A super-intelligent, fast-talking creature, ALF (the Alien Life Form) crash-landed in a Southern California garage. His ship is beyond repair; he is ugly, short, he has a nasty temper and he is, well, fairly unique. So what’s a concerned family to do? Why, accept the alien meat from an airtight box, of course, and enjoy the crude humor that accompanies this oddball.
Created by two guys that are friends, Matt Baer and Jason Hawes, the two teamed up in the early 1990s to create this oddball comedy. They started doing their own humorous 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 unique spin on live television is unique in that it takes you right into the middle of the action – or as some may say,” in the know.”
The assumption of the ALF TV show is that a bald, middle-aged scientist, played by Baer, implants artificial intelligence in the head 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 is like being part of an all-star group of Marvel comic book writers and TV producers! There is something for everybody here, folks, from spins with major characters to hilarious one-liners aimed at everyone.
I have seen some folks 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 unknown ship crashed on a planet and hundreds of its passengers were left stranded with no way of travel. In the ALF TV series, the ship landed on earth before being salvaged and later found 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.
In the series, the character of Malory (Malorieff) is an archaeologist who works with a ragtag team of scientists, politicians, thieves, and such. This team of misfits becomes the unlikely heroes of the series, combating 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 every episode. Most of the content is written in a script and filmed with the same effects and special effects as regular films, which makes it feel like a legitimate science fiction program.
In addition to featuring 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 Unbelievable Kevin Pollack and Brian Price. They have superb roles as the two main characters, as well as memorable supporting casts such as Maya Rudolph, Kaya Scodelario, and Michael Chiklis.
As you can see, there is an excellent chance that you may enjoy the ALF television series premier. If you haven’t seen the first season, you may choose to catch up on it whenever possible. The first episodes feature some terrific twists and turns which fans will surely be talking about for years to come.