List of ALF episodes

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The following is a list of episodes of the American sitcom ALF. Most episode titles derive from those of American and British popular songs.[1]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
First aired Last aired
1 26 September 22, 1986 May 11, 1987
2 26 September 21, 1987 May 9, 1988
3 26 October 3, 1988 May 8, 1989
4 24 September 18, 1989 March 24, 1990


Season 1: (1986–1987)[edit]

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1 1 "A.L.F." Tom Patchett Tom Patchett September 22, 1986 (1986-09-22)
Gordon Shumway, the last survivor of his planet, Melmac, crashes into the Tanners' garage.
2 2 "Strangers in the Night" Peter Bonerz Paul Fusco & Thad Mumford September 29, 1986 (1986-09-29)
ALF is left at home with the Tanners' neighbor, Mrs. Ochmonek. Meanwhile, ALF would rather be watching Psycho and eating a pizza from Pizza Barge.
3 3 "Looking for Lucky" Peter Bonerz Bob Bendetson & Howard Bendetson October 6, 1986 (1986-10-06)
ALF is accused of eating Lucky, so he decides to search for him to prove his innocence.
4 4 "Pennsylvania 6-5000" Peter Bonerz Donald Todd October 13, 1986 (1986-10-13)
After ALF uses the shortwave radio to call the President about the nuclear disaster, Willie gets blamed and is thrown in jail.
5 5 "Keepin' the Faith" Peter Bonerz Laurie Gelman October 20, 1986 (1986-10-20)
To solve the Tanners' money problems, ALF gets a job selling make-up.
6 6 "For Your Eyes Only" Peter Bonerz Mitzi McCall & Adrienne Armstrong November 3, 1986 (1986-11-03)
ALF meets a blind woman named Jody.
7 7 "Help Me, Rhonda" Peter Bonerz and Rick Gough Tom Patchett & Lloyd Garver November 10, 1986 (1986-11-10)
ALF learns that his best friend and girlfriend Rhonda from Melmac are alive.
8 8 "Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue?" Tom Patchett Jerry Stahl November 17, 1986 (1986-11-17)
ALF has a crush on Lynn and films a music video for her ("You're the One Who's Out of This World") to prove it.
9 9 "Jump" Peter Bonerz Gary Markowitz November 24, 1986 (1986-11-24)
Willie tries to skydive.
10 10 "Baby, You Can Drive My Car" Nancy Heydorn Thad Mumford & Laurie Gelman December 1, 1986 (1986-12-01)
ALF buys Lynn a new Ferrari after she complains that the family car continues to be unreliable.
11 11 "On the Road Again" Peter Bonerz Bob Bendetson & Howard Bendetson December 8, 1986 (1986-12-08)
The Tanners cannot leave ALF at home alone, so Willie takes him camping with the family and ALF gets lost in the woods.
12 12 "Oh, Tannerbaum" Rick Gough Donald Todd December 22, 1986 (1986-12-22)
Willie and ALF break down while picking out a Christmas tree.
13 13 "Mother and Child Reunion" Tom Patchett Bob Bendetson & Howard Bendetson January 12, 1987 (1987-01-12)
Kate's mother comes to stay with them for a while and ALF is banished to the garage.
14 14 "A Little Bit of Soap" Tom Patchett Laurie Gelman January 19, 1987 (1987-01-19)
ALF writes stories based on family arguments for a soap opera that's also a sleeping pill.
15 15 "I've Got a New Attitude" Nancy Heydorn Thad Mumford February 2, 1987 (1987-02-02)
ALF claims he can talk to Dorothy's deceased husband.
16/17 16/17 "Try to Remember" Tom Patchett Laurie Gelman, Bob Bendetson, Howard Bendetson and Donald Todd February 9, 1987 (1987-02-09)
ALF loses his memory and thinks he is insurance agent Wayne Schlegel after accidentally shocking himself in the bathtub. The Tanners then use flashbacks to restore his memory.
NOTE: one-hour clip show; later edits changed cause of memory loss from electric shock to head injury after NBC received complaints from viewers.
18 18 "Border Song" Tom Patchett Donald Todd February 16, 1987 (1987-02-16)
ALF befriends a Mexican teenaged immigrant who wants to go back home.
19 19 "Wild Thing" Nancy Heydorn David Silverman & Stephen Sustarsic March 2, 1987 (1987-03-02)
ALF, beginning to go through a Melmacian psychological and physiological transformation which happens every 75 years for Melmacians on March 2nd, warns the Tanner family that he must be locked up for 24 hours during this period in which he will experience wild, erratic behavior — but he escapes before the day is over.
20 20 "Going Out of My Head Over You" Nancy Heydorn Bob Bendetson & Howard Bendetson March 16, 1987 (1987-03-16)
The Tanners think ALF should see a psychiatrist, so Willie brings one home (Bill Daily) to see ALF.
21 21 "Lookin' Through the Windows" Nancy Heydorn Bob Bendetson March 23, 1987 (1987-03-23)
ALF allegedly witnesses Trevor murdering Raquel Ochmonek.
22 22 "It Isn't Easy ... Bein' Green" Peter Bonerz Wendy Graf & Lisa Stotsky March 30, 1987 (1987-03-30)
Brian must perform a song about asparagus for the school play, but is too nervous.
23 23 "The Gambler" Gary Shimokawa Thad Mumford & Laurie Gelman April 6, 1987 (1987-04-06)
ALF runs up a gambling debt with Dorothy's bookie.
24 24 "Weird Science" Paul Fusco Paul Fusco April 13, 1987 (1987-04-13)
ALF tells Brian that there are two more planets named Dave and Alvin. The TV is also broken in this episode.
25 25 "La Cucharacha" Peter Baldwin Jerry Stahl May 4, 1987 (1987-05-04)
A cockroach from ALF's spaceship grows to gigantic proportions.
26 26 "Come Fly With Me" Peter Baldwin Nelson Costello May 11, 1987 (1987-05-11)
The Tanner family takes a vacation, but is unaware that ALF has tagged along.

