The Invaders (1967–1968)
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David Vincent visits a small Kansas town, resentful of strangers, and uncovers an alien plot to control locusts and other insects.


Paul Wendkos


John Kneubuhl, Larry Cohen (created by)




Episode cast overview:
Roy Thinnes ... David Vincent
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ... Ellen Woods
Robert Emhardt ... Oliver Ames
Jeanette Nolan ... Miss Havergill
James T. Callahan ... Ed Gidney (as James Callahan)
William Bramley William Bramley ... Constable Gabbard
Irene Tedrow ... Clare Lapham
Nellie Burt ... Lena Lapham
Logan Field Logan Field ... Carl Gidney
John Harmon ... Cook
Wayne Heffley ... Deputy
William Challee ... Danielson
Jim Halferty Jim Halferty ... Fred Danielson
Carey Loftin ... Hank Braden


A schoolteacher with a nervous disposition visits one of her students in his barn and sees something she shouldn't: a metallic box that seems to be controlling locusts. No one takes her story seriously, and even she believes she imagined the whole thing. But her story hits the newspapers, which brings David Vincent to her small Kansas town to investigate. The trouble is, the townsfolk resent strangers - none more so than the ones who are aliens in disguise. Written by J. Spurlin

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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William Bramley plays a police constable. He previously famously played police officer Krupke in West Side Story. See more »


Grady, Kansas is in a flat area, the tall hills shown in the background do not exist there. Additionally, the Eucalyptus and palm trees seen in the show do not grow in Kansas. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Thirty miles from the geographical center of America, at its very heart, is the town of Grady, population 5,312. Principal industry: farming. Grady, Kansas - the American Gothic: rigid, proud of its tradition, protective of its own, resentful of any threat from the world outside.
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Small Community Nightmare
28 May 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

'Nightmare' is one peculiar episode - it has some of the best and eeriest moments of the first season, and some of the most ridiculous ones of the whole series. There is tension and action and also plot holes big enough to drive harvester through.

The Invaders have worked out the plot to use flesh eating insects to wipe out human population. For that they seem to use some sort of powder or chemical mixture. The plot starts in small town in Kansas that is nearly in the heart of United States. When school teacher Ellen (Kathleen Widdoes) witnesses aliens using a machine that controls the insects the story finally reaches the newspapers. David Vincent arrives into town to investigate. He finds out that Ellen is little bit mentally unstable thanks to tragic event from the past. Still he believes the woman while the rest of the town, including Ellen's fiancee, are convinced that she imagined it all. The town's folk are not very friendly towards nosy Vincent and again he has hard time to find himself allies.

Not the best episode of the series, but the creepy small town atmoshpere, the constant threat and fast paced action makes it one of the most enjoyable ones. Truly nightmarish chapter. And Roy Thinnes is awesome as always.

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21 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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