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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 / ... 172 episodes, 1982-1989
Michael Gross ...  Steven Keaton / ... 172 episodes, 1982-1989
Michael J. Fox ...  Alex P. Keaton 172 episodes, 1982-1989
Justine Bateman ...  Mallory Keaton / ... 172 episodes, 1982-1989
Tina Yothers ...  Jennifer Keaton / ... 172 episodes, 1982-1989
Brian Bonsall ...  Andrew 'Andy' Keaton 75 episodes, 1986-1989
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Storyline

Steven and Elyse Keaton, once 1960s radicals, now find themselves in Reagan-era America 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 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:

Family Ties See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(180 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

All of the stars of Stand by Me (1986) appeared on this show as friends or classmates of Jennifer Keaton, except Jerry O'Connell. River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, and Corey Feldman all made cameos on the program in Jennifer-centric episodes. See more »

Quotes

[Uncle Ned is an alcoholic]
Alex P. Keaton: You just drank a whole bottle of vanilla extract.
Ned Donnelly: I'm sorry; did you want some?
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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 The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Without Us
(Theme song)
Lyrics by Jeff Barry
Music by Tom Scott
Performed by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
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Tying Loose Ends.
19 December 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Two former 1960s left-wing hippies (Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter) try to rear their children (Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman and Tina Yothers) in the 1980s and naturally have problem after problem in "Family Ties", one of the more memorable television successes of that impressive boob-tube decade. The show ran from 1982 to 1989 and even added another child (youngster Brian Bonsall) by the middle of its run. When the show premiered in 1982 it just could not generate any substantial interest ("Cheers" had the same problem during its initial year). After that though it was all peaches and cream as the series dominated on Sunday evenings and was consistently a top 5 or 10 show each week until they exited quietly (of its own free will after eight years). Fox and Bateman were definitely the two who dominated the show. Fox was a Republican-styled teen who seemed to only care about money and social status while Bateman was a polar opposite. She was a ditsy teen who seemed to care more about makeup, clothes, boys and being popular (in other words she was a normal youngster). Every cast member had their moments, but the series was not all fun and games. It consistently had "special" episodes where life crept into the family's crazed television world. Another of those NBC products from the 1980s that survives due to its performers and its intelligence. 4 stars out of 5.


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