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ALF 

A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Paul Fusco ...  ALF / ... 103 episodes, 1986-1990
Max Wright ...  Willie Tanner 103 episodes, 1986-1990
Anne Schedeen ...  Kate Tanner 103 episodes, 1986-1990
Andrea Elson ...  Lynn Tanner 103 episodes, 1986-1990
Benji Gregory ...  Brian Tanner / ... 103 episodes, 1986-1990
John LaMotta John LaMotta ...  Trevor Ochmonek 41 episodes, 1986-1989
Liz Sheridan ...  Raquel Ochmonek 36 episodes, 1986-1990
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

ALF See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alien Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(100 episodes) | (102 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The final episode was intended as a cliffhanger. At the time it was filmed, NBC was still deciding whether or not to cancel it. 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. Project: ALF (1996), six years later, finally brought closure. Due to poor writing and the absence of the original human cast, many fans reject the movie as part of the show's canon. See more »

Goofs

The Tanner's front porch disappears and reappears throughout season 1. See more »

Quotes

Willie: Go back to the tent.
ALF: It's too dangerous out there. I had to kill a fifty-foot snake with my pocketknife.
Willie: There are no fifty-foot water snakes in the backyard.
ALF: I'm telling ya, it was bright green and it spit water. Ths Ths
[spitting water sound]
ALF: .
Willie: That was my new garden hose.
ALF: Oh, no wonder it was sucking on the spigot.
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits in the original unaired pilot, ALF appears and says to the audience "Be there!". See more »

Alternate Versions

Many of the syndicated episodes from the American DVD sets are further edited to remove music and songs which were claimed too expensive to license for home video. In a few cases, this results in episodes which run for less than 20 minutes! The European sets released by Warner does not suffer from these problems. See more »

Connections

Spin-off A.L.F. (1987) See more »

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When I was a kid, this was the sit-com to watch.
19 February 2001 | by wishkah7See 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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