- Resident Alien will debut on Netflix on February 13 ahead of the season 3 premiere on Syfy.
- The trend of shows being licensed to Netflix is driven by the need for additional revenue and is not limited to HBO shows.
- The non-exclusive agreements allow Netflix’s competitors to generate cash, with the potential for shows to explode in popularity.
The popular sci-fi comedy Resident Alien will stream on Netflix before its season 3 premiere. Created by Chris Sheridan and based on Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse’s comic book of the same name, the adaptation debuted in 2021. The story introduces “Harry Vanderspeigle” (played by Firefly alum Alan Tudyk), an alien sent to wipe out humanity. He takes on the identity of a physician, wrestling with the moral dilemma of his mission along the way. The Resident Alien cast includes Sara Tomko, Corey Reynolds, Alice Wetterlund, Levi Fiehler, Judah Prehn, and Elizabeth Bowen.
TVLine confirms that Resident Alien will debut on Netflix on Tuesday, February 13 at 3 AM ET. The news comes ahead of Resident Alien season 3, which will premiere on Syfy on February 14.
Resident Alien will also still be available on Peacock.
More Shows Are Available On Netflix, But Why?
The developing trend of shows being licensed to Netflix gained steam last year. Warner Bros. Discovery, which owns HBO, listed Insecure, Six Feet Under, Ballers, Six Feet Under, and The Pacific as part of an agreement between Netflix and HBO. That deal continued with the original Sex and the City heading to Netflix this coming April. The decision makes sense because Warner Bros. Discovery has been looking for additional revenue to help with its debt, and licensing is an easy way to generate cash.
However, the trend isn’t limited to just HBO shows. Sitcoms, such as Young Sheldon, and the drama School Spirits, originally aired on CBS and Paramount+, respectively, are available to stream on Netflix in the U.S. They will soon be followed by the ABC sitcom The Conners ahead of its season 6 premiere. Disney, which owns ABC, has also licensed some of its biggest shows, including LOST.
Where Is Resident Alien Filmed?
Here’s what we know about the filming location of sci-fi series Resident Alien, which takes place in the fictional town of Patience, Colorado.
While it’s tempting to say that executives are chasing the success of Suits, which exploded in viewership on Netflix, the reality is more nuanced. Executives are likely to understand that not every show will be revived by streaming numbers. The agreements, as with Resident Alien, are non-exclusive. It’s a way for Netflix’s competitors to get money at a time when streamers are eager to cut costs. If it does explode in the process, that’s even better.
- Release Date
- January 27, 2021
- Alan Tudyk , Elizabeth Bowen , Judah Prehn , Levi Fiehler , Corey Reynolds , Alice Wetterlund , Sara Tomko
- Chris Sheridan , Biniam Bizuneh , Sarah Beckett , Emily Eslami , Jeffrey Nieves , Tommy Pico
- Chris Sheridan