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Complete series cast summary:
...  Detective Matthew Sikes 22 episodes, 1989-1990
...  Detective George Francisco 22 episodes, 1989-1990
...  Susan Francisco 22 episodes, 1989-1990
...  Emily Francisco 22 episodes, 1989-1990
Sean Six ...  Buck Francisco 22 episodes, 1989-1990
...  Cathy Frankel 22 episodes, 1989-1990
...  Albert Einstein 22 episodes, 1989-1990
...  Captain Bryon Grazer / ... 22 episodes, 1989-1990
...  Burns 14 episodes, 1989-1990
...  Jill Molaskey 13 episodes, 1989-1990
...  Sergeant Dobbs / ... 13 episodes, 1989-1990
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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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Brian Thompson (Peter Rabbit) is the only actor to appear in both Alien Nation (1988) and Alien Nation (1989). See more »

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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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Great show
13 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the better shows out there. It deals with racism in a really positive way and isn't "preachy" or "cuddly". There are a few problems (Why would people who dissolve in salt water choose to live in a coastal city like Los Angeles?) but those are easily overlooked.

The show is really well done and makes some great references to todays society. The new race has drug and alcohol addictions, faces discrimination both inside and outside their communities, and struggles to integrate itself into the human world.

One of the ongoing jokes in the series is the newcomer names. They never had names on the ship so they are assigned names by a human agency. A lot of them are comical, like "San Francisco" but some of them are politically incorrect, like calling a mentally challenged newcomer "Albert F---ing Einstein". The middle name was dropped for the series but the character remains.

I recommend it, it is a great show.


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