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Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | TV Mini-Series (1983)
When aliens come to Earth to ask for our help, a few suspicious humans discover their horrific true intentions and prepare to resist.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete series cast summary:
Jane Badler ...  Diana 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Durrell ...  Robert Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Faye Grant ...  Juliet Parrish 2 episodes, 1983
Peter Nelson Peter Nelson ...  Brian 2 episodes, 1983
David Packer ...  Daniel Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
Neva Patterson ...  Eleanor Dupres 2 episodes, 1983
Tommy Petersen Tommy Petersen ...  Josh Brooks 2 episodes, 1983
Marc Singer ...  Mike Donovan 2 episodes, 1983
Blair Tefkin Blair Tefkin ...  Robin Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Wright ...  Elias Taylor 2 episodes, 1983
Bonnie Bartlett ...  Lynn Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
Leonardo Cimino ...  Abraham Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
Richard Herd ...  John 2 episodes, 1983
Evan C. Kim ...  Tony Wah Chong Leonetti 2 episodes, 1983
Richard Lawson ...  Dr. Ben Taylor 2 episodes, 1983
George Morfogen George Morfogen ...  Stanley Bernstein 2 episodes, 1983
Andrew Prine ...  Steven 2 episodes, 1983
Hansford Rowe ...  Arthur Dupres 2 episodes, 1983
Jenny Sullivan ...  Kristine Walsh 2 episodes, 1983
Penelope Windust ...  Kathleen Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Alldredge ...  Bill Graham 2 episodes, 1983
Camila Ashland ...  Ruby Engels 2 episodes, 1983
Frank Ashmore ...  Martin 2 episodes, 1983
Jason Bernard ...  Caleb Taylor 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Bond Michael Bond ...  Officer Talbot 2 episodes, 1983
Rafael Campos ...  Sancho Gomez 2 episodes, 1983
Diane Cary ...  Harmony Moore 2 episodes, 1983
Viveka Davis ...  Polly Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Robert Englund ...  Willie 2 episodes, 1983
Ron Hajak Ron Hajak ...  Denny 2 episodes, 1983
Mary Alan Hokanson ...  Ruth Barnes 2 episodes, 1983
David Hooks David Hooks ...  Dr. Rudolf Metz 2 episodes, 1983
Joanna Kerns ...  Marjorie Donovan 2 episodes, 1983
Jenny Neumann Jenny Neumann ...  Barbara 2 episodes, 1983
William Russ ...  Brad 2 episodes, 1983
Michael Swan ...  Officer Bob Briggs 2 episodes, 1983
Stephanie Faulkner Stephanie Faulkner ...  LA TV Studio Assistant Director 2 episodes, 1983
Tom Fuccello Tom Fuccello ...  Senator Raymond Burke 2 episodes, 1983
Wiley Harker ...  UN Secretary General 2 episodes, 1983
Dick Harwood Dick Harwood ...  LA TV Studio Director 2 episodes, 1983
Myron Healey ...  Arch Quinton 2 episodes, 1983
Bonnie Johns Bonnie Johns ...  Woman 2 episodes, 1983
Eric Johnston ...  Sean Donovan 2 episodes, 1983
Curt Lowens ...  Dr. Maurice Jankowski 2 episodes, 1983
Marin May Marin May ...  Katie Maxwell 2 episodes, 1983
Mike Monahan Mike Monahan ...  LA TV Studio Console Man 2 episodes, 1983
Jennifer Perito Jennifer Perito ...  Resistance Member 2 episodes, 1983
Clete Roberts ...  Newscaster 2 episodes, 1983
Nathan Roberts Nathan Roberts ...  LA TV Anchor 2 episodes, 1983
Howard K. Smith ...  Howard K. Smith 2 episodes, 1983
Robert Vandenberg Robert Vandenberg ...  Rebel Camp Leader 2 episodes, 1983
Momo Yashima ...  High School Band Leader 2 episodes, 1983
Denny Miller ...  Visitor Trooper 2 episodes, 1983
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ...  Visitor Captain 2 episodes, 1983


