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(1982–1989)

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Spin-off 

Family Ties Vacation (1985) (TV Movie)
TV movie based on the series.
Taking It Home (1986) (TV Movie)
Scott Valentine reprises his character of Nick from the series
The Art of Being Nick (1986) (TV Movie)

Referenced in 

The Making of 'Back to the Future' (1985) (TV Short)
They talk about Michael J. Fox being on this at the same time as shooting the film.
St. Elsewhere: Family Ties (1986) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz (1987) (Video)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
The train passenger next to Neal Page is reading the March 23, 1987 issue of "US Magazine," which has "Why We Love Family Ties" as the cover story.
Mickey's 60th Birthday (1988) (TV Movie)
Alex, Mallory and Jennifer Keaton appear in this special, and Alex is seen in a flashback
Growing Pains: Family Ties: Part 1 (1988) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Michael J. Fox/Larry Miller/Harry Lorayne (1988) (TV Episode)
Michael J. Fox discusses his series, in its final season
Growing Pains: Family Ties: Part 2 (1988) (TV Episode)
title reference
Day by Day: Trading Places (1988) (TV Episode)
Steven and Andy Keaton visit Brian, who turns out to be Steven's old college roommate.
The Kids in the Hall: Episode #1.9 (1990) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in sketch with Virgil character
The Guardian (1990)
Miles Turns 21 (1990) (TV Movie)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Not with My Pig, You Don't (1990) (TV Episode)
As everyone is hugging Will asks if it reminds everyone of the last episode of this show.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Mallory! Yes, Alex?"
Saturday Night Live: Michael J. Fox/Black Crowes (1991) (TV Episode)
Referenced on America's Most Wanted: Former Child Actors and in Elevator Fans
Showbiz Today: Episode dated 1 May 1991 (1991) (TV Episode)
referenced by Michael J. Fox
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Father Knows Less (1991) (TV Episode)
Jerry says that Pauley "stole my 'Family Ties' lunchbox in third grade."
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Civil Wars (1992) (TV Episode)
In Parker's sitcom daydream, he plays Alex P. Keaton, and the show's them ("Without Us") is heard.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Crash of Moons (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "This is like that 'Perfect Strangers'/'Family Ties'/'Full House' episode where they get locked in the basement."
Beavis and Butt-Head: Tornado (1993) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Simpsons: Secrets of a Successful Marriage (1994) (TV Episode)
Homer sings the "sha-la-la-la" ending to this show's theme song in the dean's office
Saturday Night Live: Laura Leighton/Rancid (1995) (TV Episode)
Title referenced during Spade in America
Swingers (1996)
Married with Children: Kelly's Gotta Habit (1996) (TV Episode)
Tina Yothers cameos as herself and Bud says she was the best thing on 'Family Ties'.
Frasier: Our Father Whose Art Ain't Heaven (1996) (TV Episode)
A titlecard says "Family ties"
Home Improvement: Family Un-Ties (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
Men Behaving Badly: Got Milk? (1997) (TV Episode)
Jamie says he dreamed his roommate was dating Mallory from Family Ties.
South Park: Pinkeye (1997) (TV Episode)
A celebrity is introduces as "The star of Family Ties"
The Making of 'Tremors' (1998) (Video)
mentioned once
The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live (1998) (TV Special)
Referenced by David Spade
Providence: Family Ties (2000) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Family Guy: Fifteen Minutes of Shame (2000) (TV Episode)
Peter paints the family from this show
Spin City: Goodbye: Part 1 (2000) (TV Episode)
Michael Gross cameo and reference to Mallory
Spin City: Goodbye: Part 2 (2000) (TV Episode)
mentions Alex P. Keaton. Dr Peterson tells Mike Flarety to see his secretary Mallory on the way out. Mallory was Alex's sister in Family Ties. Michael J. Fox played Alex. P. Keaton and Michael Gross played his father Steven Keaton.
NYPD Blue: Family Ties (2001) (TV Episode)
title reference
Nikki: Family Lies (2001) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Eriksson's War: A Talk with Actor Michael J. Fox (2001) (Video)
mentioned once
Saturday Night Live: Jon Stewart/India.Arie (2002) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Talkin' to the Stars with Rachel and Tracey
Relic Hunter: Pandora's Box (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Karen.
Back to the Future: Making the Trilogy (2002) (Video)
referenced by Michael J. Fox
Alien Sex Party (2003)
Character Dean gives a speech about the relevance of TV in our culture and mentions characters Skippy and Mallory from this show
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
at the beginning of the movie, a scene from this show can be heard
The Nick at Nite Holiday Special (2003) (TV Movie)
The fictional airport is named after Alex P. Keaton
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tracy Morgan (2004) (Video)
referenced in Talking to the Stars
The Greatest Canadian (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
In the Michael J. Fox segment
The O.C.: The Family Ties (2005) (TV Episode)
title reference
The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV Movie)
Referenced by title
Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade (2005) (TV Special)
Mentioned by Spade to Sean Penn
Love Is Plastic (2005) (Short)
...brand new life around the bend.
Family Guy: Brian Goes Back to College (2005) (TV Episode)
At 80's Television Convention.
