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Kang & Kodos, The Simpsons

Voiced by Harry Shearer and Dan Castellaneta, Kang and Kodos are aliens from the fictional planet Rigel VII and appear almost exclusively in the "Treehouse of Horror" episodes of The Simpsons. The duo has appeared in at least one segment of all twenty-one Treehouse of Horror episodes. Sometimes their appearance is the focus of a plot, other times a brief cameo. Kang and Kodos are often bent on the conquest of Earth and are usually seen working on sinister plans to invade and subjugate humanity. They speak the Rigellian language, which, by coincidence, is identical to English. In 1996, Kang and Kodos impersonated Bill Clinton and Bob Dole and ran against each other in the 1996 election. At first, the Americans declared to vote for a third party candidate, but Kang convinced them that the option would be a waste of a vote. As a result, Kang was elected president.


The Coneheads, Saturday Night Live

Natives of the planet Remulak, the Coneheads find themselves stranded on Earth. Their most distinguishing feature is that the tops of their heads are shaped like large cones. Their unearthly appearance, however, is never strongly questioned -- a point from which much of the humor was derived. The only time the shape of their head has ever come into question is in the film (by Tom Arnold in a quick cameo). When questioned by Earth neighbors as to their strange behavior, they inevitably reply that they are "from Remulak, a small town in France". The original sketch, which aired on Saturday Night Live on January 15, 1977, featured Dan Aykroyd as father Beldar, Jane Curtin as mother Prymaat, and Laraine Newman as daughter Connie. Aykroyd said he developed the idea for the Coneheads based on the Moai, the mysterious and ancient stone statues of Easter Island.


Alf, Alf

In Alf, a sitcom that aired on NBC from 1986 to 1990, alien Gordon Shumway, or ALF (an acronym for Alien Life Form) follows an amateur radio signal to Earth and crash-lands in the garage of the Tanners. The Tanners are a suburban middle class family in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles CA) area. The family consists of social worker Willie, his wife Kate, their teenage daughter Lynn, younger son Brian, and their cat Lucky. In the series finale, ALF is about to be rescued by other survivors from his home planet, but is instead captured by the U.S. military, and his fate is left unresolved. This was apparently not supposed to be the finale, as it originally aired with the words "To Be Continued" on the screen. The producers supposedly had a verbal agreement with NBC to produce at least one more episode to resolve the cliffhanger, but NBC never made good on the deal, and the series was canceled. Happily for fans, however, the story was concluded in the TV movie Project ALF.


Diana, V

Diana, played by Jane Badler, is the sadistic, ruthless and cruel commander of an invading horde of aliens who disguise themselves as humanoids in the tv mini-series V (1983). She made the reptilian alien leader iconic by injecting a wicked ruthlessness into her saucy ice queen role seducing a whole generation of viewers. Nobody will ever forget the mouse swallowing scene. Disturbing? Yes, but if humanity has to be eaten, it might as well be by an alien as hot as Diana! Badler reprised the role of Diana in the short lived sequel in which her daughter Anna has returned to conquer Earth.


Marvin the Martian, Looney Tunes

Marvin the Martian hails from the planet Mars (duh!), and his primary mission in life is to blow up the Earth because it blocks his view of Venus. His weapon of choice, the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator, resembles an ordinary stick of dynamite. Although his is most consistently foiled by Bugs Bunny, Marvin has also done battle with Daffy Duck. Known for trademark quotes such as "Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!", "Isn't that lovely?", and "This makes me very angry, very angry indeed!", Marvin was honored by NASA who put his likeness in miniature on the Spirit rover, a robotic rover that explored Mars from 2004 to 2010.


The Solomons, 3rd Rock from the Sun

The out of this world sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, which aired on NBC from 1996 to 2001, featured John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a group aliens sent to earth (generally considered the least important planet) to observe human beings. Posing as a human family, the Solomons take up residence in the fictional city of Rutherford, Ohio. The leader of the expedition, Dick Solomon, takes a position as a physics professor at Pendelton State University, and in later episodes, the aliens became accustomed to Earth and often seem more interested in their human lives than in their mission. The show derived much of its humour from the contrast between the outward appearance adopted by each of the aliens and his or her actual, internal nature. Dick, far from being a wise and fatherly figurehead, is arrogant, self-absorbed, petulant, faddish, and often downright foolish. Inside Sally’s glamorous form lives the weapons and security officer: uncouth, swaggering, and macho. Tommy, the oldest of the group, is disguised as a teenager, his wisdom and life experience at odds with the strange and often humiliating life in which his teenage persona and raging hormones cast him. Only the oddball of the group, Harry, seems comfortable with Earth – yet he is the weirdest of them all, particularly when his built-in radio function takes unexpected control over his body, relaying orders from the aliens' home world in an odd, authoritative voice.


Mork, Mork and Mindy

Mork, an alien who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man egg-shaped spaceship, is banished from his homeworld because humor is not permitted there. Ordered to observe human behavior, Mork befriends Mindy, a young human female who is stranded after an argument with her boyfriend. Learning that Mork is an alien, she offers to let him live in her attic, and her life is never the same. Mork and Mindy was Robin Williams' first major acting break, and his manic improvisational acting style was perfect for the role of Mork. Williams improvised so many jokes during filming that eventually the scripts left specific gaps where he was allowed to perform freely. In many scenes, Pam Dawber (Mindy) had to bite her lip to avoid laughing and ruining the take.


Superman, Adventures of Superman, Lois and Clark, Smallville

An alien from the planet Krypton, which was destroyed shortly after his scientist father launched young Kal-El to earth, Superman has appeared on tv in many incarnations including The Adventures of Superman (1952-1958), Lois and Clark (1993-1997), and Smallville (2001-2011). The ultimate superhero, or the "man of steel" as he is often called, is an American cultural icon, inspiring not only television shows, but comic books, video games, movies, and even a Broadway musical!


The Doctor, Doctor Who

A British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC, Doctor Who depicts the adventures of a time-travelling humanoid alien known as the Doctor who explores the universe in a sentient time machine called the TARDIS. The doctor (conveniently) has the ability to "regenerate" or take on a new body, allowing him to be played by a number of different actors including William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith. With over 30 seasons now in the bag, Dr. Who is one of the most iconic and long-lived aliens in television history, and the series is recognized in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world.


Mr. Spock, Star Trek

Mr. Spock, portrayed by Leonard Nimoy in the original Star Trek series, serves as first officer aboard the starship Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk. Half-Vulcan, Mr. Spock sports pointy ears and a highly logical brain (not to mention green blood!), and his mixed heritage is an important plot point in many episodes. Along with Captain Kirk and Dr. Leonard McCoy, Spock is largely responsible for the success of the Star Trek franchise which has spawned many spin-off series and movies. In The Wrath of Khan (1982), Spock dies, sacrificing himself to save the ship, but through the scientific miracles of the Genesis Project, he is reborn in The Search for Spock (1984). Although many fans consider Leonard Nimoy to be the only "true" Spock, the role has also been played by Zachary Quinto in the 2009 Star Trek film, as well as by several other actors in Star Trek: Phase II, a fan series.

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