War of the Worlds is a Canadian/American science-fiction television series that ran for two seasons, from 07 October 1988 to 19 May 1990.
The series is a sequel to the 1953 film The War of the Worlds, a loose adaptation of the novel of the same title by H.G. Wells, using the same war machine designs and often incorporating aspects from the film, radio adaptation, and the original novel into its mythology.
Though the original film’s producer, George Pal, envisioned a TV series from the same film sometime in the 1970s, it was not until the late 1980s that a series was finally realised, this time by television producer Greg Strangis. The show was a part of the boom of first-run syndicated television series being produced at the time. It was later shown in reruns on the Sci Fi Channel.
The series was filmed in Toronto, Canada.
Outline of Series 01, Episode 01
In 1953, a worldwide alien invasion would have eliminated humanity had the extraterrestrial invaders not been vulnerable to the indigenous bacteria on the planet. Now an accident at a dumpsite revives the comatose aliens who then shortly attempt to resume the war they started 35 years ago.
The War of the Worlds Series (1988-1989)
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The War of the Worlds Film, TV Series & Documentaries
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Production & Filming Details
- Creator: Greg Strangis.
- Composer (Season 01): Billy Thorpe.
- Composer (Season 02): Fred Molin.
- Production: Hometown Films, Paramount Domestic Television, Ten Four Productions, and Triumph Entertainment.
- Distributor: Paramount Domestic Television (1988-2006), CBS Paramount Television (2006-2007), and CBS Television Distribution (2007-2018.
- Release Date: 07 October 1988.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US and Canada.
- Language: English.