The Invaders

ABC (ended 1968)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 26


    Aired 3/26/68

  • S 2 : Ep 25

    The Pursued

    Aired 3/19/68

  • S 2 : Ep 24

    The Life Seekers

    Aired 3/5/68

  • S 2 : Ep 23

    The Miracle

    Aired 2/27/68

  • S 2 : Ep 22

    The Vise

    Aired 2/20/68

  • Cast & Crew
  • Roy Thinnes

    David Vincent

  • William Woodson

    Narrator (uncredited)

  • Hank Simms

    Introductory Narrator (uncredited)

  • Kent Smith


  • Edward Asner


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  • "The Invaders, alien beings from a dying planet. Their destination: the Earth. Their purpose: to make it "their" world. David Vincent has seen them, for him it began one lost night on a lonely country road, looking for a short cut that he never found. It began with a closed deserted diner, and a man too long without sleep to continue his journey. It began with the landing of a craft from another galaxy. Now, David Vincent knows that the Invaders are here, that they have taken human form. Somehow he must convince a disbelieving world that the nightmare has "already" begun."moreless

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  • Quotes (7)

    • Opening Narration: How does a nightmare begin? For David Vincent, architect, returning home from a business trip, it began at a few minutes past four on a lost Tuesday morning, looking for a shortcut that he never found. (pause) It began with a welcoming sign that gave hope of black coffee. It began with a closed deserted diner and a man too long without sleep to continue his journey. In the weeks to come, David Vincent would go back to how it all began... many times.

    • Closing Narration: How does a nightmare end? Not here in forgotten town of Kinny. Perhaps, in Bakersfield. Perhaps, in some in undiscovered beachhead in another state or another continent. Perhaps, for David Vincent, it will never end.

    • Opening Narration: Is it an intrigue or paranoia? There was no doubt in the mind of David Vincent, a renowned physicist, Doctor Curtis Lindstrom discovered the truth, the invaders were on Earth and in a week, in a meeting with his colleagues, Doctor Lindstrom would give the news to the world and then, perhaps David Vincent could relieve his charge, everything seemed so simple.

    • Closing Narration: For David Vincent another beachhead was destroyed. For the invaders, it was proved that the human race could never be enslaved.

    • Closing Narration: For a moment, in the desert South of Rosario, a man and woman came together across a void of space and time. Two people, star crust from alien worlds. In the months to come, David Vincent will remember that moment.

    • Opening Narration: Three weeks since the report of the crash and strange glowing lights have brought reporters, the air force and David Vincent to the border town Rosario. Betrayed by his own kind and left to die under a blazing sun, he retains a vision of a ship launched by another kind, under another sun. Now, the air force and reporters are gone, and David Vincent remains to begin the search again.

    • Barney (into the mic as he talks to David at the airport tower): Thanks a lot Stacy!

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    Notes (3)

    • This episode was remade in 1977 for "Quinn MartinĀ“s Tales of the Unexpected"; it was retitled "The Nomads".

    • The main alien named Magnus that 'befriends' Vincent, played by Michael Rennie, is the same actor whom played the main alien in the classic movie original, "The Day the Earth Stood Still."

    • A personal 'favorite' episode of some, with similarities to the 50's classic sci-fi film 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'...well written, has a very 'creepy' feel to it, concludes with an excellent climactic scene as Vincent traps the Invaders and their plants in a greenhouse...also noteworthy is the cast in this episode, which includes multi-Oscar winner Gene Hackman in an early TV role and future M*A*S*H regular Wayne Rogers.

    Trivia (31)

    • As David went to look out the window of the cafe, he held his left hand behind him holding his cigarette. However, as Kathy touched him on the back, he had both hands on the curtains with his cigarette his his right hand.

    • The photos David finds are all taken from the previous episode "Beachhead". The alien ship is from the opening title sequence, and the shots of the regeneration cylinders are from the power station.

    • This episode marks the first time we see the aliens disintegrate upon being killed which will be a regular part of nearly all the episodes to follow.

    • This episode takes place in Texas, but the location is wrong. The tall plants, called Joshua trees, are not found in Texas, but are found in California. Something else not found in Texas is the Gila Monster, a venomous lizard with a natural range that includes parts of S.E. California, Arizona, and S.W. New Mexico, not Texas.

    • Why doesn't David kill the two alien captors he knocks out? This would not only eliminate the threat, but any loss of personnel would hinder the alien operation.

    • For a security man and former cop Tom makes a serious mistake. After knocking out the armed alien patrolling outside the mine, he fails to disarm the alien, making him a renewed threat when he awakes, and also passing up evidence in the form of the "ray gun" of the alien presence on Earth.

    • Tom leads David up on some rocks to show him the abandoned mine. It is strange that David didn't notice the mine earlier, since he was walking from that direction at the beginning of the act.

    • David is in close physical contact with Millington, yet he doesn't notice the bulky alien gun Millington produces a moment later when he attempts to shoot him.

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  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • An Inspirational Series

    By Ministry_Fox, Dec 29, 2011

  • A weekly never miss from my childhood!

    By jawsthecabbie, Mar 26, 2011

  • When searching through the list of great television sci-fi series, The Invaders must be listed near the top, if not the very top.

    By D-LinkUK, Nov 09, 2007

  • Credit it for inspiring other, better shows, but not all that impressive by itself.

    By jamoon2006, Sep 15, 2008

  • The aliens are among us...

    By DojinFan_2K, Apr 05, 2008

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