Students who enroll in Diane Winston’s “Religion, Media and Hollywood” class at USC get to watch a lot of good TV. Even better, some of the best TV writers and producers in the business visit their classroom to discuss the influences, themes, and ideas undergirding their shows.

Fortunately for the rest of us, many of these guest lectures are videotaped. Take this 2007 talk by Ronald D. Moore, executive producer of the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica. He spoke to Winston’s students about the religious influences embedded in the original 1978 version of Battlestar Galactica, including Mormon theology, numerology, and the signs of the zodiac. Moore talks about his development of the mythology of the 2004-2009 version of Battlestsar Galactica to reflect modern concerns around religious fundamentalism and a clash of civilizations propelled by different beliefs.

Part I

Part II

You can also check out other videos from Winston’s class, including House and Nancy Miller, creator and executive producer of Saving Grace. Both of these shows were mentioned in Krista’s conversation with Winston for our upcoming broadcast, “TV and Parables of Our Time.”

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Thanks for sharing these videos! This is terrific.

battlestar galactica was the best scifi series i have ever seen. i believe the people involved in this series were all guided by God's hand. i live on a very limited income but plan to budget a way to buy the complete series on dvd because i believe there is much to be learned from watching several times especiallly if you could watch from start to finish. i must also say that the ending was incredible, very surprising and thought provoking. i can only hope that there will be more great ideas in the future.