My Parents Are Aliens

ITV (ended 2006)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 8 : Ep 14

    Winter Blunderland

    Aired 12/6/06

  • S 8 : Ep 13

    Big Head

    Aired 12/5/06

  • S 8 : Ep 12

    The Plague

    Aired 11/28/06

  • S 8 : Ep 11

    Dan the Man

    Aired 11/27/06

  • S 8 : Ep 10

    Lord of the Bling

    Aired 11/21/06

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tony Gardner

    Brian Johnson

  • Barbara Durkin

    Sophie Johnson (1-3)

  • Carla Mendonca

    Sophie Johnson (3-)

  • Charlotte Francis

    Lucy Barker

  • Alex Kew

    Josh Barker

  • show Description
  • Mel, Josh and Lucy Barker have been in foster care since their parents died, and have survived being shoved around into various new families. But this time they've ended up in the care of two aliens, Sophie and Brian, who have recently landed on earth. Now it's up to the children to keep their foster parents' real identities secret whilst dealing with the normal problems of everyday life.A Granada Production for Children's ITV.Awards & Nominations2001: RTS Awards: won Best Children's Drama Banff Television Festival: won Best Children's Programme for episode "The Family Way" 2002: RTS Awards: won Best Children's Fiction Programme for episode "Enter the Duck" 2003: BAFTA Awards: Best Drama.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (42)

    • Confused Sophie's nerves get the better of her when head-master Mr. Coleman visits - Sophie: "Were you born bald?" Mr. Coleman: "Yes." Sophie: "So you've never had any hair?" Mr. Coleman (trying to keep his patience): "Yes, I have. I was born bald, then I had hair, then it fell out." Sophie: "I see. And were you overbearing and aggressive during the brief period when you had hair?"

    • Brian: Didn't you always have a saying down here about every cloud having a silver lining?
      Mel: Brian, you've been up there. You know it's not true.

    • (Josh, Mel and Lucy discuss how to stop the headmaster visiting the house)
      Josh: We could say Brian had to go away on business, and Sophie should tell Mr. Coleman to come back in a week. And by then we might have how to stop Brain morphing.
      Mel: Sophie can't lie. She told the neighbours she's from Billingshurst.
      Lucy: That's a good lie.
      Mel: ...And Then she got so anxious she chewed the garden fence.

    • (As Josh is planning his party)
      Pete: I never get invited to parties.
      Mikey: You do. You got invited to your Nan's 80th.

    • Mel is looking in the freezer - Mel (finding some frozen sunglasses): "What're these doing here? ... Did you put these here, Sophie?" Sophie: "Yes, I get very hot eyes." ... Mel (finding some pink slippers): "(ahem) I'm sorry?" Sophie: "Oh I get very hot feet." ... Mel (finding a frozen bra!): "And hot breasts too?" Sophie: "No. I've frozen some herbs in there. I think its mint left, parsley right."

    • Upon seeing Brian's allergy-morphing condition - Sophie: (Gasp) Brian: (Gasp) Sophie: "...What if it happens in Marks & Spencers??"

    • (Josh is pushing Lucy off of the team to make way from himself and Mel)
      Josh: Don't make me use the 'I was born first' thing.
      Lucy: (slamming book down angrily) When is that going to run out?!?!

    • Only-child Wendy envys Lucy - "You are SO lucky." (quickly adding) "I mean, having so many in the family, not the dead parent thing."

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    Notes (61)

    • When originally broadcast by CITV, episodes in the first three series originally ran un-interrupted by advertisement breaks. Series four was the first to have an ad break in the middle, and subsequent repeats of episodes from series 1-3 were also later edited as to include a break.

    • In this episode, Josh's two side-kicks at school are Pete, as normal, and another kid, Mikey (Chris Cornwell), who's also seen in the next couple of episodes. By the end of the first series, the familiar trio of Josh, Pete and Frankie would be in place.

    • The first episode of the series plays pretty much like an average episode – it isn't particularly an "introductory" episode, explaining how the aliens landed on each and adopted Mel, Josh and Lucy; just a typical story that could just as easily been slotted anywhere in the first series. It can be assumed that Mel, Josh and Lucy have been living with Sophie and Brian for a few weeks / months. We don't get much solid information about how the three came to live with Brian and Sophie until the third series episode 'Aliens Go Home'.

