It would seem he is a smuggler though, and will probably not prove easy to find. Garibaldi is hitting the bottle - first time in years, unknown to the rest. He offers to go to Draasi space to find the witness. G'Kar's book has been, against his will, been published while he was at Centauri, and those that have read it revere him - much to his dismay. He is now a religious icon.
Phoenix Rising
11. Phoenix Rising
April 1, 1998
Squadrons of telepaths from the Psi Corp has arrived to the station, in order to capture the rouges led by Byron. Apart from the group who has welded themselves shut, and on a hungerstrike, there are other rogues lose on the station. They are armed and motivated, and turns the resistance into a bloodied battle. Byron and Bester apparantly has some sort of history together and it ruins any attempts at solving the issue. Garibaldi is unusually quiet - and with Bester on the station, that is not a good sign.
A Tragedy of Telepaths
10. A Tragedy of Telepaths
March 25, 1998
Since the telepaths have welded themselves shut in the brown sector - after Sheridan allowed Elizabeth to go ahead and deport them - a siege is effectively in place. The member races of the interstellar council are agitaded - they're blaming eachother for the random attacks that still are going on, and they're not happy about having been scanned by the telepaths. Elizabeth has a solution, that nobody is going to like, and it includes Bester. Londo and G'Kar is still on Centauri - and Londo can't make sense of what is going on. Due to G'Kar's apetite, they find a reason to investigate the south end of the castle. They find a prisoner, Na'Toth, G'Kar's aid, chained in a cell.
In the Kingdom of the Blind
9. In the Kingdom of the Blind
March 18, 1998
Somebody is attacking freighters without stealing the cargo. As there is noone to blame, the risk is that various worlds will blame eachother. All members of the interstellar alliance. Londo returns to Centauri, bringing his bodyguard G'Kar with him. The regent is keeping himself secluded, and rumours are that he is unbalanced. Mundane tasks are being treated as highly classified intelligence, and the silence is spreading through the royal court. Back on B5 the telepaths finds out the truth about them having been manufactured by the Vorlons. Byron seeks to find somebody to take responsibity for all this.
Day of the Dead
8. Day of the Dead
March 11, 1998
Rebo and Zooty - the very popular comic duo visits the station. Although not everybody is a fan, Lochley not as appreciating for instance, their visit is most welcome. There is a Brakiri ritual of remembrance taking place on the station. They need to own a part of the station in order for their ritual to be successful. The ritual entails a meeting with somebody that is dead - and it affects all races that are on Brakiri territory. So those that lives in the area that the Brakiri purchased for this event, will be affected. They are mostly unprepared for this experience.
Secrets of the Soul
7. Secrets of the Soul
March 4, 1998
Dr Franklin is hard at work at cataloguing all known diseases of alien races. All races are exceedingly accomodating, but some have their own reasons for it. More telepaths arrive to the station and few see it as a good sign. Zack isn't comfortable with Lyta hanging with Byron and asks her to stop seeing him. Lyta is more and more convinced that Byron is what the telepath community needs. She reveals to him, and the community of telepaths, the secrets she has been carrying about the Vorlon's responsibility for the origins of telepaths.
Strange Relations
6. Strange Relations
February 25, 1998
Garibaldi finds out about Lochley and Sheridan having had a romance in the past - and this fuels his suspicions about her. Lochley is introduced to locking horns with Bester - by now a bit of an initiation ceremony for all new commanders for B5, it would seem. He's come to round up the telepaths that are living on the station. Lyta Alexander and Byron are growing closer, and she's doing her best to try and help him and his group out. The cruiser that were to transport Londo to his new responsibilities was sabotaged. He's going to need a body guard - and one is appointed for him...
Learning Curve
5. Learning Curve
February 18, 1998
The teachers of the rangers are invited to visit Delenn at Babylon 5. They bring with them two young recruits. A new criminal lord has found his way to B5 - and his ruthless ways leaves nobody uninformed about his presence. He means to make an example of Zack as he appears non-corruptable and may pose a threat to the criminal activities. Garibaldi is pestering Elizabeth about which side she was on during the Earth-B5 crisis.
A View from the Gallery
4. A View from the Gallery
February 11, 1998
The station is on red alert, and we get to follow the progress of the leaders through the eyes of the maintenance men Bo and Mack. These men get to see more than one would think and aren't the first ones you consider also being in danger when being caught in battle. And they obviously have a lot of opinions on what is done and how. Some of the decisions made by the officers doesn't always make sense to them. But as time passes through this crisis, their respect grows.
The Paragon of Animals
3. The Paragon of Animals
February 4, 1998
The participants of the alliance are growing impatient. They are still waiting for the the advantages promised when entering. Nobody's going to sign the Declaration of Principles. Sheridan must find a way to bring them all together again, and regain the respect lost. The council, now just containing Londo, G'Kar, Delenn and Sheridan - needs to find ways to rally the races together. Garibaldi would like to use telepaths in his intelligence operation. As there now is a growing community of telepaths onboard, they may be willing to help out he thinks. Of course, nothing is ever that easy. A ranger arrives badly hurt conveying that somebody is in great need of help.
The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari
2. The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari
January 28, 1998
Londo drinks some bevaari - and suffers a severe heart attack. While unconsious he finds himself wandering in a strange version of Babylon 5 - having to face his past. Since he's known his own death, he welcomes this opportunity somehow, to get out of it. He must decide if he wants to live and confront the mistreatment of the Narns. The stress he's been under, and the guilt he has been feeling over his past - is what causes his heart to have problems. Lennier have decided to leave Delenn, and become a ranger. His feelings for Delenn is the reason - it's difficult for him to be a part of her life, as Sheridan has the role he would like to have.
No Compromises
1. No Compromises
January 21, 1998
With Ivanova gone - the new commander Elizabeth Lochley arrives to the station. B5 is going to remain independent from earth but a human was selected as a commander even so. Elizabeth is going to have a tough time taking over control over the station, and wishes to run the station her way. Byron, a powerful telepath approaches Elizabeth, he wishes sanctuary for his group of telepaths. It's also time for Sheridan's inauguration as the newly elected president of the interstellar alliance. A man is planning to use the ceremony to his own interests and sends threatening notes with his intentions. G'Kar's book has been gaining interest and it is so well written that Sheridan requests his aid in writing the oath and the declaration of principles.
Description

