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People of Earth
People of Earth.png
Genre Comedy
Science fiction
Created by David Jenkins
Starring
Composer(s) Mark Mothersbaugh
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Greg Daniels
David Jenkins
Conan O'Brien
Norm Hiscock
Producer(s) Paula Devonshire
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s) Conaco
Deedle-Dee Productions
Warner Horizon Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network TBS
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release October 31, 2016 (2016-10-31) – September 25, 2017 (2017-09-25)
External links
Website

People of Earth is an American science fiction comedy television series created by David Jenkins about a support group for alien abductees as well as the aliens who have previously abducted them. TBS ordered the pilot under the name The Group in May 2015,[1] and announced a 10-episode order in January 2016.[2] The series premiered on October 31, 2016, on TBS. On September 13, 2017, TBS renewed the series for a third season.[3] However, on June 9, 2018, TBS reversed the renewal and canceled the series with season 3 already written.[4]

Plot[edit]

The series follows city journalist Ozzie Graham (Wyatt Cenac), who travels to Beacon, New York to write a piece on a support group, "StarCrossed", for survivors of alien encounters. Although skeptical at first, Ozzie realizes the truth of the group's claims when he begins to recall similar experiences. Ozzie eventually quits his city job and moves to Beacon to further investigate the town's strange occurrences, as well as resolve issues in his past related to his possible abduction.

As the series progresses, Ozzie gradually learns that his employer, Jonathan Walsh, is a reptilian in disguise. Jonathan, who has considered him a friend since he abducted the young Ozzie, explains that an alliance among three races of extra-terrestrials: greys, whites, and reptilians, was sent many years ago to conquer Earth under reptilian leadership. However, in his time on Earth, Jonathan has developed sympathy for humans and wants to expose the truth about the invasion, so he hopes to persuade his alien coworkers and the humans he calls friends to help.

Cast[edit]

"StarCrossed" members[edit]

A support group for "experiencers" – the term they prefer to abductees.

Aliens[edit]

  • Ken Hall as Jeff, a grey working on the alien spaceship (the "Sub-Ship")[2]
  • Björn Gustafsson as Don, a white working on the Sub-Ship[2]
  • Drew Nelson as Kurt, a reptilian working on the Sub-Ship
    • Nelson also voices the deer Ozzie hallucinates after his experience
  • Michael Cassidy as Jonathan Walsh, a reptilian working on Earth as owner of the Glint media empire Ozzie works for[7]
  • Debra Lynne McCabe as Nancy, an android working as Jonathan's Earth assistant
  • Victor Williams as Assessor, a reptilian and senior operative on Earth
  • Peter Serafinowicz as Eric, a floating robotic cube and new boss on the Sub-Ship
  • Ted Jefferies as Eric's guard
  • Paul Lieberstein as Assessor, a reptilian assassin

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Oscar Nuñez as Father Doug, the priest in charge of the church where StarCrossed meets, who renounces his priesthood to pursue a relationship with Chelsea[5]
  • Nasim Pedrad as Agent Alex Foster/Crystal, an FBI agent who was abducted as a baby
    • Pedrad also plays Jasmine, Foster's twin sister
  • Amy Landecker as Debbie Schultz, Richard's ex-wife
  • Michael Crane as John Wheeler, Chelsea's husband
  • H. Jon Benjamin as Officer Lance Glimmer, a police officer working for the aliens
  • Kevin Hanchard as Agent Jim Saunders, an FBI agent working for the aliens, and Foster's superior
  • Eddson Morales as Brian
  • Sam Malkin as Glenn, Richard's neighbor
  • Douglas Nyback as Todd, Richard's boss

Episodes[edit]

Series Overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 October 31, 2016 (2016-10-31) December 19, 2016 (2016-12-19)
2 10 July 24, 2017 (2017-07-24) September 25, 2017 (2017-09-25)

