Family Ties: The 80s Sitcom You Need in Your Life


We know that browsing all of those streaming services can be overwhelming! What are you even in the mood for? We’ll tell you what you’re in the mood for: 1980s sitcom Family Ties. 

About 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.

If you loved through the 80s, you’re sure to recognize all of the cultural references and technology used in this show! If you didn’t, now is the time to learn about what it was like to live in the 80s! We’re all looking for an escape from reality. Why not do it with the Keatons? Here are three reasons why you should give Family Ties a try. 

1. Alex P. Keaton

Played by the adorable Michael J. Fox, Alex is ALWAYS wearing a suit and ALWAYS hilarious. Fox has impeccable comedic timing (it’s no wonder that the producers of Back to the Future fought so hard to get him)! You’ll be charmed from the very first frame he appears in. He butts heads with his parents, but is always there for his family.  

2. Enemies to Lovers Romance

You read that right: We’d like to submit season 4, episodes one and two, for the best television episodes of all time. These are the episodes where Alex meets Ellen, an art student who is his opposite in every way. We don’t want to spoil too much, but Michael J Fox and Tracy Pollan, who play the characters, have been married for decades. Can you say Chemistry?

3. Jennifer’s Journeys

When the show begins, Jennifer is a young tomboy. Throughout the series, we get to watch her come into her own and realize that even though she is different from her siblings, she is strong and beautiful in her own way! Jennifer’s character arc is the reminder that we need that  comparing ourselves to others may be stopping us from reaching for the best WE can be. 

What are you waiting for? Kick up your heels, grab a Pepsi Free, and turn on some Family Ties.


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