ALF - Episode Guide

Season 1

A.L.F.

Episode: 1x01 | Airdate: Sep 22, 1986

A.L.F.

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.

Strangers in the Night

Episode: 1x02 | Airdate: Sep 29, 1986

Strangers in the Night

ALF decides to have some fun while a nervous Mrs. Ochmonek baby-sits Brian.

Looking for Lucky

Episode: 1x03 | Airdate: Oct 6, 1986

Looking for Lucky

When Lucky the cat disappears, everyone pins the blame on ALF.

Pennsylvania 6-5000

Episode: 1x04 | Airdate: Oct 13, 1986

Pennsylvania 6-5000

ALF calls the president to address his concerns about nuclear weapons.

Keepin' the Faith

Episode: 1x05 | Airdate: Oct 20, 1986

Keepin' the Faith

ALF takes a job selling cosmetics over the phone.

For Your Eyes Only

Episode: 1x06 | Airdate: Nov 3, 1986

For Your Eyes Only

ALF befriends a lonely blind girl.

Help Me, Rhonda

Episode: 1x07 | Airdate: Nov 10, 1986

Help Me, Rhonda

Willie helps homesick ALF arrange a trip to Melmac.

Jump

Episode: 1x09 | Airdate: Nov 24, 1986

Jump

On his 45th birthday, Willie feels unfulfilled, so ALF suggests he go skydiving.

On the Road Again

Episode: 1x11 | Airdate: Dec 8, 1986

On the Road Again

Willie loses his temper with ALF during a family camping trip.

Oh, Tannerbaum

Episode: 1x12 | Airdate: Dec 22, 1986

Oh, Tannerbaum

It's Christmas time. Unfortunately ALF chops the Christmas tree into firewood before anyone notices. The Tanners then have two tasks: to teach ALF all about Christmas and find a new Christmas tree.

Mother and Child Reunion

Episode: 1x13 | Airdate: Jan 12, 1987

Mother and Child Reunion

ALF heads for the garage when Kate's mother pays a visit.

A Little Bit of Soap

Episode: 1x14 | Airdate: Jan 19, 1987

A Little Bit of Soap

ALF submits scripts to his favorite soap opera.

Try to Remember: Part 1

Episode: 1x16 | Airdate: Feb 9, 1987

Try to Remember: Part 1

ALF hits his head and is convinced he is an insurance salesman. The Tanners try reviewing past events to try and jog his memory.

Try to Remember: Part 2

Episode: 1x17 | Airdate: Feb 9, 1987

Try to Remember: Part 2

The Tanners continue to try and jog ALF's memory, and deal with the police at the same time.

Border Song

Episode: 1x18 | Airdate: Feb 16, 1987

Border Song

ALF befriends a young Mexican immigrant.

Wild Thing

Episode: 1x19 | Airdate: Mar 2, 1987

Wild Thing

ALF goes through a 24-hour period of bizarre behavior.

It Isn't Easy ... Bein' Green

Episode: 1x22 | Airdate: Mar 30, 1987

It Isn't Easy ... Bein' Green

ALF comes to Brian's aid when the boy has to play an asparagus in the school play.

The Gambler

Episode: 1x23 | Airdate: Apr 6, 1987

The Gambler

ALF develops a gambling habit and winds up in trouble with his bookie.

Weird Science

Episode: 1x24 | Airdate: Apr 13, 1987

Weird Science

Brian causes trouble at school when he repeats some of ALF's intergalactic knowledge.

Come Fly with Me

Episode: 1x26 | Airdate: May 11, 1987

Come Fly with Me

When Mr. Ochmonek becomes sick during a flight, ALF flies the plane.

Season 2

Working My Way Back to You

Episode: 2x01 | Airdate: Sep 21, 1987

Working My Way Back to You

ALF is relocated to the family garage as a result of his mischievous behavior.

The Ballad of Gilligan's Island

Episode: 2x02 | Airdate: Sep 28, 1987

The Ballad of Gilligan's Island

ALF dreams he visits "Gilligan's Island", with castaways Gilligan, the Skipper, the Professor and Mary Ann.

Take a Look at Me Now

Episode: 2x03 | Airdate: Oct 5, 1987

Take a Look at Me Now

Mrs. Ochmonek thinks she's gone crazy when she spots ALF in the backyard. She takes her story to a TV-show and is devastated when nobody believes her. ALF decides to make things right by talking to her again.

