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Writer:
Gary David Goldberg (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Release Date:
22 September 1982 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Chronicles liberal ex-hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew. Full summary »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 22 wins & 42 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 100)

Meredith Baxter ... Elyse Keaton (171 episodes, 1982-1989)

Michael Gross ... Steven Keaton (171 episodes, 1982-1989)

Michael J. Fox ... Alex P. Keaton (171 episodes, 1982-1989)

Justine Bateman ... Mallory Keaton (171 episodes, 1982-1989)

Tina Yothers ... Jennifer Keaton (171 episodes, 1982-1989)

Brian Bonsall ... Andrew 'Andy' Keaton (74 episodes, 1986-1989)
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Series Directed by
Sam Weisman (57 episodes, 1983-1989)
Will Mackenzie (36 episodes, 1982-1987)
Andrew McCullough (14 episodes, 1983-1989)
Matthew Diamond (14 episodes, 1987-1989)
John Pasquin (13 episodes, 1983-1987)
Asaad Kelada (8 episodes, 1982-1988)
Tony Mordente (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Lee Shallat Chemel (5 episodes, 1984-1986)
Peter Baldwin (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michael Zinberg (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Alan Bergmann (2 episodes, 1982)
Barbara Schultz (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Lynn Hamrick (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Steven Robman (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Debbie Allen (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Writing credits
Gary David Goldberg (171 episodes, 1982-1989)
Alan Uger (35 episodes, 1983-1989)
Marc Lawrence (30 episodes, 1984-1989)
Ruth Bennett (26 episodes, 1982-1989)
Michael J. Weithorn (26 episodes, 1982-1986)
Susan Stevenson (19 episodes, 1983-1989)
Katie Ford (10 episodes, 1987-1989)
Lloyd Garver (8 episodes, 1982-1987)
Rich Reinhart (5 episodes, 1983-1986)
Bruce Helford (5 episodes, 1985-1989)
Stephen Curwick (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Douglas Wyman (4 episodes, 1983-1989)
Joanne Pagliaro (2 episodes, 1982)
Lisa A. Bannick (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Bruce David (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Shannon Gaughan (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Matthew Monaster (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Series Produced by
Gary David Goldberg .... executive producer (170 episodes, 1982-1989)
Carol Himes .... line producer / co-producer (121 episodes, 1982-1989)
June Galas .... associate producer (92 episodes, 1982-1987)
Alan Uger .... producer / co-executive producer (77 episodes, 1984-1989)
Michael J. Weithorn .... supervising producer / producer (70 episodes, 1983-1987)
Lloyd Garver .... executive producer / producer (68 episodes, 1982-1987)
Ruth Bennett .... producer (42 episodes, 1984-1987)
Marc Lawrence .... supervising producer (29 episodes, 1987-1989)
Dianne Edwards Thorington .... associate producer (28 episodes, 1987-1989)
Susan Stevenson .... producer (28 episodes, 1987-1989)
 
Series Original Music by
Tom Scott (68 episodes, 1982-1987)

J.A.C. Redford (unknown episodes, 1989)
Dominic Messinger (unknown episodes)
Rick Rhodes (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Robert F. Liu (100 episodes, 1985-1989)
Mikel Neiers (45 episodes, 1982-1987)
Dominic Palmieri (30 episodes, 1985-1987)
Richard A. Kelley (9 episodes, 1984-1986)
Bill Chapman (3 episodes, 1984)
Tony Cestare (2 episodes, 1984)
Tony Yarlett (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Film Editing by
Gary Anderson (115 episodes, 1982-1989)
Ed Brennan (4 episodes, 1983-1984)
Jon Bellis (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Casting by
Judith Weiner (92 episodes, 1982-1987)
Allison Jones (30 episodes, 1985-1989)
Donald De Line (10 episodes, 1983-1984)
 
Series Art Direction by
James F. Claytor Sr. (116 episodes, 1982-1989)
James F. Clayton (2 episodes, 1982-1987)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Chuck Rutherford (64 episodes, 1982-1987)
Freddie Rymond (26 episodes, 1987-1989)
Tom Cost (25 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Costume Design by
Stacey Phelps (25 episodes, 1987-1989)
 
