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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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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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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)

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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In her memoir "Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame and Floundering", Meredith Baxter talks about tension on the set of this show. She talks about how she and Michael Gross were annoyed that Michael J. Fox was getting all the attention, and their characters were basically being ignored. At one point, in a sign of protest, they walked on the set with one leg bonded together (like they were running a three-legged race). They made a speech to everyone about how they were tied together because their characters were bland and interchangeable, one boring "uni-parent" creature. Series Executive Producer Gary David Goldberg ignored their protests. See more »

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Mallory Keaton: [panic-stricken] The light bulb is out in my bedroom! What are we going to do?
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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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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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