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"Dark Skies" (1996) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1996-1997

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21 September 1996 (USA) See more »
History as we know it is a lie.
In 1960s America, a young couple struggle to expose the truth about a hidden alien invasion, while a secret government organization follows its own agenda in dealing with the threat. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 25)

Eric Close ... John Loengard (19 episodes, 1996-1997)

J.T. Walsh ... Capt. Frank Bach (19 episodes, 1996-1997)

Gregory Harrison ... Old John Loengard (19 episodes, 1996-1997)

Lackos ... MIB #6 (19 episodes, 1996-1997)

Megan Ward ... Kimberly Sayers (18 episodes, 1996-1997)

Conor O'Farrell ... Lt. Commander Phil Albano (17 episodes, 1996-1997)

Tim Kelleher ... Jim Steele (11 episodes, 1996-1997)

Charley Lang ... Dr. Halligan (11 episodes, 1996-1997)

Jeri Ryan ... Juliet Stewart (8 episodes, 1997)

Series Directed by
Perry Lang (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
Thomas J. Wright (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
James A. Contner (2 episodes, 1997)

David Jackson (unknown episodes)
Ken Topolsky (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Brent V. Friedman (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Bryce Zabel (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Brad Markowitz (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
Melissa Rosenberg (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
James D. Parriott (2 episodes, 1996-1997)

David Black (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Brent V. Friedman .... supervising producer / co-executive producer (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Robert Parigi .... associate producer (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
James D. Parriott .... executive producer (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Bryce Zabel .... executive producer (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Brad Markowitz .... producer (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Steve Beers .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Mark R. Schilz .... co-producer (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Steve Aspis .... supervising producer (1 episode, 1996)
Bernie Laramie .... co-producer (1 episode, 1996)

Bruce Kernan .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Michael Hoenig (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Series Cinematography by
Steve Yaconelli (17 episodes, 1996-1997)
Series Film Editing by
James Coblentz (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Troy Takaki (6 episodes, 1996-1997)
Lou Angelo (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Andrew Cohen (2 episodes, 1996)
Brian Q. Kelley (2 episodes, 1996)
Series Casting by
Eric Dawson (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Carol Kritzer (1 episode, 1996)
Robert J. Ulrich (1 episode, 1996)

Judith Holstra (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Gregory Melton (11 episodes, 1996-1997)
Curtis A. Schnell (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Series Art Direction by
Michael L. Fox (1 episode, 1996)

Peter Clemens (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Crista Schneider (1 episode, 1996)

Bryan Thetford (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Darryl Levine (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Series Makeup Department
Patrina O'Connor .... star request hair stylist (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Adam Brandy .... makeup artist (17 episodes, 1996-1997)
John Rizzo .... makeup artist / makeup department head (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Andrea Mizushima Jones .... key hair stylist (1 episode, 1996)

Michael Key .... computer makeup design (unknown episodes)
Derik Wingo .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Mark R. Schilz .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Jack Mongan .... post-production supervisor (1 episode, 1996)

Larry Kostroff .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Jack Morgan .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel R. Suhart .... second second assistant director / second assistant director (17 episodes, 1996-1997)
Bob Kozicki .... second assistant director (16 episodes, 1996-1997)
James Dillon .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 1996-1997)

John Moio .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Robert Schick .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Richard T. Schor .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
John Slosser .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Chris Stoia .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
David Brace .... buyer (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Bryan Corbett .... construction foreman (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Walter Lab .... head scenic artist (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Douglas Machala .... swing (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Edmond Scott Ratliff .... set dresser (17 episodes, 1996-1997)
Joe Del Monte .... construction coordinator (15 episodes, 1996-1997)
Brett V. Shirley .... on-set dresser (11 episodes, 1996-1997)
Sean Langdon .... set dresser (9 episodes, 1996-1997)
Carlos Castellanos .... set dresser (6 episodes, 1997)
Bradly E. Breitbarth .... property master (1 episode, 1996)

Aaron Dick .... laborer (unknown episodes)
Scott Duthie .... storyboard artist: action unit (unknown episodes)
Russell Goble .... property master (unknown episodes)
Rusty Gray .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Dervon 'Von' Herron .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Christopher H. Lawrence .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Michael O'Donnell .... lead man (unknown episodes)
Stella Starlight .... buyer (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Robert Crozier .... assistant sound editor (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Marla McGuire .... sound effects editor (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Cathie Speakman .... supervising adr editor (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Jerry Jacobson .... sound effects editor (17 episodes, 1996-1997)
Thomas E. Allen .... sound mixer / production sound mixer (16 episodes, 1996-1997)
Dane A. Davis .... sound effects design (1 episode, 1996)
William Dotson .... sound supervisor (1 episode, 1996)
Mike Olman .... re-recording mixer (1 episode, 1996)

Mike Anderson .... cable person (unknown episodes)
Derek Casari .... dubbing engineer (unknown episodes)
Lee Dragu .... co-supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
William Freesh .... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Vince Garcia .... production sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Marti D. Humphrey .... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Mark Larry .... sound effects designer (unknown episodes)
Ray O'Reilly .... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Vic Radulich .... dialog editor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Ric San Nicholas .... special effects gangboss (13 episodes, 1996-1997)
Hal Miles .... supervisor: animatronic aliens (8 episodes, 1996)
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator (1 episode, 1996)

