ALF

Season 3 Episode 2

Stairway to Heaven

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 1988 on NBC
9.1
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Stairway to Heaven
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In a fantasy sequence, ALF's guardian angel shows him what the Tanners' lives would be like without him.

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  • its a classic

    10
    Here Alf dreams he never met the Tanners and dreams what his life and their life would be without eachother. Its awsome humor in this episode.
  • This is another classic ALF episode.

    9.5
    I consider this to be a series classic without a doubt. It is another one of those great “alternate reality” like episodes. ALF gets knocked out and has a dream that his wish that he never landed in the Tanner’s garage came true. His guardian angel shows him what his life would be like if he had never met the Tanners and he originally likes the idea, but after seeing how boring the Tanner’s life is he wants to return to them. ALF’s alternate reality in this episode is very funny and it is quite amusing seeing him as the head of a major company. This is the style of episode that ALF was best at. Alternate reality episodes. They had quite a few of them, particularly in the third season and they never fail to deliver. Highly recommended.moreless
Liz Sheridan

Liz Sheridan

Raquel Ochmonek

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

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In a behind the scenes video of the shooting of the Heaven sequence, it was very difficult for Paul and the other ALF puppeteers to breathe, because of all the dry ice/fog used. This scene also took over 2 1/2 hours to shoot

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  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • ALF tells everyone "Get four newlyweds and Bob Eubanks". ALF alluded to the The Newlywed Game where four newlywed couples match each other's answers in order to win prizes. Bob Eubanks hosted the show.

    • Because of ALF's reluctance to abandon the Tanners regardless of their disagreements, Bob asks if he's on Family Ties. Family Ties was an 80's sit-com based mainly on family values and its unity despite different perpectives.

    • When ALF starts to awaken, he calls for "Auntie Em," and cries, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." These lines allude to The Wizard of Oz, a dream sequence movie.

    • The title is derived from a Led Zeppelin song with the same name.

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