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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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All Upcoming Times for Family Ties

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Miracle in Columbus

S06, E17  (First Aired: Dec. 20, 1987)
To earn extra money, Alex takes a job as a department-store Santa.

Pilot

S01, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 22, 1982)
Elyse and Steven (Meredith Baxter Birney, Michael Gross) are shocked when Alex (Michael J. Fox) attends a dance at a restricted country club.

Not With My Sister You Don't

S01, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 29, 1982)
Alex plays overprotective brother when Mallory goes out with the school's sports hero.

I Know Jennifer's Boyfriend

S01, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 6, 1982)
Peer pressure causes Jennifer to give up a male pal, but her mom helps them reunite.

Summer of '82

S01, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 27, 1982)
A college coed seduces teenage Alex when he meets her delivering groceries.

I Never Killed for My Father

S01, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 1982)
Steven and his father realize they may be able to iron out their long-lasting differences.

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.

Give Uncle Arthur a Kiss

S01, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 10, 1982)
Mallory's frightened when a close family friend makes a pass at her.

Big Brother Is Watching

S01, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 17, 1982)
As the new editor, Alex names cheating pupils in the school paper.

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.

Death of a Grocer

S01, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 1, 1982)
Alex leaves his job at a small grocery store for an ultramodern supermarket.