25 Fun Facts About ALF

The sitcom ALF (Alien Life Form) ran from 1986 to 1990. You might think that a primetime TV series starring a puppet interacting with regular actors seems ridiculous and would never go over today, but that’s exactly what everyone thought in 1986, too! The show relied more on humor than relatability, and folks, especially kids, loved it. You're probably be quite familiar with Gordon Shumway from the planet Melmac and his appetite for cats, but there was a lot going on behind the scenes that you didn’t know. For instance,  

2. The show’s finale was crafted as cliffhanger to entice the network to bring the show back for a new season. The ruse didn’t work, and the show was indeed cancelled before it could resolve its ending, though a bunch of loose ends were tied up six years later, with the release of TV movie Project: ALF.

14. The show’s set was built on a platform that was four feet above the ground, so that Fusco could puppet ALF anywhere on the stage. Fusco used a series of trapdoors to puppet ALF around, and they sometimes needed to be reset in the middle of a scene.

23. Every episode of ALF was titled after or alluded to a song, and each title had something to do with the show’s actual content.

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