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Family Ties: Complete Second Season [DVD] [1985] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter, Justine Bateman, Tina Yothers
  • Directors: Andrew McCullough, John Pasquin, Lee Shallat Chemel, Sam Weisman, Will Mackenzie
  • Writers: Alan Uger, Douglas Wyman, Gary David Goldberg
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 530 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SQFC0O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,364 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


That patented combination of funny business and moving moments lives on in the second season of Family Ties. Other than the fact that the now-bearded Steven Keaton (Michael Gross) turns 40, there are no significant changes, but no fall-off in quality either. As the season begins, Mallory (Justine Bateman), is still seeing her boyfriend, Jeff (now a college freshman), while Alex (Michael J. Fox) continues to plays the field--an ever-expanding field that includes a feminist, a family friend, and a 40-year-old Frenchwoman (During the year, other lady loves include Less Than Zero's Jami Gertz and Melrose Place's Daphne Zuniga.) Standout episodes include "This Year's Model," in which Mallory enters Elyse (Meredith Baxter-Birney, who should've won an Emmy for her stellar work) and herself in a modeling contest. To Mallory's dismay, her mother attracts all the attention. Elyse's relationship with her son is similarly tested in "Birthday Boy," in which Alex turns 18 and declares his independence--even though he still lives at home (Fox's Back to the Future father, Crispin Glover, guests in this episode). That leaves Jennifer (Tina Yothers), the youngest Keaton. Few storylines revolve around her, but Jennifer's deadpan wit adds levity whenever things start to get too serious.Notable guests during the 1983-1984 season include a pre-Who's the Boss? Judith Light, who attempts to seduce Steven ("Not an Affair to Remember"), and a post-Bosom Buddies Tom Hanks, who returns, for the last time, as the troubled Uncle Ned ("Say Uncle"). While the first boxed set was a barebones release, the second offers promos for each episode and three informative featurettes. Participants include Fox, Gross, Yothers, creator Gary David Goldberg, and Marc "Skippy Handleman" Price. In addition, the theme song ("Without Us") has not been tampered with this time around. --Kathleen C. Fennessy This item is a Region 1 DVD

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By HUW DAVIES on 8 July 2014
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
One of my all time favorite family sitcoms! 20 Oct. 2007
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The video quality on this season is crystal clear. I found myself taking in all of the props on sets. This feel good sitcom really starts to take off in season two.

In "This Year's Model" Elyse and Mallory are in a mother-daughter modeling contest and end up shooting a frozen food commerical in the Keaton's kitchen. This is one of the my favorite episodes where Meredith Baxter Birney really gets a chance to shine.

In "Baby Boy Doe" Skippy who is adopted decides to meet his "real" (birth) mother and in the end is happy to be able to go home and have "real" dinner with his adoptive mother. I know i will be buying every season of this show as soon as it becomes available.

Season 2 comes with a few extras "The Making of Family Ties", "Michael J. Fox: The Best Gig In The World", "The Year of The Beard".

I have not watched the extras yet but, look forward to doing so.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Much better set than season one 17 Dec. 2007
By A. Gammill - Published on
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Family Ties really began to hit its stride in the 1983-84 season. There are many standout episodes, including Alex as Scrooge in "A Keaton Christmas Carol"; Alex & Mallory's trip to Princeton ("Go Tigers"); another memorable guest apperance by Tom Hanks ("Say Uncle"), to name just a few.

The real treat in this set is the inclusion of several bonus features, after the bare-bones release of season one. "The Making of Family Ties" offers both recent and vintage interviews with the cast. Unfortunately, neither Meredith Baxter-Birney or Justine Bateman take part in the new material. Michael Gross and Michael J. Fox talk with pride and passion about the show, and you may not even recognize Tina Yothers now.

There is also another brief segment with Fox, and "The Year of the Beard," in which Gross waxes nostalgic on his choice to grow a beard during the summer 1983 hiatus. Episode promos are an added bonus, and really took this viewer back to those great NBC Thursday nights.

As Marc "Skippy" Price puts it, Family Ties is the perfect 80's time capsule. Yet, it doesn't really seem that dated. The humor and heart of the show are timeless. And we fans are fortunate that Paramount is giving the series the respect it deserves on DVD.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Beard Arrives 6 Nov. 2007
By J. R. S. Morrison - Published on
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An excellent series from an excellent show. You know whether you want this or not, but if you're a fan this series has some classic episodes. Unlike series 1, this set has several extras (a making-of, a Michael J Fox interview, and a special on Michael Gross growing a beard (yes indeed)).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
With its second season, "Family Ties" stakes a claim as one of the best TV comedies of its era 13 July 2010
By Gregory N. Perkins - Published on
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The improvement in the quality of the second season of "Family Ties" over its first is remarkable. Tighter, more purpose-driven scripts with crisper comedic elements combine with a main cast who is really finding their collective chemistry. While Michael J. Fox is becoming even more and more the star,the actors and elements around him are fast making the series as a whole iconic.

The season kicks off with an excellent premiere called "Tender Is The Knight." Here, Mr. Fox's Alex P. Keaton is confronted with an attraction to liberal free spirit Carrie Newman, a temporary houseguest of the Keatons. This is a problem for the more buttoned-up Alex, and the great script is both humorous and poignant.

A telltale creative innovation this season is finding excellent stories for the core actors and solid ones for the suppporting cast. In one classic episode called "Baby Boy Doe" Marc Price's Irwin 'Skippy' Handleman discovers he's adopted and meets his birth mother. In another one called "Go Tigers," nervous prospective student Alex is at a Princeton interview while an elated Mallory wants to surprise a boyfriend who is a student there. The whole season is marked by extreme balance and creative skill.

Check out the second season of "Family Ties." This is the one that made the series a classic.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Keaton's grow on you 9 Sept. 2008
By O. B. Tryggvason - Published on
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The second season of Family Ties flows better than the first one and this is a really heartwarming and funny sitcom.

Michael J. Fox is clearly the star here and his Alex P. Keaton is an irresistable character. He can be smug, arrogant, insensitive and downright mean but he always sees the errors of his ways and in the end is a completely likable character. Michael Gross, the weakest link on the first season, is much better here (and he looks much better with that beard) and the rest of the cast is good.

Mostly these are fluff episodes on the second season that are enjoyable but on occasion they deal with important issues. Tom Hanks is outstanding as Uncle Ned who it turns out has a serious drinking problem. Steven Keaton considers having an affair and I felt that episode handled that situation well enough. The least favorite here is the christmas episode where Alex sees the future "Scrooge" style.

The supporting character Skippy is starting to grow on me, I found him quite intolerable in the first season.

All in all, as a family sitcom Family Ties scores high. It's nice, cute and always enjoyable. A nice escape from the harsh realities of the real world.
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