Alien Invasion: 20 TV Series About Aliens

Mankind has long dreamed of meeting with brothers in mind. However, space remains silent, and reports of encounters with UFOs turn out to be fakes when checked. Making this old dream come true on the screen, filmmakers do not get tired of coming up with new ideas for TV shows about aliens. In fantastic stories, aliens appear either as benevolent humanoids or as bloodthirsty monsters, and contact with representatives of other civilizations can turn into both horror and comedy.

Alien from Space (2021)

Sci-fi novelty movie, based on the popular comic book . The alien arrives on Earth to destroy humanity and prepare the planet for the invasion of his fellows. The humanoid should not attract attention, so he hides under the guise of a hermit doctor . Gradually, the hero is drawn into the life of the local community, makes friends and abandons his original intentions.

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Original title:
Resident Alien

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, comedy, detective

Actors:
Alan Tudyk, Sarah Tomko, Cory Reynolds …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Blue Book Project (2019 – 2020)

At the center of a new foreign series with a high rating about UFOs and aliens is a research team created by the US Air Force. An astrophysicist, pilot and ufologist study the anomalies seen in the sky. What was recorded by observers does not fit into the framework of existing scientific ideas, and in the course of joint work, the existence of a large-scale conspiracy is revealed.

Original title:
Project Blue Book

Genre:
Fiction, thriller

Actors:
Aidan Gillen, Michael Malarkey, Laura Mennell …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


War of the Worlds (2019)

The Alien War series is a loose adaptation of the novel written by science fiction classic HG Wells. A French astrophysicist discovers strange signals sent by sentient beings. Soon, numerous probes fall on the planet, killing earthlings with electromagnetic impulses. Ruthless aliens arrive from the star Ross 128 and seek to exterminate humanity completely. Only a few survivors try to resist the invaders.

Original title:
War of the Worlds

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:
Leah Drucker, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Gabriel Byrne …

Country:
UK, France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Extinction (2017)

An artistic fantasy series about space and aliens trying to revive extinct humanity. The aliens claim that they are guided by noble goals, but people have vague, but well-founded doubts. The situation becomes even more complicated when it becomes clear that it was this alien race that caused the death of mankind.

Original title:
Extinct

Genre:
Fiction, action, thriller, drama, detective, adventure

Actors:
Chad Collins, Victoria Atkin, York Fryer …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.2


Colony (2016 – 2018)

An excellent series about the invasion of aliens who have established a cruel dictatorship on Earth. A former FBI agent is forced to work for a puppet government to avoid legal trouble. The hero must expose the rebels who are fighting the regime. The investigation leads the agent to his own wife. The plot is inspired by the life of Parisians during the Nazi occupation.

Original title:
Colony

Genre:
Fantasy

Actors:
Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
16+


Childhood’s End (2015)

In the series about the invasion of aliens based on the story of the same name by Arthur C. Clarke, the epoch-making event takes place in a purely peaceful manner. After the arrival of huge spaceships, wars stopped, the sick were healed, and a real utopia set in. Positive changes taking place under strict control do not suit everyone, and the struggle for freedom intensifies on the planet.

Original Title :
Childhood’s End

Genre:
Fantasy, Thriller, Drama

Actors:
Mike Fogel, Ozi Eckheil, Daisy Betts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.9


Beyond (2014 – 2015)

A female astronaut returns from a long space expedition. The heroine is very happy to meet her husband, but the happy family reunion is overshadowed by a strange incident: the woman is pregnant , although she used to be barren. According to all calculations, fertilization could only occur in space, which means that mysterious extraterrestrial forces are involved here.

Original title:
Extant

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Halle Berry, Pierce Ganon, Grace Gummer …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.6


Woven by Destiny (2014)

A romantic series about aliens on Earth received rave reviews from viewers who appreciate sensual melodrama. The government has imprisoned aliens from another planet in the reservation. After several years, it was decided to integrate space guests into society. Teenagers who are unfamiliar with earthly peers get the opportunity to go to a regular school – and one of the teenagers meets his love in an educational institution.

Original title:
Star-Crossed

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, romance

Actors:
Matt Lanter, Aimee Teegarden, Gray Damon …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Challenge (2013 – 2015)

An attempt by aliens to take over the Earth led to a fierce war and made life on the planet incredibly difficult. After the armistice, the dangers did not decrease. Wild deserts , warring states, ruthless gangs make existence simply unbearable. The heroes want to get to Antarctica, where, according to rumors, the primordial world has been preserved, but circumstances prevent them from continuing their journey.

Original title:
Defiance

Genre:
Fantasy, action, drama

Actors:
Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Falling Skies (2011 – 2015)

The top series about an alien invasion continues with an action-packed story where the remnants of almost destroyed earthlings wage a selfless struggle against the invaders who arrived from outer space. Former professor of history after the attack of aliens retrained as a combat commander. The hero will have to deal a crushing blow to the enemy, as well as rescue his son from captivity.