Season 2: (1987–1988)[edit]

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27 1 "Working My Way Back to You" Nick Havinga Steve Pepoon September 21, 1987 (1987-09-21)
ALF has to last one week without destroying anything in the Tanners' house.
28 2 "Somewhere Over the Rerun"
"The Ballad of Gilligan's Island"
Nick Havinga Scott Spencer Gorden September 28, 1987 (1987-09-28)
After becoming addicted to reruns of Gilligan's Island, ALF dreams that he has joined the castaways. Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells appear.
29 3 "Take a Look at Me Now" Gary Shimokawa Steve Pepoon October 5, 1987 (1987-10-05)
Raquel's claim of seeing ALF makes her subject to ridicule and prone to depression, so ALF decides to defend her.
30 4 "Wedding Bell Blues" Burt Brinckerhoff Lisa A. Bannick October 12, 1987 (1987-10-12)
ALF, after being deeply saddened by the fact that his parents got married before his birth (which is a taboo on Melmac), runs away to a monastery.
31 5 "Prime Time" Burt Brinckerhoff Lisa A. Bannick October 19, 1987 (1987-10-19)
When the Tanners become part of the new Thompson Rating System, ALF rigs the ratings in order to prevent his favorite show, Polka Jamboree, from being cancelled.
32 6 "Some Enchanted Evening" Gary Shimokawa Seth Weisbord October 26, 1987 (1987-10-26)
Not allowed to go trick-or-treating, ALF attends Willie's Halloween party and tries to convince this boss to give Willie an overdue promotion.
33 7 "Oh, Pretty Woman" Burt Brinckerhoff Alicia Marie Schudt November 2, 1987 (1987-11-02)
Lynn is depressed over being dumped by a boyfriend for a prettier girl, so ALF enters her in a beauty pageant to increase her self-confidence.
34 8 "Something's Wrong With Me" Burt Brinckerhoff Steve Pepoon November 9, 1987 (1987-11-09)
Dorothy is planning to marry Whizzer, but ALF's Melmacian hiccups put the wedding in jeopardy.
35 9 "Night Train" Burt Brinckerhoff Bob Bendetson November 16, 1987 (1987-11-16)
Reminiscing his younger and more carefree days when he was known as "Boxcar Willie", Willie takes ALF to the train switchyard where they jump a moving freight train.
36 10 "Isn't it Romantic?" Gary Shimokawa Seth Weisbord November 23, 1987 (1987-11-23)
Seeing that Kate and Willie have been arguing of late, ALF and the Tanner children plan to recreate the couple's Niagara Falls honeymoon.
37 11 "Hail to the Chief" Burt Brinckerhoff Lisa A. Bannick December 7, 1987 (1987-12-07)
After watching a presidential debate, Kate has recurring dreams of running against ALF.
38/39 12/13 "ALF's Special Christmas" Burt Brinckerhoff Steven Hollander December 14, 1987 (1987-12-14)
ALF and the Tanners prepare to spend Christmas in a cabin. ALF accidentally ends up with a group of toys, then befriends a terminally ill little girl in a hospital.
NOTE: one-hour episode.