Series Makeup Department
Rick Provenzano .... hair stylist (80 episodes, 1982-1987)
Bron Roylance .... makeup artist (59 episodes, 1982-1989)
Dulcie Smith .... makeup artist (47 episodes, 1984-1987)
Michele Payne .... hair stylist (26 episodes, 1987-1989)
Elizabeth Rabe .... additional hair stylist (12 episodes, 1984)
Candida Conery .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1983-1984)
David Dittmar .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1983-1984)
Bridget Cook .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Production Management
Mitchell R. Semel .... executive in charge of production (26 episodes, 1987-1989)
Augustine Melendez .... post-production supervisor (24 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ginger Grigg .... associate director (61 episodes, 1982-1987)
Rita Rogers .... associate director (32 episodes, 1983-1989)
Tom Rickard .... associate director (5 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Art Department
Donald S. Foster .... property master (12 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Sound Department
Bob Lowe .... audio (63 episodes, 1982-1989)
Allen Patapoff .... re-recording mixer (51 episodes, 1985-1989)
Larry Lasota .... audio (43 episodes, 1984-1987)
Norm Schwartz .... audio (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
George Velmer .... audio (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Gordon Klimuck .... audio (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Rod Robertson .... electrician (120 episodes, 1982-1987)
Eric Clay .... video operator / video (117 episodes, 1982-1989)
Paul Basta .... camera operator / camera (71 episodes, 1982-1989)
Rick Caswell .... camera operator / camera (68 episodes, 1982-1989)
Dick Price .... camera operator / camera (65 episodes, 1982-1987)
Irv Waitsman .... camera operator (63 episodes, 1982-1987)
Joe Blaisdell .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1982-1985)
Jim McConocha .... electrician (8 episodes, 1983)
Ken Dahlquist .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1983-1985)
Diane Biederbeck .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
Gareth Wilson .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tom Karnowski .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1982)
Leigh Nicholson .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Tom Dasbach .... camera / camera operator (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Casting Department
Judith Weiner .... original casting (170 episodes, 1982-1989)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stacey Phelps .... costumer: women / costumer (71 episodes, 1982-1987)
Sharon Sampson .... costume supervisor (51 episodes, 1986-1989)
Louis Infante .... costumer: men (38 episodes, 1982-1987)
Gala Autumn .... key costumer (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Michael Castellano .... costumer: men (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Music Department
Jeff Barry .... lyricist: theme song (171 episodes, 1982-1989)
Tom Scott .... composer: theme music / composer: end credit music / ... (171 episodes, 1982-1989)
Johnny Mathis .... singer: theme song (149 episodes, 1983-1989)
Deniece Williams .... singer: theme song (149 episodes, 1983-1989)
Mindy Sterling .... performer: theme (8 episodes, 1982)
Dennis Tufano .... performer: theme (8 episodes, 1982)
John Beasley .... composer: additional music (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Transportation Department
Mitch Friedman .... driver (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Other crew
Parker Roe .... technical director (115 episodes, 1982-1989)
Marilynn Marko-Sanders .... script supervisor (92 episodes, 1982-1987)
Dianne Edwards Thorington .... production assistant / assistant: Gary Goldberg (72 episodes, 1982-1987)
Andrew McCullough .... stage manager (70 episodes, 1982-1989)
Werner Walian .... production assistant / set production assistant (61 episodes, 1986-1988)
Linda Nieber .... production assistant (60 episodes, 1982-1987)
Robert Schanche .... production assistant (60 episodes, 1982-1987)
Bruce Bryant .... title designer / main title designer (55 episodes, 1983-1987)
James Castle .... title designer / main title designer (55 episodes, 1983-1987)
Denise Alexander .... production assistant (51 episodes, 1983-1987)
Richard Allen .... stage manager (50 episodes, 1983-1987)
Elaine Arata .... production assistant (48 episodes, 1982-1987)
Sharl Scharfer-Rollins .... production assistant (47 episodes, 1983-1987)
Ana Krewson .... production assistant (46 episodes, 1983-1989)
Ruth Bennett .... executive story consultant / story editor (44 episodes, 1982-1987)
Rosie Dean .... production coordinator (42 episodes, 1987-1989)
Shari Genser .... production assistant (41 episodes, 1983-1987)
Marc Lawrence .... story editor (31 episodes, 1985-1987)
Michael Shelley .... production assistant (27 episodes, 1983-1985)
Jim Hamilton .... production assistant (27 episodes, 1984-1987)
Katie Ford .... executive story editor / story editor (27 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jay Fukuto .... production executive (26 episodes, 1987-1989)
Gary Palmer .... technical consultant (25 episodes, 1984-1987)
Susan Stevenson .... story editor (25 episodes, 1985-1987)
Karen K. Miller .... script supervisor (25 episodes, 1987-1989)
Alan Uger .... executive script consultant (24 episodes, 1983-1987)
Lloyd Garver .... creative consultant (24 episodes, 1988-1989)
Bruce Helford .... creative consultant (24 episodes, 1988-1989)
Heidi Schulte .... production assistant (23 episodes, 1982-1983)
Valery Garrett .... production assistant (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Michael J. Weithorn .... story consultant (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Celeste Hines .... production assistant (18 episodes, 1983-1987)
Janice Pober .... production assistant (15 episodes, 1982-1983)
Elizabeth Ward .... stage manager / production assistant / ... (15 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jessie Ward Dugan .... production assistant / program coordinator (12 episodes, 1985-1987)
Terry Fleming .... production assistant (11 episodes, 1985-1987)
Debby Maffioli .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1985-1987)
Lisa Onodera .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1985-1987)
Carol Johnsen .... title designer (10 episodes, 1985)
Bill Moya .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Paul Ross Newman .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Carlo U. Quinterio .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1984)
Joanne Pagliaro .... story editor (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Michael Villegas III .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1983)
Judy Biggs .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jim MacNerland .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
Craig Zisk .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
James N. Hamilton .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Harriette Regan .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Adam Scott .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Michele Briganti .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Margien Burns .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Brian Pulaski .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Katharine Rager .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Sue Norton .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1987)
 

