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Alex Doesn't Live Here Anymore (2)
1989-05-14
Alex and Elyse need to have a talk after a blow up over his accepting a new job in NY, and his shunning of his family, calling him arrogant and inconsiderate. Come the next morning, Alex is off for his new life.

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Alex Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1)
1989-05-14
Elyse is stunned when Alex announces he has landed a dream job on Wall Street in NY, and will be required to move their immediately.

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24
Mr. Keaton Takes a Vacation
1989-05-07
Mallory asks if Nick can stay at the Keaton home while his apartment gets painted. Steven is not too enthusiastic about the situation and even bunkers down in the living room to assure that no hanky panky will occur with Mallory.

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23
Wrap Around the Clock (2)
1989-04-23
The Keaton's share their fondest memories as they help Andy with his time capsule about his family history.

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Wrap Around the Clock (1)
1989-04-23
Andy needs help in planning a Keaton family time capsule which includes a history of them all.

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21
Rain Forests Keep Falling on My Head
1989-04-16
Jennifer invites her whole family to participate in making the world ecologically sound after hearing about its condition in her science class.

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20
They Can't Take That Away From Me (2)
1989-04-09
Alex's situation between Lauren and Marty heightens when they all meet in the school cafeteria. Although Alex needs to work on his valedictory address for the graduation ceremonies, he finds himself talking to the images of Freud, Sartre and Shakespeare for advice.

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19
They Can't Take That Away From Me (1)
1989-04-02
Alex begins his first economics lecture at Leland college when he is interrupted by a scatter brained female music student. Soon, he finds himself attracted to this girl and puts his relationship with Lauren under a strain.

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18
All in the Neighborhood (2)
1989-03-19
Steven and Elyse learn of Gus and Maya's work they did in the civil rights demonstrations back in the '60's after returning home to find their living room has been destroyed by bigoted vandals.

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17
All in the Neighborhood (1)
1989-03-12
Steven and Elyse discover they live in a racist neighborhood when Steve's black co-worker, Gus, moves into the house across the street from them.

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16
Simon Says
1989-03-05
Jennifer and her friend Simon begin working at a fast food diner. When an infatuated Simon proves to be inept, it's Jennifer who comes to the rescue and in turn receives a promotion, which means she will need to fire her friend.

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15
'Til Her Daddy Takes the T-Bird Away
1989-02-26
Steven backs out as a cosigner for a car loan for Mallory, after overhearing that she plans on taking a cross country trip with Nick in it. But Mallory won't let that stop her as she decides to buy a car from Nick's father in which she can afford by herself.

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14
My Best Friend's Girl
1989-02-19
Lauren offers to help Skippy after he confesses that he has trouble with women. He takes the sessions a bit to seriously when he falls in love with her.

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13
The Wrecker's Ball
1989-02-12
Elyse is heartbroken when she learns the first building she ever designed is scheduled for demolition, and the family backs he in the attempt to get it stopped. Meanwhile, Mallory is taking up acupuncture.

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12
The Job Not Taken
1989-02-05
Alex is chosen to work for a brokerage firm, but will he give up his dream job when he discovers the man he is replacing is the man who recommended him?

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11
Get Me to the Living Room on Time
1989-01-29
Andy befriends an elderly couple who Steven has decided will be the main focus of his next PBS documentary. The family lends its home for the site of the couple's wedding, which is being protested by the groom's son.

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10
Nick's Best Friend
1989-01-15
Nick is reunited with his best friend from his childhood, his mangy mutt named Spunkers. While at a birthday party for Andy, Spunkers is hit by a car.

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9
Deja Vu
1989-01-08
Mallory is worried that Jennifer's new boyfriend will break her heart as his older brother once did to her years earlier.

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8
Basic Training
1989-01-01
Low test scored at Grant College has Skippy considering dropping out of school and joining the Army.

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7
Heartstrings (3)
1988-12-18
Steven has finally arrived home after his grueling heart surgery and has trouble adjusting to his new restrictions and feels like the family is treating him as an invalid.

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Heartstrings (2)
1988-12-11
Steven is undergoing a major heart operation. During the five hour procedure, the kids gather around the waiting room in support for their mom as they discuss the possible outcomes.

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5
Heartstrings (1)
1988-12-04
Steven suffers a heart attack after jogging with Elyse. He is rushed to the hospital but no one can find out what his condition is.

