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ALF (1986–1990)

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A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with a terran family after crashing into their garage.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Willie Tanner (103 episodes, 1986-1990)
 Kate Tanner (103 episodes, 1986-1990)
 Lynn Tanner (103 episodes, 1986-1990)
 Brian Tanner / ... (103 episodes, 1986-1990)
Paul Fusco ...
 ALF / ... (103 episodes, 1986-1990)
John LaMotta ...
 Trevor Ochmonek (41 episodes, 1986-1989)
 Raquel Ochmonek / ... (36 episodes, 1986-1990)


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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Release Date:

22 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

ALF, o Eteimoso  »

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Did You Know?


The final episode ("Consider Me Gone") was, indeed, intended as a cliffhanger. At the time it was filmed, NBC was still up in the air over whether the show would be cancelled. The cliffhanger format was intended to help persuade NBC to give the show one more chance, if only to resolve the "To Be Continued" ending. Six years later, the TV movie Project: ALF (1996) finally brought closure - although the lack of the original human cast, and poor writing, cause many fans to reject Project: ALF as part of the show's canon. See more »


In the opening credits of Season 1 & 2, the studio lights are visible on the left hand-side in the shot of Brian. See more »


Kate: ALF, you can use the portable TV in the bedroom.
ALF: But it's too small. It makes everyone look like Danny DeVito.
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Referenced in Night Court: The Trouble Is Not in Your Set (1989) See more »

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Great comedy that will be missed
23 July 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

While the character has been turned into nothing more than some goofy icon of yesteryear, the show itself was quite unique in the fact that it combined the silliness of the Muppets and the usual kitsch of prime time sitcoms. Funny, eclectic and unusual, this show was a welcome relief from the usual sitcoms that dealt with family and what not. I'm glad this show is still being immortalized thanks to commercials, simply because it was one of those shows I had to fight with parents in order to see. Often times, good fun should take over for raunchiness and this is what made this show so spectacular. While the 80s was a bad fashion decade, sitcoms were a step above the rest after such an incredible decade as the 1970s. ALF just happened to be one of those shows.

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