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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Complete series cast summary:
 Harrison Blackwood (43 episodes, 1988-1990)
Lynda Mason Green ...
 Suzanne McCullough (43 episodes, 1988-1990)
Philip Akin ...
 Norton Drake (24 episodes, 1988-1989)
 Colonel Paul Ironhorse (24 episodes, 1988-1989)
 Debi McCullough (23 episodes, 1988-1990)
 Malzor / ... (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
 John Kincaid (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Catherine Disher ...
 Mana (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ilse von Glatz ...
 Advocate #2 / ... (19 episodes, 1988-1989)


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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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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War of the Worlds: The Second Invasion  »

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(43 episodes )

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1.33 : 1
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Jared Martin and Lynda Mason Green are the only actors to appear in all 43 episodes of the series. See more »


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 »


Harrison: What's that explosion?
Quinn: Why do you think they call them trap doors?
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In "The Walls of Jericho", an actress is credited simply as Mrs. Lau. See more »


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A great series that could be revived at any time.
30 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'War Of The Worlds' was an excellent show. There were so many dark moments in the first season, and many endings had hollow victories. The cast was great. Jared Martin gave his all, as did Phil Akin and Richard Chaves. What was unfair was the fact that many things that were building towards the second season NEVER took place, thanks to the fatal change in direction. I personally liked the original aliens compared to the Morthren, but they (the Morthren) had some cool weapons. The first episode of the second season should have been the last episode period, unless the producers could find a way to bring more reinforcements from the original aliens homeworld. That would have been a REAL 'War of the Worlds', as the humans could have faced both sets of warring aliens in a battle to save Earth. I'd like to believe that the series could be revived, since one of the early episodes dealt with a list of 10,000 aliens held somewhere that disappeared. It was never revealed if the aliens had it, so it's possible Quinn (an alien from the 1953 invasion trapped in a disease-free human body) could have taken this list, and gone about his own agenda to take over Earth. It's out there, Paramount, so revive the series that the fans want... the Original 'War of the Worlds'.

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