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ALF (NBC)

Air date: 3/24/1990

What better ending can you give a lovable alien puppet than to have him murdered in the name of science? The Tanner family spent four years protecting ALF from the prying forceps of the Alien Task Force, a group that wanted nothing more than to dissect ALF and run experiments on his rubber corpse.

It looked like ALF was going to return to his people, the Melmacians, in the final episode, but ALF missed his flight. We leave ALF as he is being surrounded on all sides by Task Force Agents. This was supposed to be a cliffhanger, but the show never got to air its true final episode. As a result, the series ended with one of the darker puppet fates the world has ever seen. Man, everbody was looking forward to that dissection.

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