Family Ties: Season 5, Episode 23

A, My Name Is Alex (12 Mar. 1987)

TV Episode  |  TV-G  |   |  Comedy, Family
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 9.0/10 from 92 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Alex's friend dies in an accident. As the family grieves, Alex tries to mask his grief, but he can't hide his grief and other emotions forever.


0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video


10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 168 titles
created 12 Mar 2012
a list of 1774 titles
created 27 Jul 2013
list image
a list of 300 titles
created 10 Dec 2013
a list of 10 titles
created 6 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: A, My Name Is Alex (12 Mar 1987)

A, My Name Is Alex (12 Mar 1987) on IMDb 9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Family Ties.
« Previous Episode | 114 of 172 Episodes | Next Episode »




Episode credited cast:
Elyse Keaton (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brother Timothy
Psychiatrist (voice)
Mrs. Leahy


Alex agrees to help a friend, but when his friend arrives late. Alex turns him down because his friend has thrown off Alex's schedule, his friend races to complete his task all alone. When his friend dies in an accident caused by his haste, Alex is plagued by guilt and grief. Written by Jesse Sanchez

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Family




Release Date:

12 March 1987 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Originally ran for an hour when in premiered. The second half was run without any commercials for dramatic effect. See more »


Psychiatrist: How do you know about Grant College?
Alex P. Keaton: My sister Mallory goes there.
Alex P. Keaton: Grant College, the school that offers a course in the opening of an umbrella.
Psychiatrist: I got an "A" in that course.
See more »


Born To Be Wild
Written by Mars Bonfire
Performed by Steppenwolf
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fox's Finest Hour
1 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was like watching "Our Town" By Thornton Wilder, but better ~ with the established characters of "Family Ties". Michael J. Fox was never so brilliant in bringing all of Alex's character traits into the light for examination.

We are taken through never-seen-before memories of Alex's young life, as he reflects on the meaning of life, while facing a personal tragedy. We are given several glimpses into Alex's growing up years, which explains some of the reasons he has grown up as he has.

I was charmed to see how impressionable & vulnerable Alex could be. In a regular episode, we might see a second of the Alex-deep-down; but here, and the concluding next episode; we become part of Alex' psyche as we wrestle with him through a pivotal moment in his life.

As an actor, I have never seen Mr. Fox be so compelling & likable as he was in these episodes. I rooted for his character while I applauded the skill of the young man on stage.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Justine Bateman lambb-607-208546
Why did they turn Jennifer from a tomboy to a girly girl? marymargarettruman
'It's My Party' - Out of Sequence Episode lambb-607-208546
Help with an episode about Elyse and Steven... crystal_astral_flowers
a door to where?? lmtennison4
A new version - how would it work? pikachu_fan_number_9
Discuss A, My Name Is Alex (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: