Deep beneath the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a secret Air Force project is using alien technology to visit distant planets all over the galaxy. This technology is called the Stargate: a huge ring that acts as a waypoint between other Stargates throughout the Milky Way.
Stargates were introduced in the 1994 Stargate movie starring Kurt Russell and James Spader, but the Stargate SG-1 TV series is only loosely based on the movie.
Jack O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), along with his the rest of his team—archaeology nerd Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), brilliant astrophysicist Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), and rescued alien Teal’c (Christopher Judge)—explore extraterrestrial worlds and interact with the aliens who live on those worlds, eventually drawing the attention of an evil race determined to control the galaxy.
The show is similar to Star Trek with its mission to explore strange new worlds and seek out new civilizations, but Stargate SG-1 has a lot more action and humor than Star Trek.
I also love this series for the characters. Each of the major characters is well-rounded and many episodes focus on their personal dilemmas. Often the characters will fight and disagree with each other, which is essential for character development, but was a Roddenberry no-no in Star Trek.
If you like adventure, action, aliens, comedy, or space travel, I highly recommend Stargate SG-1. The show lasted ten seasons, so there’s lots of it to love.