There were lots of great TV families in the 80s, and one of the best was the Tanners. This happy family from San Fernando welcomed one of TV's favorite aliens into their home, setting the stage for one of the funniest comedies of the decade.
ALF (short for Alien Life Form) was a visitor from the planet Melmac with a taste for stray cats and a nose for trouble.
Over 4 seasons his hilarious adventures brought Willie a lot of headaches and his audience a lot of laughs, but there are some secrets about the show only the biggest ALF fans will know!
1. He's even bigger in Germany
While ALF has fans around the world, none are as passionate about this adorable alien as the Germans. Special merchandise, including ALF's rock album "Now I Sing," were only released in Germany.
The German town of Alf also had to stock up on extra signs, because ALF fans wouldn't stop stealing them.
2. The show's writers were music buffs
The title of almost every episode of the show referenced a song, and normally one that related to the episode somehow. A few examples include "Wild Thing," "Take A Look At Me Now" and "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."
That may seem a little silly, but it's impressive when you remember ALF ran for 102 episodes! That's a lot of songs to come up with.
3. A reboot could be in the works
Nothing definite has been announced yet, but for years there have been rumors of ALF making his return to TV. ALF's creator Paul Fusco even had a CGI movie planned with the space alien, but it seems like that's off the table now.
4. The set was a nightmare
Paul Fusco, who was the show's creator and also ALF's puppeteer, was obsessed with keeping the show as "real" as possible.
To achieve this, he built a set four feet above the ground, full of holes and trap doors so the ALF puppet could interact naturally with the cast. Of course, a set with holes in it was totally unsafe, and it would sometimes take 18 hours to shoot one 30 minute episode.
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