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

Language:

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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The name "Mallory" translates to (depending on who you ask) as either "failure, unlucky, or ill-omened" which is fitting with the character. See more »

Quotes

Steven: [reading from a card given to him by Alex] "Alex is more than a son. He's a companion, a friend, whom I can spend many long hours with discussing the economy, world events and politics." Alex, if I read this out loud, I'm afraid I'll be struck by lightning.
[Alex nods towards Elyse]
Elyse Keaton: [reading from her card] Mom, please read the "Alex is more than a son" speech, if dad refuses.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.98 (2009) See more »

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Without Us
(Theme song)
Lyrics by Jeff Barry
Music by Tom Scott
Performed by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
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Good, Quality TV
12 April 2012 | by katie-cjSee all my reviews

I often watch old sitcoms that I use to love as a kid. A lot of times, I'm disappointed because they are not near as good as I remembered, and in some cases they are just plain bad, when seen through my now-adult eyes. Family Ties is NOT one of those sitcoms! It's more impressive now than it was then. And of course, there are things that I pick up on now that I didn't when I was 10 years old. (politics/ hippies)

I also never realized how FUNNY Michael Gross was until I started watching it again recently. I have no idea how that slipped by me! He is hilarious. Micheal J Fox is very funny too, of course. He had a lot of funny lines, but I've only recently noticed how much physical comedy he did as well. It's really sad to watch how quick and nimble he use to be; the way he could jump up onto the kitchen counter in one quick motion and slide all the way across it.

There was always a moral lesson, too. I think all '80s sitcoms had those, but Family Ties pulled it off w/o being too cheesy about it. It's such a great show for both kids & adults. Every time I watch it, I find myself thinking "what ever happened to good, quality TV!?"


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