Wedding Bell Blues

Episode: 2x04 | Airdate: Oct 12, 1987

Wedding Bell Blues

ALF joins a monastery after learning that his parents were married before he was born -- a disgrace on the planet Melmac.

Prime Time

Episode: 2x05 | Airdate: Oct 19, 1987

Prime Time

The Tanners become a TV-ratings family and ALF decides to rig the system so that his favorite program becomes a hit.

Some Enchanted Evening

Episode: 2x06 | Airdate: Oct 26, 1987

Some Enchanted Evening

ALF becomes the star attraction at the Tanners' Halloween party.

Oh, Pretty Woman

Episode: 2x07 | Airdate: Nov 2, 1987

Oh, Pretty Woman

ALF helps Lynn boost her self-confidence by enrolling her in a beauty pageant.

Something's Wrong with Me

Episode: 2x08 | Airdate: Nov 9, 1987

Something's Wrong with Me

ALF gets a severe case of hiccups after being excluded from Dorothy and Whizzer's wedding party. According to Melmacian medicine there are two cures: fresh cat juice and something so disgusting that ALF does not want to mention it. In order to save the wedding the Tanners try to give him fake cat juice.

Night Train

Episode: 2x09 | Airdate: Nov 16, 1987

Night Train

Willie and ALF hop on board a freight train in search of adventure.

Isn't It Romantic?

Episode: 2x10 | Airdate: Nov 23, 1987

Isn't It Romantic?

ALF and the Tanner kids give Willie and Kate a second honeymoon.

ALF's Special Christmas: Part 1

Episode: 2x12 | Airdate: Dec 14, 1987

ALF's Special Christmas: Part 1

The Tanners decide to spend Christmas in a cabin in the woods when Alf suddenly gets lost.

ALF's Special Christmas: Part 2

Episode: 2x13 | Airdate: Dec 14, 1987

ALF's Special Christmas: Part 2

ALF is still in the hospital with Tiffany and Mr. Foley. He convinces Tiffany to help him get back to the Tanners, but changes his mind when he hears about Tiffany's condition.

The Boy Next Door

Episode: 2x14 | Airdate: Jan 4, 1988

The Boy Next Door

Mr. Ochmonek's nephew Jake comes to live with the Ochmoneks. The Ochmoneks tell the Tanners that Jake is a problem kid and ask their advice on how to deal with him. ALF can't resist investigating Jake's persona.

Can I Get a Witness?

Episode: 2x15 | Airdate: Jan 11, 1988

Can I Get a Witness?

When a football shatters the Ochmoneks' picture window, ALF gets the blame and he demands his day in "Tanner Family Court".

We're So Sorry, Uncle Albert

Episode: 2x16 | Airdate: Jan 25, 1988

We're So Sorry, Uncle Albert

A visit from Willie's Uncle Albert surprises the Tanners and causes ALF great distress.

Someone to Watch Over Me: Part 1

Episode: 2x17 | Airdate: Feb 8, 1988

Someone to Watch Over Me: Part 1

A series of robberies in the neighborhood prompts ALF to want to help with Neighborhood Watch, when Willie is voted block captain.

Someone to Watch Over Me: Part 2

Episode: 2x18 | Airdate: Feb 15, 1988

Someone to Watch Over Me: Part 2

Neighborhood Watch volunteers quit as the robberies continue. ALF decides to take direct action, causing chaos at the Ochmoneks' house.

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Episode: 2x19 | Airdate: Feb 22, 1988

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Jody loses her apartment when the building becomes a condominium, so ALF tries to help her "adjust" to a new home.

You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog

Episode: 2x20 | Airdate: Feb 29, 1988

You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog

A stray dog makes ALF jealous, so he gives her to the first (and obviously wrong) person who responds to a "found dog" poster.

Hit Me with Your Best Shot

Episode: 2x21 | Airdate: Mar 7, 1988

Hit Me with Your Best Shot

It's the Tanners who learn a lesson while trying to passively resist a belligerent father and son.

Movin' Out

Episode: 2x22 | Airdate: Mar 14, 1988

Movin' Out

The Tanners may need to sell their house because Willie has been promoted to a supervisory position in San Deigo.

I'm Your Puppet

Episode: 2x23 | Airdate: Mar 21, 1988

I'm Your Puppet

ALF tries ventriloquism. The attitude of his new "friend", Paul the dummy, turns contentious - then things get weird.

Tequila

Episode: 2x24 | Airdate: Mar 28, 1988

Tequila

ALF assists Kate's alcoholic friend realise that she needs help.

