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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Did You Know?


In her room at the Whitewood Sanitarium, Sylvia van Buren has a picture of Dr. Clayton Forrester by her bed. 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 »


Advocate #1: Our scientists seem to have a firm grasp on the obvious... Tell us something we don't already know!
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Crazy Credits

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. It is because in an early episode, a Larson cartoon appears on a bulletin board in a shot and the credits were not changed after that episode. See more »


Follows The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

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This was and still is my favorite television series.
10 March 2005 | by (Laramie, Wyoming) – See all my reviews

War of the Worlds season one was my favorite television series. I was only nine when it came out, but I was amazed from the first episode. The characters were complex and very different from each other. The storyline kept me hooked wondering just who would win in the next episode. I was, however, very disappointed with season two. I couldn't really follow what had happened to make the series so different from the first and it was very dark. As for the first season, I haven't found a series on television since that has topped it. I remember it so well after 16 years and really want to see it again. I truly hope that it will be released on DVD someday. If you ever get the chance to see it, I know you'll really enjoy it.

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