|Aliens in the Family|
|Created by||Andy Borowitz|
|Written by||Susan Borowitz|
|Directed by||Tom Trbovich|
|Starring||John Bedford Lloyd|
|Theme music composer||Todd Rundgren|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Andy Borowitz|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production companies||Jim Henson Productions|
The Stuffed Dog Company
|Audio format||Dolby Surround|
|Original release||March 15 –|
August 31, 1996
Aliens in the Family is an American science fantasy sitcom that aired on ABC from March 15 to August 31, 1996, conceived as part of its TGIF lineup.
The show was about single dad Doug Brody (John Bedford Lloyd), who is abducted by single alien mom Cookie (Margaret Trigg). The two fall in love, get married, and try to live a normal life on Earth as a mixed family. Much of the humor of the series was derived from gags involving the assimilation of the alien family into everyday life — despite being pink and having massive heads. While all of the aliens were puppets (designed by Jim Henson's Creature Shop), everyone on Earth seems to accept their presence, and in spite of possessing technology far superior to that of Earth, the aliens all go about their everyday lives in the same fashion as all the humans.
Although not the focus of the show, the character to receive the most attention in episodes was Bobut, Cookie's infant son. Baby Bobut was a mad scientist constantly plotting grand schemes to get his way and feuding with his nanny, Sally.
The series was created, written and executive produced by Andy and Susan Borowitz. Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson, also served as co-executive producer. The series theme song was written and performed by Todd Rundgren. The series was shot in its entirety at Lifetime Studios in New York City.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Meet the Brodys"||Tom Trbovich||Andy Borowitz & Susan Borowitz||March 15, 1996|
|2||"Bobut Conquers All"||Tom Trbovich||Susan Borowitz & Andy Borowitz||March 22, 1996|
|3||"Cookie Makes Some Dough"||Tom Trbovich||Susan Borowitz & Andy Borowitz||July 27, 1996|
|4||"You Don't Have a Pet to Be Popular"||Tom Trbovich||Susan Borowitz & Andy Borowitz||August 3, 1996|
|5||"Too Good to Be True"||Tom Trbovich||Patricia Marx||August 10, 1996|
|6||"Respect Your Elders"||Tom Trbovich||Susan Borowitz & Andy Borowitz||August 17, 1996|
|7||"Dissected and Neglected"||Tom Trbovich||Charlie Rubin||August 24, 1996|
|8||"A Very Brody Tweeznax"||Tom Trbovich||Susan Borowitz & Andy Borowitz||August 31, 1996|
The show premiered on March 15, 1996; ABC pulled the series from its TGIF lineup after two weeks, replacing the show's scheduled third airing with re-runs of other TGIF programs. The show did not return for over four months and aired the rest of its episodes on Saturday mornings in the summer of 1996.
Jaleel White, who starred as Steve Urkel on another TGIF program (Family Matters), was a vocal critic of TGIF adding Jim Henson programs onto the TGIF block (Aliens in the Family debuted the same year as Muppets Tonight) and speculated that their addition ruined the block's credibility by changing its target demographic from whole families to children.