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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 Paul Fusco ...  ALF / ... 103 episodes, 1986-2004
Max Wright ...  Willie Tanner 103 episodes, 1986-2004
Anne Schedeen ...  Kate Tanner 103 episodes, 1986-2004
Andrea Elson ...  Lynn Tanner 103 episodes, 1986-2004
Benji Gregory ...  Brian Tanner / ... 103 episodes, 1986-2004
John LaMotta John LaMotta ...  Trevor Ochmonek 41 episodes, 1986-2004
Liz Sheridan ...  Raquel Ochmonek 36 episodes, 1986-2004
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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

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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:

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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

Early episodes of the program showed ALF consuming alcohol. When NBC demanded the program to be more family friendly, this trait was discontinued. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

ALF: Mind if I showed you a trick ?
Kate: The last time you showed me a trick, it took three weeks for my eyebrows to grow back.
ALF: I told you not to lean in.
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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 »

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

Followed by Project: ALF (1996) See more »

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A cute, clever sitcom that sold out for the quick buck
29 March 2005 | by matt3297See all my reviews

ALF was a clever show which contained much of the same formula as such comedy classics as "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Green Acres" in that the main character is out of his normal environment and tries to adjust to living in a new world producing wide-eyed comedic relief. The sad thing about this show is that it should have (and could have) had a longer life. During the first season, ALF, the character, was a cute and adventuresome little fellow who looked at modern society through innocent eyes--the kind of child-like eyes that can see the paradoxes and hypocrisies of society. But from the second season on, ALF became an obnoxious nuisance, an annoying smart-alack in Hawaiian shirts who seemed to know that he was torturing poor old Willie and Kate, but enjoyed frustrating them. His appearances on game shows and talk shows combined to dish out unwelcomed overexposure. ALF was no longer cute, but a show-off busy hocking stuffed self-likeness and lunch boxes. Another example of Hollywood's inability to let a production endear itself to an eager audience and resist the quick buck. How sad.


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