UFO (1970–1973)

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In the 20th century the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and even animals and use them for their body parts. In the year 1980 S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters... See full summary »

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 Cmdr. Ed Straker (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Dolores Mantez ...
 Nina Barry (23 episodes, 1970-1973)
Michael Billington ...
 Col. Paul Foster (21 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ayshea Brough ...
 SHADO Operative (19 episodes, 1970-1973)
George Sewell ...
 Col. Alec Freeman (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Keith Alexander ...
 Lt. Keith Ford (15 episodes, 1970-1973)
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 Joan Harrington (13 episodes, 1970-1973)
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 Lt. Gay Ellis / ... (11 episodes, 1970-1973)
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In the year 1980 the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts. A highly secret military organization is set up in the hope of defending the Earth from this alien threat. This organization is named SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization) and operates from a secret location beneath a film studio. They also operate a fleet of submarines and have a base on the moon as well as an early warning satellite that detects inbound UFOs. UFOs can be destroyed in space by Interceptors which are launched from Moonbase. If one gets through it can be attacked in the Earth's atmosphere by a high altitude aircraft launched from one of the submarines. If a UFO also avoids this and manages to land it can be tracked and destroyed by a number of Mobiles (armored vehicles) which are deployed throughout the world. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Alerte dans l'espace  »

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On December 31, 1994 the video game company Microprose released a game called "UFO: Enemy Unknown", known as "X-COM: UFO Defense" in the US. While not directly based on the TV series it has been confirmed that many elements were directly inspired by the UFO TV series. See more »

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Although set (and filmed) in England, all the futuristic cars are left-hand drive, and everyone drives on the right-hand side of the road. Several other series by the Andersons featured the same driving system, presumably because England was predicted to switch over sometime before the future events depicted. Flashback scenes showed the "normal" English driving arrangement. See more »

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Col. Paul Foster: But don't you see what it means? They planned a cold blooded murder. They had it all worked out. But unfortunately for them an alien came through that door instead of her husband.
Alec Freeman: It all fits. Morally, they're guilty.
Ed Straker: Oh. Well, the amnesia drug was administered a few minutes ago. They won't be able to remember a thing.
Col. Paul Foster: Well, we can't just let them go free.
Ed Straker: I suppose you think I should hand them over to the public prosecutor. We'd sure have a great case. Now what would he go for? The attempted ...
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During the opening theme, the show's title "UFO" is flashed on the screen for only a fraction of a second. It appears "officially" on screen at the end of the teaser sequence. See more »

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one of the most ambitious sci fi series ever made
2 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

UFO was one of the most ambitious science fiction series ever produced for television. The array of hardware ran from a base on the moon with interceptor space ships to submarines with a jet aircraft that could detatch itself from the bow & rocket through the ocean depts & into the sky. In between the S.H.A.D.O. organization had S.I.D., the satellite in space to detect enemy/alien saucers, to mobiles that were futuristic tank-like vehicles,and much, much more.These were all employed by the secret Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Org. which was a collection of earth governments whose mission was to defend the planet from an unknown & hostile alien race invading us.Gerry Anderson created an epic series for TV that I doubt could be done these days for television due to what would be an enormous cost. If this premise is ever revived, it would be better served as a multi-million dollar feature film.I can't think of many U.S. series that had so much hardware, models, & fx all going on in them. To be sure it had its flaws.The Shado h.q. hidden beneath an operating movie studio hardly seemed the best choice for covert ops.The Interceptors, the first line of defense against the alien saucers, only had one missile to fire with no other weaponry on board,& the design for the alien saucers made it look more like a kid's toy.But you certainly got your money's worth & then some every week with this show.


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