Fans of SyFy channel’s new series Resident Alien are in luck, as the Alan Tudyk-led show is getting a second season! The announcement was made before the March 31 season finale. The series has been well received by critics and fans alike, with the first season getting 93% of critics giving it a positive review on Rotten Tomatoes, and 90% of fans giving it a positive review as well on Rotten Tomatoes.
The show also has 8.4/10 stars on IMDB, and Metacritic giving it a 7.0 from their professional critics, while their fans gave it an 8.0.
The show has done well with ratings across all platforms, with NBC Universal (per Variety), the series had 9.3 million viewers for its premiere across every platform it’s offered on. The first three episodes are up on Peacock as well, and the rest of them should be on Peacock after the first season ends.
Overall it’s been very well received. As SyFy has been adapting various comic book properties to mixed results, the idea behind Resident Alien wasn’t one that was a slam dunk, but the addition of Tudyk to the titular alien has made the show can’t miss. The writing is smart, and the characters are unique and whacky, but relatable. It nails so many elements of what good science fiction needs to be.
The series was adapted from a Dark Horse comic, called Resident Alien by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. There are plenty of differences between the book and series, so there’s plenty of reasons to check out both.
Tudyk isn’t the only standout character in the series, either, as Sara Tomko has really delivered in her role as Asta Twelvetrees. The cantankerous sheriff Mike Thompson is played by the wonderful Corey Reynolds, Alice Wetterlund has really delivered in her role as Asta’s best friend D’Arcy and Levi Fiehler, Meredith Garretson and Judah Prehn play the Hawthrone family with Fiehler as the young, self-conscious mayor, Garretson as his wife and primary decision-maker, and Prehn as their young son, the only person in town who knows Tudyk’s Harry is an alien.
The best part, this is a Star Trek alum-show. While no one from Star Tek has appeared (that I’m aware of), former Star Trek: Voyager star Robert Duncan McNeill is the executive producer and producing director of the series. McNeill played Tom Paris on Voyager for those who don’t remember.
So you know this show is worth your time.