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Nostalgia Tour: Family Ties

Updated on July 21, 2012

Opening credits, Season 5

(This Hub is part of a series of nostalgic tours of shows from NBC's mid-season 1986-1987 "Must See TV" line-up, probably the greatest three-hour television time bloc ever. The rest of the series includes The Cosby Show, Cheers, Night Court and L.A. Law.)

Family Ties was my favorite childhood television show -- hands-down. Originally, the starts of the show were supposed to be parents Steven and Elyse Keaton and their struggles trying to raise three children with their 60s values. The children, of course, lived in the then-contemporary 80s, each with his or her own very unique qualities, characteristics, values and perspectives on life. Shortly after the show debuted, however, it became clear that Michael J. Fox's character "Alex P. Keaton," a staunch conservative (as portrayed in the clip, "Alex Teaches Preschool" below) in a household of liberals, was the star of the show largely because of Fox's portrayal of the character.

Perhaps Fox's greatest gift is his comedic timing. Yet, it was his natural charm -- making even Alex P. Keaton's unsavory choices appear delightful -- that drew viewers in. Alex P. Keaton's character depicted the delicate tension in each of us: hurrying to grow up but trying to give continued voice to the child within. There might have been no more dichotomous character on TV, yet we all felt akin to Alex P. Keaton.

Enjoy your nostalgic tour of Family Ties!

Alex Teaches Preschool

Jennifer learns to drive (ROTFL)

Alex Keaton's Stock Market Crash Dance

Birthday Boy (you can start this clip at 2:31) [George McFly sighting!]

Alex and Ellen at the Station (perhaps the most beautiful scene ever of the show)

Do you have any favorite Family Ties memories? List them below and/or link the clip!


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      trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana

      I agree with you. This certainly was must see tv.