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Release Date:
18 September 1989 (USA) See more »
A flying saucer crashed in the Mojave Desert and its inhabitants turned out to be alien slaves, bred to be super intelligent and strong... See more »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 12 of 34)

Gary Graham ... Detective Matthew Sikes (22 episodes, 1989-1990)

Eric Pierpoint ... Detective George Francisco (22 episodes, 1989-1990)

Michele Scarabelli ... Susan Francisco (22 episodes, 1989-1990)

Lauren Woodland ... Emily Francisco (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Sean Six ... Buck Francisco (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Terri Treas ... Cathy Frankel (22 episodes, 1989-1990)

Jeffrey Marcus ... Albert Einstein (22 episodes, 1989-1990)

Ron Fassler ... Captain Bryon Grazer / ... (22 episodes, 1989-1990)

Charles Howerton ... V.O. Opening Narration / ... (22 episodes, 1989-1990)

Jeff Doucette ... Burns (14 episodes, 1989-1990)

Molly Morgan ... Jill Molaskey (13 episodes, 1989-1990)

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Sergeant Dobbs / ... (13 episodes, 1989-1990)

Series Directed by
John McPherson (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Harry Longstreet (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Gwen Arner (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
David Carson (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Stan Lathan (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Tom Chehak (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Writing credits
Kenneth Johnson (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Rockne S. O'Bannon (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Diane Frolov (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
Andrew Schneider (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Steven Long Mitchell (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Craig W. Van Sickle (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Tom Chehak (4 episodes, 1989-1990)

Series Produced by
Kenneth Johnson .... executive producer (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Art Seidel .... producer (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Tom Chehak .... producer (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mary Dick .... associate producer (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Diane Frolov .... co-producer (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
David C. Johnson .... assistant associate producer (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Andrew Schneider .... supervising producer (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mary Komatar .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Original Music by
Steve Dorff (10 episodes, 1989-1990)
Larry Herbstritt (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Cinematography by
Roland 'Ozzie' Smith (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Film Editing by
Alan C. Marks (8 episodes, 1989-1990)
David Strohmaier (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Stephen Mark (3 episodes, 1989)
Richard E. Westover (3 episodes, 1990)
Series Casting by
Irene Cagen (21 episodes, 1989-1990)

Meg Liberman (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Ira Diamond (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Set Decoration by
Sam Gross (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Costume Design by
Brienne Glyttov (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Makeup Department
Michèle Burke .... key makeup artist (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
William Howard .... key hair stylist (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Richard Snell .... makeup artist (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Katalin Elek .... makeup artist (14 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ken Diaz .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1989-1990)
Dianne Roberson .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1990)
Ellis Burman Jr. .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1990)
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1990)
Steve LaPorte .... special makeup effects artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Lynne Brooks .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1990)
Series Production Management
John Liberti .... unit production manager (18 episodes, 1989-1990)
Burt Bluestein .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 1989)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alice Blanchard .... second assistant director (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jason Saville .... dga trainee (12 episodes, 1989)
Ken Stringer .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
Venita Ozols-Graham .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1990)
Carol Green .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1989)
Tom Connors .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1989)
John Liberti .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Art Department
Craig Binkley .... property master (11 episodes, 1989-1990)
Richard Dinieri .... property master (10 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Sound Department
Charles Bruce .... sound editor (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Erick Jolley .... commentary re-recordist (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Claude Riggins .... sound mixer (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Special Effects by
Burt Dalton .... special effects coordinator (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Rick Stratton .... special effects makeup (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Visual Effects by
R. Christopher Biggs .... 3D matte paintings and compositing (1 episode, 1989)
Hoyt Yeatman .... visual effects (1 episode, 1989)
Series Stunts
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt coordinator (12 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Harrison .... key grip (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
George Stephenson .... camera operator (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
J. Michael Marlett .... gaffer / key gaffer (18 episodes, 1989-1990)
Tom Hayes .... key gaffer / gaffer (3 episodes, 1989)

