A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with a terran family after crashing into their garage.
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Complete series cast summary:
Paul Fusco ...
 ALF / ... (103 episodes, 1986-2004)
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 Willie Tanner (103 episodes, 1986-2004)
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 Kate Tanner (103 episodes, 1986-2004)
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 Lynn Tanner (103 episodes, 1986-2004)
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 Brian Tanner / ... (103 episodes, 1986-2004)
John LaMotta ...
 Trevor Ochmonek (41 episodes, 1986-2004)
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 Raquel Ochmonek / ... (36 episodes, 1986-2004)
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The Tanner family is an average American family. One day, they discover that they have a visitor. He's small, he's furry, he's arrogant, and he's an alien from the planet Melmac. Unsure what to do, they name him ALF: Alien Life Form. Alf soon decides that as much as he misses his home planet, there's a lot to be said for Earth: the Tanners are willing to concede anything as long as he doesn't announce his presence. Oh yeah, the Tanners also have a cat, which looks rather tasty... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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22 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Max Wright was so ready to be done with the show that on the final day of taping, once it was over, he immediately cleaned out his dressing room and left the studio without saying goodbye to any of the cast or crew. See more »

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Throughout season 1, the Tanner's front porch continues to appear an disappear. See more »

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Jake Ochmonek: Why do we have to wear meat at this ceremony anyway?
ALF: 'Cause the high priest on Melmac was also the butcher.
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Referenced in The Charmings: The Man Who Came to Dinner (1988) See more »

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When I was a kid, this was the sit-com to watch.
19 February 2001 | by (Brooklyn, NY. (Where I'm from originally.)) – See all my reviews

ALF is another one of the favorite shows during my childhood. And I still enjoy it to this day. Every friend and acquaintance of mine loved this show. Some kids I knew back then wished ALF would've crashed into their garage! ALF has left some very fond memories. Short synopsis: One day the Tanner family was in their garage they hear a strange noise and it was a spaceship that eventually crashed into their garage and then discover ALF and he became a part of the family.

ALF was also a bit of a troublemaker and a prankster as well. Yet, he also tried to fix any damage he had done, gave advice to the Tanners, said some funny catchphrases, got into funny situations one can imagine, always had to hide in the kitchen whenever company came, chasing Lucky (the Tanner's cat, ALF had a taste for cats), and used references from historic events and the whatnot. ALF even had some heartfelt moments, too.

Plus, I heard that starting in March, NICK-AT-NITE is going to start showing old reruns of ALF! Another thing, too the kids in this show, Lynn and Brian acted like your everyday average kid and teen! Even though the show barely revolved around them, they weren't even smart-allecks like kids are in sit-coms nowadays. ALF was one of the better sit-coms from the 80's. It's another one of my favorites next to Night Court and Newhart. Feel free to watch the ALF reruns when they come to NICK-AT-NITE. ALF was a show for the whole family. It gets an A!


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