40 14 "The Boy Next Door" Burt Brinckerhoff Al Jean & Michael Reiss January 4, 1988 (1988-01-04)
ALF befriends Trevor and Raquel's nephew Jake from New York.
41 15 "Can I Get a Witness?" Gary Shimokawa Nelson Costello January 11, 1988 (1988-01-11)
ALF is put on trial for breaking the Ockmoneck's window.
42 16 "We're So Sorry, Uncle Albert" Nick Havinga Paul Fusco January 25, 1988 (1988-01-25)
Willie's Uncle Albert (Elisha Cook) visits the Tanners, and collapses from a heart attack after getting a glimpse of the alien, causing ALF to feel grief thinking he caused the death.
43 17 "Someone to Watch Over Me: Part 1" Gary Shimokawa Lisa Stotsky & Wendy Graf February 8, 1988 (1988-02-08)
Willie is chosen by the neighborhood to lead a neighborhood watch. But ALF takes control of the radio and starts to talk as if he was Willie.
44 18 "Someone to Watch Over Me: Part 2" Gary Shimokawa Lisa Stotsky & Wendy Graf February 15, 1988 (1988-02-15)
ALF spots a criminal by his neighbor's house, and walks inside to investigate.
45 19 "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" Gary Shimokawa Marjorie Gross February 22, 1988 (1988-02-22)
ALF joins Jody in a condo.
46 20 "You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog" Gary Shimokawa Scott Spencer Gorden February 29, 1988 (1988-02-29)
The Tanners take in a stray dog, much to ALF's dismay. (Featuring Anne Ramsey in her last television role before her death)
47 21 "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" Gary Shimokawa Kevin Abbott March 7, 1988 (1988-03-07)
Willie tries to teach Brian nonviolence in dealing with a school bully, but changes his ways when the bully's lowlife father comes to the Tanner residence and insults the entire family.
48 22 "Movin' Out" Tony Csiki and Nick Havinga Alicia Marie Schudt March 14, 1988 (1988-03-14)
Willie gets a promotion that relocates him to San Diego, however despite hating the new job and proclaiming how much he loves the house they currently live in, it takes drastic moves by Alf to make him realize what he's doing.
49 23 "I'm Your Puppet" Burt Brinckerhoff Al Jean & Michael Reiss March 21, 1988 (1988-03-21)
ALF gets a ventriloquist dummy in the mail that takes control of him.
50 24 "Tequila" Nick Havinga Teleplay: Art Everett
Story: Sandy Gillis
March 28, 1988 (1988-03-28)
ALF goes full-on pink elephant for Kate's alcoholic friend Maura (Dorothy Lyman), and frightens her into getting assistance.
51 25 "We Are Family" Nick Havinga Steve Pepoon May 2, 1988 (1988-05-02)
The Tanners plan a party for ALF, who is depressed that he is the only one of his species. Sandy Duncan appears as herself.
52 26 "Varsity Drag" Gary Shimokawa Lisa A. Bannick May 9, 1988 (1988-05-09)
After realizing that Willie and Kate have emptied Lynn's college fund to support him, a guilty ALF gets ten newspaper routes to earn money for the family.

