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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(100 episodes) | (102 episodes)

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The character ALF is left handed. See more »

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

Quotes

ALF: We only have ten major organs, eight of which are stomachs.
Willie: I would have guessed all ten.
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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 »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: John Malkovich/T.I. (2008) See more »

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Alien Life-Form. Those were the days...
7 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Saturday teatime viewing in the '80's along with stuff like "The A-Team". ALF pretty much reeks of its decade, which is probably why it was cancelled in early 1990. It's by no means the first show to revolve around such a concept; in fact, stylistically I remember it being very similar to "Bigfoot & the Hendersons". Unfathomably though, ALF was somehow more lovable than Bigfoot, enough to spawn merchandise like cuddly toys, amongst other things. Must've been the charm of the show itself, rather than the looks of its furry star! Even as an adult, there are few things more entertaining than a guy in a costume cracking wise. The humour was never vulgar, but often funny, a balance that many shows in this format often fail to strike. Better it had a brief but successful run rather than drag itself out embarrassingly past its sell-by-date. ALF was very much a product of his time, and that perhaps is why I remember him so fondly. It seems like it was produced in the halcyon days of family viewing. They really DON'T make 'em like this anymore...


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