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Release Date:
22 September 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 21 wins & 41 nominations See more »
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Hilarious family sitcom with unusual generation gap See more (53 total) »

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)
John Beasley (unknown episodes)
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)

Marina Hart .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
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)

Ross Deane .... sound maintenance engineer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Buck McDancer .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Stuart St. Paul .... stunts: UK Episodes (unknown episodes)
 
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)

Charles Croughwell .... stand-in: Mr. Fox (unknown episodes, 1984-1989)
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main titles (unknown episodes)
 

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30 min (180 episodes)
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Trivia:
According to Michael J. Fox's last "Spin City" (1996) episode, Alex P. Keaton became a Junior Congressman from Ohio.See more »
Quotes:
Mallory Keaton:[panic-stricken] The light bulb is out in my bedroom! What are we going to do?See more »
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious family sitcom with unusual generation gap, 24 April 2006
Author: roghache from Canada

I love this hilarious sitcom and catch it on re runs whenever I chance upon it. I think it is one of the funniest family comedy series ever, with some entertaining and unusual character portrayals.

The series revolves around the Keaton family, with liberal parents Steven (a TV station manager) and Elyse (an architect). The couple have three children...a financially savvy, politically conservative son Alex, his shopaholic teenage sister Mallory, and a younger tomboy sister, Jennifer. Later Elyse gives birth to a fourth child, baby Andrew. Along the way, Alex develops love interests, first in the form of Ellen (played by the actor's future wife, Tracy Pollan) and later, Lauren, a psychology major. Mallory acquires a boyfriend herself, the motorcycle riding high school drop out, Nick, who incurs the disapproval of her parents and of course especially brother Alex.

The acting is stellar with Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross portraying the parents and Tina Yothers the kid sister, Jennifer. However, it is really Michael J. Fox's show with his hilarious depiction of Alex P. Keaton, who has a tendency to wear shirt & tie everyday around the house and introduces little brother Andrew to the Wall Street Journal while he's still in diapers! My personal favourite is Mallory (charmingly played by Justine Bateman); she is so amusing and endearing as his dim witted, academically slack, clothes obsessed sister who cannot get enough of the mall and talking about cute boys. Of course her contrast with the smart, serious, & focused Alex could hardly be greater.

It's a reverse generational tale to the expected. Normally the parents are the conservative ones, with the teenage offspring liberal rebels and rabble rousers. However, the Keaton parents are the left wing family members, former political activists back in their college heyday. Son Alex, on the other hand, is a die-hard and very vocal card carrying Republican who eventually finds his niche on Wall Street. The sparring between Alex and his parents (as well as with Mallory) makes for some wonderful comedy in this warm hearted family sitcom.

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