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"Alien Nation" Alien Nation (1989)

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Alien Nation: Season 1: Episode 0 -- As resentment toward the Tenctonese Newcomers builds, Sikes and Francisco investigate a string of murders that appears to be the work of a giant, insect-like creature.


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Writers (WGA):
Rockne S. O'Bannon (characters)
Kenneth Johnson (written by)
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Original Air Date:
18 September 1989 (Season 1, Episode 0)
A bigoted human policeman in the L.A. of the future and his alien partner learn to live with each other's... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Gary Graham ... Detective Matthew Sikes

Eric Pierpoint ... Detective George Francisco

Michele Scarabelli ... Susan Francisco

Lauren Woodland ... Emily Francisco
Sean Six ... Buck Francisco
Terri Treas ... Cathy Frankel

Molly Morgan ... Jill Molaskey

Jeffrey Marcus ... Albert Einstein (as Jeff Marcus)

Jeff Doucette ... Burns

Ron Fassler ... Captain Bryon Grazer

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Sergeant Dobbs

L. Scott Caldwell ... Lyddie

Diane Cary ... Jill's Mother
William Frankfather ... Purist Leader
Ketty Lester ... Teacher

Loyda Ramos ... Officer Maria Puente

Tim Russ ... Ronald Ketnes
Brian Smiar ... Priest
Evan C. Kim ... Doctor Lee
Tony Acierto ... Marcus

Jeff Austin ... Randall
Terry Beaver ... Newcomer Cop
Lisa Bowman ... Miranda
Jade Calegory ... Mark

George Cheung ... Rowdy #2

Gus Corrado ... Laundry Manager
Robert Allan Curtis ... Impound Yard Supervisor

J. Trevor Edmond ... Blentu
John William Evans ... Vagrant
Brooks Anne Hayes ... Receptionist
Marco Hernandez ... Tito
Kevin Hurley ... 2nd Street Person

John Kirby ... Supporter

Aaron Lustig ... Amos N. Andy
Melora Marshall ... Woman Purist
Joe Mays ... Informant
Richard Mehana ... Dr. Hurwitz
Martha Melinda ... First Streetperson
Catherine Paolone ... Diane Cooper
John Patrick Reger ... Dr. Ramna

Bert Rosario ... Bernardo
Andrea Stein ... Homeowner
Tierre Turner ... Black Kid
Steve Vandeman ... Rowdy #1
Ed Williams ... Newcomer

Biff Yeager ... Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roger Aaron Brown ... Sgt. Bill Tuggle (uncredited)
Gene Cross ... Alien Cop (uncredited)

Brigitte Graham ... Alien Child (uncredited)

Charles Howerton ... Opening Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Conrad Hurtt ... Squad Room Officer (uncredited)
Noon Orsatti ... Svabo (uncredited)

Nikki Pelley ... Alien Nurse (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Kenneth Johnson 
Harry Longstreet 
Writing credits
Rockne S. O'Bannon (characters)

Kenneth Johnson (written by)

Produced by
Kenneth Johnson .... executive producer
Art Seidel .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph Harnell 
Cinematography by
John McPherson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alan C. Marks 
Production Design by
Francis J. Pezza 
Makeup Department
R. Christopher Biggs .... special makeup effects artist
Steve LaPorte .... special makeup effects artist
Rick Stratton .... makeup designer
Rick Stratton .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jon H. Epstein .... second unit director
Ray Malinda .... second assistant director
Jason Saville .... dga trainee
Art Department
Dragon Dronet .... key props
Kurt V. Hulett .... set dresser
Scott Nifong .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Charles Bruce .... sound editor
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Michael T. Ryan .... dialogue editor
Erick Jolley .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
R. Christopher Biggs .... 3D matte paintings and compositing
Hoyt Yeatman .... visual effects (uncredited)
Rick Avery .... stunt performer (various episodes)
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt coordinator
Pat Romano .... stunt rigger
Joseph Michael Roth .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary S. Christie .... best boy grip
Riggs Murdock .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Roosevelt Brody .... assistant editor
Ron S. Herbes .... first assistant picture editor
Ron South .... assistant editor
Joan Wrzala .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Transportation Department
Dean E. Mason .... transportation coordinator
James Nordberg .... driver
James Nordberg .... transportation
Tim Sisson .... picture car mechanic
Other crew
Judi Brown .... script supervisor
Scott Mislan .... key production assistant
Scott Mislan .... key set production assistant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kenneth Johnson  developed for television by

Casting by
Meg Liberman 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Reed Altman .... first assistant camera
John Earl Burnett .... director of photography: second unit (as John Burnett)
Other crew
Steve M. Miliotti .... craft service
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

USA:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The alien ship that lands is called the Gruza. "Gruza" is a Russian word that means "cargo".See more »
Opening Narrator:[opening lines] This was the scene in California in California Mojave Desert 5 years ago. The historic 1st view of the Newcomer ship upon it's arrival. The ship was a slave ship carrying 250,000beings, bred to adapt & labor in almost any environment .But they washed ashore on Earth with no way to get back to where they came from. Civil liberties attorneys successfully lobbied for the quarantine and in the last5yrs, the Newcomers have become the latest addition to the population of Los Angeles.See more »
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Follows Alien Nation (1988)See more »


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One of the Best TV Series Ever, 11 June 1999
Author: Brian Wolters from Cabot, Arkansas

This was one of the best TV series made. It featured excellent stories and some of the finest acting for any show on that year. The characters were developed with care and they added more to each of them in every episode. I was very sad when they canceled the show. The TV movies they made were good, but I wish the series could have stayed on. The story arc about the conception and birth of the alien children was brilliant! I give this series an A+.

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