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Starman is an ABC network science-fiction series, continuing from John Carpenter's 1984 film of the same name, developed by James Henerson, James Hirsch, Mike Gray & John Mason.

The show aired from September 19, 1986 to May 2, 1987, lasting for one season & 22 episodes.


The series centered on the return of Paul Forrester, an alien who is now the clone of a deceased photojournalist who returns to Earth to reunite with his son, Scott Hayden Jr., where they work together to avoid a U.S. government agent and search for Paul's missing wife, Jenny Hayden.


  • Robert Hays as Paul Forrester
  • Christopher Daniel Barnes as Scott Hayden Jr.
  • Michael Cavanaugh as George Fox

Critical Reception

"Starman" scored a critics' rating of 34 out of 100 on Metacritic (based on five "generally unfavorable" reviews).

The Miami Herald called the series "warm and funny" while the Los Angeles Times stated, "Brother, is this a drag."


"Starman" was nominated twice in 1987 for the Young Artist Award, receiving a nomination for "Best Family Television Drama."

Christopher Daniel Barnes received a nomination for "Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Drama Series."