A TV sitcom with a furry orange puppet? A dumb idea, right? Probably, but as a kid I thought that ALF was great. ALF (Alien Life Form) was a sitcom that ran from 1986-1990 and centred around a family of everyday Americans who were pretty much adopted by Gordon Shumway (also called “Alf”), an alien from the planet Melmac. For a puppet, Gordon was both obscene and cool – despite his outrageously large snout, he also had a hair “flick” that reminds me of all the best power hair-do’s of the 80’s.

To be honest, I don’t remember a lot of specific episodes of ALF. What I do remember is Alf’s deep masculine voice (which really seemed odd after a diet of The Muppets and Sesame Street), sarcastic sense of humour and his constant desire to eat the family cat!

To me, Alf is one of the iconic characters from my youth, like Macguyver, Monkey Magic and Alex P. Keaton. Alf is a ridiculous over the top and often flawed figure that lives clearly in my head.

Who were the iconic TV characters of your childhood?

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