Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 1986 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Gordon Shumway, last known survivor from the planet Melmac, crash-lands his spaceship into the Tanner family's suburban garage. Willie dubs him "ALF", short for Alien Life Form. After convincing a military officer that they are not harboring a space creature, the Tanners decide to take ALF in as a member of the family.moreless

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  • so incredible

    This is the way it bega. The night... he came.

    Thats the itroduction by Willie, there aresome amazing scenes, funny, Alf in bed With Kate, the shacing scene. what an Incredible start.
  • A Great Start

    In the start ALF lands on earth. Meets the tanners. First words he says are how about u fix my ship. Willy says sure then like woaw u can talk thinking it. ALF goes on as a wise cracking alien. Says u got a cat liek to eat. Does annoying things. Like spray shaving cream all over. Wake up next to Kate in bed. She screams and then he does. Then tells willy,nothing just screaming. Plus waves a towel to the next door neighbor. Making her go what the heck. Then ducks when the husband looks. Plus gives willy a bunch of toilet paper to dry off. In the end Kate lets him stay and avoid the ATF who would of killed him. So in the end a good start to one funny show.moreless
  • Best Series From the 80's

    I heard about ALF coming to TV and thought that it would never make it very long.

    But after watching the pilot I changed my mind and thought that it was going to be great. And have never changed my mind since.

    This was the best show I think coming from the 80's but it ended way to early after 4 seasons. When it hit reruns I started taping them for it ended up having them all. But now that they are out of DVD you betcha that I have the BEST SHOW ever in my collection. Thanks to NBC for giving me something that I will never forget.moreless
  • Good

    seeing alf on reruns and having them on dvd is a nice thing to have in the frist episode ALF crashes his UFO in to the garage of the Tanner Family things start off rocky and stay rocky threw the whole series but that makes this series a great seris ALF always get in to trouble and eating everything in site all in all ALF is one of the funniest show for the whole family kids and adults to enjoy i also like how the tanners act when alf is on the coffe table the look on kate face is priceless. That is pretty much what i have to say about the Pilot to ALF.

    that is all THE END .moreless
  • The very first episode of a great show

    Alf was one of my favorite shows growing up and now with the dvds being released, I can go back to being a kid again. This was a very good episode but every episode was great, these are the kind of shows kids today are missing out on compared to what they have today.
Paul Fusco

Paul Fusco

Gordon "ALF" Shumway [Voice/Puppeteer]

Andrea Elson

Andrea Elson

Lynn Tanner

Benji Gregory

Benji Gregory

Brian Tanner

Anne Schedeen

Anne Schedeen

Katherine Daphne "Kate" Halligan Tanner

Max Wright

Max Wright

William Francis "Willie" Tanner

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Kate slams the beer cans down, Brian's is supposedly full, according to ALF. However, for as hard as Kate puts it down, nothing spills out the top, and instead both cans make a hollow sound.

    • ALF's voice in this premiere episode is considerably deeper and gruffer than later as the series develops.

    • When ALF is in the garage with Lynn, trying to guess the tune on the radio, the miniature train on the tracks in front of him disappears and reappears between shots.

    • When Willie gets into the shower and turns to tell ALF to stay away from the window, he has no shaving cream on. But when he reopens the shower curtain he has three spots on his face.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (first line)
      Willie: (voice-over) This is the way it began, that extraordinary night. The night... he came.

    • Raquel: Trevor, is there such a thing as a cross between a kangaroo and an aardvark?
      Trevor: Ah, stop putting yourself down.

    • Kate: This thing is not staying!
      Brian: E.T. got to stay!
      Kate: E.T. was a movie. This is real! This is on our coffee table!

    • Willie: Hello? Hello? This is K726XAA. Can you read me? They're answering but I don't recognize the language.
      Kate: Why don't you just shut it off?
      Willie: I ... can't ... I can't control it. It's locked in on the signal.
      Kate: Willie, what's that?
      Willie: Oh, my gosh! It can't be.
      Kate: The lights! What happened to the lights?
      Lynn: Daddy! Daddy! What's that thing in the sky?
      Brian: What's going on?
      Willie: It's closing in fast. I think maybe we'd better....
      (The spacecraft crashes into garage.)
      Willie: We have a visitor.

    • (alarm goes off)
      Kate: Morning.
      Alf: Morning.
      (Kate turns and sees Alf, starts screaming. Alf starts screaming too.)
      Kate: WILLIE!
      Alf: WILLIE!
      (Alf runs into bathroom and slams door behind him.)
      Willie: What's going on out there?
      Alf: Nothin'. Just screaming.

    • Kate: I said no soda pop.
      Brian: Its not soda pop, its beer.
      ALF: You're about out of Coors!

    • Willie: Stay away from the window. We've got a very nosy neighbor Mrs. Ockmonek.
      ALF: Ockmonek? Sounds like a typo.

    • ALF: I want to do everything you do. Your my idol.
      Willie: I'm going to take a shower.
      ALF: Count me in.
      Willie: I prefer to take one alone thank you.
      ALF: OK. Just don't use all the hot water.

  • NOTES (3)

    • ALF's voice is that of producer Paul Fusco.

    • In scenes where Alf walks around, seen in full size, his head is differently shaped than in the scenes where he only talks or walks with only the upper half of the body shown. This is because in some earliest episodes and in the first opening sequence, a walking and running Alf was portrayed by Michu Meszaros wearing a suit, and not by a puppet.

    • Syndication cuts out the first 2 minutes of the pilot episode, beginning the episode when Willy shuts of the radio. The entire first scene in the garage is cut out.