The brand-new series (an adaptation of the Dark Horse comic by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse) premiered on the network on Jan. 27, and new episodes of the 10-episode season drop every Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET / 9 CT, through to its season finale on March 31.
Episodes 2-4 are currently free to watch at SYFY.com, on the SYFY app, or on VOD. Episodes 2 and 3 until March 5; and Episode 4 until March 19.
Showrun and executive-produced by Family Guy vet Chris Sheridan and inspired by a real-world close encounter, Resident Alien is about an extraterrestrial who crash-lands in Colorado and assumes the identity of a local doctor (played by Tudyk). The cosmic visitor is completely naive when it comes to human behavior, but soon gets swept up in a murder investigation that forces him adapt to our world and decide if humanity is worth saving.
His inability to properly assimilate into human culture leads to more than a few comedic hijinks and things take a turn for the serious when General McCallister (played by The Terminator's Linda Hamilton) arrives in town to flush out the alien.
"The town is a bunch of weirdos," Sheridan said in early 2020. "It's surrounded by mountains, so it's like an island. [There are] people who have secrets and feel like outsiders. They slowly bring those walls down, and in the center is this alien who is slowly bringing them together to make them better human beings."
Sara Tomko ("Asta Twelvetrees"), Corey Reynolds ("Sheriff Mike Thompson"), Elizabeth Bowen ("Deputy Liv Baker"), Alice Wetterlund ("D'Arcy Bloom"), Levi Fiehler ("Mayor Ben Hawthorne"), Gary Farmer ("Dan Twelvetrees"), Judah Prehn ("Max Hawthorne"), Meredith Garretson ("Kate Hawthorne"), Alex Barima ("Daniel Logan"), and Mandell Maughan ("Lisa Casper") co-star.
Besides Sheridan, the show's executive producers also include Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment, and Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin TV. David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) executive-produced and directed the pilot.
This story was published on Jan. 11 and updated on Feb. 18.