6 Shows to Watch if You Liked ‘ALF’


<p>The <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/nbc/”>NBC</a> comedy <em>ALF </em>may have been something that could only happen in the ‘80s. ALF, short for Alien Life Form, was a puppet with the voice of creator Paul Fusco. His Melmac name was Gordon Shumway. Anyway, the idea of building <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/alf-cast-members-alive.html/”>a family sitcom around a stuffed character</a> is something they probably wouldn’t do today. But, if you grew up on <em>ALF </em>or just discovered it on Peacock, Freevee, Shout TV, Crackle, Tubi, Vudu, Fubo or Roku Channel, there are a few other shows that deliver similarly oddball comedy. </p>

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<h2>If you liked ‘ALF,’ meet the humanoid aliens of ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’</h2>

<p><em>ALF </em>wasn’t the last time NBC aired an alien comedy. However, in the ’90s, they cast humans as the aliens. <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/john-lithgow-said-3rd-rock-from-the-sun-scripts-perfect-combination-smart-stupid.html/”><em>3rd Rock From the Sun </em>starred John Lithgow</a>, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an alien family trying to blend in on Earth. </p>

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<p>As the Solomons try to learn about human customs, they don’t succeed very well at blending in. Frankly, the <em>3rd Rock from the Sun </em>shenanigans make <em>ALF </em>look downright intellectual. But if you need more aliens, the series is streaming on Sling, Spectrum and Hoopla. </p>

<h2>If you liked ‘ALF,’ meet the ‘Dinosaurs’ puppets </h2>

<p>If <em>ALF </em>was unique in casting a stuffed main character, <em>Dinosaurs </em>was downright groundbreaking making them all puppets. Jim Henson Productions designed the dinosaur costumes and produced the show about a family of prehistoric creatures. </p>

<p><em>Dinosaurs </em>created an entire world for the prehistoric sitcom but the Sinclair family had the same relatable problems as any modern day humans. <em>Dinosaurs </em>is now streaming on Disney+.</p>

<h2>Edgy ‘Greg the Bunny’ didn’t last long </h2>

<p>Attempting to use puppet characters in an edgier comedy, <em>Greg the Bunny </em>posits a world in which humans and puppets live in harmony. Well, not economic harmony. Greg tries to break into show business with the help of human Jimmy Bender (Seth Green). Eugene Levy plays Jimmy’s dad, Gil. Though <em>Greg the Bunny </em>only lasted one season, if you’re interested in a more grown-up puppet sitcom, it is streaming on Tubi.</p>

<h2>‘The Muppets’ were the original prime time puppets </h2>

<p>As long as we’re celebrating <em>ALF</em>, it’s important to remember he stood on the shoulders of the Muppets. The Muppets began as <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/the-muppet-show-made-puppets.html/”>a prime time variety sho</a>w and they’ve returned to prime time after movies. All the Muppet shows, except for the ‘90s <em>Muppets Tonight</em>, are streaming on Disney+.</p>

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<h2>If you liked ‘ALF’ double down on his animated shows </h2>

<p>If you weren’t there, it may be hard to believe what a phenomenon <em>ALF </em>was. NBC was quick to capitalize on his sitcom success with a Saturday morning animated version of <em>ALF</em>. Since it was animated, they could recreate ALF’s home planet Melmac, full of other ALFs. </p>

<p>There was even another animated spinoff called <em>ALF Tales</em>, where characters from the <em>ALF </em>cartoon recreated classic stories with their own humorous spin. Tubi, Freevee, Shout Factory TV and Roku Channel have both animated series.</p>

<h2 id=”h-triumph-the-insult-comic-dog-carries-on-alf-s-legacy”>Triumph the Insult Comic Dog carries on ‘ALF’s legacy</h2>

<p>Puppetry has surely come a long way since <em>ALF</em>. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog went the complete opposite way. Part of the joke was that he’s the cheapest puppet you could get away with. Still, Triumph brings the laughs in all his appearances. </p>

<p>Triumph did get his own sitcom, <em>The Jack and Triumph Show</em>, which is available for purchase on Prime Video and Vudu. Or, you can find any of his various talk show appearances on YouTube and get some good puppet laughs. </p>

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