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"Greg DanielsDavid JenkinsOctober 31, 2016 (2016-10-31)U11.100410.91[8]
New York City reporter Ozzie Graham travels to Beacon, New York to do a story on StarCrossed, a support group for "experiencers", victims of alien abduction. Richard explains his theory that every president, for two centuries, has been a reptilian. While skeptical at first, Ozzie soon begins uncovering repressed memories of his own abduction experience.
22"Sponsored By"Andrew GaynordDavid JenkinsOctober 31, 2016 (2016-10-31)U13.124020.79[8]
Ozzie quits his New York City job for one in Beacon, but has some difficulty adjusting to his new life and his alien abduction. Ozzie tries to pick a sponsor at StarCrossed. Ozzie's former boss, Jonathan (a reptilian), tries to convince Ozzie to return to New York City. Jonathan has been using his Glint Enterprises media empire to control and cover-up stories about alien activity. Kurt, another reptilian, goes to Beacon dressed as a human to try and clean up the Ozzie mess, only to be killed in a hit and run by Gina, who was texting while driving. Beacon P.D. Officer Glimmer cleans up Kurt's body as its human disguise wears off.
33"Acceptance"Andrew GaynordBrigitte Munoz-LiebowitzNovember 7, 2016 (2016-11-07)U13.124030.67[9]
Ozzie tries to help Richard face the reality of his failed marriage—his wife is not a missing alien captive, she is simply divorcing him. She admits to being abducted with him, but their marriage was always bad and she still wants a divorce. Officer Glimmer tells Gina that she only hit a raccoon. Gerry and Yvonne investigate Gina's hit and run, figuring out that she hit a reptilian, whose acidic blood burned its shape into the pavement. Jonathan visits the Sub-Ship, the aliens' spaceship, to give Don (a kindhearted white alien) and Jeff (a stuffy grey alien) the bad news about Kurt, which hits them both hard.
44"Past, Present, and Future"Ian FitzgibbonEmily HellerNovember 14, 2016 (2016-11-14)U13.124040.67[10]
Gina's backstory and the origin of StarCrossed is explored. Jonathan, in trouble with the rest of the alien team, tries to goad Ozzie (alien "Subject 28409") into leaving Beacon before he learns more about the aliens. Jeff is angry with Jonathan for getting Kurt killed. The Assessor reveals that the reptilians' agenda (consistent with Richard's theory about presidents) is "travelling light years to an inhabited planet, hiding among their dominant species for two centuries, and subverting them from within." Ozzie's flashbacks reveal that Jonathan visited him during his childhood, in both reptilian and human form.
55"Unexplained"Ian FitzgibbonAlyssa Lane & Alex ShermanNovember 21, 2016 (2016-11-21)U13.124050.81[11]
Chelsea and Father Doug grow close, when he helps her by explaining that "God makes us witnesses to the unexplainable" and that her acceptance of her impossible event (abduction) is a form of faith. Jeff sends signals that mess with the implant in Ozzie's brain, causing pain and hallucinations that lead to hospitalization. Doctors remove the implant just as Jeff tries to wipe Ozzie's brain. Don reminisces about his pleasant time with Kelly during her abduction, deciding to take a job at her favorite coffee shop to be closer to her.
66"Significant Other"Shaka KingCharla LauristonNovember 28, 2016 (2016-11-28)U13.124060.76[12]
With Don working on Earth and Kurt dead, the aliens are months behind on their work. Jeff is stunned to receive a message that the alien MainStation spaceship is coming. Gina organizes a "coming out" for StarCrossed, who each bring a family member to the group meeting. The family members react horribly, but the StarCrossed members develop deeper bonds. Ozzie runs into Father Doug at a bar, leading to a night of drinking and bonding. Father Doug is struggling with the monotony of a small town congregation and his feelings for Chelsea. Ozzie keeps investigating Glint Enterprises.
