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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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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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

ALF, o Eteimoso See more »

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Production Co:

Alien Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(100 episodes) | (102 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

ALF stands for Alien Life Form. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits of Season 1 & 2, the studio lights are visible on the left hand-side in the shot of Brian. See more »

Quotes

Jake Ochmonek: Can't I stay with the Tanners? I'm allergic to Kitch.
Lynn: Go, enjoy. Drink the water. Adios!
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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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Favorite sitcom from the 80s.
24 February 2007 | by emasterslakeSee 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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