ALF's name is Gordon Shumway, and he's from the planet Melmac.
Producer 'Paul Fusco' was the voice of ALF.
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.
The final episode ("Consider Me Gone") was, indeed, intended as a cliffhanger. At the time it was filmed, NBC was still up in the air over whether the show would be cancelled. The cliffhanger format was intended to help persuade NBC to give the show one more chance, if only to resolve the "To Be Continued" ending. Six years later, the TV movie Project: ALF (1996) (TV) finally brought closure - although the lack of the original human cast, and poor writing, cause many fans to reject Project: ALF as part of the show's canon.
The name of every episode is also the name of a song. Each is relevant to the episode's plot.
ALF stands for Alien Life Form.
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.
The names of the Melmacian holidays and currencies mentioned by ALF in some episodes are actually the surnames of the crew-members.
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.
In the years since the show's demise, both Max Wright and Anne Schedeen have stated that tensions were very high among the cast and crew. The technical demands of the series made for very long shooting schedules, and none of the actors enjoyed playing supporting roles to a puppet who always had the best lines.
Two kinds of ALF puppets were used: The first one was was remotely controlled and used for all shots where ALF was shown only from the stomach up (most shots). Whenever ALF's entire body incl. his feet were visible(occasionally), another puppet with a human inside it was used. This is easily discernible as the faces of these two puppets look quite different from one another.
ALF staff writer Jerry Stahl wrote a memoir called "Permanent Midnight" about becoming a success as a television writer on this show (as well as Moonlighting and thirtysomething) while simultaneously dealing with his addiction to heroin. The book was made into the movie Permanent Midnight, starring Ben Stiller as Stahl, and showed several scenes on the set of "ALF" (renamed "Mr. Chompers"), including a nightmarish drug-induced hallucination featuring the show's puppet.
ALF season 5 became Project: ALF (1996) (TV).
The character of baby Eric was written into the series when Anne Schedeen became pregnant in real life.
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.
Paul Fusco (ALF) and Beverly Archer (Mrs Bird) are the only actors to appear in both this series and Project: ALF (1996) (TV).
This episode takes place from September 12 to September 13, 1986.
ALF's Melmacian name is Gordon Shumway. He turned 228 the day his planet exploded.
The psychologist Larry (Bill Daily) was Bob Newhart's next door neighbor on The Bob Newhart Show, where Bob played a psychologist. In addition, his patient on this episode, Mr. Carlin(Jack Riley), was Bob's patient as well.
Willie and Kate were married on July 11, 1967.
This episode takes its title from the first line of Paul McCartney's 1971 hit "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey".
This episode marks the final televised appearance for Anne Ramsey, she died six months later due to cancer at the age of 58.
Fusco and the writing staff made an in-joke as "Paul" and its derivatives (for example, son-of-a-Paul) on Melmac the worst name to address to anyone. Therefore, ALF christened it to his "evil", ventriloquist dummy.
One of Maura's cases was People v. Fusco. This is a reference to the series' co-creator Paul Fusco, who also provides the voice of ALF.
The episode is named after a song by Led Zeppelin.
By 1989 "ALF" had the popularity of not only an animated spin off, but also printed issues from Marvel Comics.
Trevor Ochmonek tells Willy to contact his cousin, who is an immigration lawyer, by dialing a number and asking for inmate "24601". 24601 is also the inmate number for Jacque Valjean, the protagonist of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables.
It is revealed that ALF can hear the high frequency sound of dog whistles. Unfortunately, the sound also messes with his sense of balance which causes him to fall down. But he very quickly starts to like it.