History Series / FamilyTies

24th Apr '18 5:28:15 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* BelligerentSexualTension: Alex and Ellen. So much so that, years after she moved to Paris and they broke up, when Alex met Lauren he knew he liked her because "No girl has made me this angry this quickly since Ellen."
** He gets along much better with Marty (a music student he becomes attracted to while tutoring her), but they too only admit their feelings and kiss after arguing about it.

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* BelligerentSexualTension: Alex and Ellen. So much so that, years after she moved to Paris and they broke up, when Alex met Lauren he knew he liked her because "No girl has made me this angry this quickly since Ellen."
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" He gets along much better with Marty (a music student he becomes attracted to while tutoring her), but they too only admit their feelings and kiss after arguing about it.



* BourgeoisBohemian: The elder Keatons are the UrExample.

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* BourgeoisBohemian: The elder Keatons central premise of the show is that the parents are the UrExample.former hippies who have settled down into a comfortable middle-class lifestyle and now suffer culture clash with their yuppie kids.



* BunnyEarsLawyer: In the episode, "The Fugitive" Bert Carlyle the FBI agent who comes to apprehend [[spoiler: Uncle Ned]], is this. He is so quirky, especially in his first and last appearances, that it makes you wonder how he even became an agent. However, he isn't as dumb as he seems, since he knows the Keatons are lying successfully follows Alex to the airport and while he doesn't make an arrest, he prevents a "known criminal" from fleeing the state. He also knows the law very well. And while he kinda got lucky that the fugitive gave up running, he took the correct actions to get him. Although he almost let him slip through his hands AFTER catching him. He still qualifies.
** He even says "I'm pretty good at this, aren't I?"

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: In the episode, "The Fugitive" Bert Carlyle the FBI agent who comes to apprehend [[spoiler: Uncle Ned]], is this. He is so quirky, especially in his first and last appearances, that it makes you wonder how he even became an agent. However, he isn't as dumb as he seems, since he knows the Keatons are lying successfully follows Alex to the airport and while he doesn't make an arrest, he prevents a "known criminal" from fleeing the state. He also knows the law very well. And while he kinda got lucky that the fugitive gave up running, he took the correct actions to get him. Although he almost let him slip through his hands AFTER catching him. He still qualifies. \n** He even says "I'm pretty good at this, aren't I?"



* ClipShow: Several. Two of them see the Keatons sharing stories with Alex's girlfriends Ellen and later Lauren, another has the men and women of the family rehashing past incidents.
** Parodied on ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' when Justine Bateman hosted. They did a ''Family Ties'' spoof where they would flashback to another episode and in that episode they flashback to '''another''' episode and so on until they flashback to a real episode of ''Series/TheJeffersons'', which was itself a ClipShow.

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* ClipShow: Several. Two of them see the Keatons sharing stories with Alex's girlfriends Ellen and later Lauren, another has the men and women of the family rehashing past incidents. \n** Parodied on ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' when Justine Bateman hosted. They did a ''Family Ties'' spoof where they would flashback to another episode and in that episode they flashback to '''another''' episode and so on until they flashback to a real episode of ''Series/TheJeffersons'', which This was itself a ClipShow.even parodied on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.



* VacationEpisode: See BigDamnMovie, above.

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* VacationEpisode: See BigDamnMovie, above.Presented as a TV movie where the family goes to England.
* ValleyGirl: In one episode, Mallory falls in with a group of Valley Girls and starts imitating their behavior. She leaves a note to her parents peppered with "likes."
9th Apr '18 2:34:05 PM Ezclee4050
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* PlayingGertrude: In one of the odder bits of TV sitcom trivia, Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter-Birney were both born on the exact same day (June 21, 1947), which meant they were just under 14 years older than Michael J. Fox (born June 9, 1961).
9th Feb '18 4:55:33 PM DrOO7
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** Alex also starts to get choked up at the end of "They Can't Take That Away From Me", having realized that neither Lauren nor Marty is the girl for him and that he has to end it with both of them.



** Marty also. She's downright flaky at times, and at the very least, far more carefree than he is, as well as shy and awkward.



** Which ends up inadvertently {{Foreshadowing}} Alex being in a similar situation and doing exactly that.

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** Which ends up inadvertently {{Foreshadowing}} Alex being in a similar situation and doing exactly that.that--while he admits that both Lauren and Marty are wonderful girls and that he cares deeply for both of them, he also knows that neither of them is "the one" and that he needs to end it with both of them.
9th Feb '18 4:48:42 PM DrOO7
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** He gets along much better with Marty (a music student he becomes attracted to while tutoring her), but they too only admit their feelings and kiss after arguing about it.
7th Feb '18 12:27:43 PM DrOO7
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* FallingInLoveMontage: Alex and. . . ''Marty'', a shy, awkward music student he's tutoring while Lauren is away.
6th Jan '18 9:26:59 PM nombretomado
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** Parodied on ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' when Justine Bateman hosted. They did a ''Family Ties'' spoof where they would flashback to another episode and in that episode they flashback to '''another''' episode and so on until they flashback to a real episode of ''TheJeffersons'', which was itself a ClipShow.

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** Parodied on ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' when Justine Bateman hosted. They did a ''Family Ties'' spoof where they would flashback to another episode and in that episode they flashback to '''another''' episode and so on until they flashback to a real episode of ''TheJeffersons'', ''Series/TheJeffersons'', which was itself a ClipShow.
14th Nov '17 2:15:57 PM gurkle2
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* BreakoutCharacter: Alex.

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* BreakoutCharacter: Alex. Michael J. Fox even went from losing an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor to winning three consecutive awards for Outstanding Lead Actor.
14th Nov '17 2:12:45 PM gurkle2
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* BreakoutCharacter: Alex.
31st Oct '17 3:28:07 AM annette12
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* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Popular DudeMagnet Mallory (Beauty), competitive overachiever Alex (Brains), and PassionateSportsGirl Jennifer (Brawn).



* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Popular DudeMagnet Mallory (Beauty), competitive overachiever Alex (Brains), and PassionateSportsGirl Jennifer (Brawn).
31st Oct '17 3:25:17 AM annette12
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* AcademicAthlete: Jennifer, the sporty tomboy, gets good grades and is stated to be just as much as a TeenGenius as Alex. The "athlete" part is removed in later seasons though.


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* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Popular DudeMagnet Mallory (Beauty), competitive overachiever Alex (Brains), and PassionateSportsGirl Jennifer (Brawn).


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* PopularIsDumb:
** BookDumb Mallory is apparently popular, especially with boys.
** In one of the later episodes, Jennifer [[ObfuscatingStupidity dumbs hersef down]] to date a popular guy.
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