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ALF 

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A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.
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1990   1989   1988   1987   1986  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Paul Fusco ...  ALF / ... 1 episode, 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 35 episodes, 1986-1990
Josh Blake ...  Jake Ochmonek 15 episodes, 1988-1989
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros ...  ALF / ... 2 episodes, 1986-1990
Anne Meara ...  Dorothy Halligan 9 episodes, 1987-1989
Jim J. Bullock ...  Neal Tanner 5 episodes, 1989-1990
Bill Daily ...  Larry / ... 4 episodes, 1987-1989
Beverly Archer Beverly Archer ...  Mrs. Byrd 3 episodes, 1988
Dean Cameron ...  Robert Sherwood 3 episodes, 1989-1990
Andrea Covell ...  Jody 5 episodes, 1986-1988
Raye Birk ...  Officer Griswald / ... 3 episodes, 1987-1988
Paul Dooley ...  Whizzer 3 episodes, 1987-1989
Stacy Langenkamp ...  Stacy Langenkamp 3 episodes, 1990
Nick Angotti Nick Angotti ...  Police Officer 2 episodes, 1987
Cleavon Little ...  George Foley 2 episodes, 1987
Ricky Paull Goldin ...  Danny Duckworth 2 episodes, 1988-1989
Rich Little ...  Self 2 episodes, 1988
David Ogden Stiers ...  Flakey Pete 2 episodes, 1988
David Leisure ...  Brandon Tartikoff / ... 2 episodes, 1987
Keri Houlihan Keri Houlihan ...  Tiffany 2 episodes, 1987
Mark Clayman Mark Clayman ...  Randy 2 episodes, 1988-1989
Wendy Oates Wendy Oates ...  Stephanie / ... 2 episodes, 1988-1989
Michael Champion ...  Sgt. Matt Fox 2 episodes, 1988
Teresa Ganzel ...  The Matinee Lady 2 episodes, 1988
Lee Ryan Lee Ryan ...  Carl Buck 2 episodes, 1986-1987
Marcia Wallace ...  Mrs. Lyman 2 episodes, 1987
Glenn Withrow ...  Richard 2 episodes, 1987
Tim Wade Tim Wade ...  The Stage Manager 2 episodes, 1988
Mickey Jones ...  Artie 3 episodes, 1986-1987
Stephanie Hagen Stephanie Hagen ...  Sylvia 2 episodes, 1988-1989
Molly Hagan ...  Denise 2 episodes, 1987
Eugene Greytak ...  Pope John Paul II 2 episodes, 1988
David Knell ...  Dudley 2 episodes, 1988
Sam Whipple ...  Sam 3 episodes, 1986-1987
Carl Franklin ...  Dr. Willoughby 2 episodes, 1987
Frederick De Cordova Frederick De Cordova ...  Self 2 episodes, 1988
Norman Lee Harris Norman Lee Harris ...  Jeff 2 episodes, 1988
Linda Hoy Linda Hoy ...  Bernice Billings 3 episodes, 1987-1988
Connie Richmond Connie Richmond ...  Nurse #1 2 episodes, 1987
Michael Berryman ...  Rick 3 episodes, 1988
Robert P. Lieb Robert P. Lieb ...  Uncle Rocky 2 episodes, 1988
Tracey Walter ...  Gravel Gus 3 episodes, 1987-1988
Alan David Gelman Alan David Gelman ...  Delivery Man 3 episodes, 1986-1987
Nedra Volz ...  Cat Woman 3 episodes, 1987-1988
Patricia Ayame Thomson ...  Nurse #2 2 episodes, 1987
Adrienne Hampton Adrienne Hampton ...  Diana 2 episodes, 1988
Scott Brittingham Scott Brittingham 2 episodes, 1987
Shaggy Murphy Shaggy Murphy ...  Jason 2 episodes, 1988
James Brown III James Brown III ...  Little Boy 2 episodes, 1987
Judy Landers ...  Brenda 2 episodes, 1987
Randy Simper Randy Simper ...  Herb 1 episode, 1986-1988
Carlos Lacamara ...  Doug Gould 1 episode, 1988
Hal Havins ...  Officer Gaffney 1 episode, 1988
Ed McMahon ...  Self 2 episodes, 1988
Mary Jo Catlett ...  Mary Jo 1 episode, 1986
Robert Costanzo ...  Tow truck driver Bert 1 episode, 1986
Larry Hankin ...  Andrew Seminick, Burglar 1 episode, 1986
Darwin Joston ...  Dog-Pound Attendant 1 episode, 1986
Vince McKewin ...  Stele 1 episode, 1986
Kurt McKinney ...  Scott 1 episode, 1986
Joe Namath ...  Joe Namath 1 episode, 1986
Geoffrey Blake ...  Lizard 1 episode, 1987
Earl Boen ...  Warren 1 episode, 1987
Bob Denver ...  Gilligan 1 episode, 1987
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ...  Consumer Ed 1 episode, 1987
Archie Hahn ...  Bill Loman 1 episode, 1987