77"Last Day on Earth"Shaka KingNorm HiscockDecember 5, 2016 (2016-12-05)U13.124070.82[13]
Gerry's historical research tells him that an abduction will happen tonight, so he plans to be the next "experiencer". He finds the courage to tell Yvonne how he feels about her and she fully reciprocates – twice. Don and Kelly go out for drinks and dancing. The Assessor orders Jonathan to kill Ozzie, who is still digging into Glint Enterprises, worrying fellow reptilians Bono and Elon Musk. Jonathan, deeply attached to Ozzie since abducting him as a child, gives him proof of Glint Enterprises' coverups to publish in order to protect them both. Jeff is unable to do the (Gerry's) abduction without Don, who is on his date.
88"Mars or Bust"Rodman FlenderDavid JenkinsDecember 12, 2016 (2016-12-12)U13.124080.76[14]
Ozzie's exposé of Glint Enterprises leads to a job at the New York Times, but they back off after his abduction story is brought into the light. Jeff takes control of Nancy, has her leave Jonathan with no money, then has her join StarCrossed to ruin the group. Officer Glimmer has teenagers abduct and rough up Father Doug, twisting the results to convince Doug to kick StarCrossed out of the church basement. Ozzie salvages the offer from New York, but has another flashback to his childhood abduction when he stops at a particular store on the edge of Beacon. Jeff (through Nancy's eyes) recognizes Gina's car as Kurt's killer. Upset with this discovery, Jeff plans to take revenge on the car's driver.
99"Lost and Found"Rodman FlenderNick AdamsDecember 19, 2016 (2016-12-19)U13.124090.776[15]
Gerry, never abducted and upset that Yvonne doesn't want a relationship, quits the group and goes to work for his dad. When Richard flirts with Nancy, Jeff uses this to learn more about Gina, successfully dismantling StarCrossed from within. Ozzie's parents reveal that they lost him for 48 hours at the store in Beacon, after which he started drawing a reptilian. Father Doug takes a vacation and Chelsea realizes her husband is cheating – she goes to watch Doug's gig with his reunited band. Don is concerned that Jeff is off-mission in his use of Nancy, not realizing that Jeff is about to have Nancy kill Gina.
1010"Snake Man and Little Guy"Greg DanielsAlyssa Lane & Alex ShermanDecember 19, 2016 (2016-12-19)U13.124100.683[15]
Gina helps Ozzie come to terms with memories of his childhood abduction—one memory is revealed to be a young Gina on the alien ship. Ozzie and Gina visit the store in Beacon, and he recalls discovering Jonathan that day with two other reptilians (Kurt and Lewis the store clerk). Don tries to stop Jeff, who justifies that killing Ozzie and Gina now will save them from becoming slaves in ore mines when MainStation arrives. Don warns Jonathan, now living with Officer Glimmer, about Jeff's murderous plans using Nancy. When Jonathan stops Nancy, Jeff triggers her self-destruct—the resulting destruction allows Richard to see that Jonathan is a reptilian. Doug and Chelsea give in to their attraction and act on it fully. Don and Kelly give in to their attraction and leave for Iceland (his fake home). MainStation arrives, but Jeff is surprised when unknown beings, rather than his Commanders, emerge. It is revealed that Jonathan had all eight members of StarCrossed together on his ship decades ago, forming his deep personal connection with them as youngsters/young adults (Margaret). Gerry is finally abducted.

