‘ALF’ Is Returning To Earth For 24-Hour Streaming On New Channel


Earth’s favorite Melmacian is going to be easier to hang out with than ever. The hit ’80s sitcom ALF has got its own channel on Amazon’s streaming platform Freevee. Here, the show will be available to watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This move might have larger implications for the show’s future. Previously, ALF had been marathoned on Shout! Factory. Shout! also now has the rights to the franchise, which expanded into an animated series, comics, and even games. Perhaps some old plans for the alien life form will be brought back once the excitement returns.


‘ALF’ gets its own streaming channel on Freevee

Freevee is offering new ways for people to indulge in their nostalgia or discover some old classics, like ALF / YouTube

Before the large and growing supply of streaming services came to be, fans of any series had to rely on reruns and syndication to enjoy their favorite programs; their love can remain but producers’ abilities to keep the show going don’t always do the same. Fans of the classic ALF were still given plenty of new iterations even after NBC switched it out for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It got its cable debut through the Odyssey Network, and enjoyed a spot on Nick at Nite, expanding to a new generation of fans.


RELATED: Whatever Happened To Max Wright, Willie Tanner From ‘ALF’?

Now, ALF is landing on Freevee, Amazon’s streaming service that used to be IMDb TV. It is free but does come with ads and houses hundreds of shows and movies to browse. It further supports streaming on multiple devices. Want to see ALF on the big screen? It can work on LG screens. Have a Roku? That runs it too. If you prefer keeping viewing apps in one condensed spot, it can go on the gaming system as well.

What does this mean for ‘ALF’ going forward?

ALF, (from left): Alf, Paul Dooley, 1986-90. © Alien Productions / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Jeffrey Peisch, responsible for business development with Shout! Factory, sees a promising future for ALF with these new developments. “I couldn’t be more excited that Shout! Factory will be marketing and distributing ALF and working with the series’ creators, Paul Fusco and Tom Patchett,” he announced. “ALF was an instant classic when it debuted on network television over 30 years ago, and the series stands the test of time and appeals to multiple generations.”

ALF inspired cartoons, comics, and maybe something more / © NBC/courtesy Everett Collection

Shout! Factory has the rights to both distribute the franchise and to potentially create new media for it. The company had anticipated a big event themed around ’80s programming and back in 2018, a plan to reboot the series had been scrapped. But keeping the series accessible and potentially expanding the audience is a safe way to set the stage for ideas like this again.

Show comments
Published by

Recent Posts

Filming ‘Mork & Mindy,’ Robin Williams Was At His Wildest Between Takes

Mork & Mindy was a recipe for nonstop comedic moments thanks to its zany premise…

5 hours ago

Sigourney Weaver Says ‘Alien’ Had Very Mature Scene She Demanded Removed

Released in 1979, Alien had plenty of scenes for mature audiences only, most of them…

7 hours ago

Kelly Ripa Admits She Was Never Really Friends With Regis Philbin

Kelly Ripa is coming out with a memoir called Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories. In…

13 hours ago

Is Kohl’s The Next Department Store To Face Mass Closure In The Future?

Recent economic trends and the ripple effect of frequent lockdowns in a manufacturing country like…

14 hours ago

Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Honest About Tough Separation From Daughter Apple

Primetime Emmy Award winner turned health wellness coach, Gwyneth Paltrow, revealed in an interview with…

14 hours ago

Kelly Ripa Does Not Mention Former Co-Host Michael Strahan In New Book

Kelly Ripa reportedly snubbed Michael Strahan in her new memoir but it doesn't appear to…

15 hours ago