Hard Time on Planet Earth

CBS (ended 1989)


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Jesse is an alien from another planet, convicted of political crimes and sent to Earth which is to serve as his "prison." He is accompanied by a small floating robot, "Control," which is charged with guarding and supervising him as his parole officer. Both are quickly adrift in a strange world with unfamiliar customs, and Jesse has to make his way through Earth (specifically Los Angeles), hoping for the day when his sentence is lifted (which will occur when he learns compassion) and he can return home. Like most drifters that get their own TV series, Jesse finds himself each week embroiled with crooks preying on the innocent and ends up using his alien powers to help them. ==================== Awards -- Young Artist Awards 1990 -- Nominated -- Best Young Actor Starring in a TV Movie, Pilot or Special -- Jacob Vargas =============== Memorable Quotes: [repeated line] Control: Negative outcome. Not good. ===================== Release dates USA -- 1 March 1989 UK -- 19 August 1990 France -- 17 December 1990 ======================= CREW: Directed by Timothy Bond James A. Contner Bill Corcoran Roger Duchowny Michael Lange Robert Mandel Ric Rondell Al Waxman Ed Zuckerman Writing credits (in alphabetical order) Michael Piller Original Music by Joseph Conlan Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp Production Management Albert J. Salzer .... unit production manager Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Steve Cohen .... second assistant director Skip Surguine .... second assistant director Sound Department Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor (uncredited) Stunts Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts Kenny Bates .... stunts Larry Nicholas .... stunts Other crew Karen Bellamy .... costumer Deena Burkett .... title designermoreless