Alf

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  • TV-G
  • 1986
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.4  (32,196)

ALF was a staple for many households in the mid-80s and continues to entertain children of all ages in syndication. The NBC show was created by Paul Fusco in 1986 and completed its four season run in 1990. In all, there are 102 total episodes as well as a made-for-television movie called Project ALF, which attempted to answer some of the cliffhanger questions left open by the series finale. The show's title star is an alien from the planet Marmac. His name is an acronym for alien life form. ALF is a cynical alien who loves to eat. He has a penchant for cats among all things. On his home planet, he attended high school for 122 years and has a large family consisting of 30 relatives. The show begins with Alf following a radio signal to the planet Earth. Unfortunately, he crash lands onto a family's backyard. The family is the Tanners, an ordinary family consisting of a social worker father, homemaker mom, two children and a cat. Rather than allow ALF to be subject to scrutiny and experimentation by the government, the Tanners decide to adopt ALF as one of their own, and interesting events come about because of this. Throughout the series, ALF learns about Earth culture and the Tanners learn to love ALF. While he is originally assigned to the laundry room, he eventually makes his way throughout the home and into their hearts. ALF even cares for the cat even though he tries to eat him a few times. When the cat dies, ALF generally feels pain and emotion. In return, the Tanners show affection towards him. Throughout the series, ALF tries to make signals back to his home planet, and the series finale gives some hope that ALF may have found a way to go back home. Unfortunately, before his Marmackians can save him, the US military capture him. The TV movie, Project ALF, eventually resolves the matter, making ALF an ambassador to Earth. ALF was a comedy, but it touched on both scientific theories and social experiments that showed those who watched that it was important to consider those who were unlike ourselves. ALF remains a staple in syndication and a cult favorite among those who loved the 80s. In addition to the television show and movie, there have been six video games, a comic book, songs and countless merchandise devoted to the series.

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Seasons
Consider Me Gone
24. Consider Me Gone
March 24, 1990
ALF announces to the Tanner family he is leaving earth to settle on another planet with Skip and Rhonda. However, the Alien Task Force catches him before he can board their spaceship.
I Gotta Be Me
23. I Gotta Be Me
March 10, 1990
All of the Tanners but ALF are nervous about Lynn moving in with her boyfriend.
Hungry Like a Wolf
22. Hungry Like a Wolf
March 3, 1990
ALF tries to go on a diet, but fails after he discovers he can find free food in the park.
Stayin' Alive
21. Stayin' Alive
February 26, 1990
ALF is astounded and morally outraged at the amounts of pollution a local company is producing.
Mr. Sandman
20. Mr. Sandman
February 19, 1990
ALF and Willie discover an old treasure map and follow it to Death Valley in order to find the treasure.
When I'm Sixty-Four
19. When I'm Sixty-Four
February 12, 1990
ALF sneaks into a retirement home and discovers senior citizens who want nothing more than to be young again.
Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
18. Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
February 5, 1990
ALF wonders about his future with the Tanners, who will age quickly compared to him.
Gimme That Old Time Religion
17. Gimme That Old Time Religion
January 29, 1990
ALF attempts to preform a Melamacian religious ceremony on earth.
True Colors
16. True Colors
January 22, 1990
ALF takes the art world by storm when he creates an award winning still life out of food.
Love on the Rocks
15. Love on the Rocks
January 15, 1990
ALF is suspicious when Neal's ex-wife Margaret reconciles with him. ALF goes out of his way to prove his suspicions are correct.
Make 'em Laugh
14. Make 'em Laugh
January 8, 1990
ALF has a new ambition - to be a stand-up comic.
It's My Party
13. It's My Party
December 11, 1989
The Tanners throw a Hawaiian Luau. ALF must hide from their guests.
Fever
12. Fever
December 4, 1989
ALF gets his first earth cold.
Happy Together
11. Happy Together
November 27, 1989
Neal lets ALF stay with him after ALF gets into a fight with the Tanners.
Break Up to Make Up
10. Break Up to Make Up
November 20, 1989
Dorothy and Whizzer get into a fight, and an angry Dorothy runs away. Whizzer meets ALF while searching for her.
Live and Let Die
9. Live and Let Die
November 13, 1989
ALF sees kittens for the first time and gets a whole new attitude about cats.
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
8. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
November 6, 1989
Neal stays with the Tanner's for longer than an outraged ALF expected.
He Ain't Heavy, He's Willie's Brother
7. He Ain't Heavy, He's Willie's Brother
October 30, 1989
When Willie's brother Neal visits, ALF is forced to hide in the garage.
Hooked on a Feeling
6. Hooked on a Feeling
October 23, 1989
When ALF becomes addicted to eating cotton, Willie holds a support group meeting to try to cure him.
Mind Games
5. Mind Games
October 16, 1989
ALF sees a psychoanalyst and becomes intrigued. He invites many other psychoanalysts to the Tanner home in order to study them.
We're in the Money
4. We're in the Money
October 9, 1989
ALF discovers the stock market.
Wanted: Dead or Alive
3. Wanted: Dead or Alive
October 2, 1989
When ALF sees a criminal resembling Willie on a crime-stopper TV show, he must try to hide Willie from the police.
Lies
2. Lies
September 25, 1989
Disaster strikes when tabloid photographers capture ALF on film. The Tanners must try to get the film back.
Baby Come Back
1. Baby Come Back
September 18, 1989
The Tanners let ALF babysit Eric, but the baby disappears.
Description

ALF was a staple for many households in the mid-80s and continues to entertain children of all ages in syndication. The NBC show was created by Paul Fusco in 1986 and completed its four season run in 1990. In all, there are 102 total episodes as well as a made-for-television movie called Project ALF, which attempted to answer some of the cliffhanger questions left open by the series finale.

The show's title star is an alien from the planet Marmac. His name is an acronym for alien life form. ALF is a cynical alien who loves to eat. He has a penchant for cats among all things. On his home planet, he attended high school for 122 years and has a large family consisting of 30 relatives.

The show begins with Alf following a radio signal to the planet Earth. Unfortunately, he crash lands onto a family's backyard. The family is the Tanners, an ordinary family consisting of a social worker father, homemaker mom, two children and a cat. Rather than allow ALF to be subject to scrutiny and experimentation by the government, the Tanners decide to adopt ALF as one of their own, and interesting events come about because of this.

Throughout the series, ALF learns about Earth culture and the Tanners learn to love ALF. While he is originally assigned to the laundry room, he eventually makes his way throughout the home and into their hearts. ALF even cares for the cat even though he tries to eat him a few times. When the cat dies, ALF generally feels pain and emotion. In return, the Tanners show affection towards him.

Throughout the series, ALF tries to make signals back to his home planet, and the series finale gives some hope that ALF may have found a way to go back home. Unfortunately, before his Marmackians can save him, the US military capture him. The TV movie, Project ALF, eventually resolves the matter, making ALF an ambassador to Earth.

ALF was a comedy, but it touched on both scientific theories and social experiments that showed those who watched that it was important to consider those who were unlike ourselves. ALF remains a staple in syndication and a cult favorite among those who loved the 80s. In addition to the television show and movie, there have been six video games, a comic book, songs and countless merchandise devoted to the series.Alf is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (126 episodes). The series first aired on September 22, 1986.

Where to Watch Alf

Alf is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Alf on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel Free, Google Play, Apple TV, Tubi TV and IMDb TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 22, 1986
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (32,196)