Season 3: (1988–1989)[edit]

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53 1 "Stop in the Name of Love" Nick Havinga Skip Frank & Gwyn Gurian October 3, 1988 (1988-10-03)
Lynn's date at the drive-in goes well until she discovers ALF hiding in the back of the car.
54 2 "Stairway to Heaven" Burt Brinckerhoff Philip Whitehill October 10, 1988 (1988-10-10)
ALF meets his guardian angel who makes him see life without the Tanners, and vice versa.
55 3 "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" Nick Havinga Steve Pepoon October 17, 1988 (1988-10-17)
Trevor and Raquel have a falling-out, so ALF and Jake try to get them back together.
56/57 4/5 "Tonight, Tonight" Burt Brinckerhoff Lisa A. Bannick, Steve Pepoon, Al Jean and Michael Reiss October 24, 1988 (1988-10-24)
ALF hosts The Tonight Show with Ed McMahon and promotes ALF with clips from Seasons 1 and 2. Frederick de Cordova, Teresa Ganzel, Tommy Newsom, Rich Little, Joan Embrey, Tim Wade, Joyce Brothers and Eugene Greytak (as Pope John Paul II) also appear.
NOTE: one-hour clip show.
58 6 "Promises, Promises" Burt Brinckerhoff Beverly Archer October 31, 1988 (1988-10-31)
ALF reveals that Lynn is dating Eddie (Michael Des Barres) to her parents' dismay.
59 7 "Turkey in the Straw: Part 1" Nick Havinga Tom Patchett & Steve Hollander November 14, 1988 (1988-11-14)
A homeless stranger named Flakey Pete (David Ogden Stiers) sees ALF and calls the Alien Task Force.
60 8 "Turkey in the Straw: Part 2" Nick Havinga Tom Patchett & Steve Hollander November 15, 1988 (1988-11-15)
The homeless man befriends ALF, but the Alien Task Force are still on their way.
Note: Episodes #56 and #57 aired on a consecutive Monday-Tuesday vs. the weekly format.
61 9 "Changes" Nick Havinga Lisa A. Bannick November 21, 1988 (1988-11-21)
Kate starts working and then discovers that she is pregnant.
Note: The plot device of Kate being pregnant was written to accommodate Anne Schedeen's real-life pregnancy.
62 10 "My Back Pages" Burt Brinckerhoff Ron Burla November 28, 1988 (1988-11-28)
Seeing Willie and Kate reminiscing over their old stuff in the attic and show the family film footage of them attending the Woodstock festival, ALF asks Willie about the 1960s, causing Willie to ponder if he abandoned the ideals he held during those years.
63 11 "Alone Again, Naturally" Burt Brinckerhoff Paul Fusco December 5, 1988 (1988-12-05)
ALF mistakenly believes his cousin Blinky is living in Barstow, getting himself captured by a deranged freak show owner (Kathleen Freeman).
64 12 "Do You Believe in Magic?" Tony Csiki Scott Spencer Gorden December 12, 1988 (1988-12-12)
Willie introduces ALF to simple magic tricks.
65 13 "Hide Away" Burt Brinckerhoff Steve Pepoon January 9, 1989 (1989-01-09)
