Remember when ‘conservative’ was the way to be in the 80s? No more of that liberal hippie nonsense of the 60s and 70s; the 80s were ready to get down to business! All hail Reagan and Bush! And you wanna know who our favorite Republican was? Nope, not the president.
None other than Alex P. Keaton.
Family Ties showed up right at the time that people began to think, “Hey… you know, I’m not really down with this hippie nonsense… Let’s go the exact opposite route!”
Now (of course) Alex sort of took things to the extreme with his suits and what-not (no teenagers we knew wore suits to school…) but what choice did he have with parents like Elyse and Steven? Without Alex, that family would have just run amok with their liberal ways!
The show was based on the simple idea that the parents were incredibly different than their teens, but that somehow at the end of the day (or the half-hour) everyone got along, put aside their differences, and loved each other. Sha-la-la-la…
That’s not to say there weren’t some tense moments in the Keaton household, no sir. Alex loses his virginity early on, Mallory gets hit-on by Uncle Arthur, Alex gets hit by Uncle Ned (yes, that was Tom Hanks), Jennifer runs away, Alex starts taking speed to help him study… and the list goes on and on.
And then there was Nick (yo!), Skippy (don’t call me Irwin), and Ellen (the future Mrs. J. Fox).
Not much happened on Family Ties that wasn’t some of the most memorable stuff on television; it’s no wonder it ruled the 80s. By the time our favorite decade came to a close and Alex packed his bags for New York, Family Ties had spent three years in the top 5, pulled in three straight Emmys for Mr. J. Fox, and cemented its legacy as one of the all-time greats… from the 80s or otherwise.
Heck, we’ll even forgive them for that obnoxious little ‘Andy’ kid that invaded the Keaton family toward the end there.
We ♥ Family Ties.