Family Ties (1982–1989)
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A, My Name Is Alex 

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


Will Mackenzie

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Episode complete credited cast:
Meredith Baxter ... Elyse Keaton (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
Michael Gross ... Steven Keaton
Michael J. Fox ... Alex P. Keaton
Justine Bateman ... Mallory Keaton
Tina Yothers ... Jennifer Keaton
Brian Bonsall ... Andrew 'Andy' Keaton
Marc Price ... Irwin 'Skippy' Handelman
Brian McNamara ... Greg
David Wohl ... Psychiatrist (voice)
Meg Wyllie ... Mrs. Leahy
Scott Valentine ... Nick Moore


Alex agrees to help his friend Greg - but when he arrives late, Alex turns him down because his schedule has been thrown off, and Greg races to complete his task all alone. When Greg dies in an accident caused by his haste, Alex is plagued by guilt and grief, and talks through his childhood and outlook on life with a therapist. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

12 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Originally ran for an hour when it 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: [scoffs] Grant College - the school that offers a course in the opening of an umbrella.
Psychiatrist: I got an "A" in that course.
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Performed by The Doors
Lip synched by Michael J. Fox and Brian McNamara
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Fox's Finest Hour
1 November 2006 | by MontesaurusSee 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.

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