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Show Type: Sci-Fi

First Telecast: September 18, 1989

Last Telecast: July 26, 1991

Broadcast History:

September 1989-September 1990, Monday 9:00-10:00 on FOX

June 1990-July 1991, Friday 9:00-10:00 on FOX


Detective Matthew Sikes..... Gary Graham

Detective Georg Francisco..... Eric Pierpoint

Susan Francisco..... Michele Scarabelli

Buck Francisco (age 17)..... Sean Six

Emily Francisco..... Lauren Woodland

Cathy Frankel..... Terri Treas

Albert Einstein..... Jeff Marcus

Burns (1989)..... Jeff Doucette

Sergeant Dobbs..... Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs

Captain Brian Grazer..... Ron Fassler

Jill (1989)..... Molly Morgan


Set in Los Angeles in 1995, Alien Nation was both a futuristic cop show and a thinly veiled commentary on racial intolerance.

Matt and George were partners on the L.A.P.D., whose backgrounds were, literally, worlds apart. Matt was a divorced, streetwise, hardened cop, just trying to survive. George was a Newcomer, one of the hundreds of thousands of "people" from the planet Tencton whose spaceship - a slave transport in transit to another planet - had crashed in the Mojave Desert a few years earlier. the Newcomers, who were derisively referred to by the prejudiced as Slags, had taken on Earth names and tried to assimilate into the population of Los Angeles. Although generally humanoid in appearance, they had enlarged craniums (they were smarter than humans), mottled skin pigmentation instead of hair, and vestigial ears. Newcomers learned faster then humans, aged much more slowly, and were physically much stronger - all traits that did nothing to endear them to the Purists who wanted them out of Los Angeles and off the planet.

George was the first Newcomer to rise to the rank of detective on the L.A.P.D. He was generally gentle, quiet, and introspective. His analytical approach to crime fighting was often at odds with Matt's impulsive tendency to violent action. George's wife, Susan, worked at an advertising agency, and their two children, teenage Buck and preteen Emily, were both in school. It was through the eyes of the Francisco family that viewers saw the problems of cultural prejudice.

Other Newcomers in the cast were Cathy Frankel, a biochemist who lived in Matt's building (to whom Matt was attracted, despite his confusion over what to do about it), and Albert Einstein, a maintenance man at the police station where Matt and George worked.

One of the most unusual story lines dealt with the pregnancy of the Francisco's. Susan only carried the fetus for the first part of the pregnancy, with George carrying it to term and actually giving birth to the little Vesna late in the season.

Fox aired reruns of Alien Nation during the summer of 1991. Adapted from the 1958 movie of the same name starring James Caan and Mandy Patinkin.