Bring ALF Home!

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 ALF - Season One

 ALF - Season Two

 ALF: Season Three

 ALF - Season Four

 Alf Tales: Alf and the Beanstalk and Other Classic Fairy Tales

 Alf: Animated Adventures - 20,000 Years in Driving School and Other Stories


Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: September 22, 1986

Last Telecast: June 18, 1990

Broadcast History:

September 1986-February 1990, Monday 8:00-8:30 on NBC

March 1990, Saturday 8:00-8:30 on NBC

April 1990-May 1990, Sunday 8:00-8:30 on NBC

May 1990-June 1990, Monday 8:00-8:30 on NBC


Gordon "ALF" Shumway (voice only)..... Paul Fusco

ALF (in costume only)..... Michu Meszaros

Willie Tanner..... Max Wright

Kate Tanner..... Anne Schedeen

Lynn Tanner..... Andrea Elson

Brian Tanner..... Benji Gregory

Dorothy Halligan (1987)..... Anne Meara

Raquel Ochmonek..... Liz Sheridan

Trevor Ochmonek..... John LaMotta

Jake Ochmonek (age 15) (1988-1989)..... Josh Blake

Neal Tanner (1989-1990)..... JM J. Bullock


Well, what would you do if an alien's spaceship into your garage!?!? Call the police? If you lived in a TV sitcom, you would probably do just what the Tanners did - hide him in the kitchen and enjoy years of laughs. Actually, there was a little more to the plot of ALF  than that.

The furry little creature, nicknamed ALF, (for "Alien Life Form"), landed on the Tanners' garage when his spacecraft went out of control. Unfortunately the ship couldn't be fixed, and anyway, his home planet of Melmac had just blown up, so ALF took up residence in the pleasant suburban Tanner home, disrupting their formerly boring life and commenting sarcastically (in a gravelly voice provided by the show's co-creator, Paul Fusco) on the foibles of earthlings. The dense neighbors, the Ochmoneks like all sitcom neighbors, never figured out what was going on.

A baby named Eric was born to the Tanner household in 1989, giving ALF new human customs to wisecrack about, and Willie's eager-to-please younger brother, Neal, showed up a few times in the last season to add variety. In a final episode cliffhanger in March 1990, ALF was contacted by Melmacians Skip and Rhonda, who invited him to leave with them and colonize a new planet - just as the U.S. Government's Alien Task Force closed the furry little wisecracker.

ALF  was a novelty hit in the 1986-1987 season, leading to ALF  dolls and other kids' paraphernalia. NBC even issued an official biography of its Monday night star. He was said to be 229-years-old (I've got dandruff older than your country") and had attended Melmac High School for 122 years where he majored in software and was co-captain of the Bouillabaisse-ball team. Adult occupations included Assistant Boxleitner, part-time male model, and operator of his own phlegm dealership. Hobbies included gerrymandering and snacking on cats, a Melmackian delicacy (the Tanners' cat, Lucky, was often seen scurrying from the room). Height: "Fluctuates with weight." Weight: "Till the Sun Shines Nellie!"

The creators of this fanciful comedy comedy were Fusco and actor/producer Tom Patchett; a frequent director was TV comic Peter Bonerz. A three-foot tall midget by the name of Michu Meszaros was inside the ALF costume. (when scenes called for him to walk around) during the first season.

An animated version of ALF, recounting Gordon Shumway's exploits on the planet Melmac, ran on NBC's Saturday morning lineup from September 1987 to August 1990.