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ALF is really a very successful TV show. Although it was produced in the USA only to be aired on NBC, until today ALF was or is still shown in more than 80 countries! Here you can learn more about ALF in 26 countries by now, for which I have more or less detailed information. Thanks to all people which have taken part in the international ALF survey. That's were I got most pieces of information from.

If your country is not in this list, and you know about ALF there, please send me an e-mail. If you discover that there's something wrong in here, please drop me a line, too.
Thank you!

Detailed information is available for the following countries:


1. Argentina

Original Air Date: 1998?

Stations: 11 - TELEFE, Warner Channel, Magic Kids

other ALF series: no information available

Project ALF: no information available

dubbed: no information available

other things: Last year ALF was emited daily in our most important open (not cable) Channel (11 - TELEFE), it was at 6 pm and it was 2 episodies daily. Now we are in summer, and ALF is not yet on an open channel, but we still can see it DAILY at the WARNER CHANNEL, and MAGIC KIDS (2 channels of cable TV for Kids)..


2. Australia

Original Air Date: 1986

Station: Nine Network / Oh!

other ALF series: ALF, not ALF tales

Project ALF: Not aired

dubbed: No

other things: ALF was very successful when it first started, but after a couple of year the ratings dropped and it was taken off the air. 1998 it seemed like sometimes repeats are shown at 4 o'clock in the morning.
ALF is shown again in Australia! It's shown on the Odyssey Channel since the beginning of 2000! Optus Television is cable TV, and costs about 50 Australian Dollars every month, so not too many people subscribed to it, but on Optus ALF is very popular. The channel ALF is on is called Oh!, and in 2001, ALF has been shown on channel 8 (Oh!) at 7pm Monday - Friday, with a repeat of the episode on the next morning at 8pm. That airing stopped May 15, but Optus shows ALF again from the begining, starting on the 11th of June. Now the time is 4pm in the afternoon with a repeat of that afternoon episode at 6am the next morning.
You can read more about this on the special ALF in Australia page.


3. Belgium

OAD: 1990

Station: RTL

other ALF series: ALF tales, not ALF

Project ALF: Not aired

Dubbed: Yes

No Problem is: pas de problème !


4. Canada

Information: ALF is aired in Canada right now. It's shown on weekdays on a cable channel in Quebec in the version dubbed in french...


5. Czech

links:
Bedna Scifoidis's ALF page - Lots of information in czech language...


6. Danmark

OAD: 1986

Station and time: DR, at 6.00 p.m.

Other ALF series: No

Project ALF: Not aired

dubbed: Subtitled

No problem is: Ingen problem!

other: ALF is still aired...


7. England

OAD: 1987

Station: ITV

Other ALF series: ??

Project ALF: Yes, it has been aired

dubbed: No

Other things: When ALF was on in the 80s the success was quite huge! ALF was shown on ITV, the largest TV station in England besides the BBC. Maybe it was also on Sky1 before it was shown on ITV, but back in that time nearly no one in England had satellite or cable and was able to watch Sky (Pay-TV).
But ALF's success in England was at least so big, that there were official releases of ALF on video, and not only of the original ALF series, but also of the animated series "ALF Tales", both published by a company named "Video Collection International Ltd".
Currently, ALF not on TV anymore (no re-runs, unfortunately), but "Project: ALF" has been shown a couple of times on Channel 5, England's new terrestrial channel, in the last years.


8. Estonia

OAD: 1997

Station: Eastonian Television - E-TV

Other ALF series: Not aired

Project ALF: Not aired

dubbed: subtitled

Other things: All seasons of ALF have been shown. ALF was still aired on Channel 2 (18.00 local time, 5 p.m. CET) the last time I got any information. The ALF ratings in Estonia are pretty good: On Estonian TV it had 100000 viewers, so every 13th(!) person in Estonia watches it. The best programmes have and audience of 300000.


9. Finland

OAD: 1987 or 1988

Station: ?

Other ALF series: Not aired

Project ALF: Not aired

dubbed: No, it's subtitled

Other things: When ALF was shown for the very first time in the 80s, it was very successful. And ALF has been reRun in Finland in 1997. The ALF X-mas special were aired '97 X-mas. The series was running monday to friday. The Tonight, Tonight! special has been shown, too.

links:
ALF Universe - NEW! - Cool site from Finland including lots of new stuff never seen before on any other ALF page.
ALF Gordon Shumway Page - Joonas Saarinen offers sounds, and the rest is guestbook, episode guide and links. The language is english.