Suzanne Hunt ...  Miss Bartley 1 episode, 1987
Bill McIntyre Bill McIntyre ...  Officer 1 episode, 1987
John Miranda ...  Brother Ed 1 episode, 1987
Brian Stokes Mitchell ...  Congressman Nathan Peal 1 episode, 1987
Joshua Rudoy ...  Spencer 1 episode, 1987
Douglas Warhit ...  Exterminator 1 episode, 1987
Elisha Cook Jr. ...  Uncle Albert 1 episode, 1988
Michael Des Barres ...  Eddie 1 episode, 1988
Martin Doyle ...  Mr. Duncan 1 episode, 1988
Kathleen Freeman ...  Betty Susla 1 episode, 1988
Nancy Linari ...  Mary 1 episode, 1988
Dorothy Lyman ...  Maura Norris 1 episode, 1988
Joseph Maher ...  Angel Bob 1 episode, 1988
Anne Ramsey ...  Ethel Buttonwood 1 episode, 1988
Judith-Marie Bergan ...  Marilyn Geiser 1 episode, 1989
Holly Fields ...  Joanie 1 episode, 1989
Melissa Francis Melissa Francis ...  Miss Williams 1 episode, 1989
David Alan Grier ...  FBI #1 1 episode, 1989
Randee Heller ...  Elaine Ochmonek 1 episode, 1989
David Horowitz ...  Self 1 episode, 1989
Peter Iacangelo ...  Lee Fraiser 1 episode, 1989
Rob Neukirch Rob Neukirch ...  Howard 1 episode, 1989
Todd Susman ...  Jim 'Jimbo' Hutchinson 1 episode, 1989
Pete Willcox Pete Willcox ...  Aaron King 1 episode, 1989
David Wohl ...  TV Shrink 1 episode, 1989
Allyce Beasley ...  Margaret 1 episode, 1990
Dan Castellaneta ...  Steve Michaels 1 episode, 1990
Jeff Doucette ...  Scooter 1 episode, 1990
Richard Fancy ...  Colonel Halsey 1 episode, 1990
Kip Gilman ...  Lloyd Ruben 1 episode, 1990
Casey Kasem ...  Self 1 episode, 1990
Thomas Bellin Thomas Bellin 1 episode, 1986
Thomas Callaway ...  Animal 1 episode, 1986
Carrie Lorraine ...  Heidi 1 episode, 1986
Arthur Rosenberg Arthur Rosenberg ...  Mr. Defoe 1 episode, 1986
Myrna White Myrna White ...  Myrna 1 episode, 1986
Lisle Wilson ...  Police Officer 1 episode, 1986
Michael Alaimo Michael Alaimo ...  Monk 1 episode, 1987
Diane Cary ...  Ms. Wine 1 episode, 1987
Lou Felder Lou Felder ...  Senator Gil Hossenfeffer 1 episode, 1987
Mitchell Group ...  Man 1 episode, 1987
Alan Hale Jr. ...  Skipper Jonas Grumby 1 episode, 1987
Tom Patchett Tom Patchett ...  Interviewer 1 episode, 1987
Robert Pine ...  Father 1 episode, 1987
Richard Roat ...  Walter Burke 1 episode, 1987
Terry Wills Terry Wills 1 episode, 1987
Joe Colligan Joe Colligan ...  Alexander 1 episode, 1988
Sandy Duncan ...  Self 1 episode, 1988
Fred Goss ...  Delivery Man 1 episode, 1988
Richard McKenzie ...  Nick Susla 1 episode, 1988
Lindy Nisbet Lindy Nisbet ...  Mavis 1 episode, 1988
Logan Ramsey ...  Vince 1 episode, 1988
Bruno Alexander ...  Sabato Springs Man 1 episode, 1989
Fran Bennett ...  Mrs. Watson 1 episode, 1989
Kevin Bourland Kevin Bourland ...  Man 1 episode, 1989
Charles Dougherty ...  Phil 1 episode, 1989
Carla Gugino ...  Laura 1 episode, 1989
Nancy Lenehan ...  Laverne Litwak 1 episode, 1989
Dale Raoul ...  Rita 1 episode, 1989
Jonathan Schmock ...  Rex Savage 1 episode, 1989
Kenneth Tigar ...  FBI #2 1 episode, 1989
Bill Wiley ...  Farmer 1 episode, 1989
Doug Ballard ...  Lieutenant Alden 1 episode, 1990
Gregory Cooke Gregory Cooke ...  Michael 1 episode, 1990
Stanley DeSantis ...  Minister 1 episode, 1990
Edward Edwards ...  Brian, Sr. 1 episode, 1990
John Pinette ...  Howie Anderson 1 episode, 1990
Ivan Bonar ...  Dean Houseman 1 episode, 1986
Mark Levine Mark Levine ...  Pizza Delivery Man 1 episode, 1986
Francis X. McCarthy ...  Alien Task Force Officer Darnell Valentine 3 episodes, 1986-1987
Jed Mills ...  Dad 1 episode, 1986
Richard Sanders ...  Hogarth 1 episode, 1986
Bunny Summers ...  Bunny 1 episode, 1986
Michele Brustin Michele Brustin ...  Self 1 episode, 1987
Mimi Davis Mimi Davis ...  Lady 1 episode, 1987
Phillip Gordon Phillip Gordon ...  Luis Mancia 1 episode, 1987
Jessica James Jessica James ...  Dorothy 1 episode, 1987
Russell Johnson ...  Professor Roy Hinkley 1 episode, 1987
