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

The character 'ALF' was ranked #8 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004, Vol. 52, No. 31) and appears on one of three collectible covers. See more »

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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 »

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ALF: Raining cats? You open the skylight and I'll get the relish.
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In the opening credits (Series 1 - 2) ALF is seen recording a home movie and films each member of the Tanner family. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jon Bon Jovi/Foo Fighters (2007) See more »

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one of my favorites
12 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

This was undoubtably one of the best shows on television when it first came on. I loved the escapades of the furry little alien creature (ALF) as the family whose garage he crashed into tried to introduce him to human customs. I liked it. Unfortunately, towards the end it got kind of nasty, with the characters starting to fight all the time. Still, they had some memorable and warm moments and episodes.


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