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Family Ties (1982 - 1989)

Family Ties (1982 - 1989)






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Series Info

Former 1960s flower children raise their kids during the conservative Reagan era in one of the best written and acted family sitcoms of the 1980s, a show that occasionally tackled serious issues such as racism and a parent's heart attack. Michael J. Fox won three consecutive Emmys for his portrayal of Alex, the suit-and-tie Republican student who adores William F. Buckley Jr. and devours the Wall Street Journal. Fox later married costar Tracy Pollan, who appeared as his college girlfriend.

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1988, NBC, 26 episodes

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1987, NBC, 28 episodes

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1986, NBC, 30 episodes

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1985, NBC, 24 episodes

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1984, NBC, 23 episodes

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1983, NBC, 23 episodes

Critics Consensus: Family Ties' subversion of the generation gap is initially more strained than inspired, but the warmth shared between the Keaton clan makes for an inviting sitcom -- with Michael J. Fox an immediate standout as the conservative upstart.

1982, NBC, 22 episodes


Meredith Baxter
as Elyse Keaton
Michael Gross
as Steve Keaton
Michael J. Fox
as Alex P. Keaton
Justine Bateman
as Mallory Keaton
Tina Yothers
as Jennifer Keaton
Brian Bonsall
as Andrew Keaton
Marc Price
as Irwin `Skippy' Handelman
Tracy Pollan
as Ellen Reed
Scott Valentine
as Nick Moore
Courteney Cox
as Lauren Miller
David Wohl
as Axelrod
John Petlock
as Blanton
Jane Adams
as Andrea
Belita Moreno
as Mrs. Pedroza
Tom Hanks
as Uncle Ned
Bibi Besch
as Hewitt
Lily Mariye
as Eleanor
Diana Bellamy
as Dr. Davidson
Jeff Cohen
as Marv Jr.
Terri Hanauer
as Miss Metcalf
Tammy Lauren
as Marilyn
Keith Amos
as Michael
Doris Belack
as Mrs. Willis
Julie Cobb
as Maureen
Susan Kohler
as Mrs. Richards
Kerry Noonan
as Mary Margaret
Jami Gertz
as Jocelyn
Garn Stephens
as Elizabeth
Wyatt Knight
as William
Robin Morse
as Allison
Yael Nucci
as Brooke
Tom Isbell
as Dr. Austin
Amy Steel
as Stephanie
Terry Wills
as Dr. Schulte
Karen Landry
as Michele
Barry Heins
as Hilgenburg
Christina Pickles
as Mrs. Hobart
Philip Baker Hall
as Dr. Harrison
Pat McNamara
as Officer
Molly Cheek
as Ms. Wilder
Lisa Sloan
as Marshall
Susan Bay
as Julia
Chris Hebert
as Young Alex
Duncan Ross
as Memminger
Ronny Cox
as Franklin Reed
Macon McCalman
as Professor Spanos
James Karen
as Phillip
Jesse Welles
as Ms. Henley
Peter Hobbs
as Jenkins
Amy Lynne
as Chrissy
Cindy Fisher
as Kimberly
Adam Carl
as Young Steven
George Coe
as Rhodes
Sandy Ward
as Norback
Mark Moses
as Albert
Jennifer Salt
as Mrs. Kluger
Kaleena Kiff
as Young Mallory
Jonna Lee
as Tammy
Irene Yah Ling Sun
as Nguyen Tanly
Elsa Raven
as Mildred
Gracie Harrison
as Mrs. Hillman
Colleen Linnehan
as Human Pretzel
Ethel Ayler
as Daniels
Toni Sawyer
as Mrs. Blanton
Edith Atwater
as Aunt Trudy
Richard McGonagle
as Brother Timothy
Sal Viscuso
as Richard
Margaret Marx
as Young Elyse
Woody Eney
as Peterson
Jane Daly
as Christine
Tim Eyster
as Young Alex
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Series Details

TV Network: NBC
Premiere Date: Sep 22, 1982
Genre: Comedy
Executive Producers: Gary David Goldberg, Lloyd Garver
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