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The Journey of Allen Strange
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The title card of The Journey of Allen Strange
Created by: Thomas W. Lynch
Running time: 22 minutes
Original run: November 8, 1997 - April 23, 2000

The Journey of Allen Strange was a television series on Nickelodeon's SNICK block of programming for three seasons from 1997 to 2000.

Premise

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The Journey of Allen Strange - Intro

Opening title

The series follows the story of a young Xelan alien (Arjay Smith) who is stranded on earth, and meets up with a young girl Robbie Stevenson (Erin J. Dean) and her younger brother Josh (Shane Sweet) and father. This family eventually adopts him, giving him the name "Allen Strange". Allen has extraordinary powers, including the ability to turn into his alien form, which allows him to hover. He uses his abilities to bring a mannequin in a sporting goods store to life; this "animated mannequin" poses as Allen's Earth father, Manfred, for events like parent-teacher conferences. He also possesses extremely high intelligence and can read incredibly fast by simply placing his hand on the cover of a book. Allen has an affinity for canned cheese, and lives in the family's attic in a strange alien cocoon.

Allen states he has "chosen" to be African-American when confronted with the task of blending in with society. His naivety on the subject (bringing in plain black posterboards for his Black History Month presentation) sparked a Black History Month episode, featuring Allen learning information about slavery and The Civil Rights Movement.

In the weeks leading up to the series' premiere, Nickelodeon ran a series of teaser ads which would at first appear to be promos for other shows, or for Nickelodeon in general, when a blue ooze would fill the screen as an announcer said cryptically, "Something strange is coming to SNICK. November 8." The blue ooze would then clear out and the interrupted promo would conclude as if nothing had happened.

Characters

  • Allen Strange - The main protagonist who's a Xelan alien disguised as a human. All he wishes to do is to go back to his planet. He's played by Arjay Smith.
  • Roberta "Robbie" Stevenson - A 15-year-old girl who enjoys surfing and helps show Allen how to fit in with humans. She's played by Erin Dean.
  • Joshua "Josh" Stevenson - Robbie's 10-year-old younger brother and a science whiz. He's played by Shane Sweet.
  • Kenneth "Ken" Stevenson - Robbie and Josh's father who is unaware of Allen as an alien. He's played by Jack Tate.
  • Gail Stevenson - Robbie and Josh's mother who is separated from their father, but always comes to visit them. She's played by Mary Chris Wall.
  • Manfred Strange - Originally just a store mannequin, but was brought to life to serve as Allen's earth father. He often helps Allen out of dangerous situations and is a good friend of Ken who nicknames him "Manny". He's played by Robert Crow.
  • Harold "Moose" Johnson - The captain of the high school wrestling team and also a bully. Allen tries several times to befriend him after he unintentionally upsets him, but his strange habits only annoy him. He's played by Sean Babb.
  • Phil Berg - Allen's arch-enemy, a crazed Alien hunter and journalist who constantly tries to capture Allen and expose for a top news story. He was later captured by Xelan's enemies the Trykloids and used as a pawn for information on earth. He's played by Dee Bradley Baker.

Book series

A nine-book series, based on the episodes, was also printed, written by several authors, including John Vornholt and Mel Odom.

  1. The Arrival
  2. Invasion
  3. Split Image
  4. Legacy
  5. Depth Charge
  6. Alien Vacation
  7. Election Connection
  8. Joyride
  9. Changeling Diapers

Episodes

Main article: List of The Journey of Allen Strange episodes
The Journey of Allen Strange episodes
SeasonEp #First AirdateLast Airdate
Season 1 13 November 6, 1999 February 19, 2000
Season 2 26 July 15, 2000 April 7, 2001
Season 3 16 January 19, 2002 September 14, 2002

Trivia

  • The creator named Allen's character which is close to Alien, what Allen is.
  • The show produced 11 songs but never released them.

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