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on 30 April 2008
Re-watching it on DVD I was amazed that Family Ties really stood the test of time. What makes it stand out is the constant high quality of the writing. Family Ties always tackles serious issues on a personal level (death, trust, love, sexual harassment) but also on a social/ political level. I find it absolutely amazing that the writers always manage to avoid the trap of becoming sentimental or moralizing but always keep a healthy distance. The general idea behind the show was to put the tested formula of tv family shows, i.e. conservative parents and liberal kids on its head. Here the parents are children of the 60s and the kids are either apolitical or conservative. But in crucial matters it's always the parents view of human nature that wins over the children. The basic humanity of Stephen and Elyse Keaton is the underlying theme of the show. Politically Family Ties is the great liberal voice of 80s television and from that point of view plays in a different league from its arch rival at the time, The Cosby show. What I also find amazing is that they manage to pack a satisfying story in the fairly short format of less then 30 minutes. The cast of course is perfect. Michael Gross stands out for me because he has the best one-liners in the show and his delivery as naive Steve Keaton is incredibly funny. Michael Fox is Michael Fox (as always) but Meredith Baxter is a great and underrated comedienne (and actually hellishly attractive...). Pity Tina Yothers stopped acting as it is amazing what a quantity and quality of dialogue she delivered at a very young age (though the jury is still out on her real age). And let's not forget Justine Bateman as airhead Mallory but who can act a fine line between comedy and drama (see Give uncle Arthur a kiss.)
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on 24 April 2014
Good delivery. First watched family ties back in the 80's and loved it so was really looking forward to watching it didn't seem as funny as I remembered and everything very dated but still good and maybe the other series are funnier still glad I brought it
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on 12 February 2013
Good but Season 2 is better in my opinion. Still interesting to watch as I don't think I ever saw all these episodes when they originally aired.
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on 12 May 2009
Top class DvD.Bringing back the memories.Very funny back then and even funnier this time around.Love it.
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on 4 February 2015
I LOVE IT, ESPECIALLY MICHAEL J. FOX AS ALEX KEATON.
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on 25 January 2016
Fantastic DVD I enjoy watching this again and again
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on 16 December 2008
The main reason for watching this is Micheal Fox. Otherwise it's very sentimental, teachy, and far too centred on the annoying little girl. Why do otherwise reasonable programmes spend so much air time on the supposedly original or cute things that kids say? Well, because they're designed for kids really.

It isn't terrible though, and Fox is clearly already into his swing. It's also of some historical interest as far as the actors are concerned if you're the type of person who likes spotting people from other shows. Mr Heckles turns up in a police cell during one episode...

So although it's not bad you'll have to manage to get through the excruciatingly awful titles and theme music each episode before things start to get a little better, and the writing is still patchy, often entering that tawdry sort of 'we're-dealing-with-issues pap' that emphasizes its 'watch-with-parents' remit. The result, as always, is diulted comedy interspersed with sentimentality. Of the Cosby show / Me And My Girl arena of 1980's comedy.
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