John McLaughlin ...  Self 1 episode, 1987
Stephen Seigel Stephen Seigel ...  Jack Rabbit Courier 1 episode, 1987
Robert Alan Beuth ...  Howard 1 episode, 1988
Nicole Dubuc ...  Hannah 1 episode, 1988
Hilarie Thompson ...  Betty 1 episode, 1988
Bob Bancroft ...  Willie #1 1 episode, 1989
Marcia Firesten Marcia Firesten ...  Betsy 1 episode, 1989
Jesse D. Goins ...  Doug 1 episode, 1989
Alex Henteloff ...  Mr. Rasmussen 1 episode, 1989
Emily Schulman Emily Schulman ...  Girl 1 episode, 1989
Timothy Stack ...  Jim 1 episode, 1989
Steve Sweeney ...  Airline Worker 1 episode, 1989
Mark Blankfield ...  Eric, Sr. 1 episode, 1990
Tara Karsian ...  Ellen 1 episode, 1990
Joseph V. Perry ...  Mr. Polniakoff 1 episode, 1990
Larry Poindexter ...  Sergeant Armstrong 1 episode, 1990
Blackie Dammett ...  Darnell Valentine 1 episode, 1986
Sandy Freeman Sandy Freeman ...  Sandy 1 episode, 1986
Clyde Kusatsu ...  Skydiver 1 episode, 1986
Meshach Taylor ...  Addison 1 episode, 1986
Carol Williard Carol Williard ...  Dr. Laura Schrock 1 episode, 1986
Lewis Arquette ...  Ed Billings 1 episode, 1987-1988
Al Fann ...  Workman 1 episode, 1987
Bob Larkin Bob Larkin ...  Customer at garage sale 1 episode, 1987
Dawn Wells ...  Mary Ann Summers 1 episode, 1987
Deborah White ...  Monica 1 episode, 1987
H. Ray Huff H. Ray Huff ...  Sid 1 episode, 1988
Rebecca Boone Rebecca Boone ...  Andrea 1 episode, 1989
Dan Gilvezan ...  Harry 1 episode, 1989
Tom La Grua Tom La Grua ...  Marshall 1 episode, 1989
Aaron Lustig ...  Willie #2 1 episode, 1989
Joe Mays ...  Ron 1 episode, 1989
Ted Raimi ...  Julius 1 episode, 1989
Ron Steelman Ron Steelman ...  John 1 episode, 1989
Bill Brochtrup ...  Charlie 1 episode, 1990
Fran Drescher ...  Roxanne 1 episode, 1990
Sherman Howard ...  Officer 1 episode, 1990
Wayne Powers Wayne Powers ...  Sid 1 episode, 1990
Tim Rossovich ...  Instructor 1 episode, 1986
Robert Gallo ...  Workman 1 episode, 1987
Pamela McMyler ...  Customer at garage sale 1 episode, 1987
Randy Sutter Randy Sutter ...  Butch 1 episode, 1987
Pamella D'Pella ...  Denise 1 episode, 1988
Tony Lober Tony Lober ...  The Intruder 1 episode, 1989
Henry G. Sanders ...  George 1 episode, 1989
Parker Whitman Parker Whitman ...  FBI #3 1 episode, 1989
David Spade ...  Larry Slotkin 1 episode, 1990
Michael Lemon Michael Lemon ...  Nolan 1 episode, 1986
James Gallery James Gallery 1 episode, 1987
Melanie Noble Melanie Noble ...  Felicia Burke 1 episode, 1987
Phil Rubenstein Phil Rubenstein ...  Customer at garage sale 1 episode, 1987
Kristen Taylor Johnson Kristen Taylor Johnson ...  Alison 1 episode, 1987
Denise Dowse ...  FBI #4 1 episode, 1989
Shirley Prestia ...  Delores 1 episode, 1989
John Apicella ...  Man 1 episode, 1990
Susan Lavine Susan Lavine ...  Skydiver 1 episode, 1986
Darrow Igus Darrow Igus ...  Ron 1 episode, 1987
Brandon Tartikoff Brandon Tartikoff ...  Self 1 episode, 1990
Brad Thornton Brad Thornton ...  Skydiver Collins 1 episode, 1986
Nan McNamara ...  Secretary to Brandon Tartikoff 1 episode, 1987
Carl Carlsson Carl Carlsson ...  Rudolph the Plate Spinner 1 episode, 1990
Joyce Brothers ...  Dr. Joyce Brothers 1 episode, 1988
Joan Embery Joan Embery ...  Self 1 episode, 1988
Francesca Francesca ...  Dog 1 episode, 1988
Tommy Newsom Tommy Newsom ...  Self 1 episode, 1988
Jack Armstrong ...  Ben 1 episode, 1990
Frances Bay ...  Louise Beaumont 1 episode, 1990
Eric Christmas ...  Bernie 1 episode, 1990
Phil Leeds ...  Jack 1 episode, 1990
Amzie Strickland ...  Rebecca 1 episode, 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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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The names of the Melmacian holidays and currencies mentioned in some episodes are the surnames of the crew members. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

