Lost on Earth
GenreScience fiction
Created byDoug Lawrence
Sy Rosen
Ackbaar Goulding
StarringTim Conlon
Paul Gleason
Stacy Galina
ComposerJim Latham
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producersDavid Steinberg
David Salzman
Quincy Jones
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesHome by Six Productions
Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment
Original release
NetworkUSA Network
ReleaseJanuary 4 (1997-01-04) –
April 2, 1997 (1997-04-02)

Lost on Earth is an American sitcom starring Tim Conlon. The series premiered January 4, 1997 on the USA Network.[1][2] It centers on a group of aliens who took the form of puppets after catching broadcasts of The Muppet Show and a reporter who's forced to work with them on a TV series.


KTEE-TV television reporter David Rudy (Tim Conlon) has just suffered an on-air gaffe that could cost him his job. Rather than be fired, Rudy accepts a demotion from his boss, George Greckin (Paul Gleason), by agreeing to host a children's puppet show. Rudy quickly discovers that the puppets are not props, but are real aliens that became stranded on Earth while exploring the universe. Rudy is also dating the boss's daughter Sherry (Stacy Galina).




No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"They're Alive"Gary BrownSy Rosen & Ackbaar GouldingJanuary 4, 1997 (1997-01-04)9601
An embarrassing on-air incident causes David to get demoted from reporter to host of a puppet show. But when he discovers he's working with aliens who have taken the form of puppets, his show's an unexpected hit.
2"In Arms Way"Gary BrownStory by : Larry Spencer & Vicki S. Horwits
Teleplay by : Larry Spencer
January 11, 1997 (1997-01-11)9602
George demands that David gets rid of armless Ahab, and when he doesn't do it, Ahab finds himself sitting in the local thrift store. Meanwhile, Dave decides to try out for an anchorman job.
3"Commitment"Paul FuscoPhil DoranJanuary 18, 1997 (1997-01-18)9604
After David says, "I love you," Sherry freaks out, dumps him, and begins dating meathead anchorman Brad Shaw (John O'Hurley). Meanwhile, in a moment of vulnerability, Angela kisses Bram.
4"Freedom"Paul FuscoLarry Spencer & Phil DoranJanuary 25, 1997 (1997-01-25)9605
The aliens get a chance to mingle at the TV station's costume party.
5"Metamorphosis"Gary BrownDoug Chamberlin & Chris WebbFebruary 1, 1997 (1997-02-01)9603
In an effort to win David's affections, Angela makes herself up to look like Sherry. The plan backfires and gets David into trouble with both Sherry and the new sponsors.
6"Acceptance"Paul FuscoRick Rogers & Frank SantopadreFebruary 8, 1997 (1997-02-08)9606
The aliens have been stalking Seinfeld star Michael Richards, and in an attempt to cover, David blurts out that Richards is an old friend. Suddenly, George expects an exclusive interview.
7"Nick Knows"Peter BaldwinTBDunaired9607
8"Puppet Love"Phil RamunoTBDunaired9608
9"Guaranteed Not to Shrink"Rick LockeTBDunaired9609
10"Father's Day"Gary BrownTBDunaired9610
11"Where There's Smoke"Gary BrownTBDunaired9611
12"Death of a Custodian"Gary BrownTBDunaired9612
13"Going Home"Paul FuscoTBDunaired9613


Steven Linan of the Los Angeles Times called the series "mirthless" and "a lost cause". Linan also stated that the show is "too silly for adults and too coarse for kids".[1] John Levesque of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer did not find the series funny, and said that the scripts were "unimaginative" and "unprofessional".[3] Claude Brooks of The Palm Beach Post said the series "isn't that bad", however "the puppets are funnier than the humans". Brooks referred to the series as essentially "3rd Rock from the Sun meets The Muppet Show".[4]


  1. ^ a b Linan, Steven (January 4, 1997). "USA Adds Sitcoms 'Earth' and 'Crib'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  2. ^ Dempsey, John (December 4, 1996). "USA bumping up original output". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  3. ^ Levesque, John (January 3, 1997). "'Jag' is Back But Not Much Better; 'Lost on Earth' is Just Plain Lost". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. p. 34.
  4. ^ Brooks, Claude (January 4, 1997). "USA's New Offerings Fall Short". The Palm Beach Post. pp. 4.D.