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Cast of 'Family Ties'

  • Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton
  • Meredith Baxter Birney as Elyse Keaton
  • Michael Gross as Steve Keaton
  • Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton
  • Tina Yothers as Jennifer Keaton
  • Tracy Pollan as Ellen Reed
  • Brian Bonsall as Andrew Keaton

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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All Upcoming Times for Family Ties

Episode Air Date Channel

The Fugitive

S01, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 26, 1983)
FBI agents pursue Elyse's brother (Tom Hanks), who allegedly embezzled $4.5 million from his company.
  • Sun 12/17
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

Mister Sister

S06, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 15, 1987)
Nick becomes popular with the girls after becoming a janitor at Mallory's sorority house.
  • Sun 12/17
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4
  • Mon 12/18
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

Citizen Keaton

S06, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 22, 1987)
Alex takes over Mallory's campaign for student-body president.
  • Mon 12/18
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4
  • Tue 12/19
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

Father Time

S06, E12  (First Aired: Nov. 29, 1987)
Steven's recently divorced brother (Norman Parker) asks Steven and Elyse for advice on handling his unruly daughter (Annie Oringer).
  • Tue 12/19
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4
  • Wed 12/20
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

Father Time

S06, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 6, 1987)
With the relationship between Steven's brother and niece deteriorating, the Keatons find themselves in the middle of a family feud.
  • Wed 12/20
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4
  • Thu 12/21
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

The Play's the Thing

S06, E18  (First Aired: Jan. 10, 1988)
Steven oversees a revival of his semi-autobiographical play depicting life in the free-spirited '60s.
  • Thu 12/21
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4
  • Fri 12/22
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

A Christmas Story

S01, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 15, 1982)
On a snowy Christmas Day, the Keaton family looks back on the births of Alex, Mallory and Jennifer.
  • Sun 12/24
  • 1:00AM-1:30AM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

Miracle in Columbus

S06, E17  (First Aired: Dec. 20, 1987)
To earn extra money, Alex takes a job as a department-store Santa.
  • Sun 12/24
  • 1:30PM-2:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

A Keaton Christmas Carol

S02, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 14, 1983)
The Spirit of Christmas visits Alex in a dream, as ghosts resembling Jennifer and Mallory reveal the past and the future.
  • Sun 12/24
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4
  • Mon 12/25
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

The Spirit of Columbus

S06, E19  (First Aired: Jan. 17, 1988)
Alex tries to use Nick's artistic abilities in a profitable venture.
  • Tue 12/26
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

The American Family

S06, E14  (First Aired: Dec. 13, 1987)
Lauren uses the Keatons as a case study of the nuclear family for her research project. Features highlights from the previous five seasons.
  • Tue 12/26
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4
  • Wed 12/27
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

The American Family

S06, E15  (First Aired: Dec. 13, 1987)
Lauren uses the Keatons as a case study on the nuclear family.
  • Wed 12/27
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4
  • Thu 12/28
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

The Blues, Brother

S06, E20  (First Aired: Jan. 24, 1988)
Alex attempts to convince retired blues singer Eddie Dupre (Brownie McGhee) to revive his career.
  • Thu 12/28
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4
  • Fri 12/29
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4