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4
Beyond Therapy
1988-11-27
Alex and Lauren's relationship has suddenly hit a snag, which prompts her to convince Alex to attend a couples counseling session.

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3
Truckers
1988-11-13
Nick's nephew and Andy have become good friends which leaves Alex feeling left out.

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2
Designing Woman
1988-11-06
Mallory loves her new job in the fashion world but soon learns that it's a dog-eat-dog world when her boss steals her ideas for a new fashion line for the working woman.

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It Happened One Night
1988-10-30
Steven and Elyse want to take the kids camping, but they believe that they have outgrown such frivolity. As they leave with Andy, Steven and Elyse plant a guilt trip on the kids and soon they are on their way to surprise everyone at the campsite, along with Nick and Lauren.

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Family Ties is a classic American sitcom at the forefront of the 1980s comedy scene. Premiering in 1982 and concluding its successful run in 1989, this CBS show was a central part of many homes across America during its tenure. Showcasing the talents of an ensemble cast, Family Ties starred the inimitable Michael J. Fox, alongside Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Justine Bateman, Tina Yothers, Brian Bonsall, Tracy Pollan, Scott Valentine, Marc Price, and future Friends star, Courteney Cox.

In the era of Reaganomics, the show was weaved around a simple yet robust contradiction - former hippie parents navigating their way through raising children in a conservative era. The central theme of generation gaps and clashing ideologies was what set apart Family Ties, making it a thoughtful and nuanced reflection of American society in the 80s.

The show was built around the Keaton family, with Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter playing the heads - Steven and Elyse Keaton. Steven is the manager of a public television station, while Elyse is an independent architect. Both of them uphold their liberal views from their activist days, yet they find themselves raising kids with very different ideologies.

In the spotlight of the Keaton family is their oldest son, Alex P. Keaton, masterfully portrayed by Michael J. Fox. Alex is a proponent of the young Republican movement, obsessed with wealth, status, and even has a picture of Richard Nixon on his bedroom wall. His character brings most of the humor and conflict, provided by his contrasting views with his parents'.

Justine Bateman plays the role of Mallory, the image-conscious and academically challenged second child. Tina Yothers is seen as Jennifer, the smart, sensible and athletic youngest daughter, who often balances the family's differing views. Later in the series, Brian Bonsall joins the family as Andrew, the late-in-life surprise baby. Each of these characters is fleshed out with individual storylines that weave seamlessly with the overall narrative, adding vibrance and depth to the sitcom.

The ensemble cast also includes their neighbor Skippy, played by Marc Price, who brings an additional dose of comic relief to the show with his clumsy efforts and unrequited love for Mallory. Tracy Pollan appears later in the series as Ellen, Alex’s college sweetheart, in a role that preceded her real-life marriage to Michael J. Fox.

In the last two seasons, audience witnessed the introduction of Nick (Scott Valentine), Mallory's love interest with a heart of gold but dim-witted mind, and Lauren (Courteney Cox), Alex’s girlfriend. These characters further broadened the narrative scope, infusing fresh subplots and perspectives into the series.

Family Ties was renowned for confronting serious issues through a lens of laughter, tackling themes like alcoholism, drug abuse, and death, always with an emphasis on family strength and unity. The parental figures of Steven and Elyse were sources of wisdom and guidance. Yet, their dilemmas over managing their children's offbeat attitudes gave the series a light-hearted, relatable touch.

The series was recognized for its witty humor, sharp dialogue, and poignant moments. Most notably, Michael J. Fox’s star turn as Alex was universally acclaimed, earning him three consecutive Emmy awards among other accolades. His spirited performance and comic timing, combined with a strong and engaging supporting cast, established Family Ties as a standout show of its era.

Family Ties served as a mirror to the changing social, political, and economic landscape of America in the 1980s. It explored the ever-relevant theme of familial love and acceptance amid ideological differences, making it an endearing watch for audiences across generations. The Keaton family left an indelible mark on American television, making Family Ties a beloved, memorable sitcom, held dear in the hearts of its viewers.

Family Ties is a series categorized as a canceled. Spanning 7 seasons with a total of 176 episodes, the show debuted on 1982. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 7.3.

Genres
Comedy
Channel
CBS
Rating
7.3/10
Cast
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter
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