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Family Ties: Season 1 (1982)

Michael J. Fox , Michael Gross , Alan Bergmann , Andrew McCullough  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter, Justine Bateman, Tina Yothers
  • Directors: Alan Bergmann, Andrew McCullough, Asaad Kelada, Dick Martin, Frank Bonner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 530 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7UBXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Family Ties: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 22 Episodes from the 1982-1983 season on 4 discs
  • Music has been changed for this home entertainment version

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Steve and Elyse Keaton (Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter-Birney), once 1960s radicals, now find themselves in Reagan-Era American trying to raise a traditional suburban family. Son Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) is an ambitious Young Republican and his sister Mallory (Justine Bateman) is a shallow victim of the corporate culture, obsessed with music, clothes and boys. Their only normal kid is young Jennifer (Tina Yothers), a bit of a tomboy.

Though it emerged during the Reagan era, Family Ties remains as relevant as ever. Most children find their parents a little embarrassing, but what sets this sitcom apart is that former hippies Steven (Michael Gross) and Elyse (Meredith Baxter-Birney) Keaton have three children, Alex (three-time Emmy winner Michael J. Fox), Mallory (Justine Bateman), and Jennifer (Tina Yothers), yet they haven't lost their youthful idealism. The ambitious Alex and materialistic Mallory, however, don't share it. Poster children for the go-go 1980s, they'd rather rake in the cash than change the world. As Alex quips in the pilot, "The '60s are over, Dad." If the writing were more cynical, it's unlikely the ABC show would've become a seven-season hit. It works because the Keatons obviously love each other--foibles and all.

In their first year, the family faces a variety of challenges. Steven finds out his father has a fatal illness ("I Never Killed for My Father"), 15-year-old Mallory deals with unwelcome male attention ("Give Your Uncle a Kiss"), and 17-year-old Alex learns a lesson about responsibility when he loses nine-year-old Jennifer while babysitting ("The Fifth Wheel"). Guest stars include Bewitched's Dick Sargent as Elyse's father, Charlie ("No Nukes Is Good Nukes"), and a lanky Tom Hanks as her brother, Ned (two-part episode "The Fugitive"). Though Fox (Back to the Future, Spin City) was the breakout star of Family Ties, he was part of a strong ensemble. Some storylines are also surprisingly hard-hitting, particularly the script dealing with sexual harassment. On the downside, there are no extras and, like many Paramount boxed sets, most of the original music has been changed or eliminated. The theme song "Without Us," for instance, is sung by session players on several episodes rather than by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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120 of 129 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You've GOT To Be Kidding Me! February 20, 2007
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Paramount has totally let true fans of classic television down with this much-anticipated release. Due to music issues, a handful of episodes (4 or so) have some original broadcast scenes deleted! This is completely unacceptable. They could have changed the music (which is bad enough in my opinion), but to delete the scene entirely is ridiculous! As much as I loved this show, I can't bring myself to support this set.

To add insult to injury, they still used the word "complete" on the cover! I've noticed in some upcoming Paramount releases that this word is suddenly missing. Check out the cover art for "Happy Days" Season Two and "Wings" Season Four. This leads us to wonder, are these shows truly complete, or will they suffer a fate similar to that of "Family Ties"?

As much as I've always despised music alterations, I've still bought DVD sets that used that tactic since the shows otherwise contained all of the original broadcast footage. But I will NOT buy a set that just hacks away at the episodes like this. If we do support these products, the studios will just keep getting lazier and lazier. Why should they care about putting work into their releases if the public will still gobble up whatever garbage they put out?

I really hate this, because I was looking SO forward to finally owning what I thought was going to be the complete and uncut version of each episode. I guess I should have known better than to count my chickens before they hatched.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Set contains edited episodes! February 6, 2007
Warning to all Family Ties fans that is buying this set,the set contains edited episodes.What I read is that Family Ties season 1 had some music that Paramount was to cheap to pay for,and so instead of replacing some of the music Paramount decided to delete some scenes from some of the episodes that contain music including a scene from the first episode.I think that's dumb changing the music is one thing but to edit episodes is a bunch of bull,we fans want to buy TV shows on DVD in there uncut form.Yeah go change the music but dont delete scenes.Of course not all the episodes will be edited so that is why I'm still going to buy this set to get the episodes that will be uncut.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The theme song was NOT changed March 24, 2007
By Matt
This is in response to the concerns a couple people have raised about the theme song. In the original broadcast run the theme song was sung by studio singers for the first 10 or so episodes only. After that new vocals were recorded by Johnny Mathis and Denise Williams over the same backing tracks and their vocals were heard on all subsequent episodes. That is exactly what happens on these DVDs. After episode 10 we get the Mathis/Williams recording on all the remaining episodes. I have all these early episodes on VHS recorded MANY years ago and the theme song - with both pairs of singers - is exactly the same.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of 80's sitcom December 23, 2006
By Zaved
One of the funniest sitcoms from the 80's is finally released in dvd. This is the show that launched the career of Michael J Fox (21 years old and beautifully portraying the role of 16 year old Alex). Alex was the first child of Elyse (played by Meredith Baxter-Birney) and Steven Keaton (played by Michael Gross). Elyse was a very successful architect and Steven ran a public television station.

