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30 years of ALF by Trey-Vore 30 years of ALF by Trey-Vore
This is one of several overdue 80s tributes I had coming.

On September 22, 1986, courtesy of Paul Fusco and Tom Patchett, NBC broadcast a primetime sitcom series called ALF.  The premise of the show was a friendly Melmackian alien creature named Gordon Shumway, nicknamed "ALF" (an acronym for "Alien Life Form"), followed a radio signal to Earth and crash-landed in the garage of the Tanner family (not that Tanner family) and now became an extra-terrestrial lodger.  

ALF was one of the last shows of its kind; it was a series that pushed friendly social values and family dynamics before a show like Married with Children would come along and do anything for a laugh.

The series ran for 4 seasons, ending on a cliffhanger.  However, this was to tie-in to a TV-movie Project ALF, which was meant to end the series properly.

ALF had plenty of merchandising opportunities, including having a cartoon series spin-off called ALF Tales.  He would even go on to appear in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.  

Recently, he resurfaced to air on the Hub.  I did hear that Paul Fusco said he was pitching a new ALF movie as a live-action/CGI hybrid filmthanks to Sony.

Happy 30th ALF!

ALF is (c) Time Warner
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