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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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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.
  • Fri 6/22
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

To Snatch a Keith

S02, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 21, 1983)
Steven and Elyse's divorced friend runs away from a serious family problem.
  • Sat 6/23
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

Truckers

S07, E03  (First Aired: Nov. 13, 1988)
Alex is determined to stop the budding friendship between Andy and Nick's 8-year-old nephew (Kaylan Romero).
  • Sun 6/24
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

Birthday Boy

S02, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 5, 1984)
Sparks fly when Alex defies his mother and goes to a bar on his 18th birthday.
  • Sun 6/24
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

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.
  • Mon 6/25
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

Art Lover

S04, E24  (First Aired: Feb. 20, 1986)
A lovely art patron takes an interest in Nick while looking at his artwork.
  • Tue 6/26
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

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.
  • Wed 6/27
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

My Buddy

S04, E26  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 1986)
Steven feels rejected by Jennifer and decides to attend one of her girls club meetings.
  • Thu 6/28
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

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.
  • Fri 6/29
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

Go Tigers

S02, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 12, 1984)
A hysterical Mallory disrupts Alex's college interview to tell him about her two-timing boyfriend.
  • Sat 6/30
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

Beyond Therapy

S07, E04  (First Aired: Nov. 27, 1988)
Lauren drags a reluctant Alex to a Relationship Maintenance Weekend.
  • Sun 7/1
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

`M' Is for the Many Things

S02, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 19, 1984)
Elyse is worried about her soon-to-be-divorced mother's quick jump into the singles world.
  • Sun 7/1
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

Paper Chase

S04, E28  (First Aired: May. 8, 1986)
Mallory's graduation is dependent upon her performance on a history exam.
  • Mon 7/2
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

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.
  • Tue 7/3
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

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.
  • Wed 7/4
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2

The Freshman and the Senior

S05, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 9, 1986)
Mallory learns a lesson about honesty and sensitivity when she almost causes a 66-year-old woman (Julie Harris) to quit her college sociology class.
  • Thu 7/5
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 4.2
  • WDAFDT2