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ALF Tales
Created by Paul Fusco
Tom Patchett
Starring Paul Fusco
Peggy Mahon
Tabitha St. Germain (as Paulina Gillis)
Thick Wilson
Dan Hennessey
Rob Cowan
Ellen-Ray Hennessy
Noam Zylberman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21
Production
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Production company(s) DIC Animation City
Saban Entertainment
Alien Productions
Distributor Lorimar-Telepictures
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 10, 1988 (1988-09-10) – December 9, 1989 (1989-12-09)

ALF Tales is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series that aired on NBC from September 10, 1988 to December 9, 1989. The show is a spin-off of ' which featured characters from that series playing various characters from fairy tales. The fairy tale was usually altered for comedic effect in a manner akin to Jay Ward's "Fractured Fairy Tales".

Each story typically spoofs a film genre, such as the "Cinderella" episode done as an Elvis Presley film. Some episodes featured a "fourth wall" effect where ALF is backstage preparing for the episode, and Rob Cowan would appear drawn as a TV executive (who introduced himself as "Roger Cowan, network executive") to try to brief ALF on how to improve this episode. For instance Cowan once told ALF who was readying for a medieval themed episode that "less than 2% of our audience lives in the Dark Ages".

Cast

  • Paul Fusco – ALF (Gordon Shumway)/Rick Fusterman
  • Tabitha St. Germain (as Paulina Gillis) – Augie/Rhonda
  • Peggy Mahon – Flo
  • Thick Wilson – Larson Petty/Bob
  • Dan Hennessey – Sloop
  • Rob Cowan – Skip
  • Ellen-Ray Hennessy – Stella the Waitress
  • Noam Zylberman – Curtis (1988)
  • Michael Fantini – Curtis (1989)

Episodes

Season 1 (1988–89)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
1 1 "Robin Hood" September 10, 1988 (1988-09-10)
Alf plays the titular character in this version of the classic tale.
2 2 "Sleeping Beauty" September 17, 1988 (1988-09-17)
Alf plays the titular character in this version of the classic tale.
3 3 "Cinderella" September 24, 1988 (1988-09-24)
Set in 1963, Alf plays an Elvis-like rock star version of the prince who will marry only the girl whose voice can shatter glass.
4 4 "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" October 1, 1988 (1988-10-01)
Sleepy Hollow gets an NYC makeover with Alf as Ichabod Crane.
5 5 "Jack and the Beanstalk" October 8, 1988 (1988-10-08)
Alf plays Jack Bates (son of Norman) in this take on the classic fairy tale filled with Hitchcock references.
6 6 "The Aladdin Brothers and Their Lamp" October 15, 1988 (1988-10-15)
In this (possible) Road to ...-style take on the tale, Alf and Skip play Ziggy and Roy Aladdin, a down-on-their-luck song-and-dance pair whose lives change when they find a magic lamp containing a genie who resembles Johnny Carson.
7 7 "Rapunzel" October 29, 1988 (1988-10-29)
Let's just say this version really puts the "rap" in Rapunzel.
8 8 "Rumplestilskin" November 12, 1988 (1988-11-12)
Alf plays Sam Shovel (a parody of Spade), a detective hired by the daughter of a miller to learn the identity of a certain fella.
9 9 "The Princess and the Pea" November 19, 1988 (1988-11-19)

Alf plays a prince who secretly wishes to be a jester in this version of the story.

Note: Starting here, there is no more mailbag segment.
10 10 "John Henry" December 3, 1988 (1988-12-03)
Alf turns the folk hero into a chef.
11 11 "The Three Little Pigs" December 10, 1988 (1988-12-10)
12 12 "Alice in Wonderland" December 17, 1988 (1988-12-17)
13 13 "Peter Pan" January 7, 1989 (1989-01-07)

Season 2 (1989)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
14 1 "Hansel & Gretel" September 16, 1989 (1989-09-16)
15 2 "The Wizard of Oz" September 23, 1989 (1989-09-23)
16 3 "The Elves and the Shoemaker" September 30, 1989 (1989-09-30)
17 4 "The Emperor's New Clothes" October 14, 1989 (1989-10-14)
18 5 "Goldilocks & the Three Bears" October 28, 1989 (1989-10-28)
19 6 "Little Red Riding Hood" November 11, 1989 (1989-11-11)
20 7 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" December 2, 1989 (1989-12-02)
21 8 "King Midas" December 9, 1989 (1989-12-09)
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