History Series / Alf

26th Aug '15 4:59:07 PM HighCrate
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They could always have, y'know, not had either, but I see what you mean.
* LaughTrack: Considering how tedious production was, the producers had little choice but to use this.
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* LaughTrack: Considering how tedious production was, a live studio audience was out of the producers had little choice but to use this.question.
23rd Jun '15 7:29:23 AM Market43Fan
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* LaughTrack: Considering how tedious production was, the producers had little choice but to use this.
13th Feb '15 8:31:58 PM Angeldeb82
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The brainchild of puppeteer/producer Paul Fusco, Alf is the story of Gordon Shumway, a hapless '''A'''lien '''L'''ife '''F'''orm [[note]]Sometimes he was billed as an Alien ''Laugh'' Form[[/note]] who crash lands in the backyard of the Tanner family (no, not [[Series/FullHouse them]]) after his home planet, Melmac, [[EarthShatteringKaboom explodes]]. The original series lasted from September, 1986 to March, 1990. A total of 102 episodes in four seasons.
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The brainchild of puppeteer/producer Paul Fusco, Alf is the story of Gordon Shumway, a hapless '''A'''lien '''L'''ife '''F'''orm [[note]]Sometimes he was billed as an Alien ''Laugh'' Form[[/note]] who crash lands in the backyard of the Tanner family (no, not [[Series/FullHouse them]]) after his home planet, Melmac, [[EarthShatteringKaboom explodes]].{{e|arthShatteringKaboom}}xplodes. The original series lasted from September, 1986 to March, 1990. A total of 102 episodes in four seasons.

There was also a comic book adaptation which tended to play down the sitcom aspects in favor of a lot of parody and a bigger sci-fi slant, giving Alf strange technological toys which would occasionally be useful but most often wreak havoc in unforeseen ways. In many ways, it seemed more inspired by the AnimatedAdaptation than the original sitcom, and would in fact often include stories set on Melmac, featuring many of the same characters as in the cartoon (most prominently the Shumway family). These stories usually included a framing story of Alf telling the Tanners of life on his home planet -- Willie and Kate, for some unexplained reason, found these [[{{Flashback}} flashbacks]] incredibly tedious. Lynn was fairly indifferent to them, and Brian loved them.
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There was also a comic book adaptation which tended to play down the sitcom aspects in favor of a lot of parody and a bigger sci-fi slant, giving Alf strange technological toys which would occasionally be useful but most often wreak havoc in unforeseen ways. In many ways, it seemed more inspired by the AnimatedAdaptation than the original sitcom, and would in fact often include stories set on Melmac, featuring many of the same characters as in the cartoon (most prominently the Shumway family). These stories usually included a framing story of Alf telling the Tanners of life on his home planet -- Willie and Kate, for some unexplained reason, found these [[{{Flashback}} flashbacks]] {{flashback}}s incredibly tedious. Lynn was fairly indifferent to them, and Brian loved them.

* ABirthdayNotABreak: Melmac blew up on Alf's 228th birthday.

* AmnesiaEpisode: The very first season had an interesting variant of it, in form of a [[TwoPartEpisode two-parter]] ClipShow.
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* AmnesiaEpisode: The very first season had an interesting variant of it, in form of a [[TwoPartEpisode [[MultiPartEpisode two-parter]] ClipShow.

* APlanetNamedZok: Downplayed with Melmac, which is actually the name of an old brand of plastic dishware.

* APlanetNamedZok: Downplayed with Melmac, which is actually the name of an old brand of plastic dishware.ABirthdayNotABreak: Melmac blew up on Alf's 228th birthday.

* {{Crossover}}: ALF (and Fusco, of course) appeared on ''TheHollywoodSquares'' several times, even ''hosting'' a game, as well as ''Series/GilligansIsland''.
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* {{Crossover}}: ALF (and Fusco, of course) appeared on ''TheHollywoodSquares'' ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' several times, even ''hosting'' a game, as well as ''Series/GilligansIsland''.