Original title:
Falling Skies

Genre:
Fiction, action, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Noah Wylie, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Event (2010 – 2011)

The programmer’s girlfriend disappears without a trace on the eve of the wedding . Relatives of the disappeared do not even have memories of the existence of the bride. The hero rushes in search and tries to figure out all the oddities. An independent investigation leads a man to a global conspiracy on a planetary scale, where the highest echelons of power and messengers from other worlds are involved.

Original title:
The Event

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, Ian Anthony Dale …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.0


Visitors (2009 – 2011)

A modern remake of the series from the eighties about the invasion of the Earth by aliens. The creatures who arrived on spaceships brought new technologies and healing from many diseases. Earthlings enthusiastically met brothers in mind. An FBI agent, investigating the activities of terrorists , comes to the conclusion that messengers from other worlds enlisted the support of the local population with only one goal – to deliver a mortal blow at the right time.

Original title:
V

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Elizabeth Mitchell, Morena Baccarin, Morris Chestnut …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007 – 2020)

Spin-off of the cult British television series Doctor Who. The main character was one of the companions of a mysterious humanoid, boldly traveling to different points in space and time. Flights across the Universe are a thing of the past. Becoming a journalist , a woman investigates cases of alien activity and saves people from the extraterrestrial influence of other civilizations.

Original title:
The Sarah Jane Adventures

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, family

Actors:
Elizabeth Sleyden, Daniel Anthony, Alexander Armstrong …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Torchwood (2006 – 2011)

An offshoot of the popular television series Doctor Who focuses on an organization founded by Queen Victoria to fight the alien enemies of the Crown. Employees of the secret department have accumulated a lot of knowledge and even acquired technologies from other worlds. Agents monitor all kinds of anomalies and investigate crimes related to extraterrestrial interference.

Original title:
Torchwood

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
John Barrowman, Eve Miles, Burn Gorman…

Country:
Great Britain, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Doctor Who (2005 – 2021)

In the list of the best science fiction series about space creatures, a worthy place is occupied by the exciting dramatic and comedic adventures of the Time Lord on an interstellar ship in the form of a police box. The eccentric Doctor, occasionally changing incarnations and companions, travels to different parts of the universe, finds himself in the most unimaginable situations and comes to the rescue of those who need help.

Original title:
Doctor Who

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, comedy, adventure, family

Actors:
David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.7, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Limit (2005 – 2006)

A terrible incident happened on a ship on the high seas. Part of the crew died, and part disappeared without a trace. The government commission conducting the investigation notices a trace of extraterrestrial origin in a suspicious case. Alarmed by an unexpected discovery, a team of scientists is trying not only to understand the situation, but also to prepare humanity for an invasion from outer space.

Original title:
Threshold

Genre:
Fantasy, action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Carla Gugino, Brian Van Holt, Brent Spiner …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.3


Alien City (1999 – 2002)

The descendants of the humanoids who crashed near Roswell live in an American town, pretending to be ordinary people. Messengers from distant stars are trying to get to know the world around them better, figure out their abilities and find a way to return home. Problems begin when one of the heroes gives himself away by healing a seriously wounded girl with the help of superpowers.

Original title:
Roswell

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fer…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.5


First wave (1998 – 2001)

Various misadventures fall upon a security specialist with a criminal past. The hero does not even suspect that he has become a victim of an experiment of an alien mind preparing an invasion of Earth. Acquaintance with an unknown manuscript of the French prophet Nostradamus explains the essence of what is happening and portends the proximity of the first wave of a nightmarish invasion.

Original title:
First Wave

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama, detective, adventure

Actors:
Sebastian Spence, Rob LaBelle, Roger Cross…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.2


Stargate (trilogy, 1997 – 2008)

The TV series continues the events of the 1994 film of the same name. The interdimensional portal allows you to quickly move to the other end of the galaxy. Dozens of research teams are sent to explore other worlds and look for other technologies. Knowledge about previously unknown civilizations is needed not only for the sake of idle curiosity, but also to repel the aggression of serpentine parasites.

Original title:
Stargate SG-1

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Drama, Adventure

Actors:
Richard Dean Anderson, Christopher Judge, Amanda Tapping…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.4

Age Limits :
16+


Third planet from the Sun (1996 – 2001)

In a mind-blowing comedy, the members of a space alien expedition pretended to be ordinary people in order to better understand humanity. The boss – Big Giant Head – constantly gets in touch with his subordinates and throws up dreary tasks. It is not easy for the members of the expedition to complete the mission, because the earthly appearances do not at all correspond to the characters of the aliens.

Original title:
3rd Rock from the Sun

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy, family

Actors:
John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, Joseph Gordon-Levitt …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.7

Age Limits :
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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