Marc Bernardin
June 12, 2009 AT 06:06 PM EDT

This week’s news that Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff is bringing her brand of blond steel to 24 next season got me thinking. (No, not about THAT.) About how Battlestar, pound for pound, probably had the strongest ensemble cast of the past decade. Oscar-nominees (Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell), talented newcomers (Grace Park, Tahmoh Penikett, Tricia Helfer), seasoned veterans (Michael Hogan, Richard Hatch), and complete surprises (Sackhoff, James Callis) — while the writing on Battlestar Galactica was indeed the strength of the base of the pillar, the ensemble is what gave that pillar its height.

Given that assembly of talent, it’s no wonder that people are being drafted for meaty roles: Penikett on Dollhouse, Helfer’s run on Burn Notice, and now Sackhoff giving Kiefer Sutherland a run for his money.

But BSG isn’t alone in building a powerful company of players: The Wire clan is incredibly strong, as was The West Wing‘s extended family, The Sopranos‘ brothers in arms, and Oz‘s inmates. 

Who’s your favorite ensemble cast? And who from that cast would you like to see on a more regular basis? (No, not like THAT.)

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