We Are Family

Episode: 2x25 | Airdate: May 2, 1988

We Are Family

A dejected Gordon (A.L.F.) wants to expose his existence to the world. Willie has an idea to help him through the crisis.

Varsity Drag

Episode: 2x26 | Airdate: May 9, 1988

Varsity Drag

ALF discovers that he is responsible for Lynn not being able to attend Amherst College, and makes another attempt to find employment.

Season 3

Stop in the Name of Love

Episode: 3x01 | Airdate: Oct 3, 1988

Lynn breaks up with her boyfriend and becomes depressed. ALF gets a self-help book of love for her and asks her to confide in him. When Lynn reveals she likes a guy, ALF decides to help her get his attention literally by the book. Uh-oh.

Stairway to Heaven

Episode: 3x02 | Airdate: Oct 10, 1988

Stairway to Heaven

With the help of his guardian angle, ALF finds out what life would be like for the Tanners if they had never met him.

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Episode: 3x03 | Airdate: Oct 17, 1988

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Jake pops by because Raquel and Trevor are fighting. This time she throws him out. Kate offers to let him stay in their house. Trevor soon becomes a nuisance, so ALF decides to solve the problem.

Tonight, Tonight: Part 1

Episode: 3x04 | Airdate: Oct 24, 1988

Tonight, Tonight: Part 1

"And heeeere's Alfie!" ALF hosts The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson instead ofJohnny Carson. Is it a dream? Is it an "What if...?" story?

Tonight, Tonight: Part 2

Episode: 3x05 | Airdate: Oct 24, 1988

Tonight, Tonight: Part 2

ALF fills in forJohnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, alienating regulars and guests alike.

Promises, Promises

Episode: 3x06 | Airdate: Oct 31, 1988

Promises, Promises

Lynn has barely turned 18 and she's already moved on from boys her own age to - a man of Willie's generation. Lynn is forbidden from seeing this Eddie again. Will she obey her parents?

Turkey in the Straw: Part 1

Episode: 3x07 | Airdate: Nov 14, 1988

Turkey in the Straw: Part 1

ALF already ate the Thanksgiving turkey - raw. Willie fails to find a new one, so Raquel invites the Tanners over. A storm arrives as does the neighborhood bum ("a homeless person"), since ALF has been leaving food and clothes for him.

Turkey in the Straw: Part 2

Episode: 3x08 | Airdate: Nov 15, 1988

Turkey in the Straw: Part 2

Pete has called the Alien Task Force. He has been told to keep ALF occupied until Sergeant Fox and his men arrive to capture him. Dead or alive. Will Pete sell ALF out after he's talked with him for a while? Will he?

Changes

Episode: 3x09 | Airdate: Nov 21, 1988

Changes

The social workers, which includes Willie, go on a strike that may last a while. Kate decides to take a job in order to bring money into the house. ALF is concerned about the repercussions. Well, about those that will affect him.

My Back Pages

Episode: 3x10 | Airdate: Nov 28, 1988

My Back Pages

When Kate and Willie stop ALF's rummage in the attic, they find Willie's movie of Woodstock and want to watch it. When Willie tells ALF what he was like in college, ALF points out that Willie has turned from an idealist to a sell-out.

Alone Again, Naturally

Episode: 3x11 | Airdate: Dec 5, 1988

Alone Again, Naturally

ALF reads a tabloid article about a couple in Barstow who live with a space alien, who sounds to ALF like his cousin Blinky. ALF persuades Willie to drive him there and to go investigate the couple. *Big* trouble ensues.

Do You Believe in Magic?

Episode: 3x12 | Airdate: Dec 12, 1988

Do You Believe in Magic?

ALF gets interested in magic tricks, so Willie gives his old magic trick set to him. When ALF discovers he is no good at magic tricks even though he has the desire, he naturally concludes that he needs proper magician's tools.

Hide Away

Episode: 3x13 | Airdate: Jan 9, 1989

Hide Away

ALF has ordered a non-refundable satellite dish. Willie carpools with a talkative guy Jim, who manipulates Willie into inviting him for dinner. There's more to Jim than meets the eye.

Fight Back

Episode: 3x14 | Airdate: Jan 16, 1989

Fight Back

Willie realizes his car repairman is scamming him and decides to do something about it. While Willie refuses to admit that The System Has Failed, ALF and Jake set out on their own to acquire some hard evidence against the conman.

