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    Alien Nation TV series

    I just finished watching Alien Nation on Tubi. I have never seen it before. I just watched the movie about 6 months ago. I really enjoyed the series. The main characters were well fleshed out and showed growth as the series progressed. I really liked how much time and care Kenneth Johnson obviously gave to developing the Newcomers backstory and George's family's dynamic. I was shocked at how in-your-face racism was presented. I was taken aback at several racist words used, including the N word several times, very risky for 1989 television. Gary Graham and Eric Pierpoint were really great as partners. I thought Gary played Sikes a little different than James Cann had, but Eric really played George almost the same as Mandy Patinkin did. Of course it is too bad there was not a second season, especially with that cliff hanger! This series could just as easily have been made today with the controversy in the U.S. over immigrants. It is really too bad that the FOX network was having financial problems at the time and that is why there weren't more seasons. I would like to see the made for tv movies that were produced. I've seen the price for the dvd set of them, little high for me. So what other 1 or 2 season shows do you think should have went longer? Of course Battlestar Galactica. I would also submit Planet of the Apes, Kolchak The Night Stalker, Logan's Run, The Time Tunnel, Quark, V(1984 version), Buck Rogers.

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    Have you watched the Alien Nation TV Movies?

    Alien Nation: Dark Horizon (1994) (TV Movie)
    Alien Nation: Body and Soul (1995) (TV Movie)
    Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy (1997) (TV Movie)
    Alien Nation: The Enemy Within (1996) (TV Movie)
    Alien Nation: Millennium (1996) (TV Movie)

    They fill in on the series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apenutncc1701 View Post
    Of course it is too bad there was not a second season, especially with that cliff hanger! This series could just as easily have been made today with the controversy in the U.S. over immigrants. It is really too bad that the FOX network was having financial problems at the time and that is why there weren't more seasons.

    I love "Alien-Nation", and pull out the DVDs every couple of years or so and watch the entire series, and then usually the movies...

    Yeah, it definitely sucks that there wasn't a second season-What stings is that "AN" *was* renewed for a second season, then FOX changed that at the last minute and went with cheaper to produce sitcoms.

    Regarding the cliff-hanger, if you're able to find the movies, the first of the reunion movies pretty much picks up where the TV series left off, so that story is mostly resolved. The only thing that isn't resolved is Buck kissing the human at the end of the final TV episode, but the rest is taken care of.

    I agree that a reboot would be great, but some of the stuff they'd cover would probably be too hot to handle for some in today's climate. Still, it wouldn't hurt to try it

    I definitely agree that "Planet of the Apes" and "Kolchak-The Night Stalker" should have gone on longer that they did.

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    CW Star Crossed

    The CW tried to do there own version of Alien Nation:
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    Set in the near-future in 2024, the series follows a romance between a human girl named Emery and an alien boy named Roman when he and six others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school. It is filmed and takes place in Louisiana[6] in the fictional town of Edendale.
    but it only lasted for one short season.


    I forgot that Alien Nation was only one season, but then I was reading the comic books so it felt like the series was longer. My comic book dealer told me my order was one of the easiest ones to pull. I was one of the few that ordered Indy Comic Books.
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    Kenneth Johnson has been involved with some cool shows...AN, SMDM, The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, V and I’m sure many more. I even remember Cliffhangers being pretty cool. I’ve heard him on Coast to Coast am, and he’s a great interview! And he’s great on dvd commentaries. He’s full of energy and seems to really care!

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    Like I said, I would like to see the tv movies but the dvd's are just priced too high for me right now. I never said anything about a reboot, I meant shows getting additional seasons when they originally aired.

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    I always thought it was funny how Sam's name OFFICIALLY became George just because Sikes refused to call him Sam

    Even his wife calls him George
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    Um Most of the movies are on youtube...(I provided the links below)

    Alien Nation the series


    Alien Nation: Dark Horizon (1994) (TV Movie)

    Alien Nation: Body and Soul (1995) (TV Movie)

    Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy (1997) (TV Movie)

    Alien Nation: The Enemy Within (1996) (TV Movie)


    On January 25, 2021, it is announced that Jeff Nichols, director of films Take Shelter (2011), Mud (2012), and Loving (2016), is going to remake the film as a ten-part tv show.
    Alien Nation: Millennium (1996) (TV Movie)
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