10. France

OAD: ?

Station: La Cinqueme

Other ALF series: Not aired

Project ALF: Not aired

dubbed: dubbed

Other things: ALF is no longer aired again in France!
It was on every weekday from Monday 'til Friday on La Cinqueme (La 5eme) at 16.35 in the end of 1999 and in the first months of 2000.

links:
Cyril Sabatier's ALF - Le Site Francais - Cool site from France (in french language) containing music, history, episode guide, actors, pics and more.


11. Germany

OAD: 1988

Stations: ZDF, Premiere, SAT.1, PRO7, Comedy&Co (DF1), PRO7

other ALF series: ALF, not ALF tales

Project ALF: Yes, it has been aired

dubbed: Yes

other things: In Germany, ALF was first broadcasted in the ZDF ("Second German Television") in 1988 and it became a big success (up to 8 million viewers in West Germany). All 4 seasons were shown until 1991 (excerpt the „Tonight, Tonight“ episodes). Then it was shown on the pay-tv-station Premiere, and after that in 1993, SAT.1 showed the series again in free-tv. Although now it was shown in the early afternoon, the ratings were very high again and nearly always, the share was the highest of the whole day! SAT.1 aired the complete series only one time. At the end of 1993, PRO SIEBEN began to show ALF daily, and on all four seasons were broadcasted again and agian for nearly two years. All in all, the whole series was shown 4 or 5 times without a major loss of viewers! I know no other series which was able to do this. In 1997, ALF was shown on Comedy&Co, which is a part of pay-tv DF1. And since March 1998, ALF is on again on PRO7. In July, all 100 episodes were shown, but they started with the first episode again. So now (October 1998), ALF is still on in Germany at 5.20 p.m. on PRO7. But as it looks like now, our favorite show is going to go off air after the last episode this time.
Since summer 1999, ALF is shown again in Germany on SAT.1 every Saturday at 6.00 p.m.

links:
Christian Kirsch's ALF-Site contains facts about ALF and the episodes plus some cooking recipts! - In german language.
Marc's ALF-Page - a small ALF site with an ALF-biography in german language.
Peter Schweizer's ALF-Site - this page offers some WAV sound clips from the german dubbed ALF series.
Konstantin Volkmann's german ALF episode guide - an informative TXT-file.
Thomas Linke's ALF-Homepage - This volumious ALF site is available in german, english and french language (not avialable at the moment!).


12. Hungary

OAD: 1994 (?) /1998

Station: HBO / TV3

Other ALF series: ?

Project ALF: ?

dubbed: Yes

No problem is: Nem probléma!

"Pass" is: Passz

Other things: ALF was aired every Saturday and Sunday about noon on TV3. But unfortunately, just after having shown 40 episodes, TV3 stopped airing ALF in the end of November 1999.

links:
Hungarian ALF page by Kolos Tibor - Lots of pages about ALF in hungarian language.


13. Iceland

OAD: 1988

Time: It was on at 8:35 p.m.

Other ALF series: Not aired

Project ALF: Not aired

dubbed: dubbed or subtitled

No problem is: Ekkert Mál


14. Italy

OAD: 1988?

Station: RAI

Other ALF series: ?

Project ALF: ?

dubbed: dubbed

Other things: ALF has been broadcasted also in Italy by the public TV RAI. I think that all his stories have been aired. But now it's a long time since I have seen him last on TV! (date: 1998)
Update: ALF can be seen on Italian TV again! Since May 2001 ALF is aired from Monday to Friday at 7:00 a.m.! The channel is TMC, which is not a cable tv, neither a satellite channel nor a regional tv. It's national TV station, so everyone in Italy should be able to watch it. Currently (June 2001) they're showing episodes from the 1st season.


15. Japan

OAD: ??

Station: NHK-Kyoiku

Other ALF series: Both have been aired

Project ALF: Not aired

dubbed: Yes

No problem is: mondai nai

Other things: 1996 and 1997, ALF was shown again on NHK on Thursdays at 18.25 to 18.50.

links:
Ike's ALF page - Tetsuya Ikeda from Japan offers some information on ALF - in english language.


