The Invaders (1967-1968)

USA, January - March 1968
2 seasons, 43 episodes, average 50m
35mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

An American science fiction television series created by Larry Cohen.

Premise

Architect David Vincent witnesses the landing of an alien spaceship and uncovers a plot to invade the Earth. No-one believes him and he roams the United States looking for tangible proof of the invasion, pursued by the who have taken human form and who can be identified by their inability to bend their little fingers.

Credits

* = uncredited

Regular Crew
Created by: Larry Cohen
QM Productions
Executive Producer: Quinn Martin
Producer: Alan A. Armer
Theme Music: Dominic Frontiere

Regular Cast
Roy Thinnes (David Vincent)
Bill Woodson [narrator]
Dick Wesson [episode credits narrated by] *

Season One
Beachhead (10 January 1967)
The Experiment (17 January 1967)
The Mutation (24 January 1967)
The Leeches (31 January 1967)
Genesis (7 February 1967)
Vikor (14 February 1967)
Nightmare (21 February 1967)
Doomsday Minus One (28 February 1967)
Quantity: Unknown (7 March 1967)
The Innocent (14 March 1967)
The Ivy Curtain (21 March 1967)
The Betrayed (28 March 1967)
Storm (4 April 1967)
Panic (11 April 1967)
Moonshot (18 April 1967)
Wall of Crystal (2 May 1967)
The Condemned (9 May 1967)

Season Two
Condition: Red (5 September 1967)
The Saucer (12 September 1967)
The Watchers (19 September 1967)
Valley of the Shadow (26 September 1967)
The Enemy (3 October 1967)
The Trial (10 October 1967)
The Spores (17 October 1967)
Dark Outpost (24 October 1967)
Summit Meeting (31 October 1967)
Summit Meeting Part 2 (7 November 1967)
The Prophet (14 November 1967)
Labyrinth (21 November 1967)
The Captive (28 November 1967)
The Believers (5 December 1967)
The Ransom (12 December 1967)
Task Force (26 December 1967)
The Possessed (2 January 1968)
Counter-attack (9 January 1968)
The Pit (16 January 1968)
The Organization (30 January 1968)
The Peacemaker (6 February 1968)
The Vise (20 February 1968)
The Miracle (27 February 1968)
The Life Seekers (5 March 1968)
The Pursued (19 March 1968)
Inquisition (26 March 1968)

Alternative Titles

Les envahisseurs – France
Invasion von der Wega – Germany, West Germany
Los invasores – Mexico, Spain, Venezuela
Os Invasores – Brazil, Portugal
Gli invasori – Italy
Muukalaiset – Finland
Najeźdźcy z kosmosu – Poland
Támadás egy idegen bolygóról – Hungary
Tulnukad – Estonia
Захватчики – Soviet Union
インベーダー – Japan

Remake
The Invaders (1995)

Extracts included in
Science Fiction: A Journey Into the Unknown (1994)

See also
The Aliens Are Coming (1980)

Production Notes

Northern Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers took their name from the aliens' inability to bend their little fingers.

References

Periodicals

  • Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) pp.44-46 – illustrated article (Television fantasy by Stan Nicholls)

Books

  • Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film by Brian J. Robb pp.54-61 – illustrated article; credits
  • Silver Screen Saucers: Sorting Fact from Fantasy in Hollywood's UFO Movies by Robbie Graham pp.127, 153
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.140