What it was like Growing Up in the Eighties (1980s)
  • Tue. May 21st, 2024

ALF – 80s TV Sitcom

ALF is a 80s sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986, to March 24, 1990. The title character is ALF (an acronym for “Alien Life Form”) who crash-lands in the garage of the suburban middle-class Tanner family.

Alf Cast


Max Wright as Willie Tanner
Anne Schedeen as Kate Tanner
Andrea Elson as Lynn Tanner
Benji Gregory as Brian Tanner
John LaMotta as Trevor Ochmonek
Liz Sheriden as Raquel Ochmonek
Josh Blake as Jake Ochmonek
JM J. Bullock as Neal Tanner (1987)
Anne Meara as Dorothy Halligan

ALF (Gordon Schlumway)

Alf’s Voice by Paul Fusco

Series Run

First Telecast: September 22, 1986
Last Telecast: June 18, 1990

Broadcast History

September 1986- February 1990, NBC, Monday 8:00-8:30pm
March 1990, NBC, Saturday 8:00-8:30pm


Gordon Shumway (ALF) is an alien from the planet Melmac who follows an amateur radio signal to Earth and crash-lands into the garage of the Tanners, who live in the San Fernando Valley, California. The family consists of social worker Willie (Max Wright), his wife Kate (Anne Schedeen), their teenage daughter Lynn (Andrea Elson), younger son Brian (Benji Gregory) and their pet cat Lucky (whom Gordon wishes to consume). Gordon is given the nickname ALF (“Alien Life Form”) by Willie Tanner.

Unsure what to do, the Tanners take ALF into their home and hide him from the Alien Task Force and their nosy neighbors Trevor and Raquel Ochmonek, until ALF can repair his spacecraft.

More info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ALF_(TV_series)

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