The original Tanner family starred Max Wright as father Willie; Anne Schedeen as mother Kate; Andrea Elson as teenage daughter Lynn; and Benji Gregory as young son Brian.
ALF spawned an entertainment and merchandising empire.
In addition to the four seasons of the live-action sitcom (reruns of which still air), an animated show was on for two seasons as well as a TV movie. There were ALF toys and his depiction was emblazoned on T-shirts, lunch boxes and backpacks. The traveler from Melmac has also been a pop culture reference on The Simpsons, Family Guy, Mr. Robot and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Fusco talked about a reboot of the show as a feature length ALF movie in 2012 but that project never materialized.
"ALF could be more outspoken now than ever, because the world is a whole different place than the '80s. And I think the character still stands up and certainly has more to say now than ever," Fusco told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012. "I think we would approach it in a fresh way. I don't think we would duplicate the TV show, but I think we would maybe put it in a storyline where we would explain how ALF got here and put him with a new family and let the character speak for himself."