    • During the quiz, Mel embarrasses herself by calling out the answer to one of the questions – "Angelica Pickles!", who is actually a character from the popular American cartoon 'Rugrats' although angelica is actually a type of pickle, that's why the picked the name. In fact, Mel should be double embarrassed for knowing the answer – not only is it a children's cartoon, but it's on "the other side" (BBC), umm!

    • ...As is Frankie, who, by the second series, would make up the familiar school trio with Josh and Pete (in these early episodes, Frankie and the other two are friends but not quite as close). We also see the origins of short young Frankie's crush on "gorgeous older woman" Mel (who, unsurprisingly, is infuriated by the infatuation) – which would become a re-occurring theme in many future episodes.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of two characters that would become very familiar in the series. Wendy, Lucy's equally-as-brainy best friend (and due to their higher-than-average IQs, her only real close friend), is seen for the first time...

    • Also, this episode has the series' first more mature-orientated gag (unless you choose to count Mel discovering Sophie's bra in the freezer, growing different herbs in each cup, in the first episode, 'Nobody's Perfect', as the first such occasion). In a romantic mood after Josh's lovelorn efforts with Tania Thomas, Brian embraces Sophie, causing various kitchen utensils to go floating and spinning around them. Sophie insists "Stop it Brian. We need protection". (And just as in 'real life', the children, Josh and Lucy, burst in, spoiling the moment – and sending all the utensils crashing to the floor)

    • This episode contains the first in-episode reference to the aliens crashing on Earth (i.e. the first reference to it outside the opening credit sequence). Brain is preparing a bizarre meal, insisting "...This is Sunday lunch. Trust me", to which Sophie dryly retorts "Trusting you is how we crashed on this planet in the first place."

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    Trivia (24)

    • This is a very small nitpick, but when Josh is talking to Mel in the school corridor,the camera does a few close up's on Mel and every it goes back to Josh the collar of his shirt keeps going from being tucked in to half of it sticking out.

    • Wendy's last name seems to be Lee - we see it written on her drawer at school, but from the next series, her last name is given as Richardson!

    • In this episode, Lucy dislikes Wendy's crush on Josh, but in a later episode, Lucy that Wendy going out with Josh would be a good thing.

    • Wendy gets a crush on Josh in this episode.

    • In the scene where Josh pulls Scott into the class-room, he pushes the door closed behind them - yet in several following shots, the door can be seen to be open. After Brian, in the guise of the school games coach, has appeared and retrieved the football tickets from Scott, Scott hurriedly leaves the room – opening the door again as he leaves! (The close up shots were obviously filmed seperately).

    • When Trent sees Sophie and Brian trying to kill the duck, Mel makes up the excuse that they're hardline vegetarians. In a later episode Trent comes round for lunch. Sophie has prepared only meat, hamster to be exact.

    • This is the first appearance of Poppy Manning.

    • Sophie: I'm a jinx, a jonah, I'm bad news I tell you. Howie said the exact same thing in season 2.

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    Allusions (19)

    • Brian : "Right! you get the utility belts i'll warm up the Batmobile!"
      This is a refrence to Batman. Both Batman and his sidekick Robin have utility belts and they have a car called the Batmobile.

    • Brian eats the card with a picture of popstar Billie Piper, who later became famous on Doctor Who.

    • The title Beauty and the Breast is a takeoff on the classic fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast."

    • Beauty and the Breast is an allusion on the title of the popular fairytale, Beauty and the Beast.

    • Sophie: Click your heels together, and say "there's no place like home." This is a reference to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

    • The Invosibibble Mam is an allusion to the title of the 1897 novel, The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells.

    • Burglars Can't Be Choosers is an allusion on the saying, Beggars Can't Be Choosers.

    • When Mel asks Josh if she could use his guitar, he says: "Your Jedi mind tricks won't work on me." This is a reference to Star Wars.

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  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • I was surprised that I actually enjoyed this show. It was not anything completely childish and mindless. It gets worse in the later series, though.

    By Elwingda, Aug 31, 2008

  • This show combines great characters with funny situations creating a wonderful show.

    By Kadodian, Jan 22, 2008

  • My Parents are Aliens attempts to be funny but isn't, is unoriginal in many ways and simply bores you to death.

    By Gazouski, May 05, 2007

  • Tedious.

    By J-o-h-n-n-y, May 04, 2007

  • Stupid!

    By Spongeyfan, Feb 02, 2007

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