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 has a nasty temper and he’s, well, fairly unique. So what is a concerned family to do? Why, take the alien meat from an airtight box, of course, and enjoy the crude comedy that accompanies this oddball.
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 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 bar in Van Nuys, but their distinctive take 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 assumption of the ALF TV series is that a bald, middle-aged scientist, played by Baer, implants artificial intelligence in the head 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 come across from the series join the fun. It’s like being part of an all-star team of Marvel comic book writers and TV producers! There is something for everybody here, folks, from twists with major characters to hilarious one-liners targeted at everyone.
I have seen some folks compare the ALF TV show to an Orphan Ship, which is obviously 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 way of travel. In the ALF TV series, the boat landed on ground 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 bizarre character started a company to mine for artifacts in various cultures that were lost.
From the series, the character of Malory (Malorieff) is an archaeologist who works with a ragtag team of scientists, politicians, thieves, and the like. 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 team of misfits becomes the unlikely heroes of this series, combating the evils that threaten to overwhelm the world. Season one featured a few different characters than have been featured in every subsequent season.
It features some very exciting story elements that keep you interested in what is going on in every 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.
As well as incorporating a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, the ALF TV series also offers some of the greatest actors from television today. They have superb functions as both main characters, in addition to memorable supporting casts such as Maya Rudolph, Kaya Scodelario, and Michael Chiklis.
As you can see, there is a good likelihood that you might enjoy the ALF television series premier. When you haven’t seen the first season, you might want to catch up on it as soon as possible. The first episodes feature some terrific twists and turns that fans will surely be talking about for years to come.