Aliens pretending to be friendly come to Earth and are received openly. The aliens have disguised themselves to look just like humans. When it is discovered that the aliens' planet is dying and that they have come to rape the Earth of its natural resources, the war for Earth begins. An important key to the humans' success is distinguishing their own from who the aliens are. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu> with help

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They come in peace to enslave humankind. See more »


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The end of the first series was left deliberately open-ended with many unresolved plot threats dangling. This was all in the hopes that a cliffhanger ending would generate interest in either a tv series or a second mini-series; and the producers in fact got both! See more »


A Resistance member says that cold-blooded animals are better adapted to cold weather. The opposite is true. If the Visitors where really cold-blooded, they couldn't survive in extreme cold as depicted in the movie. See more »


Mike Donovan: Martin. Say it man! You're scared.
Martin: It's very very dangerous for me here now.
Mike Donovan: [pointing to the wounded man] What does he look like? A sunday afternoon at Disneyland? I'm sure Barbara was scared and Tony too! Hell man! We're all scared! Every damn one of us! But we've all gotta help out in the best way we can. Now how about it man? Are you game?
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To the heroism of the Resistance Fighters --past, present, and future-- this work is respectfully dedicated See more »


Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: Terra Prime (2005) See more »


from Star Wars (1977)
Composed by John Williams
© 1977 Lucasfilm Ltd.
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The thinking man's action miniseries
17 June 2004 | by severe_tdSee all my reviews

"V" is one of those rare TV miniseries that manages to contain action, decent special effects (especially for 1983), and a storyline that actually makes you think. It's not without flaws, but if you overlook its faults, this miniseries can be both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Yes, yes, Kenneth Johnson went over the top with the Visitors' similarities to the Nazis, right down to their "symbol". Yes, there were a few continuity errors and plot points that didn't quite make sense. Yes, you had to suspend your sense of believability in various aspects of the film. However...

The miniseries did a good job portraying a lot of interesting character stories and traits that you don't otherwise find in most action films. Consider the following:

1) Mike Donovan's relationship with his mother was complex and interesting in itself. Donovan's mother, who had apparently been through a tough life, desired power and the ability to live "the good life" so much that she literally closed her eyes to everything that was happening around her. Even the Visitors' kidnapping of her only grandchild didn't faze her. Eventually she completely turned on Mike, and finally turned on her Visitor friend at the end when it appeared the Visitors were losing the war. This sort of character is very real, and I'm sure all of us know people who will switch allegiances at the drop of a hat.

2) The depiction of both earth people who assist the Visitors and the Visitor "5th Column", who are secretly sabotaging their people's own mission, provides us with good examples of people turning on their own kind for reasons of greed or morality.

3) The Daniel Berstein character, obviously looking for direction in life, never quite fitting in with the 1980s earth world, was fascinating. It was totally believable how he fell in with the Visitors and became an officer in their army, just to feel like he belonged. Even the torture of his parents and murder of his grandfather only lightly affected him.

4) The internal squabbling between the Visitor high command was also interesting, especially given that they all generally had the same goal. Diana wanted the mission to proceed as more of a giant scientific experiment, while other Visitor higher-ups wanted it to be strictly a military mission.

Sadly, Kenneth Johnson was not involved with V:The Final Battle, and it showed. The Final Battle was more of a pure action film, while the original V was a lot deeper. Remember the "message" that the humans sent to the Visitor's "enemy", asking for help? Notice that was never referenced again in the Final Battle. Twenty years later, Johnson is picking up where he left off! "V" is going to have a sequel, but it will essentially ignore The Final Battle and pretend it didn't exist. Instead, the humans will be assisted by the Visitors' enemy, who I presume got the message. I hope this miniseries actually gets off the ground and appears on TV. I'd love to see what Johnson can do with it. Supposedly Jane Badler, Marc Singer, and Faye Grant will reprise their roles. I don't understand how they can do such a thing, all being 20 years older. We'll see...

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