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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.

Sep 22, 1982
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Death of a Grocer

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

Have Gun, Will Unravel

S01, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 8, 1982)
Steven and Elyse wonder if they should buy a gun for protection after their home is burglarized.

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.


S01, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 22, 1982)
Elyse's advice to Mallory's pregnant friend backfires when she decided to help talk with mom.

Sherry Baby

S01, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 12, 1983)
A popular sorority girl befriends Mallory with hopes of getting close to Alex.

The Fugitive

S01, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 19, 1983)
Elyse's brother (Tom Hanks) arrives for a visit and surprises everyone with his cloak-and-dagger behavior.

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.

Margin of Error

S01, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 9, 1983)
Alex gets in trouble when he secretly invests Steven's money in stock.

French Lessons

S01, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 16, 1983)
A shy french tutor asks Alex's advice on winning over Mallory.

I Gotta Be Ming

S01, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 23, 1983)
Alex learns an unforgettable lesson when he becomes Big Brother to a 10-year-old boy.

Suzanne Takes You Down

S01, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 9, 1983)
Elyse hires an underqualified friend to handle secretarial chores.

The Fifth Wheel

S01, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 28, 1983)
Unhappy Jennifer wanders away from babysitter Alex when he takes her to a poker game.

Stage Fright

S01, E21  (First Aired: Apr. 4, 1983)
Alex recruits Mallory to take an ill contestant's place on a TV quiz show for high-school students.

Elyse D'Arc

S01, E22  (First Aired: Apr. 11, 1983)
Steven feels shortchanged when Elyse becomes preoccupied with volunteer work.

Tender Is the Knight

S02, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 28, 1983)
When Alex's carefree crush comes to stay at his house with her mother, he tries to reform her.

The Homecoming

S02, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 12, 1983)
Jeff returns from college and wants to go steady with Mallory after confessing he hates Princeton.