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Alf

ALF, center, with Garfield and Baby Kermit in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue

Pigsinspacealf

ALF in the Muppet Show Comic Book.

Alfcredits

CTW's acknowledgement in the pilot episode

Fraggle Rock Animated.NBC Ad

The Fraggles hanging out with ALF, Zummi and Tummi Gummi, The Smurfs, the New Archies, Foofur and the Chipmunks in an advertisement for NBC's saturday morning lineup.

ALF, an acronym for Alien Life Form, was the name of an NBC sitcom, which ran from 1986 until 1990, and of its title character. ALF was a wise-cracking, cat-eating puppet alien, stranded on Earth. In 1987, he received a spin-off, an animated series based on the character's life on his home planet of Melmac, under his given name of Gordon Shumway. A second series, Alf Tales, followed in 1989, adapting fairy tales and classic literature featuring the alien characters. The puppet version would later be revived, in the 1996 TV movie Project: ALF and the 2004 TV Land series Alf's Hit Talk Show.

In his biography Where Did I Go Right?, executive producer Bernie Brillstein reveals that David Lazer once told him that Jim Henson was not happy that Brillstein was executive producer and part owner of the show. Brillstein felt that the situation of him representing two very different puppets was reminicisent of an earlier situation between two shows Brillstein was heavily involved with, Saturday Night Live and Fridays. Henson did have a sense of humor about the situation however, as evidenced by his cracking a joke about booking Miss Piggy and Kermit on ALF, during a roast of Brillstein.[1]

Appearances

References

Muppet Mentions

  • In the first episode of the live-action series, which aired on September 22, 1986, Alf and young Brian Tanner are watching Sesame Street; a variation of "One of These Things" can be heard. ALF is rather critical of the series.
Brian: Do you get Sesame Street where you live?
ALF: No, and frankly I don't get it here either.
TV Voice: If you said it was the cow riding on the subway, you're absolutely right!
ALF: Brilliant. This and the letter I in one day.

Connections

Several crew members and performers associated with the Muppets and Henson worked on the series and its spin-offs.

Sources

  1. Brillstein, Bernie. Where Did I Go Right? You're No One in Hollywood Unless Someone Wants You Dead. Beverly Hills: Phoenix Books, 1999. pp. 252, 322.
  2. E-mail communication with Joe Hennes

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