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.80 (2005) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Michael J. Fox" category
Arrested Development: Family Ties (2006) (TV Episode)
The episode title alludes to the series featuring this episode's guest star Justine Bateman.
Psych: Woman Seeking Dead Husband: Smokers Okay, No Pets (2006) (TV Episode)
Shawn says that Gus had a crush on Meredith Baxter Birney, who "gave birth to A.P.K. (Alex P. Keaton)."
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes' (2006) (TV Movie)
This show is one of the squares on the network schedule board.
Law & Order: Talking Points (2007) (TV Episode)
Judith Barlowe mentions audiences feeling sympathy for "a grown-up Alex P. Keaton," Michael J. Fox's character on the series.
Believe (2007)
During the closing credits, Adam does an impression of Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton.
TV Land Confidential: Movies (2007) (TV Episode)
narrator mentions title
Moving McAllister (2007)
Carl invites Rick to come over and watch this show with him.
Family Guy: Movin' Out (Brian's Song) (2007) (TV Episode)
Stewie mentions Alex P. Keaton losing his girlfriend and getting another one to Brian after Jilian leaves
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Family Week 1 (2008) (TV Episode)
Reference to Michael J. Fox's character in a $16,000 question
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Family Week 3 (2008) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $16,000 question
Looking Back to the Future (2009) (Video)
mentioned once
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.98 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in an $8,000 question
Family Guy: Stew-Roids (2009) (TV Episode)
Peter breifly watches this show
The Suite Life on Deck: Family Thais (2009) (TV Episode)
title of the episode references the show
Family Guy: Jerome Is the New Black (2009) (TV Episode)
Two references of the 1982 sitcom starring Michael J. Fox, the first having tie-ins to the plot and subplot. The first - Jerome watching an episode where Alex tells Nick of his disapproval of his relationship with Mallory - echos the main plot in Peter's jealous fit over Jerome's rekindled friendship with Mallory, and Quagmire's dislike for Brian. The other reference is of the garbage sculpture "made by Nick," which Jerome bought for Peter as a gift in gratitude for letting him stay at his house.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.161 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $200 clue in the category "Inside the Actors Studio"
The Cinema Snob: The Expendables (2010) (TV Episode)
"It's like listening to Skippy from Family Ties on his period."
Tales from the Future: In the Beginning (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned once
Tales from the Future: Time to Go (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned once
Hellcats: Back of a Car (2010) (TV Episode)
Lewis thinks Morgan is dressed up as Skippy from Family Ties.
Dog the Bounty Hunter: Family Ties (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Chuck: Chuck Versus Phase Three (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Chuck
A Planet Comicon Panel with Helen Slater (2011) (Video)
Mentioned by Kirk.
The Cinema Snob: Anthropophagus (2012) (TV Episode)
"...with these cast photos from Family Ties."
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.37 (2012) (TV Episode)
Sarah reminds Chelsea which 1980's television sitcom Meredith Baxter-Birney was on.
DVD-R Hell: Mr. T's Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool (2012) (TV Episode)
"More like Skippy from 'Family Ties' tough."
Tosh.0: Spelling Bee Kid (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Private Practice: Good Fries Are Hard to Come By (2013) (TV Episode)
Alex P. Keaton mentioned
In Depth: Ben Shapiro (2013) (TV Episode)
Ben Shapiro mentions this series title
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.3 (2013) (TV Episode)
CeeLo Green sings part of the show's theme song
Best of the Worst: Night Beast, Trick or Treat, and Skull Forest (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay and Rich mention it.
Saturday Morning: From Toons to Teens (2013) (Video)
Peter Engel references this as an example of a show where a child was the breakout star
Broad City: Pu$$y Weed (2014) (TV Episode)
Abbi refers to Max as "Alex P. Keaton".
Knock 'em Dead (2014)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Cinema Snob: Wired (2014) (TV Episode)
"Is this a Belushi bio or a special episode of Family Ties?"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jeff Bridges/Ali Larter/Andy Woodhull (2014) (TV Episode)
Jimmy says that the last song he downloaded is the series' theme song
The Goldbergs: The Facts of Bleeping Life (2014) (TV Episode)
Murray plagiarizes the lyrics from the theme song for his wedding vows.
Through the Devil's Eyes (2014)
one of the characters mentions "that kid from Family Ties" when talking about Michael J. Fox
The Comeback: Valerie Gets What She Really Wants (2014) (TV Episode)
Mickey talks about how he used to do Meredith Baxter's hair for the show.
Back in Time (2015)
A still is shown.
The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story (2015) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by name.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Larry, Hilary & Josh Meyers/Brian Chase (2015) (TV Episode)
The theme song is played as Seth's parents are introduced
Hell's Kitchen: 7 Chefs Compete (2016) (TV Episode)
title on-screen when Meredith Baxter appears
re:View: Tremors (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sarah Silverman/David Alan Grier/Sheer Mag/Tim Alexander (2016) (TV Episode)
Sarah Silverman refers to Tina Yothers having been in the series

