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Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 9:39 a.m. PST

On another thread, I expressed an affection for the old Gerry Anderson series UFO. Another user replied with:

When do we get The Invaders?

I think it appropriate that we settle the matter like gentlemen -- with a poll!

My top three:

3. The X-Files (1993): Starting with a "monster of the week" format, the series over time developed a "myth arc" incorporating UFO contact lore and conspiracy theories with the zeitgeist of the 1990s. This atmospheric and tense show culminated in a 1998 theatrical film, which was supposed to mark a transition from a television to a movie franchise. The Fox Network had other ideas, renewing the series for several more seasons, undercutting the groundwork of the early episodes, and betraying a gradual loss of focus and passion.

2. War of the Worlds (1988): A syndicated series produced in Canada, loosely based on the 1953 George Pal film of the same name. In the show, the aliens had lain dormant since the 1950s, but were now rising up to possess human hosts. A small band of experts was formed to battle the rather small invasion (seriously, the show was made on a shoestring budget). A fun series, particularly for late-night viewing, but executive meddling changed it to more of a post-apocalyptic show in its second (and final) season.

1. UFO (1970): Thunderbirds producers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson made the leap from children's programming to adult SF drama with this series. Set in the (then) near future of the 1980s, a secret organization named SHADO was formed to combat an extraterrestrial invasion while striving to keep knowledge of the aliens from the public. The show lasted for only one season, but elements of the proposed second season found their way into the Andersons' later Space: 1999.

So, what's your favorite?


willthepiper20 Apr 2019 9:47 a.m. PST

I have fond memories of the original 'V' (TV series from the '80s). No doubt, if I were to try re-watching, I'd be completely turned off. (I managed to complete avoid the remake, even if it did feature Morena Baccarin…)

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 10:04 a.m. PST

Really liked Alien Nation when it was on. Occasionally catch a rerun and it is still entertaining.

evbates20 Apr 2019 10:10 a.m. PST

Battlefield L.A.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 10:27 a.m. PST

I also liked "V" & Alien Nation.
Never cared for "X files"

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 10:30 a.m. PST


Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 10:41 a.m. PST


The Invaders


All great shows

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 11:00 a.m. PST

Never saw V, but I really liked V and V!

How about ‌Empire or How the West was Won?

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 11:14 a.m. PST



Earth:Final Conflict

The Invaders

And as a child…Captain Scarlet!

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 12:35 p.m. PST



Then, the one with the post-apocalyptic insurgency against the aliens, produced a few to 10 years back – can't recall the name right now. Mainly centered on the East Coast, with 6-legged "chitters" as human/alien hybrids.

The Invaders, though I don't recall a lot about them – been a very long time since I've seen that show. Was excellent back in the day though, for us dinosaurs.

Oberlindes Sol LIC20 Apr 2019 12:36 p.m. PST

I think my top two are The X-Files and The Invaders. I saw a few episodes of Colony and Dark Skies, they both looked pretty good and maybe someday I'll sit down and watch them.

The 1953 movie War of the Worlds, which I saw on television as a boy in the mid-1960s, gave me nightmares for years. 2001: A Space Odyssey gave me worse nightmares, but only for maybe a few weeks.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 1:36 p.m. PST

Ah yes, Dark Skies that's the one. Quite entertaining, especially toward the end of the series, when the CGI really ramps up.

Worth checking out, since it is quite good. Even decent acting, which for some shows is hard to come by.

War of the Worlds would come in 5th for me, though very close to 3 and 4.

Dynaman878920 Apr 2019 1:41 p.m. PST

Dark Skies was my favorite. The others were too hooky or not really alien invasion in my opinion. V has WAY too hooky for example while Alien Nation was not Alien Invasion.

Actually just remembered – SciFy's Defiance is my favorite. Though still flawed it didn't strive to include EVERY alien invader Cliche the way Dark Skies did.

microgeorge20 Apr 2019 2:00 p.m. PST

I believe it was called "Falling Skies". Great series.

Musketballs20 Apr 2019 2:26 p.m. PST

'The Tripods'

BBC series in the 80's. Possibly the cheapest alien invasion ever. Fantastically naff.

And the first two episodes of 'V'. The last few had too many Deus Ex's.

Legion 420 Apr 2019 2:41 p.m. PST

Too many to really choose. But generally I like many of the different iterations of WotW movies …

Gear Pilot20 Apr 2019 3:28 p.m. PST


Space Above and Beyond

Taken (mini-series)


Dark Skies

Falling Skies

The Invaders

First Wave

(sorry, I couldn't stop at 3)

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 4:37 p.m. PST

Not a series but I consider this the ultimate invasion show. Mars Attacks!

Gaak, gaak gaak, GAAK!
Translation: We come in peace.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2019 1:21 a.m. PST

Falling Skies
My Favorite Martian

Walking Sailor21 Apr 2019 6:33 a.m. PST

"Dark Skies" tried to explain every bit of '70's history within the context of a greater alien conspiracy. It was interesting to watch how the writers worked it all in. A theme which has been used since. It was like a box of chocolates, you never knew just which conspiracy you'd get.

Vigilant21 Apr 2019 8:42 a.m. PST

UFO and Captain Scarlet top my list. Enjoyed Dark Skies and Falling Skies. Never saw any of the others on TV.

Dynaman878921 Apr 2019 10:19 a.m. PST

Oops – change mine from Dark Skies to Falling Skies. Too many skies to get names correct…

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2019 12:33 p.m. PST

SG1, technically earth was invaded several times.

And they discovered several aliens living there for hundred years.

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2019 6:06 p.m. PST

What, no Dr. Who? Someone once told me about Dr. Who that "it's surprising how many aliens want to take over the Earth and Dr. Who always saves the day. Guess time travel can do that for you."

Wolfshanza21 Apr 2019 10:42 p.m. PST

My favorite martian ? evil grin

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Apr 2019 7:50 a.m. PST

You had me at

surprising how many aliens want to take over the Earth

Legion 422 Apr 2019 3:31 p.m. PST

I was a very big SG1 fan and all the SG series !

Musketballs22 Apr 2019 5:41 p.m. PST

Most of the time, SG-1 technically *are* the alien invaders…

Legion 423 Apr 2019 3:31 p.m. PST

Good point ! evil grin

Lost Wolf26 Apr 2019 6:47 p.m. PST

V and UFO stand out to me

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2019 6:48 a.m. PST

In Stargate SG-1 and Doctor Who, the Earth gets invaded all the time, so I would say leave 'em in. I also hope that Bill leaves in Alien Nation (call it a variation on a theme). Just to round things out, I'll throw in Mork and Mindy and Invader Zim. Invaders don't have to be competent to count.


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2019 7:15 a.m. PST

Mork & Mindy


My Favorite Martian

Rocky & Bullwinkle, "The Jet Fuel Formula" (Season 1)

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