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Resident Alien’s Quirkiest Character Is Also a Writer on the Hit SYFY Series

We always suspected there was something special about Judy Cooper!

By Josh Weiss

We always suspected there was something special about Resident Alien's Judy Cooper.

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Watch Resident Alien on SYFY and Peacock.

In case you didn't know, cast member Jenna Lamia, who plays the most freewheeling character in all of Patience, Colorado, pulls double duty as writer on the hit SYFY series. "The dream of getting to act and write on the same project is alive and well!" she exclaimed last year.

In particular, Lamia penned two episodes of the second season: "Girls' Night" (Episode 3) and "Harry, a Parent" (Episode 13). Beyond Resident Alien (all three seasons of which are now streaming on Peacock), she has written for shows like 90210, Awkward, and Good Girls. She also adapted the Grady Hendrix novel My Best Friend's Exorcism into the 2022 film of the same name. And if that wasn't enough for you, Lamia continues to impress with a slew of award-winning audiobook narrations as well.

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Resident Alien's Quirkiest Character is Also a Writer on the Hit SYFY Show

Judy Cooper (Jenna Lamia) records with a phone in Resident Alien episode 306.

A lifelong friend of Asta (Sara Tomko) and D'Arcy (Alice Wetterlund), Judy is something of a hot mess. She's not exactly the brightest bulb in the box, and may sneak a soak in your bathtub when you're not looking. But that's why we love her.

"It's the perfect role," Lamia said during a guest appearance on the Too Opinionated podcast earlier this year. "You know something crazy's gonna happen [when Judy turns up] and then I leave ... she's never gonna be there and just be delivering the plot points. The viewer knows if she's onscreen, she's probably gonna pee in a plant or..."

"When Jenna comes into a scene, you know it's gonna be funny," echoed creator/showrunner Chris Sheridan.

How to Watch SYFY's Resident Alien

General Eleanor Wright and Harry Vanderspeigle speak on Resident Alien Season 3 Episode 7.

Want to catch up on the story so far? All three seasons of Resident Alien — which hold an aggregate and near-perfect score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes  are now streaming on Peacock right here!

The NBCUniversal platform currently offers two monthly subscription plans: Premium ($5.99 a month with ads) and Premium Plus ($11.99 a month with no ads and download access for certain titles). If you're a student, you can enjoy the Premium plan for just $1.99 for an entire year!

The Resident Alien fun will continue this June as Asta and Harry prepare for the birth of their child in a brand-new comic book storyline, subtitled The Book of Life, from writer Peter Hogan and artist Steve Parkhouse. Issue #1 hits stands via Dark Horse Wednesday, June 26.