The critically acclaimed and award-winning Babylon 5 ran for five seasons between 1994 and 1998 and was seen as a more adult alternative to the various Star Trek franchises on-air at the time. Activity on the Babylon 5 front has been quiet for some time with only a few call-outs on shows such as The Big Bang Theory and Breaking Bad reminding viewers of the show’s existence.
A recent mention on Breaking Bad has re-awoken some fans and now Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski has urged fans to start campaigning. The creator argues it will be the fans campaigning – not his efforts – that will get television broadcasters to sit up, take notice and repeat Babylon 5 to introduce new fans to the sci-fi series.
“To the online backinh and forthing…some hard facts. Because Babylon 5 isn’t on the air in the US anywhere, it’s impossible for the show to add new viewers except one at a time, friend to friend, or if you’ve heard about it enough to want to shell out the money for the DVDs. Casual viewers can’t stumble across it while channel surfing. (As we all know, after Trek was canceled for poor ratings, it found its audience in syndication.) So in answer to the photo below, either WB has to be convinced to release the show somewhere, or a network like Syfy or Chiller or another along those lines has to be prompted to pick it up. If not, quite honestly, and without any way to add new viewers, the show will eventually slide into obscurity. This ain’t something I can do, or even directly participate in. It’s up to the fans now.” – J. Michael Straczynski on his Facebook page
Babylon 5 starred Bruce Boxleitner, Mira Furlan, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Peter Jurasik, Andreas Katsulas, Jeff Conway, Richard Biggs and Tracey Scoggins. Following the completion of Babylon 5 in 1998 a spin-off series Crusade followed but it was short-lived running for a handful of episodes before it was cancelled; in fact it was axed before it had even reached the air.
The last Babylon 5 related project was The Lost Tales in 2007 when the first DVD in what was intended to be a series was released. Although sales were good for the DVD release no further releases followed due to various reasons.