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Family Ties

Steven and Elyse Keaton, once 1960s radicals, now find themselves in Reagan-era American trying to raise a traditional suburban family. Son Alex P. Keaton is an ambitious young Republican, and his sister Mallory is a shallow victim of the corporate culture, obsessed with music, clothes and boys. Their only normal kid is young Jennifer, a bit of a tomboy. In later seasons, the Keatons add a fourth child, Andrew. Most of the comedy arose from the conflict between the liberal parents and the conservative children.

Premiere:
Sep 22, 1982
Original Network:
NBC
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Engine Trouble

S04, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 6, 1986)
Alex joins the auto shop class to challenge Elyse, who joins to prove a point about women.
  • Tue 10/17
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3

A Word to the Wise

S04, E22  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1986)
In a series of flashbacks, the Keatons relate some of Alex's wackier escapades to Ellen.
  • Tue 10/17
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3
  • Wed 10/18
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3

A Word to the Wise

S04, E23  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1986)
In a series of flashbacks, the Keatons relate some of Alex's wackier escapades to Ellen.
  • Wed 10/18
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3
  • Thu 10/19
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3

Art Lover

S04, E24  (First Aired: Feb. 20, 1986)
A lovely art patron takes an interest in Nick while looking at his artwork.
  • Thu 10/19
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3
  • Fri 10/20
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3

Big Brother Is Watching

S01, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 17, 1982)
As the new editor, Alex names cheating pupils in the school paper.
  • Sun 10/22
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3

Teacher's Pet

S04, E25  (First Aired: Mar. 2, 1986)
Alex must grade Ellen's paper when he is assigned to be the teacher's assistant.
  • Sun 10/22
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3
  • Mon 10/23
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3

My Buddy

S04, E26  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 1986)
Steven feels rejected by Jennifer and decides to attend one of her girls club meetings.
  • Mon 10/23
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3
  • Tue 10/24
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3

Once in Love With Elyse

S04, E27  (First Aired: May. 1, 1986)
A young architect confronts Steven over the fact that he has a serious crush on Elyse.
  • Tue 10/24
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3
  • Wed 10/25
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3

Paper Chase

S04, E28  (First Aired: May. 8, 1986)
Mallory's graduation is dependent upon her performance on a history exam.
  • Wed 10/25
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3
  • Thu 10/26
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3

Be True to Your Preschool

S05, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 25, 1986)
Alex visits Andrew's preschool and, convinced he's learning the wrong values, withdraws him from school.
  • Thu 10/26
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3
  • Fri 10/27
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3

No Nukes Is Good Nukes

S01, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 24, 1982)
Elyse and Steven's participation in an anti-nuke rally on Thanksgiving lands them in jail.
  • Sun 10/29
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3

Starting Over

S05, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 2, 1986)
Alex is distraught when Ellen departs for France so he tries to find someone to take her place.
  • Sun 10/29
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 22, 1982)
The ideals of parents and teens clash due to their generation gap.
  • Mon 10/30
  • 11:00PM-11:30PM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3
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  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.3
  • KCRGDT3