History Series / Alf

9th Apr '17 4:42:15 AM eroock
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--> ''"Haaa! I kill me."''

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--> -> ''"Haaa! I kill me."''
9th Apr '17 4:42:05 AM eroock
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* SoapWithinAShow: An episode has ALF writing for a soap opera, with a lot of the storylines taken from the Tanners day-to-day life, but soapified. Then the family asked him to stop using them for material, and his scripts got blander ... so the executives soapified them further. Cue the family suspecting that the outrageous stuff now in the soap really happened.
7th Apr '17 10:19:47 PM Caswin
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* [[TheyWouldCutYouUp They'd Cut You Up]]

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* [[TheyWouldCutYouUp They'd Cut You Up]]Up]]: As much of a jerk as ALF regularly is, the first episode establishes, in disturbing detail, exactly how bad ALF's fate would be if the relevant government agents actually found him.
1st Feb '17 5:43:09 PM DrVolger
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* ImagineSpot: Happens in one episode when Alf realizes that he won't be able to stay with the Tanners once everyone gets older, and considers what his options might be. He does this four times: Staying with Brian (who unwittingly marries into a mafia family, ending with them calling a hit on Alf), Lynn (who marries a mime who doesn't provide much money and gives her imaginary presents), or Willie and Kate (who become increasingly senile and decrepit, forcing Alf to spend all his time caring for them and putting out kitchen fires), or live on his own (naturally, he ends up in a lab and treated as an animal).

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* ImagineSpot: Happens in one episode when Alf realizes that he won't be able to stay with the Tanners once everyone gets older, and considers what his options might be. He does this four five times: Staying with Brian (who unwittingly marries into a mafia family, ending with them calling a hit on Alf), Lynn (who marries a mime who doesn't provide much money and gives her imaginary presents), Eric (who grows up to be a kiddie show host with Alf as his ButtMonkey sidekick) or Willie and Kate (who become increasingly senile and decrepit, forcing Alf to spend all his time caring for them and putting out kitchen fires), or live on his own (naturally, he ends up in a lab and treated as an animal).
31st Jan '17 6:32:21 PM DrVolger
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* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Alf's list of what to bring for an extended camp-out in the back yard included chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate pudding and... [[RiseOfZitBoy acne pads]].
12th Jan '17 11:03:06 AM DrVolger
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* BizarreAlienBiology: Melmacians have ten major organs, [[BigEater eight of which are stomachs]]. (They get denser instead of fatter.) And they have green blood.

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* BizarreAlienBiology: Melmacians have ten major organs, [[BigEater eight of which are stomachs]]. (They get denser instead of fatter.) And they They have green blood.blood. And their hearts are inside their heads (as evidenced by Alf saying "I cross my heart" then making the gesture over his ear).



* 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.

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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. Alf was also occasionally depicted as a beer-drinker before this was dropped for being unsuitable behavior for a children's hero.



* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Song titles.

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Song titles.Each episode is named after a song title which is somehow related to the plot.



** Luckily the TV Movie solved this by having him rescued.

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** Luckily the TV Movie solved this by having him rescued.rescued and granted citizenship.



* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Lynn Tanner.

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** By the standards of a middle-aged man, Willie isn't really "ugly"; he is, however, [[HollywoodHomely bespectacled and nerdy]] in comparison to his more tradionally-attractive (again, by middle-age standards) wife.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Lynn Tanner.
Tanner. See previous entry.
10th Jan '17 7:39:55 AM HudsonHawk
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* AlienLunch: One episode shows that Melmacians ate a dish called "slime balls", which came in such flavours as "green" and "black cherry". Alf had one in his ship and it mutated a cockroach into a [[BigCreepyCrawlies Big Creepy-Crawley]].

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* AlienLunch: One episode shows that Melmacians ate a dish called "slime balls", which came in such flavours as "green" and "black cherry". Alf had one a bag of these in his ship and it mutated ship, which contained a Melmacian cockroach which soon mutates into a [[BigCreepyCrawlies Big Creepy-Crawley]].Creepy-Crawlie]] thanks to bug spray.
14th Nov '16 11:45:44 AM Roo
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* CharacterDevelopment: Brian, in start contrast with his [[StaticCharacter TV series counterpart]], went through some noticeable development over the course of the series. He went from CheerfulChild and Alf's biggest fan, to a slightly more cynical DeadpanSnarker who traded good-natured insults with Alf.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Brian, in start stark contrast with his [[StaticCharacter TV series counterpart]], went through some noticeable development over the course of the series. He went from CheerfulChild and Alf's biggest fan, to a slightly more cynical DeadpanSnarker who traded good-natured insults with Alf.
3rd Oct '16 9:31:58 PM DustSnitch
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* UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode: In the finale, [[spoiler:the title alien [[TheBadGuyWins is captured and taken away by the Alien Task Force]]. Before this, the series was a lighthearted comedy. There was a TV movie to finish the story (which was still much darker than the main series), but viewers who didn't see it were left with the impression that Alf was going to be tortured and killed.]]
28th Sep '16 9:44:25 AM Roo
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* ThreeShorts: A rare comic book example. Most of the issues would have three complete stories, and even followed the ABA format -- the first and last story would be set in present day with Alf and the Tanners, while the middle story would be a flashback story set on Melmac.

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* ThreeShorts: A rare comic book example. Most of the issues would have three complete stories, and even followed the ABA format -- the first and last story two stories would be set in present day with Alf and the Tanners, while the middle third (usually the middle) story would be a flashback story set on Melmac.
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