Family Ties is a rather straightforward Dom Com from The Eighties.Former flower children Steven (Michael Gross) and Elyse (Meredith Baxter-Birney) Keaton are now adults and raising three kids of their own: hyper-conservative Alex (Michael J. Fox in the role that made him a star), ditzy Mallory (Justine Bateman) and precocious Jennifer (Tina Yothers). A fourth Keaton child, Andrew, is born in the third season and played by Brian Bonsall beginning in season 5.Much of the humor comes from the conflict between the Republican Alex and the very Democratic parents. In a rare example, there are no Strawman Political sequences to be found here: both ideologies are given equal time in the spotlight, and there is no Strawman Ball episode eithernote .Unlike many Dom Coms (and most of the ones made since The Seventies), the show was about a completely standard "nuclear" family. Think My Three Sons, Family Affair, The Brady Bunch, Diff'rent Strokes, Full House, etc. The fact that Family Ties had no adopted kids, cousins, kids from previous marriages, or single parents actually made it something of a rarity, even for the early 1980's.
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