The first season of the television series Stargate SG-1 commenced airing on the Showtime in the United States on July 27, 1997, concluded on the same channel on March 6, 1998, and contained 22 episodes. The show itself is a spin off of from the 1994 hit movie, Stargate written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The show re-introduces supporting characters from the film universe, such as Jonathan "Jack" O'Neill and Daniel Jackson among others. The show also includes new characters such as Teal'c, George Hammond and Samantha "Sam" Carter. The first season is about a military-science expedition team discovering how to use the ancient device, named the Stargate and exploring the galaxy. However, they encountered a powerful enemy in the film named the Goa'uld, which is bent on destroying Earth and all that opposes them.
The two-hour premiere "Children of the Gods", which aired on July 27, 1997 at 8 p.m, received Showtime's highest-ever ratings for a series premiere and ranked as the highest-rated original movie to premiere on Showtime in 3-1/2 years at the time. The show got a 10.5 rating in Showtime's approximately 12 million U.S. households, which equaled approximately 1.5 million homes in total. Season one regular cast members include Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge and Don S. Davis.