A super-intelligent, fast-talking monster, ALF (the Alien Life Form) crash-landed at a Southern California garage. His ship is beyond repair; he is ugly, short, he has a nasty temper and he is, well, pretty unique. So what is a concerned family to do? Why, take the alien meat from 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. Created 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 started with a live comedy show at a bar in Van Nuys, but their distinctive take 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 assumption 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 every 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 hilarious one-liners aimed at everyone.
I have seen some people compare the ALF TV show to an Orphan Ship, which is of course 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 unknown ship crashed on earth 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 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 cultures that were lost.
In 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 the series, combating the evils that threaten to overwhelm the world. Season one featured a few different 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 with the same effects and special effects as regular movies, which makes it feel like a valid science fiction program.
In addition to incorporating a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, the ALF TV series also features some of the greatest actors from television now. Two of the main characters, Jay and Paul, are played by the Unbelievable Kevin Pollack and Brian Price. They have superb roles as both chief characters, as well as memorable supporting casts such as Maya Rudolph, Kaya Scodelario, and Michael Chiklis.
As you can see, there is an excellent chance that you might enjoy the ALF television show highest. If you haven’t seen the first season, you may choose to catch up on it whenever possible. The initial episodes feature some terrific twists and turns that fans will surely be talking about for years to come.