Starman


Starman Information

Starman is an American science fiction television series, starring Robert Hays and Christopher Daniel Barnes and continuing the story from John Carpenter's 1984 film. The series ran on the ABC network from September 19, 1986 to May 2, 1987. The series was an adaptation and sequel to a movie of the same name produced in 1984.

Storyline

The series takes place fifteen years after the film's story and features the return of the alien as a clone of a deceased photojournalist named Paul Forrester to spend time with his now teenage son Scott Hayden, Jr (Christopher Daniel Barnes) as they try to avoid a U.S. government agent and find the missing Jenny Hayden.

Each episode of the series had the fugitive father and son moving from place to place meeting people that were in need of some assistance, while Scott tries to explain to his alien father what it means to be a human being. Each has a small silvery sphere of alien material, about 3"4 cm in diameter, that allows a trained mind to project thoughts to carry out telekinesis in some limited manner. Starman is fairly adept, but Scott needs to learn how to focus. In one episode, "Blue Lights", Scott creates a picturesque image of a rotating ring of blue lights.

Starman and Scott are also trying to stay one step ahead of government UFO investigator George Fox (Michael Cavanaugh), who will not tolerate Starman and Scott running free in society. Once, when Starman tells Fox that children are the world's future, Fox reacts with hostility to imply that Scott is some sort of mutant, and therefore not acceptable. Starman, however, holds no malice toward Fox, and even treats a life-threatening injury before he and Scott make their escape. (This, again, has similarities to The Fugitive, with Dr. Kimble occasionally saving the life of his own nemesis, Lt. Gerard.)

In a two-part episode, "Starscape", Starman and Scott find Jenny Hayden (Erin Gray) living as an artist, under the name Karen Iseley, in Arizona. One more episode, "The Test", aired after the two-part episode, that tried to pave the way for a second season, but the series was canceled.

Episodes

  1. "The Return" "
  2. "Like Father, Like Son" "
  3. "Fatal Flaw" "
  4. "Blue Lights" "
  5. "Best Buddies" "
  6. "Secrets" "
  7. "One for the Road" "
  8. "Peregrine" "
  9. "Society's Pet" "
  10. "Fever" "
  11. "The Gift" "
  12. "The System" "
  13. "Appearances" "
  14. "The Probe" "
  15. "Dusty" "
  16. "Barriers" "
  17. "Grifters" "
  18. "The Wedding" "
  19. "Fathers and Sons" "
  20. "Starscape, Part 1" "
  21. "Starscape, Part 2" "
  22. "The Test" "

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1988 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Drama Series Christopher Daniel Barnes
Best Family Television Drama Series
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DVD release

The entire series was released on DVD in at least Region 1 format, on April 16, 2012.




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