Fans of a particularly lovable, sarcastic furry alien from Melmac can soon stream his classic ’80s sitcom. Beginning in October, ALF will be available to stream via the STARZ app.
Airing from 1986 to 1990 on NBC, ALF (short for “Alien Life Form”) was about an alien who crash-lands one night in the garage of the Tanner family. He speaks English and wins the family over so they take him in, and he’s soon an active member of the household, whether that’s selling cosmetics over the phone or eating everything in the house before having a dance party.
ALF starred Max Wright as family patriarch Willie, Anne Schedeen as his wife, Kate, and Andrea Elson and Benji Gregory as their kids, Lynn and Brian. Anne Meara also notably played Kate’s mother in a number of episodes. In its second season, the show was among the top ten highest-rated shows in America. (And it was a smash in Bulgaria!)
After the series ended in 1990, ALF popped up from time to time, on everything from Good Morning America to collect-call commercials. In 2004, he (the real "he" being his creator/puppeteer/voice, Paul Fusco) hosted the short-lived TV Land program, ALF’s Hit Talk Show, which ran for eight episodes.
Given the reboot and revival mania of current TV times, might there be room for ALF Part II? Fusco told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2012, “ALF could be more outspoken now than ever, because the world is a whole different place than the ’80s. And I think the character still stands up and certainly has more to say now than ever. I think we would approach it in a fresh way. I don’t think we would duplicate the TV show, but I think we would maybe put it in a storyline where we would explain how ALF got here and put him with a new family and let the character speak for himself.”
ALF will be available to stream on the STARZ app beginning October 1.