16. Malta

OAD: 1989

Station: PBS (Public Broadcasting Services)

Other ALF series: ??

Project ALF: Not aired

dubbed: No, in english without subtitles

No problem is: Mhux Problema

Other things: ALF was shown on Maltese TV in 1989 and was most popular only at that time. It was shown on the National Station, formerly known as TVM, now called PBS. PBS was the only channel in Malta at the time. It is now very rare to find information and videos relating to Alf.


16. Mexico

OAD: 1987

Station: Warner Brothers Channel (via satellite)

Other ALF series: Both have been aired

Project ALF: Yes, it has been aired

dubbed: Yes

No problem is: No hay problema!

Other things: ALF is aired every day, 2 times a day. And you can still find old merchandise here about ALF.


17. Netherlands

OAD: 1987

Station: Veronica

Other ALF series: ALF tales, not ALF

Project ALF: Not aired

dubbed: subtitled

No problem is: Niks aan de hand!

Other things: ALF was very successful when it was on, it had a rating around 60% (whatever that means).


18. Poland

OAD: 1998(?)

Station: POLSAT

Other ALF series: no information available

Project ALF: Not aired

dubbed: over-voice

No problem is: ??

Other things: ALF was aired in Poland on POLSAT in the end of 1998 and in the first months of 1999, but it has ended. It was on every week day (Mo-Fr) at 16.15 (or 4.15 P.M.). But it was over voice so a narrator translates what the cast says, unlike a regular dubbing! So you could still hear what the people say in the background. All those who wanted to get an impression what ALF is like in the english version with polish over voice and who live in europe or near asia with a satellit dish, could watch it on POLSAT, because is broadcasted on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite.


19. Russia

OAD: 1996

Station: Channel 5 (from Monday 'til Friday) and on CTC8

Other ALF series: Yes, "ALF tales" was aired on TV6-Moscow last year.

Project ALF: Not aired (but available on video)

dubbed: yes

No problem is: ??

Other things: "Project ALF" is available on video tape since December 1997.
ALF is currently aired in Russia! First time ALF was broadcasted in Russia from 2 december 1996 to march 1997 on new private CTC (russian letters; it means Network of TV Stations) channel. The series was aired 5 days a week (monday - friday). Each episode was aired 2 times in a day. Daytime schedule was not stable (in december 14.20-14.50, in january 13.50-14.20, in april 12.00-12.30 and sometimes 15.00-15.30), but in the evening, Alf aired always from 21.00 to 21.30. Second time it aired on the same channel from 22 september 1997 to 2 january 1998, 7 days a week (each episode 2 times in a day again, 17.00-17.30 and 00.00-00.30, and 19.30-20.00 in the weekend). Next time ALF appeared on the same (CTC sounds like english STS) channel again - from early September 1998 (weekend 20.30-21.00). And it still running in tis shedule. After that, channel decided for some reasons to show ALF 5 days a week from Monday till Friday (19.30-20.00) And it was 4-th rerun (the last episode was shown in April 29, 1999). And now, there is 5-th rerun from May 5: again Monday-Friday 19.30-20.00 but with daytime repetition 15.00-15.30...


20. Scotland

OAD: 1989

Station and time: Sky 4, tuesdays at 2.00 a.m.

other ALF series: Not aired

Project ALF: Not aired

dubbed: No


21. Singapore

OAD: 1990

Station: SBC 5

other ALF series: ALF tales, not ALF

Project ALF: Yes, it has been aired

dubbed: No


22. Slovakia

links:
Jozefina's ALF page - A few pages in slovakian language, so I don't really no about the contents...


23. Spain

OAD: 1987

Station: TVE 1

Other ALF series: Both have been aired

Project ALF: Yes, it has been aired

dubbed: Yes

No problem is: No hay problema!

"Pass" is: Paso!

Other things: ALF was aired every Saturday morning through TVE1, at 12:00. After that, in 1991 it was aired again by Canal+, every Monday to Friday at 14:00. It is said that the translation in spanish is very nice and that it's even better than the original in english. Alf and Kate's voices are the best.


24. Sweden

Other things: ALF is currently aired in Sweden! It's on on a station called Z-TV.

links:
The Ultimate ALF page - From Sweden comes this ALF site by Kristian Persson which contains sounds, pictures, episode guide and links.


