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Family Ties 

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:
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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

22 September 1982 (USA) See more »

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Family Ties See more »

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Runtime:

(180 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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The TV show "One Day At a Time" was written as a star vehicle for Whitney Blake and her daughter Meredith Baxter, about Blake's own real-life experiences raising her daughter. The idea was shopped around to all the networks back in the sixties, but stayed in development turnaround until Norman Lear bought it in 1974, when Blake and Meredith were too old to play the parts. Meredith Baxter said how hurt and betrayed she and her mom felt when the show, which was supposed to be their star vehicle, was bought by Norman Lear and cast with other actresses. Ironically, One Day at A Time and Family Ties were both on the TV schedule during the 1983 and 1984 seasons. See more »

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Alex P. Keaton: [after Nick makes Andy a dream hat, to help him go to sleep] I had not idea Nick could be so... useful.
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Alternate Versions

The complete opening credit sequences in each episode were cut from one minute to thirty seconds in syndication. Episodes now airing on Nick at Nite have restored the complete opening credit sequences. Original syndication episodes released in 1987 retain their original versions of the Paramount Pictures ID Jingle. Current Nick at Nite episodes feature the current Paramount TV ID. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Michael J. Fox/Black Crowes (1991) See more »

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Without Us
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Lyrics by Jeff Barry
Music by Tom Scott
Performed by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
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strong seven year run
15 July 1999 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

"Family Ties" creator Gary Goldberg didn't like Michael J. Fox on his first audition, thought he played Alex a little too smart-assish. But on his second try, Fox approached it a different way and won the part that shot him to stardom. He quickly became the focal point of the show as the money obsessed teenager Alex P. Keaton. You could understand Meredith Baxter-Birney's disappointment, as the show was to be geared toward her character as the mother. But she and the rest of the cast pretty much faded into the background behind Fox. Not that he wasn't supported by a great group of performers. Michael Gross as the easy going father, Justine Bateman as the typical phone hogging, boy troubled teenage daughter, and Tina Yothers as the tomboyish younger sister. In later years some nice additions were Scott Valentine as Bateman's weirdo boyfriend, and making numerous appearances over the years was Marc Price as the nerdy next door neighbor, Skippy. High point episodes over the years were the Alex turns 18 one, the Alex rents out the rooms of the house one, and also the 4(!) part heartattack episode with the focus being on Michael Gross' father character, Steven. Shows major misstep occured during their final year when they tried to become too socially concious. Episodes dealing with book banning, oil spills, toxic fumes from household products, and racism seemed a bit out of place and more importantly, took away from the comedy. The last hurrah was a decent episode that saw Alex move to New York to be an investment banker. But most recommended from the series would be the shows middle years, where the writing was at its best. Show also must of set some sort of record with at least 6 or 7(!) of those flashback type episodes featuring clips of the past stories. But no harm done.


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