Space Cadets: Were 1980s Children’s Shows PSYOPS?

Kids love space aliens! Putting aside the variety of intergalactic species in Star Wars and Star Trek having adventures many light years away, there is a particular pop culture fascination with visitors from other planets coming to Earth. When I was little, ET: The Extraterrestrial was magical and Mork and Mindy was hilarious. There were numerous Saturday morning cartoons where aliens were shoehorned into the plot, sometimes even as regular characters and sidekicks. They’re featured in decades of youth literature, sci-fi movies, and video games, and usually when it comes to children’s television programming, they’ve been portrayed as friendly. But I was a baby of the late 1970s and the 1980s, so I remember the original V and the reptilian humanoids that came down in “motherships” to harvest humanity for food. (It wasn’t technically a kids’ show, but come on, it was prime time television and we only had like four channels back then.) The only Diana that I cared about in the 1980s UFO sightings go back centuries, as any unidentifiable object flying in the sky is technically a UFO. Historic tellings of angels may simply be meteors and comets before Aristotle dropped some science on everyone. However, UFO…

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Space Cadets: Were 1980s Children’s Shows PSYOPS?

Updated: October 1, 2021 — 10:26 am