A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.
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Complete series cast summary:
Paul Fusco ...  ALF / ... 103 episodes, 1986-2004
...  Willie Tanner 103 episodes, 1986-2004
...  Kate Tanner 103 episodes, 1986-2004
...  Lynn Tanner 103 episodes, 1986-2004
...  Brian Tanner / ... 103 episodes, 1986-2004
John LaMotta ...  Trevor Ochmonek 41 episodes, 1986-2004
...  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

Should the show have gone on for a 5th year, the series would have taken place at a military base where ALF was separated from the Tanners after being caught in the final episode. See more »

Goofs

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

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[the Tanners help ALF becoming a minister. They are asking him questions from Melmac's holy book]
Brian: What's is the kindest thing that you can do for someone else?
ALF: Burp down wind.
Willie: He's right. It says, "He who burps down wind can party with me any time."
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Crazy Credits

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 The Making of Astro Bastards (2016) See more »

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Favorite sitcom from the 80s.
24 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I remembered when Alf was really big when I was a toddler, but I was too young to remember anything about the show. It wasn't until 2004, when I reprise watching it off of DVD.

Alf is about an alien crash landed into a garage roof of the Tanner's residence(a family of 4: husband,wife,daughter, and son). They found and were greeted by the alien, He is a short furry,, long nose creature named Gordon Shumway from the planet Melmac. The Tanner family nicknamed him Alf(Alien Life Form) for short. Alf explained that his planet exploded and has no where to stay. The Tanners who were considered in taking Alf straight to the Alien Task Force, but decided to keep Alf as a member of their own family. And soon their life is flipped upside down with an alien being part of their lives.

Throughout the series, Alf gets into trouble, eats a lot, gives out strange behavior, and tries to eat the family cat. We also learn a bit of what he did for a living on Melmac. Including his planet's way of politics,culture, and way of life. The down side is, that since he's an alien he can't go out into public, otherwise, he'll wine up into trouble. So it's important to stay low, and be sure not be noticed.

As Alf experiences Earth's way of living, he already gets into the pop culture and junk food there is to offer.

Alf is no doubt a brilliant sitcom. And something you won't see for another lifetime. It's funny, it's well written, and the use of a puppet and stage performance making it unique of it's kind in sitcoms. And something the whole family can watch, and I know there's nothing at all inappropriate about Alf. Even though it shows it's age, I think it's entitled to be a cult classic in sitcom history.

Those who like the TV series, might consider seeing Project Alf which takes place after the TV show.


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