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ALF is a half-hour American television sitcom that originally ran on NBC from 1986 to 1990 and was created by Paul Fusco. The title character was Gordon Shumway, a friendly extraterrestrial nicknamed ALF (for Alien Life Form) who crash lands in the garage of the suburban middle class Tanner family. The series stars Max Wright as father Willie Tanner, Anne Schedeen as mother Kate Tanner, and Andrea Elson and Benji Gregory as their children, Lynn and Brian Tanner. The character of ALF was portrayed by a puppet operated primarily by Fusco, or, in some instances, by dwarf actor Michu Meszaros wearing an ALF costume.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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3 Season 3 ALF starts wearing sweaters and gets annoying
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4 Why Keep the Cat With ALF? That's Even Dumber Than Granny Keeping Tweety
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5 The movie Stupid plot, no Tanners
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6 Final Episode ALF winds up captured to be dissected. Seriously.
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7 A very special... ALF as Amanda
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8 Birth Eric
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9 Death Lucky the Cat
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1 I always thought ALF was a spoof of ET. Never boned. The finale was perfect if you see this show for what it is, a spoof of ET. -- Submitted By: (tvwatcher7) on September 13, 2014, 6:32 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Re-watching quite a few episodes of the show, I would say the boning point was towards the end of the Forth Season. By that point, it was becoming obvious that the cast was growing weary of doing the show in the form of not only their attitude towards Alf but in Alf's behaviour. Towards the end, Alf was starting to get far more annoying and even Brian seemed sick of him. An example from very late in the Series run is a Forth Season episode where Lynn is thinking of move out and Alf is harassing her to do so because he wants her room. Given what the cast has since said about how stressful the show was to be a part of, both the level of annoyance the characters displayed towards Alf and his attitude feel like a sad indicator of just how tried everyone must have been of the doing the show. Another example is another Forth Season episode where Alf runs away and ends up with Neil. Alf's behaviour at Neil's place is so bad that it's to the point of being malevolent and painful to watch. Willie, upon finding out about it, behaves as though this is all perfectly normal for Alf. I still do have plenty of good memories of this show. However, I do have to sadly admit that the forth season was the point where it was time to say goodbye and move on. -- Submitted By: () on February 20, 2014, 2:56 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 @DolFan316 In their defence, that was meant to be resolved in the next season. Of course, they had already been cancelled. They KNEW they weren't getting a next season, but they thought an extreme cliff-hanger would change the network's mind. Even in the unlikely event that it did (this technique rarely works), most of the cast wouldn't have come back because production on that show was a nightmare. -- Submitted By: (TheCeej) on May 3, 2012, 4:45 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Anyone else remember or read about how ALF ended? He winds up captured by government agents who want to dissect him. I kid you not, that's the actual end! -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on October 25, 2011, 7:28 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I wouldn't say the birth of Eric (because the actress was really pregnant, they worked it in, but Eric didn't really effect the show anyway). However, I think about the time that uncle Neil is introduced (Season 4) the show became a bit stale. I love Alf, it is one of my quirky obsessions, but Alf's behavior in season 4 was very childish. The ending of the show & made for t.v. movie were very BTF also, Would have liked to see Alf go back home, maybe do a made for t.v. reunion where Alf comes back to visit? Just a thought. -- Submitted By: (manda0788) on October 22, 2011, 2:18 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Early on, ALF was entertaining with ALF driving the Tanners up the wall (especially Willie) with his shenanigans. Later seasons - it seemed like ALF had mellowed and the Tanners were more understanding. When it boned...I daresay later seasons. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on October 19, 2010, 11:26 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 This show would have been far superior if Alf was an animated character. Moving the puppet was time consuming and costy, and the lead characters fell in disgust by the end. Shame, because the premise worked. -- Submitted By: (blizzzzman) on June 13, 2010, 2:17 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 This was one of the dumbest shows to become a hit of all time, and that's saying something! -- Submitted By: (MisterScowl) on November 28, 2009, 8:17 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
9 There are some episodes I can still laugh about...especially "Strangers in the night" and "Working my way back to you" -- Submitted By: (Swanpride) on September 5, 2009, 2:52 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 ALF was a fun show. It from a time when one could still take a simple premise (i.e., Alien crashes into the Garage of an ordinary (perhaps even boring) family) and run with it. Yes, of the best episodes, a lot are from the first season. However, I think it was still good even toward the end. The birth of Eric could have been a BTF moment but from what I remember, he didn't become the focus of show. He made appearances in the episodes but this was Alf's show so Eric was usually in the background. The last episode was a horrible way to end the series. However as I remember people pointing out on the old board, they were going to have an episode where they rescued ALF and I assume give him a true send off. The only real ending I can think of that would have worked and kept with the spirit of this show would have been ALF going back to his people but taking the Tanners with him. Then they'd be the Alien Life Forms and who knows what hilarity would ensue. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on July 22, 2009, 6:22 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I never got into this show (I was in school in 1987 and when I wasn't studying, I was trying to have some sort of social life), but, for some bizarre reason, my father liked it. Later, in reruns, I thought it was okay (especially when ALF growled at his owner), but not by much. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 14, 2009, 11:44 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote

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