A super-intelligent, fast-talking creature, ALF (the Alien Life Form) crash-landed in a Southern California garage. His ship is beyond repair; he’s ugly, short, he has 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 revel in the crude humor that accompanies this oddball.
What really makes this show 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 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 at 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 may say,” in the know.”
The premise 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 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 team of Marvel comic book writers and TV producers! There is something for everybody here, folks, from twists with major characters to humorous one-liners aimed at everyone.
I have 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 could be somewhat misleading. The premise of Orphan Ship was that an unidentified ship crashed on earth and hundreds of its passengers were left stranded with no way of travel. In the ALF TV series, the ship landed on ground 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 eccentric 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 team of scientists, politicians, thieves, and such. She also happens to be the mother 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, combating the evils that threaten to overwhelm the world. Season 1 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. Most of the content is written in a script and filmed with the very same effects and special effects as regular films, making it feel like a valid science fiction program.
In addition to featuring a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, the ALF TV series also features some of the best actors from television today. They have superb functions as both chief characters, in addition to memorable supporting casts such as Maya Rudolph, Kaya Scodelario, and Michael Chiklis. These great celebrities easily steal the show, as each character is brilliantly portrayed.
As you can see, there is an excellent chance that you may enjoy the ALF television series premier. If 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 which fans will surely be talking about for years to come.