The Invaders (1967–1968)
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An architect's close encounter with a spaceship leads him to investigate a small town's hydroelectric plant.


Joseph Sargent


Anthony Wilson, Larry Cohen (created by)




Episode cast overview:
Roy Thinnes ... David Vincent
Diane Baker ... Kathy Adams
J.D. Cannon ... Police Lt. Ben Holman
James Daly ... Alan Landers
John Milford ... Sheriff Lou Carver
Ellen Corby ... Aunt Sara
Skip Ward ... Man (as James Ward)
Bonnie Beecher ... Woman
Vaughn Taylor ... Kemper
Mary Jackson ... Nurse


Architect David Vincent, too long without sleep, takes a side road in search of coffee. But Bud's Diner is closed and so Vincent does the only other thing he can: settles in for a nap. An hour later, at 5:00am, a ruddy glow awakens him. He sees the very unexpected: a space vessel landing nearby! Vincent races off to summon the authorities, but when he returns the dilapidated sign reads "Kelly's Diner" and the ship - if that's what it was - is nowhere around. The authorities dismiss his story by Vincent believes in what he saw, and sets out to find proof. Written by CommanderBalok

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller





Release Date:

10 January 1967 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Temecula, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bud's Diner was named for QM Production Manager Bud Brill. See more »


The entry regarding the cop & the motorcycle helmet is not necessarily correct. Many law enforcement agencies in California, in the late 1960's - early 1970's, required all officers to wear a helmet when ever they got out of the patrol car. The type of helmet, worn by the officer, in the episode, is not a motorcycle hermit, It is the standard issue helmet worn by most agencies in California, during that time period and beyond. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] How does a nightmare begin? For David Vincent, architect, returning home from a business trip, it began at a few minutes past four on a lost Tuesday morning, looking for a shortcut that he never found. It began with a welcoming sign that gave hope of black coffee. It began with a closed, deserted diner and a man too long without sleep to continue his journey. In the weeks to come, David Vincent would go back to how it began many times.
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"The Nightmare Has Already Begun"
2 April 2012 | by SombeeKillahSee all my reviews

My 1st time seeing this classic series. Wow what a pilot episode! I'm hooked already! Just started to see this one. Roy Thinnes was the perfect casting for this role of "David Vincent" He has this weird but perfect look about him so naturally "normal" people look at him like he's crazy! Nice intro and the music is right on target! Great score by Dominic Frontiere. Excellent narration by Dick Wesson(A Quinn Martin production's common narrator)

Nice guest stars also. This one had a young Diane Baker(who so looked like a young Debra Winger it's uncanny!) the late great J.D. Cannon, the late great Ellen Corby aka "Grandma Walton", the late great Vaughn Taylor and last but not least the late great Dabbs Greer.

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