Alf and Friends: 5 Nice TV Aliens

Saturday, November 19 by Houlihan Macaco

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Despite popular misconceptions and stereotypes of extraterrestrial beings in cinema and television, nice TV aliens really do exist. Many of us try to convince ourselves that not all aliens are bad, but sometimes it requires a bit of reinforcement to truly convince us. In the name of interplanetary peace and love, you are about to experience a few pleasant extraterrestrial personalities who have made spectacular contributions to human culture.

Beldar Conehead

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	Beldar originally came to Earth with his family to conquer the planet in the 1983 "Coneheads" written by Al Franken and Tom Davis. However, this character assimilates so quickly into Earth culture that he develops a fondness for the human lifestyle. After the transformation, the family just tries to blend into the local social world without drawing attention to their <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/foreign-527/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>foreign</a> upbringing. "The Coneheads" is a spinoff series of "Saturday Night Live" and features Dan Akroyd as Beldar and Jane Curtin as his wife, Prymaat. </p>
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	<strong>Mork</strong></p>
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	Mork from the planet Ork has become a source of television nostalgia as well as fodder for retro culture since its beginning in 1978. The <a href=classic TV series "Mork and Mindy" stars Robin Williams as a friendly alien who arrives on Earth in an egg ship after his exile from Ork, a serious planet that does not tolerate humor. Mork discovers it is easier to be funny on this planet and he eventually marries a human named Mindy after living in her Boulder, Colorado, attic for a few years. Mork's character first appeared in a "Happy Days" episode that was intended to spoof "My Favorite Martian."

The Yip Yip Martians

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For the first few seasons of "Sesame Street." it was unclear whether these extraterrestrial Muppets were friendly. They usually interacted with an odd assortment of tech gadgets like telephones, grandfather clocks, transistor radios and record players instead of human beings and fellow Muppets. However, in later seasons, these martians sang a song with Kermit and visited Ernie at his apartment. These episodes prove that martians do understand the universal language of song and universal brotherhood. 

Superman

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	Not many people think of TV aliens and Superman in the same thought stream because Clark Kent and his superhero alter ego bear a striking resemblance to the idealized version of humans. Minus the superhuman strength and bullet-catching skills and all. Superman, a protector of the good citizens of Earth, was actually born on a foreign planet named Krypton. This TV alien is a shining example of why we must respect our extraterrestrial friends from abroad despite their strange quirks and peculiarities. </p>
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	<strong>Roger </strong></p>
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This gray alien from the "American Dad" cartoon series is not always friendly, but he does do great things for God, country and the CIA when he works as a government operative. Roger is a fun-loving hedonist who saved Stan Smith's life at Area 51 and lived with the Smith family thereafter. Roger has an ongoing habit of changing personas and stealing identities to hide the fact that he is an alien. Despite his lack of scruples, we can say that Roger is quite often a nice TV alien, at least in some of his many guises.