Stargate SG-1 was the show I avoided. I knew it was dangerous.
Saw movie in theater. Loved the concept. Forgot it.
Then local station started airing the Showtime show in the late 90s. Ads looked good. Saw five minutes and turned it off.
“NO, you JUST got over a few Star Treks. There’s NO Doctor Who and you DON’T need a new addiction.”
Forgot I said “No” about a year later and saw my first episode.
Thus begun a whirlwind through SG-1 and Atlantis. VCR tapes used and reused.
One day, Doctor Who came back which was a miracle to me – and I could finally get off my Stargate addiction!!
STILL kept watching. Rest of SG-1. All through Atlantis. All of Universe.
Ugh. Hate getting hooked on shows because then I HAVE to see EVERY EPISODE.
But… I liked it.
You can classify it anyway you like and that’s fine by me My take: Started Dr Who age 6 with my Nana – my Nana loved her TV Guide and british shows, which were uncommon in the US at the time.
Knew I liked it when I’d watch it on my own after she moved on to other shows by the time I was 8-9. The 1983 5 doctors special “simulcast around the world” had 11 yr old me beside myself and I got to live through an awesome Doctor Who 80s.
Then… the show petered out and died. Got too “kiddy” for me.. I thought, yet I was sad when it was gone.
I needed substitutes. Sliders. Timecop. Quantum Leap. Highlander (oh I hated his accent). The occasional Star Trek that touched on impossible travels and time wonkiness. I needed interdimensional travel. I needed my TARDIS.
So for me, the Stargate was a substitute TARDIS.
While I started with Tom with my Nana, Peter Davidson was my first as I saw all of his on my own, starting with Logopolis, still one of my all time favorites. Inspired a lifelong fascination with quantum physics that I still have.