Reboot of ’80s Sitcom in Development

Aug 1, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Another “classic” sitcom is getting the reboot treatment, with Variety reporting that Warner Bros. is in the early stages of developing a reboot of “ALF.”

The original ran for four seasons on NBC, wrapping up in early 1990.

“No writer is yet attached to the project, which would again explore the misadventures of the titular, cat-eating ALF — which stands for Alien Life Form,” Variety reports. “In the original series, ALF of the planet Melmac crash lands in the suburbs and takes up residence with the middle class Tanner family.”

Variety adds: “One idea that has reportedly been discussed for the reboot would involve ALF emerging from Area 51 — where he has been held captive since the original series finale — and observing how much the world has changed since that time.”


  1. Or better yet have him wake up in bed with Roseanne and have her say “I thought you were captured and sent to Area 51 and they made a terrible TV-movie with you that had none of your original family in it.” And then ALF screams and wakes up again back with the Tanner family (it can be one of the grown up kids with kids of their own and a cat to torment). “Ha, I kill me! No more tabby pot pie for me before bedtime!” he says and we go on from there.

  2. The ALF movie finale was after 1990, and has never been released on DVD. There was a separate movie made after the series was canceled, that aired several years after the series ended, At the end of the 2-hour movie, ALF was captured. Hopefully, the original series will be re-released on DVD, this time with uncut episodes–along with the ALF movie finale as a bonus feature.

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