Back in 1992 some people tried to replicate the success of ALF, by replicating many of the show’s concepts. The show was titled “Scorch”, and was about a dragon who crash landed in the home of a guy and his young daughter. Scorch himself is a puppet portrayed by ventriloquist Ronn Lucas (who doesn’t appear in the show himself). In an odd case of art imitating life, Scorch pretends to be a ventriloquist’s dummy in the show. Brian Stevens (the guy whose house he landed in) winds up getting a job as a comedic weatherman (weather forecasts are a joke to begin with, so the idea is perfect!), pretending all the while that Scorch is a mere puppet instead of a real dragon. There are other
characters in the show, but unfortunately we don’t get a chance to learn much about them, the show was cancelled way too soon. They recorded 6 episodes, but only ever aired 3 of those (the first 3 can be found on YouTube, the unaired 3 don’t seem to be available anywhere).
Here’s part 1 of the initial episode:
Scorch (along with Ronn Lucas this time) also appeared on an episode of Xuxa: