The series debuted in 1970 and ran for three years, with characters created by Gerry Anderson. It was set in 1980 and revolves around Shado (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization), a covert military organization that thwarts an alien race that has been kidnapping and killing humans for decades, then using the body parts. Shado headquarters is hidden beneath a Hollywood studio, and the studio mogul is actually the Shado commander. The movie will be set in the year 2020....says THIS ARTICLE in Variety. Variety is partially incorrect above: UFO ran for only one season (26 episodes). And, if memory serves, Anderson's SPACE: 1999 television series grew out of a proposed...but aborted...second season of UFO. Strong design influence from UFO can be seen in 1999's first season (in particular).