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’s got a nasty temper and he is, well, fairly unique. So what is a concerned family to do? Why, accept the alien meat out of an airtight box, of course, and revel in the crude humor 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 both 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 club in Van Nuys, but their unique spin on live television is unique in that it takes you right into the center of the action – or as some might say,” in the know.”
The assumption 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 every 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, people, from twists with major characters to hilarious one-liners targeted at everyone.
I’ve seen some people compare the ALF TV show 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 assumption of Orphan Ship was that an unidentified boat crashed on a planet and hundreds of its passengers were left stranded without any way of travel. In the ALF TV series, the ship 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 wealthy but eccentric character started a company to mine for artifacts in various cultures that were lost.
She also happens to be the mom of the key characters, Jay (Kenny Johnson), Paul (Scott Adsit), Dean (Kevin Pollack), and Simon (Glenn Hower). This crew 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 showcased in each subsequent season.
It features some very exciting story elements that keep you interested in what is going on in each episode. The majority 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 valid 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 by the incredible Kevin Pollack and Brian Price. They have superb functions as the two chief characters, as well as memorable supporting casts such as Maya Rudolph, Kaya Scodelario, and Michael Chiklis. These fantastic celebrities easily steal the show, as each character is brilliantly portrayed.
As you can see, there’s a good 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 first episodes feature some terrific twists and turns that fans will certainly be talking about for years to come.