NASA astronaut John Crichton is sucked into a wormhole while on a test flight. He ends up far away from Earth on a living alien ship with several varied alien fugitives.
Comments from The Patriot Resource: Farscape was the first original series developed by the SciFi Channel to be a success. It used some of the stock elements of scifi television: human lost in space; warrior alien; mystical alien; big, cool starship; non-humanoid aliens by way of puppets. The show took these elements and turned them on their ear. Crichton regularly referenced pop culture including well-known science fiction. Farscape didn't take itself too seriously most of the time, which made it more appealing.
As the show's run continued, it did begin to take itself more seriously. It still went for obvious clichés, but it had unrequited love, built several backstories and even had a continuous loose story arc. In the middle of all of the self-parody, the show developed its own identity. New characters were introduced to keep storylines fresh and add new conflicts. After four seasons with a cliffhanger ending, SciFi Channel seemingly shot itself in the foot by abruptly cancelled the show. The Peacekeeper Wars miniseries subsequently tied up some loose threads.
Farscape Cast & Crew List:
Rockne S. O'Bannon
... John Crichton
... Aeryn Sun
... Jack Crichton