Chronicles liberal ex-hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.
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Complete series cast summary:
 Elyse Keaton (171 episodes, 1982-1989)
 Steven Keaton (171 episodes, 1982-1989)
 Alex P. Keaton (171 episodes, 1982-1989)
 Mallory Keaton (171 episodes, 1982-1989)
 Jennifer Keaton (171 episodes, 1982-1989)
 Andrew 'Andy' Keaton (74 episodes, 1986-1989)

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Steven and Elyse Keaton, once 1960s radicals, now find themselves in Reagan-era American trying to raise a traditional suburban family. Their three first kids are Alex (a very ambitious Young Republican), Mallory (a ditzy and boy-crazy fashionista) and Jennifer (whom we first get to know as a precocious nine-year-old tomboy). Later on, a fourth child (Andrew) was added to the Keaton family. Most of the comedy arose from the conflict between the ex-hippie parents vs the conservative Alex and the brainless beauty Mallory.

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Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

22 September 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enredos de familia  »

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Jennifer is said to have been born on Election Day in 1972. In real life, Tina Yothers was born on May 5, 1973, making the actress some 6 months YOUNGER than her character, an abnormality for TV sitcoms, which almost always cast performers who are a few years older than their pre-teen or teen-aged characters. By comparison, Bateman was 2 and a half years older than Mallory, and Fox was 4 years older than Alex. See more »


Nick Moore: We can walk on coals / Have ninjas fight us / Just don't get gingivitis.
Steven Keaton: [later as he's sleeping] We can walk on coals / Have ninjas fight us/ Just don't get gingivitis.
[wakes up]
Steven Keaton: Elyse, I had a nightmare. I dreamed I was Nick.
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Referenced in Spin City: Goodbye: Part 2 (2000) See more »


Without Us
(Theme song)
Lyrics by Jeff Barry
Music by Tom Scott
Performed by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
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Finally on DVD, and it stands the test of time
25 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm so thrilled that FAMILY TIES is finally out on DVD. To me, this was the best sitcom of the 80's. Even today, its themes are still relevant. I always thought it was great that the kids were allowed their own ideas, the parents weren't divorced, and that they were an imperfect family just doing their best. Unlike the Cosby Show, which was all about the dad, Family Ties let each character deal with their own issues in a very real way. I just watched the episode where a family friend makes a pass at Mallory, and that is something that some young people have to deal with. It dealt with racism, alcoholism, rape, politics, and a host of other things that kids are exposed to. It's still funny and is a great show that kids and parents can watch together and not be embarrassed.

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