Tony Micelli, a retired baseball player, becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an advertising executive in New York. Together they raise their kids, Samantha Micelli and Jonathon Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela's man-crazy mother.
Frank Lambert is a construction worker and a single father of 3 kids: J.T., Alicia "Al", and Brendan. Carol Foster, a beautician, also has 3 children: Dana, Karen, and Mark. After Frank and... See full summary »
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
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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 »
Throughout Season 1, the Tanner's front porch continues to appear and disappear. See more »
Mind if I showed you a trick ?
The last time you showed me a trick, it took three weeks for my eyebrows to grow back.
I told you not to lean in.
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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 »
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 »
A cute, clever sitcom that sold out for the quick buck
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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