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Family Ties TV Show

TV Series Summary for Family Ties

Television Show Summary

The 80's TV show Family Ties aired on NBC from 1982 to 1989. The series blossomed in the ratings after being placed right after The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1987.

Family Ties DVD

DVD Release Dates and Info for Family Ties Series

02/12/2008 - Complete 3rd Season
02/20/2007 - Complete 7th Season
10/09/2007 - Complete 2nd Season DVD

TV Show Plot For Family Ties

In Family Ties Steven and Elyse Keaton play a couple of hippies with liberal views who were married in the 60's. To their surprise, their children did not adopt the same liberal values. In fact, their son alex was a staunch conservative who worshiped Ronald Reagan.

The children of Family ties, Alex, Mallory and Jennifer, had strikingly different personalities. Alex was the overachiever, who wore a shirt and tie and was a Young Republicans member. Mallory was the scatter-brained slacker who was more into shopping and guys. Jennifer was the precocious younger sister who just wanted to be the normal kid. During the 1984-1985 season, Elyse gave birth to Andrew, her and Steven's fourth child. Alex quickly influenced his younger brother, and he became an Alex clone.

Through the years the Family Ties kids had several love interests. After Alex graduated high school, he met his first serious girlfriend, Ellen Reed, while attending Leyland College. After that relationship broke up Alex met Alex met psychology major Lauren Miller. Mallory was in serious danger of failing out of high school when she met the slacker and high school-dropout Nick Moore.

At the end of the Family Ties series, Alex accepts his dream job offer on Wall Street in New York City.

Cast of Family Ties TV Show

Meredith Baxter - Elyse Keaton
Michael Gross - Steven Keaton
Michael J. Fox - Alex P. Keaton
Justine Bateman - Mallory Keaton
Tina Yothers - Jennifer Keaton
John Hancock - Gus Thompson
Enid Kent - Phyllis
Terry Wills - Dr. Schulte
Alan Blumenfeld - George Bellack
Norman Parker - Robert Keaton
John Petlock - Ted Waterman
Robert Costanzo - Carmine
David Wohl - Psychiatrist

Trivia for the TV Show Family Ties

Matthew Broderick was originally cast to play Alex P. Keaton, but he had to turn down the role to care for his terminally ill father.

Tom Hanks appeared on Family Ties as Elise Keaton's brother Ned.

The first few seasons the Keatons lived in Cleveland, Ohio. Then they suddenly lived in Columbus, Ohio with no explanation ever given.

Top 20 Ratings Info for Family Ties Series

1984-85 - 3rd Season - Ranked #5
1985-86 - 4th Season - Ranked #2
1986-87 - 5th Season - Ranked #2
1987-88 - 6th Season - Ranked #17

80's TV Show Facts:

The TV Show Family Ties was televised from 09/22/1982 to 09/17/1989, on the NBC network.

Family Ties TV Show Emmy Awards:

Michael J. Fox won best Lead Actor, Comedy in 1985-86.

Michael J. Fox won best Lead Actor, Comedy in 1986-87.

Gary Goldberg & Alex Uger won best Writing, Comedy for the 1986-87 episode 'A,' My Name Is Alex.

Michael J. Fox won best Lead Actor, Comedy in 1987-88.

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