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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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18 September 1989 (USA)  »

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Contrary to how the "Albert Einstein" character (played by Jeffrey Marcus) is continuously referred to during the series and later movies (as dim-witted/slow), he is actually full of very insightful, compassionate, curious and clever/witty moments throughout his time on screen. See more »

Quotes

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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OK, I don't do scifi, but...
4 September 2001 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

Having grown up in a household where Science Fiction was Dad's staple, I never really picked up on it, preferring more real-life drama. Having said that, this show is about the top of the line for TV scifi. The characters are believable, fully developed and imperfect.The acting is top-flight, and the stories, mostly carrying a message, are not overly burdened or preachy. The culture, habits, language, slang of the Aliens is presented in a matter-of-fact manner. Other than Heinlen or Finney, this is about the best scifi I've come across. And I don't like scifi.


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