Jesse, an alien exiled to Earth, finds himself in Los Angeles. His only companion is a floating, orb-shaped robotic parole officer named Control. Doomed to stay on Earth until Jesse can ... See full summary »

Creators:

Jim Thomas, John Thomas
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1989  
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Martin Kove ...  Jesse 13 episodes, 1989
Danny Mann Danny Mann ...  Control / ... 13 episodes, 1989
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Jesse, an alien exiled to Earth, finds himself in Los Angeles. His only companion is a floating, orb-shaped robotic parole officer named Control. Doomed to stay on Earth until Jesse can show compassion, Control helps him lead as normal a life as possible, but not knowing Earthly ways Jesse often finds himself in trouble. Written by Tony Meier <discokid@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jesse aus dem All See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes) | (13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Predator 2 (1990) was released a year after the show's premiere. The film was written by Jim and John Thomas and is about a extra terrestrial warrior in Los Angeles whom hunts cops and gangsters for spot. See more »

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[repeated line]
Control: Negative outcome. Not good.
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Loved it then. Love it now.
27 April 2005 | by hagiadzo1See all my reviews

I was 13 years old when "Hard Time" first appeared on the air. It's understandable that it didn't do so well with the viewing audience in the late '80s. I, however, wasn't a member of that demographic and loved the show.

The special effects used to create Control, main character Jesse's floating, orange, orb-like companion, seemed so cutting edge back in "the day." Looking at the Incredibles or Shrek today, the little guy seems to pale in comparison.

The show tends to consist of Jesse running around in his leather jacket, blue jeans and white sneakers, jumping long distances, tearing up things and throwing people when he brushes with authorities. He often uses violence. I guess he was just learning how to adapt to life on planet earth, huh?

I'm strangely drawn to the show today, 16 years after it was cancelled. What's the appeal? I have no clue what it could be besides pure reminiscence.

I have all 13 episodes on DVD, which I bought on goldmonkey.com. They were copied from a less-than-spectacular videocassette. Some even include commercials that weren't cut during the original taping.


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