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30 min (180 episodes)
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Trivia:
US President Ronald Reagan declared "Family Ties" (1982) his favorite TV show during the 1980s.See more »
Quotes:
Alex P. Keaton:Mallory, someone stupid called... sometime today... about something trivial.
Mallory Keaton:Alex you know that could be any one of my friends.
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A great show; one of my favorites., 16 November 2002
Author: (llihilloh)

'Family Ties' is great and even though I haven't seen that many episodes, I still rank it among my top ten favorite TV shows. The cast is great, the writing is excellent, and it just makes me laugh about a million times within the half hour of air time.

Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter, Justine Bateman, and Tina Yothers are all terrific in their given roles. They are all funny and great and anything else that I want in a television show, but the real stand out is of course, Michael J. Fox. I've adored Fox for many years and then when I finally got around to seeing him as Alex P. Keaton, well he just amazed me. He's so excellent with his quick comedic timing and snappy comebacks. (Particularly the ones given to Mallory make me laugh the hardest.) All in all he's a wonderful actor, not just in this show even though it brings the best out of him, but on any project he works on.

The writing is fast moving, hilarious, and just about some of the best that I've seen in a comedy serious. Although it is now...20 years old, the series is still one of the best, even up against today's series. Lets face it, today's television has gone straight to the trash can with the exception of a very small percent of shows.

Each episode is great, and if the plot isn't all that good, the writing and performances make up for it. I have to say that there were many episodes that I saw where I was so bored (about the plot), yet they still turned out good because of the comedy.

All of the Emmys and Golden Globes and many more awards that 'Family Ties' was nominated for and having won throughout the years were all well deserved. A couple of more wins wouldn't have hurt. I can honestly say that this is one show that I try to catch (only on Nick can it be seen where I'm at). I love it, I love Fox, and good job to the writers. The show is great!

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