Stargate turns 20: Our 19 favorite memories from two decades through the ‘gate

It’s hard to believe that, 20 years ago this week, the little sci-fi flick Stargate opened and went on to bank a solid, but not spectacular, box-office haul. 

Who’d have guessed all those years ago that an inaugural trip to Abydos would span more than a decade of sci-fi awesomeness and one of the most beloved franchises this side of Star Trek and Star Wars? From the flagship television series Stargate SG-1 to its spinoffs Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, that shiny circle has opened the door to more sci-fi adventures than we can count.

But even if we can’t recap the entire 242+ hours of ‘gate adventures, we do have a few (or a bit more than a few) favorite moments from all those episodes, movies and spinoffs. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, and we’ve screamed at the television when it all finally had to end.

While we wait to see what original creator Dean Devlin cooks up for the upcoming Stargate reboot, enjoy a walk down memory lane. Here’s to 20 great years of ‘gate-ing, and here’s hoping for 20 more.

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