A super-intelligent, fast-talking monster, ALF (the Alien Life Form) crash-landed at a Southern California garage. His ship is beyond repair; he’s ugly, short, he has a nasty temper and he’s, well, pretty unique. So what is a concerned family to do? Why, take the alien meat from an airtight box, of course, and enjoy the crude humor that accompanies this oddball.
What really makes this show 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 funny writing and sketch comedy shows so as to put food on the table for their families. It all began with a live comedy show at a bar in Van Nuys, but their unique spin on live tv is unique in that it takes you right into the middle of the action – or as some might 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 starts to ramble while also exploring strange, alternate worlds. In each episode, new characters are introduced and old characters we encounter from the series join the fun. It’s 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 hilarious one-liners aimed at everyone.
I’ve seen some folks compare the ALF TV series to an Orphan Ship, which is of course a humorous science fiction concept that has nothing to do with this creation. However, that comparison could be somewhat misleading. The premise of Orphan Ship was that an unknown boat crashed on a planet and hundreds of its passengers were left stranded with no means of travel. In the ALF TV series, the ship 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 wealthy but eccentric character started a company to mine for artifacts in various lost civilizations.
From the series, the character of Malory (Malorieff) is an archaeologist who works with a ragtag crew of scientists, politicians, thieves, and such. This crew of misfits becomes the unlikely heroes of this series, battling the evils that threaten to overwhelm the world. Season 1 featured a few different characters than have been showcased in each 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 using the very same effects and special effects as regular films, making it feel like a valid science fiction program.
As well as featuring a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, the ALF TV series also offers some of the best actors from television now. They have superb functions as the two main characters, as well as memorable supporting casts such as Maya Rudolph, Kaya Scodelario, and Michael Chiklis. These great actors easily steal the show, as each character is brilliantly portrayed.
As you can see, there’s an excellent likelihood that you might enjoy the ALF television series premier. When you haven’t 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.