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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 »
Officer Maria Puente:[voice over, as she confesses on why she killed Tuggle, Sikes former partner] You have to understand something about me. Before I was a cop , I was a guard. At the woman's prison in Chino. You can't imagine the kinds of things that go on in there. What woman do to other woman. Particulary if they find out that a woman was a guard or a cop...
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Movie Connections:
Followed by Alien Nation: The Enemy Within (1996) (TV)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Yet another example of a decent show being cancelled prematurely, 7 May 2006
Author: Mel J from Dundee, Scotland

'Alien Nation' was probably was one of the best sci-fi shows of its time, taking the buddy cop idea and adding in aliens.

A television series, based on the 1988 James Caan film, revolves around Detective Matt Sikes and his alien partner George Francisco. George's people were slaves who managed to escape their masters and are now making a new life for themselves on Earth, where they sought refuge. The aliens' arrival not only bring about much bemusement as human struggle to adapt to their new guests, who have many quirks such as getting drunk on soured milk and the fact it takes three for them to have a child, but there is much prejudices between the two races.

'Alien Nation' had the humour and action that you'd expect of any cop series but with the added intrigue of how humans would cope with such an event, touching upon racial tensions between the two races that are clearly analogy of what America was like in the Sixties as black people fought for their right to equality. That said, the serious issues raised doesn't detract from this being a fun and entertaining show as we see the situations reckless Matt gets into with the calmer, family man George.

It's just a shame it was cancelled only after one series (although Fox obviously realised their idiotic mistake as they revived the characters in the Nineties with a number of made-for-TV films). Why do decent shows never get a chance to prove themselves?

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