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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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 Sergeant Dobbs / ... (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: The Udara Legacy (1997) See more »

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Why did this Series only last One Season???

This series is fantastic! I do not understand why it only lasted one season. It gave us so many insights into the relationships between people of all "races". It allowed us to see the pain of "inter-species" relationships and the acceptance of beings "different" from us. As the series unfolded, it was uplifting to see how people can overcome their differences to get along and thrive on earth. There are so many lessons that we can ALL learn from this series. We can get along in peace and harmony.


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