Not enough with the drift of the Hollywood industry and still need a bigger and purer dose of nostalgia? Don’t worry, because the people of HBO Max have you covered, because next july 10 the platform will add to its catalog one of the most famous sitcoms of the late eighties: the charming ‘ALF’.
It’s back, but not in sheet metal form
Broadcast for the first time on January 22, 1986, this creation by Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco for the NBC network extended its cathodic journey for four prolific seasons in which a total of 102 episodes premieredthe latest being dated March 24, 1990.
But the adventures of the lovable cat-eating alien and the Tanner family went far beyond the medium of television, becoming a pop phenomenon referenced in countless productions —from impossible cameos in ‘Blossom’ to ‘The Simpsons’, going through current titles like ‘Mr. Robot’—and leading to an animated series and even a feature film titled ‘Project: ALF’.
In addition, the orange alien from the planet Melmac had a great transmedia impact that led to his own comic published by Marvel in 1987 in 50 issues divided over four years, in several video gamein tons of merchandising and even in a talk show presented by ALF issued in 2004. Insane.
So now you know, this summer we have the perfect excuse to have an eighties regression and enjoy the charming, although perhaps less than we remember it, whiteness of ‘ALF’ -not without controversy, since gossips say that some children tried to cook their pets after watching some episodes-. Cats for everyone!