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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Gary Graham ...  Detective Matthew Sikes 22 episodes, 1989-1990
Eric Pierpoint ...  Detective George Francisco 22 episodes, 1989-1990
Michele Scarabelli ...  Susan Francisco 22 episodes, 1989-1990
Lauren Woodland ...  Emily Francisco 22 episodes, 1989-1990
Sean Six Sean Six ...  Buck Francisco 22 episodes, 1989-1990
Terri Treas ...  Cathy Frankel 22 episodes, 1989-1990
Jeffrey Marcus ...  Albert Einstein 22 episodes, 1989-1990
Ron Fassler ...  Captain Bryon Grazer / ... 22 episodes, 1989-1990
Jeff Doucette ...  Burns 14 episodes, 1989-1990
Molly Morgan ...  Jill Molaskey 13 episodes, 1989-1990
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs ...  Sergeant Dobbs / ... 13 episodes, 1989-1990
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Storyline

A flying saucer crashed in the Mojave Desert and its inhabitants turned out to be alien slaves, bred to be super intelligent and strong, and controllable by their Overseers. These Tenctonese, or "Newcomers", have been assimilated (sort of) into the population of Los Angeles. One of them, George Francisco, is a police detective with a human partner, Matthew Sikes. George and Matt fight crime together, while learning to respect the other's culture, and question his own. They also fight prejudice, as personified by the Purists, and fear, in the form of the unseen Overseers, who seek to regain control over their slaves. Written by Kathy Li

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Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

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USA

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English

Release Date:

18 September 1989 (USA) See more »

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Spacecop L.A. See more »

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(22 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Quotes

Susan Francisco: Are you always this pissy when you're conducting an investigation?
Detective George Francisco: Susan, I believe "pissy" is a vulgar word.
Susan Francisco: Really? Gee, I hear it used all the time.
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Followed by Alien Nation: Alien Nation (1989) See more »

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The Best Sci Fi Show I've Ever Seen
25 March 2008 | by funky_cherry86See all my reviews

Normally I'm not a fan of sci fi but something about this series changed my opinion Alien Nation is probably one of the best cop shows that was on TV. A slave ship carrying an alien race known as the Tenctonese crashed in the Mojave Desert near the city of Los Angeles five years ago. They have been bred to have great strength and quick intelligence, hard edged Officer Matt Sikes, played by Gary Graham is teamed up with a newcomer officer George Francisco (Pierpoint). Although the two mismatched cops have many differences and issues they have to work together thrown into the mix is George's family wife Susan (Scarabelli), young daughter Emily (Woodland) and teen aged son Buck (Six). Meanwhile Sikes must also deal with his budding romantic feelings for his neighbor and scientist Cathy Frankel (Treas) a gorgeous newcomer.

What I like most about the show is the humorous and difficult moments that are displayed when prejudice is shown towards the newcomers, also it's interesting to see a romantic relationship developing between a human male and a tenctonese female but what's a love story without the hurdles of interspecies romance.

For fans of sci fi classics Alien Nation is the number #1 show to watch.


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