ALF has enjoyed something of a pop culture renaissance in recent years, despite the series ending almost three decades ago. The character has guest-starred on a number of shows, including The SimpsonsThe Big Bang Theory, and, most recently, Mr. Robot. Apparently there is something indelible about a pesky snout-faced creature from the planet Melmac.

While this might seem like a thoroughly uninspired reboot that absolutely no one asked for, it fits into the hottest trend in television: revivals of classic 1980s and 1990s sitcoms. RoseanneFull House, and Will & Grace have already been rebooted, while rumors continue to swirl around a potential revival of Frasier and many, many others.

Reboots are easy. They’re free ideas that come with built-in fan bases and an inimitable nostalgia factor, which original series require years to earn—and are often canceled before they get the chance to do so.

But ALF? Seriously? What’s next, The Flying Nun?! (Probably.)

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