Featured in 

Muppet Babies: This Little Piggy Went to Hollywood (1987) (TV Episode)
clips of Micheal J. Fox shown
Mickey's 60th Birthday (1988) (TV Movie)
Andy Keaton has a flashback involving his older brother Alex
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
A clip from the series, which starred Michael J. Fox, is shown in the Café 80s.
Arachnophobia (1990)
Is playing on the TV when spiders start crawling over the screen.
America's Teenagers Growing Up on Television (1998) (TV Movie)
clips from the show are used here
NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) (TV Special)
I Love the '80s: 1983 (2002) (TV Episode)
101 Biggest Celebrity Oops (2004) (TV Special)
TV shows in decline: Andrew is born on Family Ties
The Greatest Canadian (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
In the Michael J. Fox segment
Retrosexual: The 80's (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
The Greatest: 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80's (2009) (TV Episode)
Footage from the TV series was featured in this mini-series.
20 to 1: Greatest TV Families (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on the Keaton family.
Neighbors from Hell: Snorfindesdrillsalgoho (2010) (TV Episode)
Main title seen on a TV
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us: The Revolutionaries (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference. Clips shown.
The Goldbergs: The Facts of Bleeping Life (2014) (TV Episode)
Murray watches the series opening on an upstairs TV, paying particular attention to the theme song lyrics
The Eighties: Raised on Television (2016) (TV Episode)
clips shown

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Justine Bateman/Terrance Trent D'Arby (1988) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in Family Ties skit
Family Guy: Road to Rupert (2007) (TV Episode)
Peter's 80's television montage spoofs opening scenes various sitcoms, including this one.
Family Guy: Stew-Roids (2009) (TV Episode)
Peter remarks with disdain having to watch a Tina Yothers-centric episode of the 1980s sitcom (due to the serious tone of many of the episodes centered on Jennifer).
Mike Celestino's Potentially-Amusing Vignettes (2010) (Short)
Contains a shot-for-shoke remake of the "Family Ties" opening title sequence.
Family Guy: Brothers & Sisters (2011) (TV Episode)
The Griffins are watching a later season episode of this: Steven asks Elyse if she's noticed how puberty has changed Jennifer. Jennifer then enters, depicted as a giant ram-like monster.

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