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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 ...  ALF / ... 103 episodes, 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 36 episodes, 1986-1990
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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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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:

ALF See more »

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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

Max Wright was famous for screaming out "Curse you Hussein!" to the cast and crew, comparing conditions on the set to Saddam Hussein's Iraq. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits of seasons 1 and 2, the studio lights are visible in the shot of Brian, on the left. See more »

Quotes

ALF: Hey, Willie. Let's throw a cat on the barbie.
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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

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 »

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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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