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, pretty unique. So what’s 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.
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 at 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 assumption of the ALF TV series is that a bald, middle-aged scientist, played by Baer, implants artificial intelligence from the mind 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 a part of an all-star team of Marvel comic book writers and TV producers! There is something for everybody here, people, from spins with major characters to humorous one-liners aimed at everyone.
I’ve 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 creation. 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 with no way of travel. In the ALF TV series, the ship landed on ground 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 rich but eccentric 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. 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 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 every episode. Most of the content is written in a script and filmed using the very same effects and special effects as regular movies, making it feel like a legitimate science fiction program.
As well as incorporating a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, the ALF TV series also offers some of the best actors from television now. Two of the main characters, Jay and Paul, are played with the incredible Kevin Pollack and Brian Price. They have superb functions as the two main characters, in addition to memorable supporting casts such as Maya Rudolph, Kaya Scodelario, and Michael Chiklis. These fantastic actors easily steal the show, as each character is brilliantly portrayed.
As you can see, there is a good likelihood that you might enjoy the ALF television show highest. When you haven’t seen the first season, you may choose to catch up on it whenever possible. The first episodes feature some great twists and turns which fans will certainly be talking about for years to come.