The show faced the very real threat of cancellation halfway through its first season when its production location, Fox Studios Australia, "forced" them out to make way for another production: Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The logistical problems of moving the large and expensive sets to a Stateside location would have been too cost-prohibitive. Fortunately, another studio was found nearby that was able to house the production (at Homebush), and the series was renewed for a second season.
At one point the show was re-named to Far Horizon before switching back to Farscape.
Ben Browder's wife, Francesca Buller, has played three different guest starring roles to date on Farscape (M'Lee in "Bone to Be Wild", Ro-Na in "Look at the Princess" and Raxil in "Scratch 'n' Sniff"), all three as antagonists to John Crichton. In the Fourth Season, she came back again as War Minister Akhna, another antagonist.
Ben Browder is the only actor to appear in all 88 episodes of the series. In second place is Jonathan Hardy, who provides the voice of Rygel in every episode except for "Losing Time", "Incubator", "Scratch 'N' Sniff" and "Revenging Angel".
The character of DK is named after Farsape writer and producer David Kemper.
Virginia Hey was originally required to shave her head for the full-body makeup needed for Zhaan. In later episodes, the makeup was modified to include a skullcap, allowing her to grow her hair back. Besides her problems with contact lenses, the make-up itself also negatively impacted Virginia Hey's health and was a factor in her decision to leave the series.
In August 2002, the cancellation of Farscape was leaked by David Kemper, Richard Manning and Ben Browder in an online chat at Scifi.com. Fans began a campaign to save the series and have hopes that a fifth season will follow, especially since the fourth season finale was written with the fifth season in mind. After more than a year of rumours of a feature film or revived series being produced, plans were announced for a series-ending mini-series for 2004.
Lani John Tupu, who appears regularly as Captain Crais, also provides the voice of Pilot.
Ranked 4th in American magazine TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).
The character John Crichton was ranked 20th in American magazine TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).
Raelee Hill (Sikozu) originally auditioned for the role of Commandant Grayza.
Paul Goddard (Stark) originally auditioned for the role of Scorpius.
Originally Gigi Edgley's character, Chi'ana was supposed to be killed off after a few episodes. But the producers liked her so much they changed their minds and made her a regular cast member.
The font used in the credits and on posters is Pritchard, designed by Martin Wait in 1990.
The show is infamous among German fans due to the fact that only the first three seasons were dubbed into German (the fourth season was not dubbed because of low ratings). It was expected that the final season would eventually be dubbed for the DVD release but Koch Media, the home video licensee, deemed the cost too high.
Ben Browder's wife Francesca Buller played four different characters during the show's run. She played M'Lee in "Bone to Be Wild", ro-NA in "Look at the Princess" (Parts 1 & 2), Raxil in "Scratch and Sniff" and the recurring role of Minister Akhna four episodes from the fourth season as well as in "Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars".
Crichton was originally going to take off from NASA. NASA was approached, and they agreed, but NASA insisted on approving/reviewing the ENTIRE script for the episode, even though they were only going to be in the first few scenes. Producers declined, and they came up with IASA instead.
Originally, Crichton was still conscious after Aeryn punched him. But Ben Browder protested, saying there's no way his character would voluntarily get on the prowler with Aeryn, after she had assaulted him. So they rewrote it so that Crichton would be knocked out cold.
Many people wondered how they had such amazing colors fir the plant life on the planet thinking they had colored them but it was done with a filter.
Crichton has the line about the Zelbinion: "Just ask Leonardo DiCaprio. Even the big ones go down." The first time the scene was filmed, Ben Browder ad-libbed 'Bill Clinton''s name in the place of Leonardo DiCaprio. They were forced to shoot it as written because it was unsure whether such a line would be appropriate.
NamTar, the name of the titular character, is "RatMan" spelled backwards.
This was the first instance of the word "Frell," a word that was pretty self-explanatory throughout the rest of the series and into the miniseries afterwords.
Chiana was originally supposed to die at the end, but producer David Kemper enjoyed her performance so much that he rewrote the ending of the episode and eventually made her a main character.
Stewart Copeland's track entitled "Gulp's Overlook", a major boss battle tune in the video game "Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage" from the "Spyro: The Dragon" franchise was used as BGM in this episode.
Ben Browder's wife, Francesca Buller, has played three different guest starring roles to date on Farscape: M'Lee in "Bone to Be Wild"; Ro-Na in "Look at the Princess" and Raxil in "Scratch 'n' Sniff", all three as antagonists to John Crichton. In the Fourth Season, she came back again as War Minister Akhna, another antagonist.
The season two premiere was supposed to be the episode 'Re:Union'. However, the episode would not have involved John, D'Argo or Aeryn, and it was determined that people would not want to wait another week to find out what happened to those characters. So the second episode, "Mind the Baby", was aired first and "Re:Union" was retitled "Dream a little Dream" and also had bookend sequences made so the episode became a flashback.