War of the Worlds (1988–1990)

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Humanity must resume its war against the Martians after they revive after decades of hibernation after their defeat in the 1950's.

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 Harrison Blackwood (43 episodes, 1988-1990)
Lynda Mason Green ...
 Suzanne McCullough (43 episodes, 1988-1990)
Philip Akin ...
 Norton Drake (24 episodes, 1988-1989)
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 Colonel Paul Ironhorse (24 episodes, 1988-1989)
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 Debi McCullough (23 episodes, 1988-1990)
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 Malzor / ... (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 John Kincaid (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Catherine Disher ...
 Mana (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ilse von Glatz ...
 Advocate #2 / ... (19 episodes, 1988-1989)
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At the end of the 1953 film "War of the World", earth is saved from alien invaders when they are apparently killed by common bacteria. However, what if the aliens weren't really dead? In "War of the Worlds" the aliens from the 1953 invasion are brought out of suspended animation when radiation kills the infecting bacteria. Now the aliens launch a genocidal war against an unsuspecting Earth, using their ability to take over human bodies to allow them to move freely. Dr. Harrison Blackwood teams up with microbiologist Suzanne McCullough, computer programmer Norton Drake, and army Lt. Colonel Paul Ironhorse to save the world from this alien menace. In the second season, Harrison and Suzanne are joined by mercenary John Kincaid, who help them fight in a post-apocalyptic urban wasteland against a second wave of invaders dedicated to the death of all life on earth. Written by L. Ross Raszewski <rraszews@skipjack.bluecrab.org>

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Originally, Paramount had conceived the series not as a sequel or for television, but as a film remake of the _The War of the Worlds (1953)_ with George A. Romero slated to direct. See more »

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In one episode, an actor dressed as an alien jumps down from an air duct onto a human. As he jumps, you can see his socks. See more »

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Norton Drake: Lightning, thunder... but never any rain.
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A mysterious credit that appears at the end of all episodes from Season One is for "The Far Side" cartoons by Gary Larson, courtesy of Chronicle Features. It's unclear why this credit appears since there is no evidence of the cartoon's use or even a reference throughout the show. See more »

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A brilliant first season only to be marred by idiot studio execs in season 2...

The first season of War of the Worlds was groundbreaking and refreshingly innovative. In many ways, it was the predecessor of shows like "The X-Files". The first season was very much like a game of chess between the Blackwood Project and the aliens- led the triumvirate Advocacy (featuring the underrated actress, Ilse Von Glatz- who was chilling as an Advocate). Towards the end of the season, there was a mythology carefully being built with the introductions of new characters such as the renegade alien/human hybrid- Quinn and the Qar'To Synth, Katara. Also, the show was blessed with creative writing, excellent direction- and casting Ann Robinson as Sylvia Van Buren was a nice coup for the producers.

However, Paramount had plans to assassinate the show and installed Frank Mancuso Jr. as the new executive producer. He obliterated the first season storyline, continuity, most of the characters and killed the show in the process. But to many fans, the only real season of WOTW was 1988-1989.


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