Jaremy Aiello .... alien effects: Todd Masters Company (unknown episodes)
Thomas D. Bacho Jr. .... alien effects: Todd Masters Company (unknown episodes)
Scott Coulter .... special effects foreman: animatronic effects (unknown episodes)
Bernhard Eichholz .... alien effects: Todd Masters Company (unknown episodes)
Bill Fesh .... alien effects: Todd Masters Company (unknown episodes)
Greg Johnson .... alien effects: Todd Masters Company (unknown episodes)
Lee Joyner .... alien effects: Todd Masters Company (unknown episodes)
Dana Klaren .... animatronics technician/puppeteer (unknown episodes)
Bruce Mattox .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Kristine Morgan .... effects production coordinator: Todd Masters Company (unknown episodes)
Gloria Muñoz .... alien effects: Todd Masters Company (unknown episodes)
Mark Rappaport .... supervisor: animatronic aliens (unknown episodes)
John Shea .... alien effects: Todd Masters Company (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
David E. Duncan .... visual effects supervisor (17 episodes, 1996-1997)
Don Greenberg .... compositor (4 episodes, 1996)

Fiona Bull .... visual effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
David Carlson .... visual effects: Area 51 (unknown episodes)
Karl Denham .... digital artist (unknown episodes)
Wayne England .... visual effects: Area 51 (unknown episodes)
Martin Foster .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Justin Hammond .... 3D digital artist (unknown episodes)
David Jones .... visual effects: Area 51 (unknown episodes)
Tim McHugh .... visual effects producer: Area 51 (unknown episodes)
Sheri Rycus-Weston .... visual effects coordinator: Area 51 (unknown episodes)
Scott Wheeler .... 3D digital artist (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Bret Kiene .... stunt double: Eric Close (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Bob McGovern .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 1997)
Larry Nicholas .... utility stunts (2 episodes, 1997)
Rick Avery .... stunts (1 episode, 1996)
John Moio .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1996)

Jennifer Badger .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
Cheryl Bermeo .... stunts: Nurse (unknown episodes)
Chris Blackwood .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Mark Chadwick .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Scott Duthie .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Art Hickman .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Will Leong .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Monty L. Simons .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Gene Williams .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Cruz .... best boy grip (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Michael Maloney .... grip (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
David A. Santos .... grip (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Frank Keever .... key grip (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
David L. Parrish .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Richard Sands .... gaffer (1 episode, 1996)

James F. Cornick .... chief rigging gaffer (unknown episodes)
Lance Fisher .... additional camera operator (unknown episodes)
George Holmes .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
David Maddux .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Robert Sharman .... video playback operator (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Scott Wheeler .... supervising animator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Shawn Dawson .... casting assistant (1 episode, 1996)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Halperin .... set costumer (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Stacey Seeds-Ferrence .... set costumer (18 episodes, 1996-1997)

Gilda Texter .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Bill Weinman .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1996)

Angie Brodar .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Marilyn McMahon Adams .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Andrew Schwartz .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Location Management
Gary Kesell .... location manager (2 episodes, 1996-1997)

Larry Pearson .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Brett Williams .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Marty Wereski .... music editor (1 episode, 1996)
Series Transportation Department
Ted Basso .... production van driver operator (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Mel Langford .... driver (17 episodes, 1996-1997)
Steve Hellerstein .... transportation captain (1 episode, 1996)

Mark Brown .... driver: production van (unknown episodes)
Thomas Garris .... driver (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Peggy O'Neal .... adr loop group (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Ingrid K. Lohne .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Hilton Smith .... production accountant (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Stacy Radford .... assistant production coordinator (1 episode, 1996)
Randa Rai Slack .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1996)
Melissa Rosenberg .... executive story editor (1 episode, 1996)
Adam Sigel .... script coordinator (1 episode, 1996)
Jeff Wachtel .... consultant (1 episode, 1996)

Julia Bent .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Brian Bieber .... executive production assistant (unknown episodes)
Flip Filippelli .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Barbara Gregson .... film researcher (unknown episodes)
Rhonda Hyde .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Mike Jones .... title designer: main titles (unknown episodes)
Stacey Kosier Box .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Tracy L. Moody .... script supervisor: second unit (unknown episodes)
John D. Sarviss .... aerial coordinator (unknown episodes)
John West .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Barbara Whiting .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

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60 min (including commercials) (20 episodes)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Eric Close (John Loengard) and the narrator Gregory Harrison (Old John Loengard) are the only actors to appear in all 20 episodes of the series. In second place is Megan Ward (Kimberly Sayers), who appeared in every episode except "Dark Skies: Strangers in the Night (#1.18)" (1997).See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Very likable show that was very underrated, 23 January 2015
Author: The Grand Master from Australia

Although this was a very likable show, it was very underrated as many people dismissed this show as another imitation of The X Files therefore it was going to be very hard to compete against a superior show with a larger fan base. Although Dark Skies didn't attract a bigger audience at the time on TV, it's good to see it does have its fans out there over 18 years later.

Set in the 1960's, John Loengard (Eric Close) and Kimberly Sayers (Megan Ward) are a young couple on the run from the U.S. Government who work to uncover the truth about an alien invasion that planned to invade Earth through a manipulation of historical events and famous figures. As well as the alien invasion, a secret government organisation named Majestic 12 led by Captain Frank Bach (the late J.T. Walsh) has its own agenda in dealing with the threat. I enjoyed the fact the show featured famous people such as Jim Morrison, The Beatles, Ed Sullivan, Robert Kennedy, J. Edgar Hoover, Marilyn Monroe and President Harry S. Truman.

I first saw this as a 13 year old when it first aired on Australian TV in 1997 and it has me hooked and very intrigued. I was disappointed when the TV show was later cancelled after one season due to low ratings as I would have liked to have seen the show continue on as it did have a lot going for it.


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