Family Ties
Family Ties
TV-PG | 22 September 1982 (USA)
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    Yawn. Poorly Filmed Snooze Fest.

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    Absolutely Fantastic

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    To all those who have watched it: I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.

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    The story-telling is good with flashbacks.The film is both funny and heartbreaking. You smile in a scene and get a soulcrushing revelation in the next.

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    Family Ties was one of the most successful TV comedies during the 80s. It's gimmick was the flower power children of the 60s who met at Woodstock got married and raised a family. And their first born was a born again Reagan Republican. Michael J. Fox reached stardom playing Alex P. Keaton teenage Republican, but he certainly had teenage hormones.Parents Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter were indulgent if sometimes exasperated by this conservative that they've raised. There were two other kids. Justine Bateman who had not a political thought in her head, just simply concentrated on boys and keeping up with the latest fashion and Tina Yothers who before puberty was a tomboy of sorts, but had really grown out of that when the show ended its run.Fox was the main reason this show had the run it did. It was just acting in terms of Alex Keaton and Michael J. Fox being one and the same. His views in real life were not Reaganesque, but in terms of keeping out of scandal sheets Fox led a conservative lifestyle.Sadly enough we also know of the premature Parkinson's Disease diagnosis which cut his career short. I remember my grandmother having that and well remember her tremors. Only rarely does it affect the young and Michael J. Fox was that rare and tragic exception.Family Ties is set firmly in the Reagan years. I wonder how a middle aged Alex Keaton feels about the current administration.

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    Would this show have lasted a season without teeny bopper heart throb, midget Michael J Fox? NBC had the pits of situation comedies for years. Yeah, Cheers was OK, and liberals loved The Cosby Show for obvious reasons. This lemon, The Facts of Life, Silver Spoons, Punky Brewster, and the worst of the worst, Diff'rent Strokes. They brought a new meaning to the word suck. Watch this once, and I dare you not to get annoyed with Alex the P within 5 minutes.

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    Emily Paul

    When I was a little girl. I didn't have the best family. I wanted to be in the Keaton family. I watched it every week. I loved Michael J. Fox. I had a friend that told me she had his address she got out of a book. I was so excited. I wrote him a three page letter telling him how much I loved him and his family and if they would adopt me.. and sent it off in the mail. I was 10yrs old. I didn't tell my parents. I just checked the mail box everyday for a letter back. The day I didn't check the mailbox..the letter I sent came back in the mail and my father opened it and read it to the entire family and became a joke amongst friends. I was humiliated by this and sad that Michael never got my letter. But I continued to watch all of his movies growing up and now my 4 kids of course are also able to enjoy his movies. I have 6yr old (small for their age) twin boys, one whose name is Alex.. I have loved that name since family ties. Coincidentally he loves to wear a jacket and tie to school and carry a briefcase, just like Alex P. Keaton. Because I have direct TV,the hub channel allows me to watch family ties with my kids and hear my son Alex say "He's just like me".(with a big smile on his face that lights me up) Who would of thought...Thanks Family Ties for being the role model for my family.

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    I loved the show during its NBC run, and have begun catching the reruns on HUB. Of course Michael J. Fox was the comic centerpiece of the show, but watching it again I am reminded how consistently and brilliantly funny Michael Gross was as father Steven Keaton. He was almost always a supporting player on a show that focused more on the children's lives, which allowed him to deliver some of the best lines, usually with a look of utter confusion. Although the character was a '60s Berkeley hippie, he was as over-protective of his daughters as any father on television. No matter how serious the main story line may have been in a particular episode, he would always provide the comic relief with either Alex or Jennifer. An underrated performer in an underrated show.

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