A super-intelligent, fast-talking monster, ALF (the Alien Life Form) crash-landed at 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 is a concerned family to do? Why, accept the alien meat from an airtight box, of course, and enjoy the crude humor 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 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 began with a live comedy show in a bar in Van Nuys, but their unique 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 premise of the ALF TV show is that a bald, middle-aged scientist, played by Baer, implants artificial intelligence from the mind of an unsuspecting citizen. The”body” then begins to wander while also exploring strange, alternate worlds. In each episode, new characters are introduced and old characters we encounter from the show 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 everyone here, people, from twists with major characters to humorous one-liners aimed at everyone.
I have seen some folks compare the ALF TV series to an Orphan Ship, which is of course 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 ship crashed on a planet 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 found 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 show, the character of Malory (Malorieff) is an archaeologist who works with a ragtag crew of scientists, politicians, thieves, and the like. She also appears 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 this series, battling 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. The majority 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 featuring a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, the ALF TV series also offers some of the best actors from television today. They have superb functions as the two main characters, in addition to memorable supporting casts such as Maya Rudolph, Kaya Scodelario, and Michael Chiklis. The supporting cast is also fantastic, featuring the likes of Kate Beckinsale, John Hartley, Craig Bierko, and Dexter Darden.
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 might want to catch up on it as soon as possible. The first episodes feature some great twists and turns which fans will surely be talking about for years to come.