Babylon 5 is a science fiction television show that ran from January 1994 to November 1998, airing for five seasons. It was created by J. Michael Straczynski, who served as executive producer and wrote nearly all of the show's 110 episodes. During its initial run, the show received two consecutive Hugo Awards for "best dramatic presentation," as well as several other television awards. It has grown to be considered a cult classic and is frequently listed among the best sci-fi shows in fan and critic polls alike.

The show takes place on Babylon 5, an Earth-run space station used as a diplomatic center for the various alien races. The cast of major characters consists of both the space station's Earth staff (including Captain John Sheridan, Chief of Security Michael Garibaldi, and Commander Susan Ivanova) and ambassadors from the most prominent alien planets (Delenn from Minbar, Londo Mollari from the Centauri Republic, G'Kar from Narn, and the mysterious Kosh from the Vorlon Empire).

The show was noteworthy for its consistent story arc that spanned several seasons. Straczynski described the show as "a novel for television," and although the show was often divided into stand-alone episodes and stories, most episodes, especially in seasons 3 and 4, played heavily into the overall "big picture" story. Early in the series, an alien race known only as The Shadows is revealed as the major villain, and the next several seasons follow the protagonists' attempts to use Babylon 5 to bond together all the support they can from as many worlds as possible, as this is the only way they can ultimately defeat The Shadows.

Babylon 5 is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (111 episodes). The series first aired on February 22, 1993.

Where to Watch Babylon 5

Babylon 5 is available for streaming on the UMS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Babylon 5 on demand at HBO Max, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    February 22, 1993
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (29,264)