Suspicious Minds

Episode: 3x15 | Airdate: Jan 23, 1989

Suspicious Minds

ALF has started to believe in one of the biggest urban legends - that Elvis is alive. When Raquel describes their new neighbor, ALF is convinced the man is Elvis. Since nobody believes ALF, he decides to venture into the man's house.

Baby Love

Episode: 3x16 | Airdate: Feb 6, 1989

Baby Love

Now that Kate is pregnant and the focus is on her unborn child, ALF feels neglected. Raquel throws a surprise baby shower, to which Andrea from the neighborhood brings her baby. ALF, meet baby. Baby, meet ALF.

Running Scared

Episode: 3x17 | Airdate: Feb 13, 1989

Running Scared

An anonymous caller demands $3,000 from ALF - otherwise he will turn ALF to the authorities. On the second call, the extortionist adds that the Tanners will go to jail for harboring an alien. ALF decides to take action.

Standing in the Shadows of Love

Episode: 3x18 | Airdate: Feb 20, 1989

Standing in the Shadows of Love

Jake has a *huge* crush on a girl called Laura, but freezes every time he tries to approach or contact her. ALF offers to write a letter in Jake's name to Laura. Poor Jake still hasn't learned *not* to enlist ALF to help.

Superstition

Episode: 3x19 | Airdate: Feb 27, 1989

Superstition

ALF accidentally burns Brian's History book in the oven. He then insists that he's now under a Melmacian curse: 14 years of increasing bad luck. First, the food on the electric stove bursts into flames. Then other things start to happen.

Torn Between Two Lovers

Episode: 3x20 | Airdate: Mar 6, 1989

Torn Between Two Lovers

Lynn ends up with two dates for a dance through ALF's mishandled phone message

Funeral for a Friend

Episode: 3x21 | Airdate: Mar 20, 1989

Funeral for a Friend

ALF wants a pet, so Willie decides to buy him an ant farm. ALF doesn't appreciate his new pets at first, but it will change.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Episode: 3x22 | Airdate: Mar 27, 1989

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

The start date of Brian's first overnight boy scout camp is almost at hand. But he is afraid of the dark. While Willie reminisces about his own boy scout days, ALF decides to help Brian.

Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?

Episode: 3x23 | Airdate: Apr 10, 1989

Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?

Jake stops by to tell that her mother has come to the Ochmoneks. She comes to thank the Tanners and Racquel invites her to dinner at the Tanners. Jake, however, starts acting weirdly, and ALF decides to find out why.

Like an Old Time Movie

Episode: 3x24 | Airdate: Apr 17, 1989

Like an Old Time Movie

The Tanners are going to a wedding and ALF is left home alone, Willie having rented him silent movies. ALF gets inspired to write his own silent movie. In which he also stars. He then imagines what it would be like.

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Episode: 3x25 | Airdate: May 1, 1989

Shake, Rattle and Roll

ALF experiences his first earthquake (there were no melmacquakes). When he is told that quakes can be a lot bigger, ALF starts to live in fear of the coming of a big one, even though Willie assures him they are prepared.

Having My Baby

Episode: 3x26 | Airdate: May 8, 1989

Having My Baby

ALF is preparing himself for the coming of Kate's baby because, in his opinion, Willie isn't prepared enough. Can ALF be persuaded to accept that Dick Van Dyke show is not an educational program that should be followed as an example?

Season 4

Baby, Come Back

Episode: 4x01 | Airdate: Sep 18, 1989

When Kate has to unexpectedly go in to work, she has no choice but to leave ALF in charge of the baby. While babysitting, ALF faces a huge dilemma when he goes outside and finds the baby missing.

Lies

Episode: 4x02 | Airdate: Sep 25, 1989

Lies

After ALF invites a tabloid crew over to the Tanner household for an interview, they take a few photos before Willie asks them to leave.

Wanted: Dead or Alive

Episode: 4x03 | Airdate: Oct 2, 1989

Wanted: Dead or Alive

After ALF watches "Crimestoppers" and sees a guy resembling Willie who is wanted for polygamy, he tries to hide Willie. When the FBI takes Willie in for question following an anonymous tip, everyone assumes that ALF called it in.

We're in the Money

Episode: 4x04 | Airdate: Oct 9, 1989

We're in the Money

Alf thinks that he has found a great new game when he accesses Willie's stock market account.

Mind Games

Episode: 4x05 | Airdate: Oct 16, 1989

Mind Games

With ALF feeling bored and useless, Larry advises the Tanners to ask for his opinion on their problems and make him feel more important.