Robert Reed Altman .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
John Earl Burnett .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Herrin .... costume supervisor: men (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Diana Wilson .... costume supervisor: women (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Editorial Department
Ron S. Herbes .... first assistant picture editor (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ron South .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Music Department
James Burt .... music editor (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Kenneth Johnson .... composer: theme music (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
David Kurtz .... composer: theme music (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Transportation Department
Dean E. Mason .... transportation coordinator (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
James Nordberg .... transportation / driver (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Gina August .... driver (11 episodes, 1989)
Series Other crew
Scott Mislan .... key set production assistant / key production assistant (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Gale Anne Hurd .... consultant (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Steven Long Mitchell .... executive story editor (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Craig W. Van Sickle .... executive story editor (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Don Winklebauer .... location manager (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1989-1990)
Enid L. Kantor .... production coordinator (12 episodes, 1989-1990)
Edward L. Jeffers .... location manager (11 episodes, 1989-1990)
Stephanie Shayne .... adr loop group (11 episodes, 1989-1990)
Judi Brown .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 1989-1990)

Steve M. Miliotti .... craft service (unknown episodes)

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60 min (22 episodes)
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While never said in the series, Detective Francisco's original human name was "Samuel." Sykes made him change it so he wouldn't have a partner named "Sam Francisco."See more »
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A really wonder science fiction show., 22 January 2005
Author: jeffman52001 from Normal, IL, USA

"Alien Nation"is a science fiction show that is well done,well acted and well created by Kenneth Johnson(The Incredible Hulk, and V). The series dealt with a lot of issues, especially racial issues,and cultural issues too.

The Tenctonese are a race that were slaves who came to earth cause of their ship crashing in the Mohave Desert in 1991. The Tenctonese are from the planet Tencton, they have the ability to adapt in any environment, they learn fast and live a little longer than Humans,they are known to us Humans also as Newcomers.There are Humans who don't like the Newcomers, they are called Purists, the Newcomers are called Slags, the word "slag" is a racist term by the Purists.The Newcomers that don't like Humans much call us Humans, "Terts".

Human cop Matthew Sikes, played superbly by Gary Graham(All The Right Moves, Robot Jox, and The Last Warrior), is a cop who lost his former partner to a Newcomer in a robbery. Sikes's new parter, a Newcomer cop, Det. George Francisco, played awesome by Eric Pierpoint(Invaders From Mars, Forever Young, and Liar Liar), work together to fight crime. The two Detectives have their disagreements on certain issues,but work great together. Cathy Frankel, played awesome by Terri Treas(Seven Brides For Seven Brothere, The Nest, and House IV)is Matthew Sikes's Newcomer neighbor who he develops a relationship with her later on, Capt Bryan Grazer, played by Ron Fassler(Camp Nowhere, Child's Play 3 and Gremlins 2), Det. Dobbs, played by Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs(Welcome Back Kotter), Albert Einstein, a Newcomer janitor, played by Jeff Marcus, are some of the members of the precinct.

George Francisco's family consists of Susan Francisco, played by Michele Scarabelli(Air Wolf),Buck Francisco, played by Sean Six, is a teenage Newcomer who has got into some trouble, but has got better, though he has resentment towards Humans. Emily Francisco, played by Lauren Woodland(The Young And The Restless), is a young Newcomer girl who is a nice girl who is smart.

I was very upset that Fox canceled "Alien Nation"in 1990, but they did redeemed themselves by making 5 "Alien Nation" TV movies, "Alien Nation:Dark Horizon", "Alien Nation:Body And Soul", "Alien Nation:Millinium", "Alien Nation:The Enemy Within", "Alien Nation:The Udara Legacy".

I give this show 10/10 stars and 2 thumbs up.

The "Alien Nation" TV series was based on the "Alien Nation" movie that came out in 1988.

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