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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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Cast

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 »

Also Known As:

Enredos de familia See more »

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Runtime:

(180 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The cast wanted to end the show with the entire Keaton family dying in a plane crash. They absolutely didn't want to do a reunion show in the future. See more »

Quotes

Mallory Keaton: [panic-stricken] The light bulb is out in my bedroom! What are we going to do?
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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 Beavis and Butt-Head: Beavis, Can You Spare a Dime? (1995) 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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A family that has a mom and a dad? Canadian science fiction!
15 November 2013 | by AsifZamirSee all my reviews

Family Ties (1982 – 1989) was an all time 80s favourite. The show is about a political couple, the Keatons, that are very left wing activists and their children take on a conservative standpoint, especially Alex Keaton played by Michael J. Fox (who happens to be one of my favourite actors of all time, not just because he's Canadian, and not just because he's the same height as me). Family Ties provides good family humour while displaying respect and love for others differences in the family setting. Elyse and Steve Keaton are acted by Meredith Baker and Micheal Gross. Justine Bateman plays Mallory Keaton, Tina Yothers – Jennifer Keaton and Brian Bonsall - Andy Keaton.

Family Ties was produced by Paramount Television, Paramount Home Entertainment, NBC, Veronica Omroep Organisatie and Dutch Filmworks (DFW). Michael J. Fox is a highlight of this series with his acting style. He is always dressed in a suit and tie (something that I tried myself for a while, but couldn't pull off), and fun loving Mallory (Justine Bateman) is into the groove with designer jeans and is boy crazy. 9 year old Jennifer (Tina Yothers) is simply a kid, where did the concept of letting kids be kids go? Now you see a lot of 9 year old's portrayed as being grown up with added make-up and designer clothes buying condoms.

Family Ties is a good wholesome family television series and is great to boost family values while dealing with concrete issues of life such as crime, grief, love affairs outside of marriage and teen pregnancy.


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