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, 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.
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 humorous writing and sketch comedy shows in order to put food on the table for their families. It all began with a live comedy show in a bar in Van Nuys, but their unique take 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 in the head 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 series 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 everyone here, people, from spins with major characters to hilarious one-liners targeted at everyone.
I have 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 ship crashed on earth and hundreds of its passengers were left stranded with no means of travel. In the ALF TV series, the ship landed on ground 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 cultures that were lost.
She also happens to be the mother of the main 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 diverse characters than have been featured in each 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 with the very same effects and special effects as regular movies, which makes it feel like a legitimate science fiction program.
As well as incorporating 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 incredible 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. These great actors easily steal the show, as each character is brilliantly portrayed.
As you can see, there is an excellent likelihood 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 initial episodes feature some great twists and turns that fans will certainly be talking about for years to come.