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

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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)
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 Mana (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 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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Catherine Disher was the original choice for the role of Suzanne. 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: We're talking Night of the living Dead here folks. Not only do these guys get to pick our brains, they get to use our bodies as a perfect disguise.
Ironhorse: I don't call open sores and radiation sickness a perfect disguise. I mean it's not difficult to spot these people in a crowd.
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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. 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 »

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

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A classic example in how to screw up a great series
8 December 2001 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

The first series of WAR OF THE WORLDS is great television and great TV SF-- rivetting, exciting, thought-provoking, well-acted, and well-written. Every week it was a delight to watch and worth talking about in the following week with other TV SF fans. And as I recall, it was more interesting that that other big name SF show at the time.... something about next generations, I think......

Then for reasons that will forever escape rationality, the producers were switched and the series radically, FATALLY revamped into a cyber-punk show. The off-hand killing of two main characters, the addition of an unneeded extra male lead, and a drastic switch in the series format from covert action to urban guerilla warfare..... I stopped watching it after a couple months. Most of its fans did too.

The first season is fascinating in retrospect for being one of the roots of X-FILES. But like EERIE INDIANA, it was just a little too ahead of its time. If the show had come along, say, three years later (and NOT had those idiots take over the series in Year Two), who knows what might have happened?


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