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ALF: “Ha! I kill me!”

Many years ago, back in the ’80s, back to the time when I was young and before I had kids, I fell in love with an alien. Gordon accidentally crashed his spaceship into the garage of the Tanner family as he was fleeing his home planet which just happened to be exploding. He was lost in our world as you would expect from any alien life form. The Tanner family took him in and taught him our worldly ways. Every Monday night, you could find me watching the high jinks of my new found love. He gained a hugely popular nickname, Alf. Maybe you knew him, maybe you fell in love with him, too. Who couldn’t resist that alien charm?

Alf (alien) sitting on the floor next to a couch

1986-1990

30min

Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

TV-G

A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.

And apparently – in case you didn’t know – the love of an alien can be passed through the umbilical cord to your child. At least that’s what I’m claiming. Little T stumbled across my Season 1 ALF DVD set and instantly felt the charm through the case. I put in the first disc and he was hooked immediately. I shared everything I knew about ALF but it’s been a long time since I thought about the little furry guy so my knowledge was a little clouded. We watched the first few episodes together but yearned for more.

After watching season 1 and 2 many times over, I broke down and told Little T that there were two additional seasons plus two cartoon shows all dedicated to our lovable alien friend, ALF. He was beyond thrilled when he received season 3 and 4 for his birthday this year. In fact, he has watched every episode across all four seasons plus a few bonus episodes provided with each set.

Did you know these facts about ALF?

And mom is beyond happy listening to ALF and replaying her childhood. Yesterday at breakfast, Little T and I played question and answer with all questions about ALF.

What is ALF’s real name?

Gordon Shumway

What planet is ALF from?

Melmac

What is ALF’s planet made of?

Melmac

What does ALF love to eat?

CatsCat Eyes

Who are ALF’s best friends?

Brian Tanner and Jake Ochmonek (the nosy neighbor’s nephew)

What is the family’s last name?

Tanner

What was ALF’s girlfriend’s name?

Rhonda

If you have no idea who I am talking about, I’ll leave you with a video of some great moments compiled by Sarge561.

If you made it this far, you get a bonus! Did you know there is an ALF movie? If you’ve watched the entire series, you’ll know that Alf ends with a cliff hanger. The movie, aptly named Project: Alf , is a half-hearted attempt to provide a conclusion to the series. And while the movie is great fun, it has little to do with the actual show.

Project: Alf movie poster

1996

1h 35min

Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

NR

Captured by the Alien Task Force, ALF was rescued by two officers who found out that the project shall be canceled – and also ALF.

By Angelia Embler

Angi grew up in southern Arizona but now lives in central New Mexico with her husband, two sons and four dogs. She creates, answers @Yoast support, and loves to ramble. Find her curled up with a book or watching her favorite TV shows, movies, or American football game. ?

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