It's been a while since we've seen ALF, the big-nosed, sarcastic, furry, cat-eating alien puppet — 22 years since the cult-beloved '80s sitcom ended, to be exact. He's finally making a comeback.
Shout Factory has gained the rights to all 102 live-action episodes of "ALF," all episodes of animated spin-offs "ALF: The Animated Series" and "ALF Tales," and a new movie "Project: ALF," according to Deadline. Shout Factory TV, the company's streaming service, will be home to all the ALF content. Basically, we're about to get a whole bunch of ALF content after being without for far too long.
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When it premiered in 1986, "ALF," short for alien life form, quickly became a household name. The show's humor pushed the limits of what we were seeing on sitcoms at that time. The premise revolves around ALF, a wise-cracking alien from the planet Melmac who literally crashes into the Tanner family's garage. The middle-class, suburban family (along with their cat, Lucky) takes him in and give him the nickname ALF — his real name being Gordon Shumway. He becomes a permanent member of the Tanner family.
"I couldn't be more excited that Shout Factory will be marketing and distributing "ALF" and working with the series' creators, Paul Fusco and Tom Patchett," Jeffrey Peisch, Shout's SVP of programming and new business development, told Deadline. "'ALF' was an instant classic when it debuted on network television over 30 years ago, and the series stands the test of time and appeals to multiple generations."
Co-creators Patchett and Fusco (who voiced and puppeteered ALF) are very much looking forward to ALF's entrance into the 21st century. "[Shout] is the home-away-from-Melmac that "ALF" has been looking for. We're looking forward to bringing you "ALF" in a totally new way — with new content, unseen art, and restored footage not seen in 30 years. This is the moment ALF fans have been waiting for."