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
111"New Beginnings"Ian FitzgibbonDavid JenkinsJuly 24, 2017 (2017-07-24)U13.128510.646[16]
Ozzie, Gina, and Richard deal with the discovery that Jonathan is a reptilian and try to reorganize StarCrossed. Don tries to maintain his cover story with Kelly. Jeff tries to impress his new boss, a floating robotic cube named Eric, by showing off his latest abductee (Gerry).
122"Uneasy Alliance"Ian FitzgibbonDavid JenkinsJuly 31, 2017 (2017-07-31)U13.128520.743[17]
Agent Foster begins investigating StarCrossed to try and find Jonathan. Jeff worries that Eric is out to get him. Don and Kelly deal with the emotional fallout from their breakup.
133"Gerry's Return"Ian FitzgibbonAaron ShureAugust 7, 2017 (2017-08-07)U13.128530.723[18]
Gerry returns to Beacon with no memory of his abduction but an idea for a board game, which he is compulsively driven to make by hallucinations of Eric. Doug and Chelsea consider advancing their relationship. Ozzie and Foster try to set up a meeting with Jonathan, only for him to go on the run.
144"Always a Day Away"Jennifer CelottaCharla LauristonAugust 14, 2017 (2017-08-14)U13.128540.673[19]
StarCrossed uses Gina's birthday party to distract Foster while Ozzie goes to meet Jonathan. Don tries to come clean to Kelly. Eric orders Jeff to clean out the room where Kurt's body is stored in a preservation chamber; but when Jeff kisses the body goodbye, he is shocked as Kurt miraculously returns to life.
155"Why Can't We Be Friends"Jennifer CelottaAlyssa Lane & Alex ShermanAugust 21, 2017 (2017-08-21)U13.128550.615[20]
Blaming Jonathan for his being fired (actually due to negligence), Richard joins Foster in tracking down Ozzie's meeting with him. The meeting is ambushed by a reptilian hitman sent to track Jonathan down, with tragic results as Ozzie is shot and killed.
166"Aftermath"Ian FitzgibbonBrig Muñoz-LiebowitzAugust 28, 2017 (2017-08-28)U13.128560.669[21]
StarCrossed reels from Ozzie's death, while Alex is suspended from the FBI for refusing to change her official report regarding it. Jonathan returns to the ship, where he begins plotting with the others against Eric. The aliens then abduct Ozzie's casket and store his body in Kurt's preservation chamber.
177"Bee Kind"Ian FitzgibbonDavid JenkinsSeptember 4, 2017 (2017-09-04)U13.128570.666[22]
StarCrossed goes to Alex for help in investigating Ozzie's death. Jeff and Kurt deal with a bee running loose on the ship, while Don recalls a previous abduction gone wrong that haunts him. Chelsea and Doug make a major decision regarding their relationship. Jonathan hunts down the hitman who killed Ozzie and takes revenge.
188"Alien Experiencer Expo"Shaka KingNick AdamsSeptember 11, 2017 (2017-09-11)U13.128580.707[23]
StarCrossed go to an alien experiencers' expo, where Gina tries to get a book deal for Ozzie's story, Richard tries to finally convince Alex of the existence of aliens, and Chelsea realizes she's pregnant. Don tracks down Alex, the baby who was separated from her family during an abduction, at the convention to get some closure and secretly leaves her a note.
199"Truth or Dare"Shaka KingSamantha McIntyreSeptember 18, 2017 (2017-09-18)U13.128590.688[24]
Richard goes to court to get his job back. Gina psychologically prepares Alex to follow a lead on her long lost family: a phone number Don secretly left her. Jonathan tries to get Jeff to confess his feelings to Kurt while the Sub-Ship crew prepares to mutiny against Eric, who is making his own move against StarCrossed.
2010"Game Night"Shaka KingAlyssa Lane & Alex ShermanSeptember 25, 2017 (2017-09-25)U13.12860N/A
Alex reunites with her long-lost twin sister. Jonathan, Jeff, Don, and Kurt launch their mutiny against Eric, who reveals his plan to eliminate StarCrossed by manipulating Gerry into setting up a poisonous trap disguised as a board game. Jonathan barely stops Gerry from releasing the toxins in time, and ends up arrested by Alex, whom he finally convinces of the truth about aliens. Eric escapes and takes control of Don's body; using it, he banishes Jeff and Kurt (who is, yet again, run over and killed) to Earth and abducts StarCrossed.

Production[edit]

TBS first began developing the show in May 2015 and was going by The Group as its working title at the time,[25] and then the pilot was ordered to series with a 10-episode order by TBS in January 2016.[26][27] It was directed by Greg Daniels and shot in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[28]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

People of Earth has received mostly positive reviews from television critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season an approval rating of 92%, based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 7.25/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "People of Earth skillfully grounds its high-concept premise with a strong story, quirky humor, and sweetly relatable humanity."[29] On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 72 out of 100, based on reviews from 20 critics, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".[30]

Mike Hale of The New York Times gave it a positive review, writing: "People of Earth provides a funny line or detail just often enough to keep you watching."[31] Maureen Ryan of Variety also praised the series, declaring "People of Earth may be slight and decidedly modest in its ambitions and execution, but it’s not a show that sets out to mock or belittle unconventional people."[32] The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman said People of Earth was "easily one of the best comedies on television." [33]

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