by Michael RichComment — Updated August 3, 2023

1/10/1967 – 9/17/1968 ABC 60 minutes

Color – 43 episodes
(Jan. 1967 – Jan. 1968 Tues. 8:30-9:30
Jan. 1968 – Sept. 1968 Tues. 10:00-11:00)

Produced by Quinn Martin

Invaders Cast

Roy Thinnes as David Vincent
Kent Smith as Edgar Scoville
Hank Simms as Introductory Narrator (1967 – 1968) (uncredited)
William Woodson as Narrator (1967-1968) (uncredited)

Invaders Theme Song

“Invaders” by Dominic Frontiere

Invaders Tidbits

“The Invaders – Alien beings from a dying planet
Their destination – The Earth
Their purpose – To make it their world
David Vincent has seen them, for him it began one lost night on a lonely country road, looking for a short-cut that he never found. It began with a closed deserted diner, and a man too long without sleep to continue his journey. It began with the landing of a craft from another galaxy. Now, David Vincent knows that the Invaders are here, that they have taken human form. Somehow he must convince a disbelieving world that the nightmare has already begun .”

I maintain no objectivity here. This was a great show. One of my favorites. And naturally, it didn’t last more than a year.

Architect David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) is overtired after a long drive and after taking toward a shortcut down a dark and isolated road, ends up at Bud’s Cafe. He hears a loud noice and then sees a spacecraft landing. He learns that the occupants are aliens from a dying planet who plan to take over Earth by impersonating humans.

When he tries to convince authorities of what he has seen, they dismiss him as a nutjob. But David Vincent knows that he must stop them to save the Earth.

At first he is alone in his fight, but then he finds the Believers, (“The Believers” 12/5/1967) led by Edgar Scoville (Kent Smith). There are supposed to be seven of them but we only meet Elyse Reynold (Carol Lynley) and Bob Talman (Anthony Eisley). I’m sure we could have known the other four Believers if they hadn’t cancelled the show!

In 1995 they tried to resurrect the show in a mini-series starring Scott Bakula as Nolan Wood, with an appearance by Roy Thinnes.


Kent Smith died in 1985.Invaders - Roy Thinnes
Roy Thinnes

Invaders - Roy Thinnes
Roy Thinnes

Invaders - Roy Thinnes
Roy Thinnes

Invaders Trivia
X-Files tie-in
Roy Thinnes would play the recurring role of Jeremiah Smith, an alien on the X-Files!”Talitha Cumi” 5/17/1996
“Herrenvolk” 10/4/1996
“This Is Not Happening” 2/25/2001

External Links
TV Guide’s Invaders Page, with TV Listings, Photos, Videos, Exclusive News and More.

Invaders Trivia
About the Aliens
Some of them have a crooked 4th fingerMost aliens are emotionless, but the few who do have feelings are mutants.

Alien leaders are called imaginatively, Leaders.

They have no hearts, thus no pulse, no blood.

They die by disintegrating into a glowing light.

They have to regenerate and have glass chambers for this. When it’s time to recharge, they begin to glow.

They can reproduce by passing electricity through seawater.

Pure oxygen kills them.


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