Alien Nation (1989–1990)

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 Detective Matthew Sikes (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 Detective George Francisco (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 Susan Francisco (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 Emily Francisco (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Sean Six ...
 Buck Francisco (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 Cathy Frankel (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 Albert Einstein (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 Captain Bryon Grazer / ... (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 Burns (14 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 Jill Molaskey (13 episodes, 1989-1990)
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A flying saucer crashed in the Mojave Desert and its inhabitants turned out to be alien slaves, bred to be super intelligent and strong, and controllable by their Overseers. These Tenctonese, or "Newcomers", have been assimilated (sort of) into the population of Los Angeles. One of them, George Francisco, is a police detective with a human partner, Matthew Sikes. George and Matt fight crime together, while learning to respect the other's culture, and question his own. They also fight prejudice, as personified by the Purists, and fear, in the form of the unseen Overseers, who seek to regain control over their slaves. Written by Kathy Li

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Growing pains during the Fox Network's first year resulted in a cash crunch that forced the cancellation of this series after its first season, despite a season-ending cliffhanger. The never-produced second season opener was adapted as a novel and a comic book, and the series itself was later revived as a series of TV movies beginning with Alien Nation: Dark Horizon (1994). See more »

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Susan Francisco: Are you always this pissy when you're conducting an investigation?
Detective George Francisco: Susan, I believe "pissy" is a vulgar word.
Susan Francisco: Really? Gee, I hear it used all the time.
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Followed by Alien Nation: Dark Horizon (1994) See more »

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"This is really not what real Sci-Fi is all about"
11 May 2001 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

"Alien Nation" the TV series as well as the following TV movies was all together lame, poor-quality science fiction that severely lacked in intelligence and class. Here you have a cliched flying saucer making an abrupt crash landing on Earth and in five short years these aliens have already been assimilated, widely accepted, and living ONLY in the United States and ONLY in Los Angeles. Not a bright premise.

"Alien Nation" was really a cheesy cop show with some stupid-looking ETs thrown in nothing more. I also believe that the subject matter basically dealing with racial equality was extremely overplayed and overrated. As a species, we humans have yet to get along with one another let alone welcome with open arms, aliens from outer space if in real life they really exist at all.

Bottom line: the show sucked.


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