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

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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 Aspis .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Bruce Kernan .... producer (unknown episodes)
Bernie Laramie .... co-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)

Judith Holstra (unknown episodes)
Carol Kritzer (unknown episodes)
Robert J. Ulrich (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Gregory Melton (11 episodes, 1996-1997)
Curtis A. Schnell (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Series Art Direction by
Peter Clemens (unknown episodes)
Michael L. Fox (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Crista Schneider (unknown episodes)
Bryan Thetford (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Darryl Levine (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Series Makeup Department
Patrina O'Connor .... star request hair stylist (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Adam Brandy .... makeup artist (18 episodes, 1996-1997)

Andrea Mizushima Jones .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Michael Key .... computer makeup design (unknown episodes)
Derik Wingo .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Mark R. Schilz .... unit production manager (1 episode, 1997)

Larry Kostroff .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Jack Mongan .... post-production supervisor (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 (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Bob Kozicki .... second assistant director (15 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 (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Bryan Corbett .... construction foreman (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Walter Lab .... head scenic artist (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Douglas Machala .... swing (19 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 (10 episodes, 1996-1997)
Carlos Castellanos .... set dresser (6 episodes, 1997)

Bradly E. Breitbarth .... property master (unknown episodes)
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 (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Marla McGuire .... sound effects editor (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Cathie Speakman .... supervising adr editor (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Jerry Jacobson .... sound effects editor (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Thomas E. Allen .... sound mixer / production sound mixer (16 episodes, 1996-1997)

Mike Anderson .... cable person (unknown episodes)
Derek Casari .... dubbing engineer (unknown episodes)
Dane A. Davis .... sound designer (unknown episodes)
William Dotson .... sound supervisor (unknown episodes)
Lee Dragu .... co-supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
William Freesh .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Vince Garcia .... production sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Marti D. Humphrey .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Mark Larry .... sound effects designer (unknown episodes)
Ray O'Reilly .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Mike Olman .... sound 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 (14 episodes, 1996-1997)
Hal Miles .... supervisor: animatronic aliens (9 episodes, 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)
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator (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 (5 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)

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)
John Moio .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Steve Rizzo .... 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 (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Michael Maloney .... grip (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
David A. Santos .... grip (19 episodes, 1996-1997)

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)
Richard Sands .... 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 associate (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Halperin .... set costumer (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Stacey Seeds-Ferrence .... set costumer (19 episodes, 1996-1997)

Gilda Texter .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Angie Brodar .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Marilyn McMahon Adams .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Andrew Schwartz .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Marty Wereski .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Ted Basso .... production van driver operator (19 episodes, 1996-1997)
Mel Langford .... driver (17 episodes, 1996-1997)

Mark Brown .... driver: production van (unknown episodes)
Thomas Garris .... driver (unknown episodes)
Steve Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
John Tamburro .... helicopter pilot (2 episodes, 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)
Larry Pearson .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Stacy Radford .... assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Randa Rai Slack .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Melissa Rosenberg .... executive story editor (unknown episodes)
John D. Sarviss .... aerial coordinator (unknown episodes)
Adam Sigel .... script coordinator (unknown episodes)
Jeff Wachtel .... production consultant (unknown episodes)
John West .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Barbara Whiting .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Brett Williams .... location manager (unknown episodes)

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USA:60 min | 60 min (20 episodes)
Color (Technicolor)
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The series was pitched in a single day to ABC, CBS and NBC. Fox was avoided due to the concept's overt similarities to their hit series "The X-Files." Each network received a classified "briefing book" written by Zabel and Friedman, wrapped in plain brown paper, which warned that by opening the package they accepted the high level clearance it implied and the full penalties set by the U-S government for unauthorized disclosure. By the end of the day, two offers had been made, and the series went to NBC.See more »
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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Before its time, 12 February 2005
Author: pfelon from United States

This show would be a smash hit today, with the state of science fiction being as mainstream as it is. I hated how NBC bounced it around so much; it never had a chance to establish itself (NBC has a habit of this, i.e. the John Larroquette Show).

It was very bold for a television show to link major historical events into a government conspiracy, but I think this show handled it very well and didn't make it seem hokey or dumb. At the core, this show was just thoroughly entertaining, whether you're really into science fiction or not. If you haven't seen it, I think the Sci Fi channel still shows them occasionally.

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