Famous names: Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow, Michael Keating, Jan Chappell, Terry Nation, Michael Keating, Steven Pacey, Jacqueline Pearce

Crunchy goodness: 5


The shit: Pearce's Servalan, originally a throwaway villain, quickly becomes one of the show's main stars, cavorting around in slinky dresses and giant sun-hats while dispensing death with a smile. (In one recent television interview, Pearce announces, "I was a masturbatory icon to an entire generation," throwing her head back and laughing at the thought.)

Deadliest spoiler: The cynical nerd Avon goes nuts and finally kills the idealistic Blake, who also goes a bit nuts. And then Avon (probably) dies a moment later.

Elevator pitch: It's the evil twin of Star Trek — from the point of view of the bad guys.


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