ALF : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 1986
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jun 16, 2015
    One of the better [of the season's family sitcoms], simply because it's kind of cute and a bit offbeat.
  2. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Clifford Terry
    Jun 16, 2015
    There is more of a silliness to it. No question, ALF is dumb and puerile. I rather liked it. [22 Sept 1986, p.5C]
  3. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 16, 2015
    ALF himself is funny enough to keep the show bubbling. He has a sardonic insouciance. [22 Sept 1986, p.C1]
  4. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jun 16, 2015
    Too gimmicky for my taste. [22 Sept 1986, p.D-1]
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Zoglin
    Jul 2, 2013
    ALF is no place to look for plausibility -- or charm.
  6. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 16, 2015
    This is another of those TV comedies that simply aren't funny...ALF would be more engaging if the Tanners were more engaging. He also would have been lots of satirical fun and a far more interesting observer of the human condition had he been given a Woody Allen-type neurotic voice rather than one that was merely inanely goofy.
  7. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Steve Sonsky
    Jun 16, 2015
    Well, call me a party pooper, but I was bored to tears by the thing. It's just the type of silly gimmick that I'm quite susceptible to. Yet I found ALF shrill, predictable and not in the least bit funny. I'm pretty sure that's because it is shrill, predictable and not in the least bit funny. [22 Sept 1986, p.C1]

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