ALF is an American science fiction comedy series that aired on NBC from 1986 to 1990. The show follows the adventures of a friendly extraterrestrial named ALF (short for Alien Life Form) who crash-lands into the garage of the Tanner family in suburban California. The Tanners, consisting of social worker Willie, his wife Kate, their teenage daughter Lynn, their young son Brian, and their cat Lucky, decide to take in ALF and hide him from the US Department of Alien Task Force and their nosy neighbors, the Ochmoneks.
ALF comes from the planet Melmac, which was destroyed by a nuclear war. He is short and furry, with a snout, moles on his face, and eight stomachs. He has a sarcastic and cynical personality, and often causes trouble for the Tanners with his pranks, curiosity, and appetite. He likes to eat cats and burp loudly. He can whistle without opening his mouth. His heart is located near his right ear. He is a fan of the Carolina Panthers and has a large family back on Melmac.
The show features ALF's attempts to adjust to life on Earth and learn about human culture and customs. He also makes friends with some people outside the Tanner family, such as Willie's brother Neal, Kate's widowed mother Dorothy, the Ochmoneks' nephew Jake, and a blind woman named Jody. He often communicates with other aliens using his spaceship's radio, which he keeps in the Tanner's laundry room.
ALF was created by Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco, who also voiced and operated the ALF puppet. The show was produced by Alien Productions and was one of the first series to use Dolby Surround sound. It ran for four seasons, with a total of 102 episodes (including three one-hour specials). It was a popular and critical success, winning seven awards and receiving 14 nominations. It also spawned a spin-off animated series, a TV movie, comic books, video games, toys, and merchandise.
ALF is also one of the few American shows that has been dubbed in Hindi and aired on Indian television. The show was broadcast on Pogo channel in the early 2000s, with Hindi voice actors providing the dialogues for the characters. The show was well-received by Indian audiences, who enjoyed ALF's humor and antics. The show also introduced many Indian viewers to the concept of science fiction comedy and alien life forms.
ALF is a classic TV show that has entertained generations of viewers around the world with its unique premise, witty dialogue, and lovable characters. It is a show that celebrates friendship, family, diversity, and fun. It is a show that reminds us that sometimes the best things in life come from unexpected places.
ALF is also known for its trivia and behind-the-scenes stories that reveal the challenges and joys of making such a unique show. Here are some of the most interesting facts about ALF:
The voice of ALF, Paul Fusco, also operated the ALF puppet most of the time. When ALF needed to be shown in his full glory, actor Mihaly Meszarosâwho stands two feet nine inches tallâstepped into the costume[^1^].
The show's finale was crafted as a cliffhanger to entice the network to bring the show back for a new season. The ruse didn't work, and the show was cancelled before it could resolve its ending. Six years later, a TV movie called Project: ALF finally brought closure, but many fans reject it as part of the show's canon because none of the original human cast returned[^1^] [^2^].
The show was a huge hit in Germany, which was unfortunate for the German city of Alf, located on the Moselle river. The \"city limits\" signs, featuring the city's name, were stolen so many times that the city council decided to produce a huge number of signs for sale[^1^].
Ever notice that ALF sometimes looked really different That's because there were two ALF puppets. One was used for all shots that went from the stomach up, while another was only used for full body shots (the same ones that saw Meszaros puppeting from inside the costume)[^2^].
Baby Eric was written into the show when actress Anne Schedeen (Mrs. Tanner) got pregnant in real life[^2^].
ALF got his own set of trading cardsâa whole series, issued by Topps!âin the late '80s. A few of the cards were parody sports cards that depicted ALF's favorite sport, Boulliabaseball[^2^].
ALF was the first television show to be presented in Dolby Surround Sound[^2^].
ALF had eight stomachs, which is probably why he had such a notoriously huge appetite. He also liked to eat cats and burp loudly[^3^] [^4^].
ALF's birthday is October 28, 1756[^2^].
The show's set was built on a platform that was four feet above the ground, so that Fusco could puppet ALF anywhere on the stage. Fusco used a series of trapdoors to puppet ALF around, and they sometimes needed to be reset in the middle of a scene[^1^].
The ALF set was apparently seething with tension and troubles. The technical demands of such a program were especially wearing on the human cast, many of whom hated playing second banana to an inanimate puppet[^1^] [^2^].
A rehearsal puppet was often used, in order to avoid wear and tear on the real ALF puppets. He was called RALFâ\"Rehearsal Alien Life Form\"[^2^].
ALF is a show that has left a lasting impression on many viewers who grew up watching it or discovered it later on. It is a show that combines humor, heart, and imagination. It is a show that proves that sometimes, home is where you least expect it. a474f39169