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Alien Nation (TV Series 1989–1990) Poster

(1989–1990)

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During the opening credits, we hear alien lyrics being sung: "E take nas naj...nah sus gah nilpa." This is actually the names of produces Kenneth Johnson's wife and daughter (Katie Johnson and Susan Appling Johnson) sung backwards. In fact, most of the alien language was, in fact, backwards English, which helped to keep gramatical rules intact. Other inspiration for the language came from Russian, as well as nonsensical and made-up words.
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."
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Brian Thompson (Peter Rabbit) is the only actor to appear in both Alien Nation (1988) and Alien Nation (1989).
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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).
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Captain Grazer's first name is spelled "Bryon". His full name can be seen in several episodes on the glass window in his office door.
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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.
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