25. Switzerland

OAD: ?

Station: ?

other ALF series: not aired

Project ALF: not aired

dubbed: Yes, in german

Other things: ALF is currently aired in Switzerland! It's shown on a station called TV3. Currently (12 April 2000) they are airing episodes out of the 3rd season. They are showing 2 episodes every weekday, the first at 7 p.m. and the second at 7.25 p.m. The episodes are not interruped by commercial breaks!


26. Taiwan

OAD: 1989?

Station: ?

other ALF series: ?

Project ALF: ?

dubbed: The info I got is that Alf spoke in chinese in Taiwan for sure. There are only Chinese subtitles. The sound of Alf is quite similar to that of English version.


27. Ukraine

OAD: 1997

Station: ICTV

other ALF series: not aired

Project ALF: Yes, it has been aired. In 1998 on "Inter", on May 29th, 1999 on ICTV

dubbed: Yes

Other things: IC TV is showing ALF for the fourth time now! (date: June 1999)

Since 1997, ICTV has shown the complete tv series ALF (all four seasons) four times. On June 4th, 1999, the 4th run ended. ALF was on everyday (except Saturday and Sunday) at 5.30 p.m. GMT. ALF is very popular in the Ukraine, the station ICTV got a lot of fan mail and the station got popular because of showing ALF, too. It is said that every third person in the Ukraine is watching ALF.
ALF is back in Ukraine!
Starting Saturday, December 18th 1999, ALF will be shown again in Ukraine! This is already the fifth run of ALF here. It will be aired by ICTV on weekends at 19:55. All 102 episodes will be shown!
"Project: ALF" was shown for the first time on the station "Inter" in 1998, but it was not very successful, because at that time only a few people knew ALF and the dubbing was not very good. The 1999 ICTV airing was much more successful because ALF has become very popular by now and the movie has been re-dubbed.
And ALF is still shown on ICTV in Ukraine! On March 8, 2000, the was even a special ALF day where 18 episodes where shown in a row from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.!


28. USA

OAD: 1986

Station: NBC

other ALF series: both have been aired

Project ALF: Yes, it has been aired

dubbed: No

Other things: In the US, ALF was originally aired on NBC from 1986 until 1990. It was on always Mondays at 8 p.m.
In the US, lots of new comedy series are created every year. There're lot of concepts, the best of them are allowed to tape an pilot episode. And only if the network bosses agree that this is going to be a successful show, the producers get the permission to film the whole season.
So in 1986, Paul Fusco and Tom Patchett had this idea of a tv series about an alien which lives in a typical american family. The concept sounded promising to the network and a pilot was recorded. Because the alien ALF had to have a height of only around 90 cm (around 3 feet), he was played by the midget Michu Meszaros wearing the ALF costume. Producer Paul Fusco was the voice of ALF (only in the english-language version, of course), while the other producer Tom Patchett directed the episode. Well, the network bosses watched it and decided that ALF was going to be a major hit series. As we all know, they have been right. Four seasons have been made of the original series, plus one (or two?) cartoon series. "ALF tales" is about ALF's adventures back then when he lived on Melmac.
Since then, ALF has not been shown that often in the USA. Although the network tv station normally do not re-run their series, the first season had been shown again by NBC in their saturday-morning-cartoon-line-up, before the ALF cartoon series came up. Also, ALF has been re-run in the USA in the syndication which means that local TV stations (a different one in every town) showed it again. But of course each one at a different time (only if the local station did it at all). The cartoon series had been re-run later on the Family Channel, a cable network.
Odyssey Channel shows ALF from Monday to Friday at 5.30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific time and Saturdays on 9.30 a.m.!


29. Venezuela

OAD: 1988

Station: RCTV (Radio Caracas TV-Canal 2)

other ALF series: not aired

Project ALF: Not aired yet

dubbed: Yes (spanish)

Other things: ALF was very popular in Venezuela and it was aired until 1992 aprox. RCTV is an open channel, not a cable channel. By the other hand, ALF can be seen now since The Warner Channel is airing it. Of course, The Warner Channel is a cable channel.


That's it for now.

If your country is not in this list, and you know about ALF there, please send me an e-mail. If you discover that there's something wrong in here, please drop me a line, too.

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