Alex was an avid republican (a Regan devotee) who often wore business formal attire (i.e. shirt and tie) as he wandered across the house. Mallory (played by Justine Bateman), the second born, had a relaxed personality and preferred shopping over studying. Jennifer (played by Tina Yothers) was the cute youngster in the family. The majority of the show's humor is derived from the tension between Alex's traditional mindset, Mallory's uninhibited consumerism, and their parents' attitudes (who grew up as the care-free non-materialistic children in the 1960s).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can anyone get TV DVD's right? February 22, 2007
By Skyclad
I came on here to complain about music issues in the Season 1 DVD. I'm a big fan of Family Ties, but I have not seen most of these episodes in at least 15 years, so I don't remember a lot of things. What I came on to complain about is that on the DVD box it says in small letters that the music is different than when the show originally aired. I had no idea that some complete scenes were missing like the other reviewers pointed out. Like I said, it's been too long for me to remember. I thought it was bad when the music on Northern Exposure was changed so they didn't have to pay for the music, but to take the entire scene out is indeed blasphemy, especially when it sayd "Complete" on the box. I guess those deleted scenes explains why someof the fade ins after the act break seemed odd to me. In one episode, the camera fades in an Alex goes up and turn the radio station that his dad is listening to, and complains about the song. You actually don't hear any song until he changes the station.

Anybody remember Freaks And Geeks? They refused to release those DVD's until they had all of the original music that was in the episodes that aired. And every one of those episodes had music from 3-6 popular bands. If that show which had few fans can get all of the music right, you'd think they could do it for Family Ties.

Besides that, there's some video issues, like lines through the image on the left side of the screen.

The show is still a 5/5, but we're talking the DVD set here, and it's far from perfect, and actually nowhere near as good as it should be. Sad thing is, if they cut scenes and changed the music for season 1, they'll probably do it for all of the seasons.

And lastly, there's not ANY bonus features on this DVD set at all. Not even TV ads or anything. This is the first TV DVD set I'v ever boughten that didn't have any bonus features at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael
I like this series because of how you learn how to deal with siblings in a interesting family like them!
Published 2 months ago by Capital One Platinum
2.0 out of 5 stars Episodes Are Missing
Love the show, that's why I ordered the DVDs, however, from season three on there are episodes missing, episodes that are from other seasons, and it upsets the viewing pleasure. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
There is no excuse for dvds being released w/o subtitles for the dear/hard of hearing. And it's even worse when the series is 30+ years old like this one and it's original viewers... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Emma Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny!!
This is the one that Started it all baby! This sitcom is what made micheal j fox start it all! If you don't like this show you could be mental!
Published 9 months ago by drummer593
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun show
My family enjoys watching this show and all laugh with it, the humor is still good. I have teens down to a fourth grader.
Published 10 months ago by J. N.
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great old tv show that is family friendly, you have to love Alex and dont forget about skippy ! !
Published 13 months ago by Sharon C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the good old days...
If you watched Family Ties back when they were on TV, buy the DVDs and wax nostalgic for the way we were...
Published 15 months ago by Yaelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Ties- the complete first season
The DVD set arrived quickly and in good condition as promised. Loved watching all the episodes! Definitely recommend this product to any Family Ties fan.
Published 19 months ago by Eliana Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show
awww awesome show to watch brings back memories very heartwarming family friendly to watch want more seasons to own cool
Published 21 months ago by JBN in Babbitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for My Son
When my son gets around to watching this, and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Season, I think he will really enjoy watching one of his all-time favorite TV shows.
Published 22 months ago by VA/connie
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