Family Ties: Season 3
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The show's knack for welcoming Oscar contenders continues with The Accidental Tourist's Geena Davis as an incompetent nanny ("Help Wanted," "Karen II, Alex 0"), Mr. Saturday Night's David Paymer as an obnoxious father-to-be ("Oh, Donna," "Cold Storage"), and Babe's James Cromwell as John Hancock in Alex's re-imagining of the signing of the Declaration of Independence ("Philadelphia Story"). This more introspective season, which concludes with Steven reminiscing about his late father (two-parter "Remembrances of Things Past"), comes complete with episode promos and a gag reel. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- All 24 episodes from the 1984-85 season on four discs
- Gag reel
- Episodic promos
- *Some episodes may be edited from their original network v ersions
- *Music has been changed for this home entertainment version
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It starred Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton, the conservative, business-oriented son of liberal parents Elyse and Steven (Meredith Baxter-Birney and Michael Gross). Elyse was a successful architect, while Steven ran a public television station. They lived in suburban Columbus, Ohio with their children: Alex, Mallory ("Mal") (Justine Bateman) and Jennifer ("Jen") (Tina Yothers). Another child, Andrew ("Andy") (Brian Bonsall), was added later.
Saeson three includes the following 24 episodes:
"The Gambler" September 20, 1984
"Here We Go Again" September 27, 1984
"Little Man on Campus" October 4, 1984
"Love Thy Neighbor" October 11, 1984
"Keaton and Son" October 18, 1984
"Fabric Smarts" October 25, 1984
"Hotline Fever" November 1, 1984
"4 Rms Ocn Vu" November 8, 1984
"Best Man" November 15, 1984
"Lost Weekend" November 22, 1984
"Don't Kiss Me, I'm Only the Messenger" November 29, 1984
"Help Wanted" December 6, 1984
"Karen II, Alex 0" December 23, 1984
"Oh Donna" January 3, 1985
"Auntie Up" January 10, 1985
"Philadelphia Story" January 17, 1985
"Birth of a Keaton, Part I" January 24, 1985
"Birth of a Keaton, Part II" January 31, 1985
"Cry Baby" February 7, 1985
"Don't Know Much About History..." February 14, 1985
"Bringing Up Baby" February 21, 1985
"Cold Storage" March 7, 1985
"Remembrances of Things Past, Part I" March 28, 1985
"Remembrances of Things Past, Part II" March 28, 1985
True, we have to wait one more season for Nick, as well as Alex's great love (and Michael J. Fox's real-life wife) Tracey Pollan. But season 3 is definitely Family Ties at the top of its game.
This is not just a series of loosely connected jokes. There is a story being told.
The Keaton family all love each other, in spite of Alex always insulting his sister. There is a lot of subtle, excellent, acting. The sister Mallory is a poor student, though she tries. Alex is a quicker wit. When Alex insults his sister, Mallory, and the script does not give the actress another line, most actresses would do nothing. However, Justine Bateman is great in this roll, because she does not just do nothing, she responds with a blank look that also says, "I am trying to think of a comeback, thinking, I cannot come up with one, I am a bit hurt, I am exasperated", at which point Mallory storms out of the room. These great responses really embellished Alex's insults.
Little sister, Jennifer, always has a clever line. Such as when Alex gets in trouble and brings his little sister along for sympathy. Jennifer realizes this, and asks Alex, "Do you want me to limp?"
The parents are former hippies, but their son Alex, in sharp contrast, is a preppie, businessman. Skippy is the neighbor boy, who loves Mallory, but Mallory is not interested. All the actors are excellent. Clever scripts. All the seasons are good.
Clean family entertainment. She wasn't born yet when this was on TV, but saw
the reruns and wanted to see it everyday. She will get season 7 next.
The third season is nice. The characters are all in stride, and there is no baby yet.
The series continues to be funny and tackle some serious issues.
The price per viewing time is a great ratio.
FAMILY TIES was also an instant smash when it made its debut on NBC in the Fall of 1982 and the series even won multiple awards, including 3 consecutive Emmy Awards for Michael J. Fox as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
This 1984-85 Season also takes me back to memory lane to when I was 12 years old in the 6th grade and when I used to watch FAMILY TIES at 8:30 PM after THE COSBY SHOW at 8PM every Thursday night on NBC, plus it also takes me back to memory lane to when NBC's motto was "Let's All Be There", which was NBC's slogan from the Fall of 1984 thru the Summer of 1986.Read more ›
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It was my favorite show of the 80s. I have to give it 5 stars. Still funny.Published 8 days ago by D. Carter
This is dated... Often treacly. And it doesn't quite have any really strong guest stars or standout episodes.
Though the two-episode arc with Geena Davis comes close.
I love this show, it shows what a true family is. This show is hilarious, and sweet. I wish all shows are like this.Published 1 month ago by Demetrius Byrd
i love the 80s tv shows and this is one of them. it is worth watching over and over againPublished 2 months ago by patricia molina