On September 22, 1986, a brown, furry, lovable alien named Gordon Shumway crashed his spaceship into the Los Angeles home of the Tan ners (Willie, Kate, Lynn and Brian). They immediately took him into their home and their ... more »hearts, and named him ALF, short for Alien Life Form. For four years ALF lived with the Tanners, always elusively avoiding houseguests, chasing the family cat (Lucky), eating everything in sight, and breaking anything of value, but the Tanners always loved the old ALFer. Contains the complete third seaso n.« less
"Again, Lionsgate plans to release the episodes in their syndicated format despite the anguish of longtime ALF fans such as myself. Will they ever learn?
The episodes synopeses are:
Stop in the Name of Love Lynn goes on a date at a drive in theater but Alf is unknowingly in the car.
Stairway to Heaven Alf has a dream that his guardian angel shows him an alternate life where he is head of a cosmetics company.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Trevor ochmonk is kicked out of his house by his wife and stays with the Tanners
Tonight, Tonight Alf Hosts the Tonight Show.
Promises, Promises ALf and Lynn get in a fight when he tells Kate her parents that she is continuing to date a man they don't approve of.
Turkey in the Straw The Tanners celebrate Thanksgiving with the Ochmoneks
Changes Kate gets a job which is in jeapordy when she discovers she is pregnant.
My Back Pages Willie has a dream that Alf was his roomate in college.
Alone Again, Naturally After reading a tabloid, Alf thinks his cousin Blinky is living on Earth in Barstow.
Do You Believe In Magic Alf gets a magician's kit and tries to perform tricks for the Tanners.
Hide Away Willie's coworker spends the night at their home and he is being chased by some gangsters.
Fight Back An uncreupulous auto mechanic is caught trying to gyp the Tanners.
Suspicious Minds Alf thinks that a neighbor is Elvis Presley
Baby Love A baby shower is held in anticipation for the Kate's baby
Running Scared Alf gets a phone call from someone claiming he knows that Alf is an alien and tries to blackmail him.
Standing in the Shadows of Love Jakes has a crush on a girl at school and Alf writes letters to her on Jakes behalf
Superstition Alf accidentally burns a history book which causes bad luck on Melmac and he starts having bad luck
Torn Between Two Lovers Lynn's boyfriend us unable to take her to a school dance so she invites someone else and her boyfriend gets jealous,
Funeral For a Friend Alf gets an ant farm but accidentally kills them by leaving then on a windosill.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Alf, Jake, and Brian camp out in the backyard
Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? Jake's mother visits but Jake is unhappy that this happens. When she steals a cameo brooch from Kate, Jake confronts her.
Like an Old Time Movie Alf and Jake write a script for a silent film starring the Tanner family
Shake, Rattle & Roll An earthquake hits and Alf then worries about other disasters that might harm him
Having My Baby Alf is anxious to help Kate with the birth of her baby.
The show is good but is unfortunate that edited versions of the episodes are being released."
Jesse Ross | San Francisco | 06/23/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have been very tolerant with previous ALF releases. They have all contained syndicated episodes. I didn't care so much about the first season, because I just figured that since the show was no longer on TV, the DVDs were the only way to see the show.
Then the second season came out, again in syndication. I bought it because the show still was not on the air. Then I saw something shocking. During one of the episodes in the second season, there was music substituted, and the episode was shorter than I'd seen on TV Land. That was downright unacceptable.
So now we're at season three. Syndicated episodes again. This time one episode ran for under 19 minutes! I love ALF, and hate to see him get treated this way.
The episodes are all fantastic, and I'm still happy to own the DVDs, but the syndication thing has got to stop.
Unfortunately, this seems to be a recurring pattern with TV show box sets. The first season sets of both Roseanne and The Cosby Show were released in syndicated form. No studio in the world would ever dream of releasing edited movies, so why would so many want to release edited TV series? It's just wrong.
Season four will be out in September, or so I hear. I will probably buy it just to complete the set."
"I do not want cut-up versions like these - do the job with respect for Alf and the customers and release the original full versions."
Best Season of Alf! -1 star for syndicated cut versions
J. Bongiorno | Valley Stream, NY United States | 09/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Season 3 sees the show reach its peak as it begins to weave in more complex storylines amidst the comedic situations. With two seasons behind them, Paul Fusco and the actors hit their stride and are completely comfortable with their characters. Thus, there's a naturalness to everyone's performances. Alf is for all intents and purposes real. Also, with Alf's clumsiness and general mayhem more subdued (after being the focus for two seasons), the show is able to actually touch upon far more serious fair without sacrificing the traditional Alf style of humor. Concepts such as losing (or clinging to)moral integrity (My Back Pages), fear of absolesence (Baby Love, Stairway to Heaven), abject loneliness (Alone Again Naturally, Standing in the Shadows of Love), catastrophic expectation (Shake, Rattle and Roll), and even grief and death (funeral for a friend). Even those episodes that aren't as weighty have more complex and intresting elements, eg., "Like an Old Time Movie" which has Alf and Jake constructing a script starring the Tanners that plays out like an old silent movie (and brilliantly so); "Have You Seen My Mother Baby" has Jake confront his mother who he discovers is a thief; "Running Scared" deals with a blackmailer inside the FBI... There's a lot of really good writing going on this season!
ALF was a show that always mixed somewhat childlike (or childish depending on your POV) low-brow humor with heart, but with the third season and the onset of far more somber themes, the show actually transcends its premise and becomes something much more affecting. And as a result, the humor is that much funnier, emerging as it does from human emotions and situations. Alf's fears of being the only one of his kind is genuinely moving; his concerns that we should savor life because we all might "croak" tomorrow is touching because it's real; his sorrow at the fact that a new infant in the house will leave him without any attention or love is understandable (it's also a great thematic continuity nod to the second season's episode about the lost dog.)
Some will complain because all they want out of the show are the more crass elements (Alf burping and breaking things), while others will deride the fact that the producers and writers even attempt to rise above the show's "station" as basically junk TV. But what the critics fail to see is that ALF is essentially escapist entertainment -- and there is a place for that -- but not one without heart, and not one that can't at times touch upon the human condition. And when the show does rise to more complex themes, it works and it works well, becoming funnier and more memorable.
The bottom line is that ALF is great family entertainment that won't leave you feeling brain-dead or like you've ingested too many sugar substitutes. The only criticism is the DVD release itself which presents the edited syndicated versions (which had to cut some scenes to make room for more commercials.) The show is still great, but it's unfortunate to not have the full versions."
If you don't like ALF, You've got a problem
Stephen Glosson | Georgia, USA | 01/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you're looking at this review, it's because you are obviously interested in purchasing this DVD set. Let me say, if you like ALF, do it! This is the third season in what was a great television show. While the acting by the human actors is kind of hokey, ALF makes the show worth watching. The comedy is a little situational, a little slap stick, and a little punny. It's a show that's safe for the family, and you should laugh out loud at least once every show.
As far as the DVD's go, there is a little left to be desired. I would love to see more extras that pull back the curtain on the creation of ALF and some interviews with the people who starred in the show. The episodes seem to be out of order as Kate is pregnant for a while, then has the baby, then a few episodes later...SHE'S preggers again!!!
Overall though, this is a great purchase and loads of fun."