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 enjoy the crude comedy 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 humorous writing and sketch comedy shows so as 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 distinctive take on live television is unique in that it takes you right into the middle of the action – or as some might 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 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 is like being a part of an all-star group of Marvel comic book writers and TV producers! There is something for everyone here, folks, from spins with major characters to humorous one-liners aimed at everyone.
I have seen some folks 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 could be somewhat misleading. The premise of Orphan Ship was that an unidentified boat crashed on earth and hundreds of its passengers were left stranded without any way of travel. From the ALF TV series, the ship landed on earth 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.
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 different 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, making it feel like a legitimate science fiction program.
As well as featuring a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, the ALF TV series also offers some of the greatest 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 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 great twists and turns which fans will certainly be talking about for years to come.