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’s got a nasty temper and he is, well, pretty unique. So what is a concerned family to do? Why, accept the alien meat from an airtight box, of course, and enjoy the crude comedy that accompanies this oddball.
What really makes this show 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 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 started with a live comedy show in 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 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 starts 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 is like being part of an all-star group of Marvel comic book writers and TV producers! There’s something for everyone here, people, from spins with major characters to humorous one-liners aimed at everyone.
I’ve 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 creation. However, that comparison would be somewhat misleading. The assumption of Orphan Ship was that an unidentified boat crashed on earth and hundreds of its passengers were left stranded without any way of travel. In the ALF TV series, the ship landed on ground before being salvaged and later found to be owned 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.
She also happens to be the mom 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 this series, battling the evils that threaten to overwhelm the world. Season 1 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 each episode. Most of the content is written in a script and filmed using the very same effects and special effects as regular films, which makes it feel like a valid science fiction program.
As well as featuring a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, the ALF TV series also offers some of the best actors from television today. Two of the main characters, Jay and Paul, are played by the incredible Kevin Pollack and Brian Price. They have superb roles as the two chief characters, as well as memorable supporting casts such as Maya Rudolph, Kaya Scodelario, and Michael Chiklis.
As you can see, there’s a good likelihood that you might enjoy the ALF television series premier. When you have not seen the first season, you might choose to catch up on it whenever possible. The first episodes feature some terrific twists and turns that fans will certainly be talking about for years to come.