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Title: V

Date: 1983

Vitals: Human-looking aliens appear in big honkin' spaceships asking for mutual cooperation. They subtly begin to take over the planet, and a resistance forms, mirroring historical struggles against fascism. Look, mom! Subtext! Oh, and they're actually lizards masquerading as humans, as though establishing totalitarian rule isn't enough.

Famous names: Written and produced by Kenneth Johnson, who would go on to produce the highly badass Alien Nation teevee series.

Crunchy goodness: 3

Spinoffs/Sequels/Copycats: V: The Final Battle, V: The Series, Alien Nation, Independence Day


Stunt casting: Robert Englund of Freddy Krueger fame as a slow but sweet alien; the first Nightmare on Elm Street film was released the following year while V: The Series was on the air.

Sights you'll never unsee: During an industrial accident involving liquid nitrogen, a guy's hand shatters into a bloody stump. Ouch!

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