After a verbose houseguest of Willie's reveals he is in the Witness Protection Program, ALF is convinced gangsters are stalking the Tanners.
66 14 "Fight Back" Nick Havinga Seth Weisbord January 16, 1989 (1989-01-16)
When Jake easily repairs Willie's car, he and ALF think the mechanic may be sabotaging the car for needless repeat business, so they start Operation Sam-Scam to furnish proof.
67 15 "Suspicious Minds" Nick Havinga Al Jean & Michael Reiss January 23, 1989 (1989-01-23)
ALF believes that a reclusive new neighbor is Elvis Presley, and is further convinced when the man displays Elvis-like tendencies.
68 16 "Baby Love" Nick Havinga Lisa A. Bannick February 6, 1989 (1989-02-06)
When Kate's friends throw her a baby shower, ALF is convinced he is allergic to babies after being made to look after one woman's baby in his room.
69 17 "Running Scared" Gary Shimokawa Steve Pepoon February 13, 1989 (1989-02-13)
The extortionist Lee Fraser threatens to turn ALF in to the immigration authorities for being an illegal alien.
70 18 "Standing in the Shadows of Love" Nick Havinga David Cohen & Roger S.H. Schulman February 20, 1989 (1989-02-20)
Jake has a crush on a girl at school named Laura (Carla Gugino) but cannot express his feelings. ALF, inspired by the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, ghostwrites love letters for Jake.
71 19 "Superstition" Gary Shimokawa Steve Pepoon February 27, 1989 (1989-02-27)
ALF blames his streak of bad luck on a Melmac superstition of burning a history book.
72 20 "Torn Between Two Lovers" Nick Havinga Beverly Archer March 6, 1989 (1989-03-06)
Thanks to ALF's mismanaged phone calls, Lynn gets two dates for a dance.
73 21 "Funeral for a Friend" Paul Fusco Scott Spencer Gorden March 20, 1989 (1989-03-20)
ALF acquires an ant farm and then arranges a funeral after the ants die.
74 22 "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" Nick Havinga Alicia Marie Schudt March 27, 1989 (1989-03-27)
To prepare Brian for his Boy Scout trip, ALF and Jake camp out to overcome his fear of the outdoors at night.
75 23 "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" Howard Storm Paul Fusco & Lisa A. Bannick April 10, 1989 (1989-04-10)
Jake's mother visits him and ALF catches her stealing Kate's brooch.
76 24 "Like an Old Time Movie" Nick Havinga Nelson Costello April 17, 1989 (1989-04-17)
While the Tanners are away and leave some old movies to entertain him, ALF imagines in black and white that he and the Tanners are silent-movie stars.
77 25 "Shake, Rattle and Roll" Nick Havinga Ron Burla May 1, 1989 (1989-05-01)
After experiencing a mild earthquake, ALF prepares for the worst.
78 26 "Having My Baby" Nick Havinga Lisa A. Bannick May 8, 1989 (1989-05-08)
ALF re-enacts scenes from The Dick Van Dyke Show, as Kate prepares to give birth.