** [[spoiler: However, there are other survivors, including his girlfriend [[TheBeachBoys "Rhonda"]].]]
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** [[spoiler: However, there are other survivors, including his girlfriend [[TheBeachBoys [[Music/TheBeachBoys "Rhonda"]].]]

** [[spoiler: However, there are other survivors, including * MyFriendsAndZoidberg: At a party for Alf, Alf is grateful to all of his girlfriend [[TheBeachBoys "Rhonda"]].]]friends -- and Dorothy.

** [[spoiler: However, there are other survivors, including his girlfriend [[TheBeachBoys "Rhonda"]].]]* APlanetNamedZok: Downplayed with Melmac, which is actually the name of an old brand of plastic dishware.

* UglyGuysHotDaughter: Lynn Tanner. * AndZoidberg: At a party for Alf, Alf is grateful to all of his friends -- and Dorothy.
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* UglyGuysHotDaughter: TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Lynn Tanner. * AndZoidberg: At a party for Alf, Alf is grateful to all of his friends -- and Dorothy.

* BreakingTheFourthWall: Alf would occasionally directly address the reader or otherwise acknowledge he was in a comic, such as commenting how many pages there was left of a story, urging the reader to turn the page or mention back issues. Other Melmacians would do the same (primarily in the flashback sequences), but the humans were ignorant of the fourth wall -- the single exception was Brian, who in the later issues would occasionally join in on the [[FourthWallObserver Fourth Wall Observing]].
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Alf would occasionally directly address the reader or otherwise acknowledge he was in a comic, such as commenting how many pages there was left of a story, urging the reader to turn the page or mention back issues. Other Melmacians would do the same (primarily in the flashback sequences), but the humans were ignorant of the fourth wall -- the single exception was Brian, who in the later issues would occasionally join in on the [[FourthWallObserver Fourth {{Fourth Wall Observing]].Observ|er}}ing.

* GrandFinale: Unlike the TV show creators, the comic creators knew that the comic was going to be cancelled with issue #50, so the last eight issues feature storylines or hints/clues that lead up to the GrandFinale -- one that had a lot in common with the last episode of the TV show -- Alf is in danger of being discovered and exposed, and needs to leave the Earth -- but featured its own twist on things, most notably a [[WeddingDay last episode wedding when Alf is revealed to be planning on marrying Rhonda.]] [[spoiler: Ultimately, the finale is subverted. The wedding is in fact between ''Skip'' and Rhonda, and when Alf said he was going to "marry" Rhonda [[ExactWords he meant that he was going to be the one to perform the ceremony.]] Alf does intend to leave the Tanners together with the newlyweds, but pulls off a last minute BatmanGambit that ends up discrediting the government agents that are after him, and continues to stay with the Tanners after all.]]
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* GrandFinale: Unlike the TV show creators, the comic creators knew that the comic was going to be cancelled with issue #50, so the last eight issues feature storylines or hints/clues that lead up to the GrandFinale -- one that had a lot in common with the last episode of the TV show -- Alf is in danger of being discovered and exposed, and needs to leave the Earth -- but featured its own twist on things, most notably a [[WeddingDay last episode wedding when Alf is revealed to be planning on marrying Rhonda.]] Rhonda]]. [[spoiler: Ultimately, the finale is subverted. The wedding is in fact between ''Skip'' and Rhonda, and when Alf said he was going to "marry" Rhonda [[ExactWords he meant that he was going to be the one to perform the ceremony.]] Alf does intend to leave the Tanners together with the newlyweds, but pulls off a last minute BatmanGambit that ends up discrediting the government agents that are after him, and continues to stay with the Tanners after all.]]

* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Played with, occasionally, since Alf usually wears only his own fur (though on Melmac he, along with everyone else, is more often a HalfDressedCartoonAnimal. Surprisingly, Lynn gets this trope a couple of times too -- once with a SlipperySwimsuit-like incident (see the WardrobeMalfunction trope below) and once in the final episode when she's suprised by Alf while taking a bath.
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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Played with, occasionally, since Alf usually wears only his own fur (though on Melmac he, along with everyone else, is more often a HalfDressedCartoonAnimal. Surprisingly, Lynn gets this trope a couple of times too -- once with a SlipperySwimsuit-like incident (see the WardrobeMalfunction trope below) and once in the final episode when she's suprised surprised by Alf while taking a bath.

