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Premiere September 22, 1986
Finale March 24, 1990
Airs Sundays at 6 AM and 6:30 AM on MeTV
Creator Paul Fusco,
Tom Patchett
Network NBC
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Alien Productions
Seasons 4
Episodes 102 + special + 1 TV movie
Origin USA

ALF is a sitcom that aired on NBC. The Alien Life Form of the title (portrayed by a puppet) crash landed in the garage of the Tanner home after escaping the destruction of his home planet, Melmac. Despite his selfish and arrogant nature, ALF befriends the Tanners and they agree to hide him from the government, who he is afraid would experiment on him.

The humor is derived largely from ALF's misunderstanding of human culture, the Tanners' attempts to hide him from their neighbors, and the occasional weirdness that ALF brings to the household, including a giant mutated cockroach and attention from federal authorities. A constant joke is that ALF wants to eat the Tanner's cat, Lucky - cats are a delicacy on his home planet.

The series spawned a TV movie, two animated series: ALF: The Animated Series and ALF Tales, and one talk show: ALF's Hit Talk Show.

ALF is produced by Alien Productions. Debmar-Mercury, the distribution division of Lionsgate Television, owns the North American distribution rights to the series, while Warner Bros. Television, the former North American distributor, still syndicates the show internationally.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Max Wright Willie Tanner * * * *
Anne Schedeen Kate Tanner * * * *
Andrea Elson Lynn Tanner * * * *
Benji Gregory Brian Tanner * * * *
Paul Fusco ALF (voice) * * * *
Supporting/Recurring Cast
John LaMotta Trevor Ochmonek * * * *
Liz Sheridan Raquel Ochmonek * * * *
Anne Meara Dorothy Halligan * * *
Josh Blake Jake Ochmonek * *
Jim J. Bullock Neal Tanner *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 22, 1986 May 11, 1987 26
Season Two September 21, 1987 May 9, 1988 26 + 1
Season Three October 3, 1988 May 8, 1989 26
Season Four September 18, 1989 March 24, 1990 24

TV Movies

Title Network Airdate
Project ALF ABC February 17, 1996


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete DVD Collection
Collector's Edition
May 9, 2017


Season Sets
Season One August 10, 2004 4


Season Two August 23, 2005 4


Season Three May 30, 2006 4


Season Four September 5, 2006 4


External Sites