The Iron Age of TV SciFi: Quark, 1978 Ahh, 1978 - the year after Star Wars awoke the world to science fiction again. Television jumped on the gravy train in 1978, but television was about sketch comedy in the late 70's, and so while there were semi-serious attempts at SciFi like "Battlestar Galactica" and "Logan's Run", there were also attempts where it was obvious that staff writers were visited one morning by an executive shouting "We Need a Science Fiction Show *NOW*!"
The result, as you can expect, was "Quark" with Richard Benjamin playing the captain of an interstellar garbage scow in an only occasionally funny Trek parody.
heh, BSG 1980 was just BSG with a quarter of the budget and new writers. BSG (like the reboot later) got kinda weird and mystical towards the end and I seem to recall BSG 1980 was basically "Yay, we found Earth and it sucks."
Buck Rodgers was a fairly decent show around that time too. Mmmm, Erin Gray in white spandex... I'll be in my bunk.