Hooked on a Feeling

Episode: 4x06 | Airdate: Oct 23, 1989

Hooked on a Feeling

When ALF develops an addiction to eating cotton balls, Willie and Kate decide to invite a support group over to the house and have Willie convey ALF's feelings to the group.

He Ain't Heavy, He's Willie's Brother

Episode: 4x07 | Airdate: Oct 30, 1989

He Ain't Heavy, He's Willie's Brother

ALF gets upset when Willie's emotionally depressed kid brother spends lots of time at the house, leaving him to take quarters in the garage.

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Episode: 4x08 | Airdate: Nov 6, 1989

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

With ALF upset over Willie's brother frequently coming to the house, Willie decides that the best thing to do is finally introduce his brother to ALF.

Live and Let Die

Episode: 4x09 | Airdate: Nov 13, 1989

Live and Let Die

When the Tanners' cat Lucky dies, ALF decides to answer a giveaway ad in the paper for kittens so that he can eat them, only to find out that he likes having them as pets.

Break Up to Make Up

Episode: 4x10 | Airdate: Nov 20, 1989

Break Up to Make Up

ALF gets upset when his anniversary party is interrupted by Kate's mother who flies in after a fight with her husband.

Happy Together

Episode: 4x11 | Airdate: Nov 27, 1989

Happy Together

Following a fight with Willie, ALF decides to move in with Neal. It doesn't take long for him to wear out his welcome.

Fever

Episode: 4x12 | Airdate: Dec 4, 1989

Fever

When ALF gets really sick, Willie and Kate consider taking him to a doctor.

It's My Party

Episode: 4x13 | Airdate: Dec 11, 1989

It's My Party

Willie and Kate miss the days when they would visit friends' dinner parties and then reciprocate. They decide to host a luau with a roasted pig.

Make 'em Laugh

Episode: 4x14 | Airdate: Jan 8, 1990

Make 'em Laugh

Alf thinks he's a stand-up comedian. NBC offers him a show, he's famous and rich and everybody loves him. In his dream he sends Willie and Kate to the attic, where they usually send him.

Love on the Rocks

Episode: 4x15 | Airdate: Jan 15, 1990

Love on the Rocks

When Neal decides to drive to Las Vegas and remarry his ex-wife, ALF sneaks into the back of their car in a effort to try and talk Neal out of it.

True Colors

Episode: 4x16 | Airdate: Jan 22, 1990

True Colors

ALF develops an interest in art after one of Lynn's professors compliments one of his paintings.

Gimme That Old Time Religion

Episode: 4x17 | Airdate: Jan 29, 1990

Gimme That Old Time Religion

In order to become a minister, ALF must preside over a ceremony. So he suggests that Willie and Kate renew their vows on the 22nd anniversary.

Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

Episode: 4x18 | Airdate: Feb 5, 1990

Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

Realizing he will outlive the Tanners, ALF daydreams about the future, after the children have grown up and moved out.

When I'm Sixty-Four

Episode: 4x19 | Airdate: Feb 12, 1990

When I'm Sixty-Four

With Willie and Kate going out for the night, ALF sneaks into a retirement home in the hopes of meeting a once-famous actress, whose glory days are far behind her.

Mr. Sandman

Episode: 4x20 | Airdate: Feb 19, 1990

Mr. Sandman

When Willie finds a map from one of his dead relatives, he and ALF trek to Death Valley to try and find a possible treasure. Things don't go as planned when ALF drinks all the water beforehand and then gets too hot from the sun.

Stayin' Alive

Episode: 4x21 | Airdate: Feb 26, 1990

Stayin' Alive

When ALF finds out that a local corporation is using CFCs that pollute the environment, he writes several letters of protest, all under fake names.

Hungry Like a Wolf

Episode: 4x22 | Airdate: Mar 3, 1990

Hungry Like a Wolf

Fearing that he might "internally blow up" due to his high calorie consumption, ALF decides to cut meat from his diet. However after a few days, ALF turns into a "wolf" and steals the Tanner's car in an effort to hunt for food.

I Gotta Be Me

Episode: 4x23 | Airdate: Mar 10, 1990

I Gotta Be Me

Lynn and Kate have a disagreement after Lynn floats around the idea of moving in with her boyfriend.

Consider Me Gone

Episode: 4x24 | Airdate: Mar 24, 1990

Consider Me Gone

When ALF picks up a signal on the Tanner's radio, he realizes that it is someone trying to get in touch with him through Melmacian code.

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