A super-intelligent, fast-talking creature, ALF (the Alien Life Form) crash-landed at a Southern California garage. His ship is beyond repair; he is ugly, short, he’s got a nasty temper and he’s, well, pretty unique. So what is a concerned family to do? Why, accept the alien meat from an airtight box, of course, and revel in the crude comedy that accompanies this oddball.
What really makes this series work is its witty writing and its ability to draw you in. Produced 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 in a bar in Van Nuys, but their distinctive 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 premise of the ALF TV show is that a bald, middle-aged scientist, played by Baer, implants artificial intelligence in the mind of an unsuspecting citizen. The”body” then starts to ramble while also exploring strange, alternate worlds. In each episode, new characters are introduced and old characters we come across from the series join the fun. It is like being a part of an all-star group of Marvel comic book writers and TV producers! There’s something for everybody here, folks, from spins with major characters to humorous 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 production. However, that comparison could be somewhat misleading. The premise of Orphan Ship was that an unidentified ship crashed on a planet and hundreds of its passengers were left stranded with no way of travel. From the ALF TV series, the boat landed on earth before being salvaged and later discovered to be owned by an eccentric billionaire (based on the novel Beneath the Fall by Stephen King). Thus, this rich but bizarre character started a company to mine for artifacts in various lost civilizations.
She also happens to be the mother of the key characters, Jay (Kenny Johnson), Paul (Scott Adsit), Dean (Kevin Pollack), and Simon (Glenn Hower). This team of misfits becomes the unlikely heroes of the 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 every episode. The majority of the content is written in a script and filmed using the same effects and special effects as regular movies, 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 features some of the best actors from television today. Two of the main characters, Jay and Paul, are played with the Unbelievable Kevin Pollack and Brian Price. They have superb roles as both main characters, as well as 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 is an excellent chance that you might enjoy the ALF television show highest. If you have not seen the first season, you may choose to catch up on it as soon as possible. The initial episodes feature some great twists and turns that fans will certainly be talking about for years to come.