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The Father Thing 

The world is under attack from aliens. Charlie must make difficult decisions to protect his mother and the human race, as he is among the first to realize that humans are being replaced by dangerous monsters.

Director:

Michael Dinner

Writers:

Philip K. Dick (based on the short stories by), Michael Dinner
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kinnear ... The Father / The Father Thing
Jack Gore ... Charlie Cotrell
Shannon Brown ... Rotko (as Shannon Merrill Brown)
Alana Arenas Alana Arenas ... Detective Fernandez
Terry Kinney ... Mr. Dick
Marc Grapey ... Principal
Jack Lewis Jack Lewis ... Dylan Peretti
Zakk Paradise ... Henry Peretti
Mireille Enos ... The Mother / The Mother Thing
Cole Keriazakos ... Dashiell
Philip Ghantous Philip Ghantous ... Tall Bald Man
Brian Boland ... Mr. Daltry
Ryan Evans Ryan Evans ... The Attendant
Andrew Rothenberg ... Captain Miller
Eric C. Lynch ... Golan (as Eric Lynch)
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The world is under attack from aliens. Charlie must make difficult decisions to protect his mother and the human race, as he is among the first to realize that humans are being replaced by dangerous monsters.

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Sci-Fi

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TV-MA

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Release Date:

12 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Trivia

The school teachers last name is on the whiteboard as Mr Dick, then later he's called Philip. A reference to Philip K. Dick whose short stories this series is based off of See more »

Goofs

Although set in the United States the radio on the car tunes starting ending in even decimal point such as 99.2 instead of the 99.1 or 99.3 of US radio stations. See more »


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Holding On
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Written by Adam Granduciel and Robert John Bennett
Performed by The War on Drugs
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27 January 2018 | by HazelwocSee all my reviews

The father thing is a reoccurring theme, not only in PK dick, but also in most peoples changing cognitive viewpoint as they grow out of childhood.

There reaches a point in our lives when we see our parents as others do. Just people trying to get on in a complicated world, with all the failings of human frailty. And yeah, its a scary time, and suddenly parents do seem like aliens, but that is to do with ourselves, not our parents. It is us that are changing not them.

The father thing is therefore not about aliens taking over people. That is a theme of other films such as body snatchers, which in itself is a metaphor for the worlds' tangled cold war relations at the time when it was written.

As a tv program the father is thing ok - really nothing special - as a representation of the actual story that it claims it is based on - it - to use common American teenage parlance - sucks.


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