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’s got a nasty temper and he’s, well, pretty unique. So what’s a concerned family to do? Why, take the alien meat out of an airtight box, of course, and revel in the crude humor 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 both 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 club 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 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 begins to wander while also exploring strange, alternate worlds. In every episode, new characters are introduced and old characters we come across from the show join the fun. It’s like being part of an all-star group of Marvel comic book writers and TV producers! There is something for everybody here, people, from spins 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 production. However, that comparison would 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 without any way of travel. From the ALF TV series, the boat 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 wealthy but bizarre character started a company to mine for artifacts in various lost civilizations.
In the series, 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, combating the evils that threaten to overwhelm the world. Season 1 featured a few diverse characters than have been showcased 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 using the same effects and special effects as regular movies, making it feel like a legitimate science fiction program.
As well as featuring a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, the ALF TV series also features some of the best 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 both main characters, as well as memorable supporting casts such as Maya Rudolph, Kaya Scodelario, and Michael Chiklis. The supporting cast is also fantastic, featuring the likes of Kate Beckinsale, John Hartley, Craig Bierko, and Dexter Darden. These fantastic actors easily steal the show, as each character is brilliantly portrayed.
As you can see, there is an excellent likelihood 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 which fans will certainly be talking about for years to come.