Series / Starman

Starman is a 1986 TV series, spun off from the 1984 film of the same name. The starman from the film returns to Earth 15 years later, meets Scott, the son he fathered in the film, and spends a lot of time on the run from the government.


This series provides examples of:

  • Alien Among Us: the whole premise of the show is about an alien who came to Earth 15 years ago for three days and met a woman named Jenny. Now he's back to take care of their son while looking for her.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Paul is quite fluent in the space of hours, even if idioms frequently leave him utterly confused. And then he learns basic Spanish faster than that.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: As in the film, Starman takes on human form while visiting Earth.
  • Amplifier Artifact: Paul and Scott use alien spheres to channel their energy. It's showed in various moments that Paul can manipulate matter in a smaller scale without his sphere, though.
  • Coincidence Magnet: Almost all episodes have law enforcement characters who will always run a check on Paul Forrester. It doesn't help that when it isn't someone looking into Paul, Fox will find them by pure coincidence.
  • Convenient Escape Boat: Justified in The Wedding, since the owner of the boat is friend's with Paul.
  • Energy Beings: this is what Paul is supposed to be on his true, blue self.
  • Flashed-Badge Hijack: Fox does this in Grifters.
  • Hilarity Ensues: Many of Paul's misunderstandings lead to this for the viewer.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad: Scott is the son of an alien dad and a human mom. Since the alien dad took on the DNA of a human man, the genetics are not that hard to explain, even if it is implied that deep down there is something alien about Scott.
  • Innocent Aliens: Paul is baffled by anything from greetings to sneezing.
  • Instant Sedation: both Scott and Paul are shot with sedatives from an helicopter and are almost instantly unconscious.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Paul questions everything to the point that he can be perceived as rude. His unintentional insights do come in handy for a lot of people who see the problem from an entirely new perspective.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Scott, who knew it was going to happen and went for it anyway.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: For someone who has lived 14 years as a normal boy, finding himself a human-alien hybrid and on the run with his alien dad sucks in a lot of levels.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: everything special about Scott. No one ever says anything remotely "you get this from your mother".
  • Masquerade: a whole conspiracy is going on to keep quiet that an alien came 15 years ago, and now is back walking among us.
  • Missing Mom: The main plot arc in the first (and as it turned out only) season was trying to find out what had become of Scott's mother, Jenny. Although the series was a Short Runner, Starman and Scott do find Jenny in the two-part episode "Starscape."
  • The Nth Doctor: As in the film, Starman takes human form by adopting the identity of a recently-deceased human, thus neatly explaining why he's played by a different actor this time around.
  • Psychic Powers: everything Paul and Scott do comes from psychic powers, the most common ones being telekinesis and hologram-like images.
  • Room 101: where Scott and Paul are taken during the Starscape episodes.
  • Secret Keeper: Jenny, obviously, but also Liz Barnes, who keeps sending Paul jobs to help him out. In a lesser degree, everyone who ever finds out the truth and helps them escape from Fox anyway.
  • Stern Chase: Fox is always looking for Paul and Scott, to the point he has no personal life outside his job.
  • They Would Cut You Up: the main reason they run from the government.
  • Time Skip: Fifteen years have passed since the film...
  • Tranquillizer Dart: Fox seems to carry one of this all the time. And then, he finally uses it...
  • Walking the Earth: because Paul and Scott are looking for Jenny all over the United States, they can't settle down in one hiding place.
  • You Make Me Sic: Scott corrects Fox's grammar in the middle of a hostage exchange.
    Fox: Go on. Slow.
    Scott: The word is slowly. It's an adverb.

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