* SymbolSwearing: Used occasionally, though for the most part the comic would go for a CurseCutShort thing, with any bad language being cut off -- usually by Alf, who would [[BreakingTheFourthWall inform them that this was a kids' comic.]]
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* SymbolSwearing: Used occasionally, though for the most part the comic would go for a CurseCutShort thing, with any bad language being cut off -- usually by Alf, who would [[BreakingTheFourthWall inform them that this was a kids' comic.]]comic]].
29th Nov '14 2:47:09 PM PuffyTreat
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While ALF -did- have an Its A Wonderful Plot episode, it wasn't one of the two Christmas episodes.
* ChristmasEpisode: Of the ItsAWonderfulPlot variety.
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* ChristmasEpisode: Of Two, one zany and light-hearted one in the ItsAWonderfulPlot variety. first season, a considerably darker and somber one later on.
13th Nov '14 1:38:39 PM johnnyfog
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While viewers saw a delightful, lighthearted sitcom, the show is noted for having been very grueling for the cast, and a hotbed of tension and discomfort when the cameras were off. The technical demands of the ALF puppet required a myriad of trapdoors on set, which had to be reset many times during even a single scene. This led to the show being shot in a very halting, piecemeal fashion, with a single 30-minute episode sometimes taking 20-25 hours of studio time to complete. The effects on the cast were devastating; for example, Andrea Elson (Lynn) suffered from depression and bulimia during the series, while Max Wright (Willie), both physically exhausted and resentful of playing straight man to a puppet, reportedly [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere left the studio immediately after the final shot of the series finale, without even saying goodbye to fellow cast members]].
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While viewers saw a delightful, lighthearted sitcom, the show is noted for having been very grueling for the cast, and a hotbed of tension and discomfort when the cameras were off. The technical demands of the ALF puppet required a myriad of trapdoors on set, which had to be reset many times during even a single scene. This led to the show being shot in a very halting, piecemeal fashion, with a single 30-minute episode sometimes taking 20-25 hours of studio time to complete. The effects on the cast were devastating; for example, Andrea Elson (Lynn) suffered from depression and bulimia during the series, while Max Wright (Willie), both physically exhausted and resentful of playing straight man to a puppet, reportedly [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain left the studio immediately after the final shot of the series finale, without even saying goodbye to fellow cast members]].
24th Jun '14 7:55:15 PM ZeroWizard
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** In "Stayin' Alive", ALF launches a one man letter writing campaign against a company called SENDRAX, protesting its production of CFCs.
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** In "Stayin' Alive", ALF launches a one man letter writing campaign against a company called SENDRAX, protesting its production of CFCs.[=CFCs=].
30th Apr '14 9:03:23 PM MarioRocks428
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first few episode of season one. Alf had a much deeper, gruff sounding voice and was a bit more competent and less of JerkAss, Lynn was slightly more ditzy and had braces, It was somewhat rare to see Alf and Brian separated; with a few exceptions, Kate was more antagonistic towards Alf—sometimes for no good reason—rather than just simply being strict, Willie was less bumbling and seemed to not be as big of a ButtMonkey, and the humor and jokes seemed more somber and slow-paced, rather than the DenserAndWackier show it evolved into.
20th Apr '14 9:31:00 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The last issue ended with a NoFourthWall story where Alf presented snippets of stories that would have been seen in the comic if it hadn't been canceled. Highlights include a ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise'' parody with Kate and Dorothy, a Melmac version of the {{ComicBook/Watchmen}} called "The Washmen" (superheroes who run a laundromat), the revelation that Lynn would move out and get her own apartment, and a story where Alf and Brian go for a ride in Alf's spaceship and end up getting lost in space.
20th Apr '14 9:30:26 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* TroubledProduction
20th Apr '14 9:29:42 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* NamesTheSame: The "Tanner" family on this show predated [[Series/FullHouse the other Tanners]] by a year.
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