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Alf Dates : 1986 - 1990
102 episodes of 30 min
First broadcasting : 18 Mars 1988
Creator(s) : Tom Patchett et Paul Fusco
Producer(s) : Bernie Brillstein et Tom Patchett
Music : Alf Clausen
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French Traduire


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 the Tanners also have a cat, which looks rather tasty...

The Actors

Max Wright - Willie Tanner

Max Wright

(Willie Tanner)

Anne Schedeen - Kate Tanner

Anne Schedeen

(Kate Tanner)

Andrea Elson - Lynn Tanner

Andrea Elson

(Lynn Tanner)

Benji Gregory - Brian Tanner

Benji Gregory

(Brian Tanner)

John LaMotta - Trevor Ochmonek

John LaMotta

(Trevor Ochmonek)

Liz Sheridan - Raquel Ochmonek

Liz Sheridan

(Raquel Ochmonek)


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ALF's name is Gordon Shumway, and he's from the planet Melmac.

Producer Paul Fusco was the voice of ALF.

Michael Eisner, head of The Walt Disney Company, made an unsuccessful bid to buy the series outright before Lorimar made a syndication deal with Alien Productions.

The final episode ("Consider Me Gone") was, indeed, intended as a cliffhanger. At the time it was filmed, NBC was still up in the air over whether the show would be cancelled. The cliffhanger format was intended to help persuade NBC to give the show one more chance, if only to resolve the "To Be Continued" ending. Six years later, the TV movie Project: ALF (1996) (TV) finally brought closure--although the lack of the original human cast, and poor writing, cause many fans to reject Project: ALF as part of the show's canon.

The name of every episode is also the name of a song. Each is relevant to the episode's plot.

ALF stands for Alien Life Form.

The character 'ALF' was ranked #8 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004, Vol. 52, No. 31) and appears on one of three collectible covers.

The names of the Melmacian holidays and currencies mentioned by ALF in some episodes are actually the surnames of the crew-members.


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Authors of the card

  • Creation date: 2003/07/01 by stals
  • Last Update: 2007/05/01 by sullivan

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