A super-intelligent, fast-talking creature, ALF (the Alien Life Form) crash-landed at a Southern California garage. His ship is beyond repair; he’s ugly, short, he’s got a nasty temper and he’s, well, pretty unique. So what is a concerned family to do? Why, take the alien meat out of an airtight box, of course, and enjoy the crude comedy that accompanies this oddball.
Produced by two guys that are friends, Matt Baer and Jason Hawes, the two teamed up in the early 1990s to create this oddball humor. They started doing their own funny writing and sketch comedy shows so as to put food on the table for their families. It all started with a live comedy show at a bar in Van Nuys, but their distinctive spin on live tv is unique in that it takes you right into the center of the action – or as some may say,” in the know.”
The premise of the ALF TV show is that a bald, middle-aged scientist, played by Baer, implants artificial intelligence from the mind of an unsuspecting citizen. The”body” then begins to wander while also exploring strange, alternate worlds. In each episode, new characters are introduced and old characters we encounter from the show join the fun. It’s like being part of an all-star team of Marvel comic book writers and TV producers! There is something for everyone here, people, from twists with major characters to hilarious one-liners targeted at everyone.
I have seen some people compare the ALF TV series to an Orphan Ship, which is obviously a humorous science fiction concept that has nothing to do with this creation. However, that comparison would be somewhat misleading. The assumption of Orphan Ship was that an unidentified ship crashed on earth and hundreds of its passengers were left stranded without any means of travel. From the ALF TV series, the boat landed on earth before being salvaged and later discovered to be possessed by an eccentric billionaire (based on the novel Beneath the Fall by Stephen King). Thus, this rich but eccentric character started a company to mine for artifacts in various cultures that were lost.
From the show, the character of Malory (Malorieff) is an archaeologist who works with a ragtag team of scientists, politicians, thieves, and the like. This team of misfits becomes the unlikely heroes of this series, battling the evils that threaten to overwhelm the world. Season one featured a few different characters than have been featured in every subsequent season.
It features some very exciting story elements that keep you interested in what is going on in each episode. Most of the content is written in a script and filmed with the very same effects and special effects as regular films, which makes it feel like a valid science fiction program.
In addition to incorporating a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, the ALF TV series also offers some of the greatest actors from television now. Two of the main characters, Jay and Paul, are played with the incredible Kevin Pollack and Brian Price. They have superb roles as both chief characters, in addition to memorable supporting casts such as Maya Rudolph, Kaya Scodelario, and Michael Chiklis. The supporting cast is also fantastic, including the likes of Kate Beckinsale, John Hartley, Craig Bierko, and Dexter Darden.
As you can see, there’s an excellent likelihood that you might enjoy the ALF television series premier. If you have not seen the first season, you might choose to catch up on it whenever possible. The first episodes feature some terrific twists and turns which fans will certainly be talking about for years to come.