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The Father Thing 

The world is under attack from aliens. Charlie must make difficult decisions to protect his mother and the human race, as he is among the first to realize that humans are being replaced by dangerous monsters.

Director:

Michael Dinner

Writers:

Philip K. Dick (based on the short stories by), Michael Dinner
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kinnear ... The Father / The Father Thing
Jack Gore ... Charlie Cotrell
Shannon Brown ... Rotko (as Shannon Merrill Brown)
Alana Arenas Alana Arenas ... Detective Fernandez
Terry Kinney ... Mr. Dick
Marc Grapey ... Principal
Jack Lewis Jack Lewis ... Dylan Peretti
Zakk Paradise ... Henry Peretti
Mireille Enos ... The Mother / The Mother Thing
Cole Keriazakos ... Dashiell
Philip Ghantous Philip Ghantous ... Tall Bald Man
Brian Boland ... Mr. Daltry
Ryan Evans Ryan Evans ... The Attendant
Andrew Rothenberg ... Captain Miller
Eric C. Lynch ... Golan (as Eric Lynch)
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The world is under attack from aliens. Charlie must make difficult decisions to protect his mother and the human race, as he is among the first to realize that humans are being replaced by dangerous monsters.

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Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-MA

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Trivia

The school teachers last name is on the whiteboard as Mr Dick, then later he's called Philip. A reference to Philip K. Dick whose short stories this series is based off of See more »

Goofs

Although set in the United States the radio on the car tunes starting ending in even decimal point such as 99.2 instead of the 99.1 or 99.3 of US radio stations. See more »


Soundtracks

It Makes No Difference
(uncredited)
Written by Robbie Robertson
Performed by The Band
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Classic Sci Fi Plot
19 January 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I don't know how many cold war films were made where invaders took over common folk. "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is probably the prototype. This one borrows from that and a host of others, including the series "Stranger Things." Because the character of Charlie is so well drawn, this works. It would seem that the fatal flaw in the aliens is that they need host bodies. Charlie could have been killed at any time, but they wanted to assimilate him. There is good suspense and some interesting kid characters. The closeness of Charlie and his father makes his task so much more dramatic. The cinematography is very good with some quite positive special effects. Greg Kinear as the father is certainly quietly threatening. We can only wonder what will happen next.


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