Season 4: (1989–1990)[edit]

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79 1 "Baby, Come Back" Paul Miller David Silverman & Stephen Sustarsic September 18, 1989 (1989-09-18)
ALF earns the right to baby-sit Eric.
80 2 "Lies" Paul Miller Jordan Tabat & Wesley Stern September 25, 1989 (1989-09-25)
ALF is accidentally photographed by a tabloid photographer. ALF sneaks into their van to eat the film while Willie uses his memory of Star Trek episodes to make up extraterrestrial stories, whose credulity actually amazes the paparazzi.
81 3 "Wanted: Dead or Alive" Nick Havinga Victor Fresco October 2, 1989 (1989-10-02)
ALF is worried about Willie when a criminal resembling him is profiled on a crime-stopper TV show.
82 4 "We're in the Money" Paul Miller Jeanne Baruch & Jeanne Romano October 9, 1989 (1989-10-09)
Using Willie's home computer, ALF discovers and becomes addicted to making stock-market deals.
83 5 "Mind Games" Nick Havinga Jerry Stahl October 16, 1989 (1989-10-16)
After another visit from Larry, ALF subjects the Tanners to a barrage of unwanted psychoanalysis.
Note: This episode was originally produced for Season 3, but aired during Season 4.
84 6 "Hooked on a Feeling" Nick Havinga Victor Fresco October 23, 1989 (1989-10-23)
In an effort to curb ALF's cotton addiction, Willie holds a support group meeting in his living room.
85 7 "He Ain't Heavy, He's Willie's Brother" Paul Fusco Paul Fusco & Lisa A. Bannick October 30, 1989 (1989-10-30)
ALF plots the removal of Willie's visiting brother Neal (Jim J. Bullock) after ALF is made not to leave his attic apartment at any time.
86 8 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Paul Fusco Paul Fusco & Lisa A. Bannick November 6, 1989 (1989-11-06)
ALF is peeved at having to remain hidden while Willie's brother extends his visit.
87 9 "Live and Let Die" Tony Csiki Steve Pepoon November 13, 1989 (1989-11-13)
After Lucky dies, ALF adopts a group of kittens for a meal. However, after one kitten grows fond of ALF, he begins to question his personal view on cats.
88 10 "Break Up to Make Up" Tony Csiki Anne Meara November 20, 1989 (1989-11-20)
Dorothy and Whizzer get into a fight, and an angry Dorothy runs away. Whizzer meets ALF while searching for her.
89 11 "Happy Together" Paul Fusco David Silverman & Stephen Sustarsic November 27, 1989 (1989-11-27)
Neal offers ALF a place to stay, but ALF's party animal ways threaten both Neal's new apartment as well as his job as the maintenance man.
90 12 "Fever" Paul Miller Bruce David December 4, 1989 (1989-12-04)
The common cold infects the Tanners, as well as ALF. However, when ALF does not show signs of recovery, the Tanners are concerned it may end his life.
Note: This episode was originally produced for Season 3, but aired during Season 4.
91 13 "It's My Party" Nick Havinga Steve Pepoon December 11, 1989 (1989-12-11)
ALF is relegated to the attic when the Tanners throw a luau, the first party they have hosted since ALF's arrival on Earth.
92 14 "Make 'em Laugh" Nick Havinga Howard Bendetson January 8, 1990 (1990-01-08)
ALF dreams he is a famous stand-up comic. David Spade guests stars in this episode.
93 15 "Love on the Rocks" Nick Havinga Cecile Alch & Patricia Niedzialek January 15, 1990 (1990-01-15)
Neal and his ex-wife Margaret reconcile, but ALF goes a long way to prove that her motives are not sincere.
94 16 "True Colors" Paul Miller David Silverman & Stephen Sustarsic January 22, 1990 (1990-01-22)
ALF enters the art world after he earns praise for a still life made from food.
95 17 "Gimme That Old Time Religion" Paul Fusco Leslie Ann Podkin January 29, 1990 (1990-01-29)
As a newly ordained Melmacian minister, ALF officiates a ceremony on Earth.
96 18 "Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" Nick Havinga Victor Fresco February 5, 1990 (1990-02-05)
ALF considers the future with the Tanners, who will have shorter lifespans than the Melmacian alien.
97 19 "When I'm Sixty-Four" Paul Miller David Silverman & Stephen Sustarsic February 12, 1990 (1990-02-12)
ALF encounters senior citizens when he sneaks into a retirement home and convinces an old actress to share her experiences with others.
98 20 "Mr. Sandman" Paul Miller Steve Pepoon February 19, 1990 (1990-02-19)
ALF and Willie scour Death Valley for buried treasure after discovering an old map.
99 21 "Stayin' Alive" Nick Havinga Victor Fresco February 26, 1990 (1990-02-26)
Outraged, ALF writes nasty letters to SENDRAX, a pollution-producing company. Taken with the letter-writing, SENDRAX offers Willie a lucrative job.
100 22 "Hungry Like the Wolf" Nick Havinga Paul Fusco March 3, 1990 (1990-03-03)
After ALF stops eating due to a diet, he becomes more primitive in nature and goes to the park in order to hunt for food.
Note: NBC moved ALF from Monday to Saturday nights beginning with this episode.
101 23 "I Gotta Be Me" Paul Miller Beverly Archer March 10, 1990 (1990-03-10)
ALF is the only one excited about Lynn moving in with her boyfriend.
102 24 "Consider Me Gone" Nick Havinga Teleplay: Steve Pepoon, David Silverman, Stephen Sustaric and Victor Fresco
Story: Ian Praiser
March 24, 1990 (1990-03-24)
ALF hears from his friends Skip and Rhonda, who have established the colony of New Melmac and invite ALF to live with them.
Note: This episode originally ended with a "To Be Continued..." notice as NBC did not cancel ALF until after its broadcast.

See also[edit]

  • Project ALF, a 1996 TV movie that functions as sequel to the final episode (although with many different actors)


  1. ^ "ALF". TV Guide. Retrieved 20 October 2014.