ALF: Willie. If a window was broken in the woods, but there was no-one there to hear it, would it really be broken?
Willie: If you were in the woods.
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Crazy Credits

In the 2nd opening credit (Series 3 - 4) ALF and the Tanner family are seen watching home movies of ALF. See more »

Alternate Versions

For syndication the episodes were cut down to 21 minutes. These edited versions were used for the US DVD release, while the European sets featured the 24 minute full length episodes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midgets Vs. Mascots (2009) See more »

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Fun Little Series That Is Carried by the Title Character
25 July 2000 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"ALF" was a nice little series that lasted a little more than four seasons in the late-1980s on NBC and was somewhat lost in the shuffle during a time when shows like "The Cosby Show", "Cheers", and "L.A. Law" dominated the ratings for the network. The series deals with a likeable alien from the planet Mailmac who is stranded on Earth and forced to live with the Tanners, a California family. Throughout, ALF is being protected from the fictional Alien Task Force. The Tanner family is led by Willie (Max Wright), his wife Kate (Anne Schedeen), and their children Lynn (Andrea Elson) and Brian (Benji Gregory). Perhaps the biggest minus of the series is the lack of character development within the Tanner family. Kate, Lynn, and Brian are all flat characters. However, Willie's character is excellent and it is Wright who helped carry the series as long as it went. Critically speaking, "ALF" is a somewhat disappointing series which struggles for story-lines. The fact that the series went on as long as it did is a testament to the writers and directors of this series. Sometimes the series struggled to find a permanent audience. At times the material was very adult-oriented, but at other times the stories seemed to cater more to the youngest of age groups. The way that the series ended was extremely disappointing in 1990. I am not sure how the series could have been wrapped up, but I felt empty and upset with the way the show ultimately ended. A made-for-television movie entitled "Project: ALF" tried to put a ribbon on the original series, but that film was overall unsatisfying as well. Overall an enjoyable series whose life on television was really longer than it should have been. 4 out of 5 stars.


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Release Date:

22 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Alien Productions See more »
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(100 episodes) | (102 episodes)
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