Series / 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.