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In September 21 1986, was released one of the most iconic tv shows of the 80’s, ‘Alf’. The is about a furry alien wiseguy comes to live with a terran family after crashing into their garage.
Stars: Mihaly ‘Michu’ Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright
Creators: Tom Patchett, Paul Fusco
To celebrate the 30th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this show.
- The name of every episode is also the name of a song. Each is relevant to the episode’s plot.
- Series creator Paul Fusco told the cast and crew not to give away the secrets to ALF. Fusco operated the puppet most of the time, and provided the voice. However, when full body shots were needed, actor Mihaly ‘Michu’ Meszaros, who stood only two feet and nine inches tall, wore an ALF costume.
- When the show first aired in Germany it became an instant success. But it was unfortunate for the German city of “Alf”, located at the Moselle river. The city-limits-signs, featuring the city’s name, were stolen so many times, that the city council decided to buy a huge number of signs for sale.
- The character of baby Eric was written into the series when Anne Schedeenbecame pregnant in real life.
- The character ‘ALF’ was ranked #8 in TV Guide’s list of the “25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends” (1 August 2004, Vol. 52, No. 31) and appears on one of three collectible covers.
- Michael Eisner, head of The Walt Disney Company, made an unsuccessful bid to buy the series outright before Lorimar made a syndication deal with Alien Productions.
- ALF’s name is Gordon Shumway, and he’s from the planet Melmac.
- ALF stands for Alien Life Form.
- Early episodes of the program showed ALF consuming alcohol. When NBC demanded the program to be more family friendly, this trait was discontinued.
- John Lamotta who played Trevor Ochmonek has said in an interview since this show ended he thought Alf was a piece of Sh$% and was the worse work he ever did.