Family Ties: Season 5
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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.
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Brian Bonsall joins the cast as preschool-aged Andrew Keaton. While Bonsall's screentime is understandably limited, the mere fact that Alex's little brother can now speak and interact with the others helps create some great comic moments. Alex also has to deal with the loss of steady girlfriend Ellen (though actress Tracy Pollan would eventually become Mrs. Michael J. Fox in real life). It's also a great year for Nick and Mallory, including probably my all-time favorite scene in which Mallory tries to tutor Nick ("High School Confidential"). And life would continue to imitate art when Tina Yothers tried her hand at singing after Jennifer Keaton joins a band.
Still, it's the groundbreaking "A, My Name Is Alex" which leaves the largest impression. Alex is overcome with remorse and self-doubt when he backs out of a commitment to help his friend Greg, and then Greg is killed in a car accident. The second half of the episode, which was presented commercial-free back in 1987, is basically Fox on a darkened stage, with family and friends appearing in little vignettes illustrating key points in Alex's life.
"Walking into that kitchen was like walking into a hug," Alex observes. And for those of us with fond memories of this quintessential 80's sitcom, here's another 4 discs' worth of hugs.
But I simply cannot stand by and not voice my outrage at CBS DVD and their butchering of the finest show in the entire run of this series.
Season Five featured an episode called "My Name is Alex"...a ground-breaking episode not only because of the superb talents of Michael J. Fox, but also because of how it was originally broadcast. When first aired, it ran for one hour, the final half hour being completely uninterrupted by commercials and, from what I can tell, unedited. It played out like a stage performance, with Alex (Michael J. Fox) going thru every part of his life, searching for answers as to why his friend would be killed in a car accident and he be allowed to live. Watching it in its entirety, you feel the back and forth, the conflicting emotions, and the roller coaster ride he goes on. The viewer is right along with him.
Sadly, this DVD features the syndicated version, which cuts the episode into two shows. It cuts right in the middle of Alex's journey, going instead to end credits of the first show. The 2nd show then begins part-way thru his session with his psychiatrist, thus killing the momentum of the show, and the entire reason it was aired in its entirety the first time.
I'm just lucky I still have the VHS I recorded off-air back in the mid-80s. That will continue to be the only way I'll watch "My Name is Alex".
For the people confused about the episodes that seem "out of order" because all of the sudden Andy has gone back to being a baby and stuff like that...it is because some episodes were filmed but not shown originally.
In this season, The Big Fix episode was filmed for the 3rd season (1984-1985) but didn't air until the 5th. Matchmaker and It's My Party were filmed for the 4th (1985-1986) but didn't air until the 5th as well.
As a matter of fact; this 1986-1987 Season of FAMILY TIES was one of my favorite seasons throughout it's whole 7-year run on NBC and was the first season of the show when Andy had his first speaking role.
This was also the season when Ellen(Traci Pollan) moves away from Ohio and breaks up with Alex as well as the last season when FAMILY TIES was shown on Thursday nights since NBC had moved this show to Sunday nights in the Fall of 1987 when FAMILY TIES kicked off it's 6th Season.
FAMILY TIES was also an instant smash when it made its debut on NBC in the Fall of 1982 and the show even won multiple awards, including 3 consecutive Emmy Awards for Michael J. Fox as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the song "Without Us" that was used at the introuduction of each episode was performed by Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams.
FAMILY TIES also had quite a few Hollywood stars appearing on the show before they were famous and/or during the early years of their acting careers like
*Christina Applegate whom is best known for her role as the ditzy, but drop-dead gorgeous blonde bombshell(Kelley Bundy)on MARRIED WITH CHILDREN had guest starred as Jennifer's band-member(Kitten)in the episode "Band On The Run" which was before Applegate was even a star and before MARRIED WITH CHILDREN made its debut on Fox in the Spring of 1987
*Judith Light whom guest starred in Season 2 as Steven's colleague who unsuccessfully attempts to seduce him
*Tom Hanks appeared in during the 1st and 2nd Seasons as Elyse's alcoholic brother(Ned)
*Geena Davis portrayed inept housekeeper(Karen)in Season 3
*River Phoenix guest starred in Season 2 as 14-year old math whiz who develops a crush on Jennifer after a tutoring session with Alex
*Courtney Cox whom is best known for her role as the foxy Monica Geller on FRIENDS co-starred as Alex's girlfriend(Lauren Miller)in the last 2 seasons of this show which were Seasons 6 and 7 of FAMILY TIES
*Julia Louis Dreyfus played a lawyer in the 2-part episode "Read It & Weep", but had later co-starred on both the FAMILY TIES spinoff series DAY BY DAY when that show debuted on NBC in the Spring of 1988 and then eventually co-starred on SEINFELD when it debuted on NBC in the Fall of 1990.
*Crispin Glover guest starred as one of Alex's friends on the episode "Birthday Boy" whom is well-known for his role as geeky George McFly in the movie BACK TO THE FUTURE which came out in theatres in the Summer of 1985
*Corey Feldman guest starred as Jennifer's 7th-grade classmate in the episode "The Disciple"
*Stephen Baldwin which is the youngest of the 4 Baldwin brothers had guest starred as a member of a therapy-group he and his girlfriend attended together
The original air-dates and titles to each of these 1986-87 Season episodes are
9/25/86-BE TRUE TO YOUR PRE-SCHOOL
10/9/86-THE FRESHMEN & THE SENIOR
10/16/86-MY BACK PAGES
10/30/86-BEAUTY & THE BANK
11/6/86-MRS. WRONG(Part 1)
11/13/86-MRS. WRONG(Part 2)
11/20/86-MY BROTHER'S KEEPER
12/4/86-HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
12/18/86-MY MOTHER, MY FRIEND
1/8/87-O BROTHER(Part I)
1/15/87-O BROTHER(Part 2)
2/5/87-A TALE OF TWO CITIES(Part 1)
2/12/87-A TALE OF TWO CITIES(Part 2)
2/19/87-BATTLE OF THE SEXES
2/26/87-BAND ON THE RUN
3/5/87-KEATON VS. KEATON
3/12/87-A, MY NAME IS ALEX
3/19/87-D IS FOR DATE
4/30/87-LOVE ME DO
8/6/87-IT'S MY PARTY(Part 1)
8/13/87-IT'S MY PARTY(part 2)
FAMILY TIES Fifth Season also takes me all the way back to memory lane when NBC's motto was "Come Home to NBC" since that was NBC's slogan from September of 1986 thru August of 1987 along with the fact that I was living in the Imperial Valley and was 14 years old in the 8th grade at Wilson Jr. High School in my hometown(El Centro, CA)and when I used to watch FAMILY TIES at 8:30 PM right after watching THE COSBY SHOW at 8PM on NBC every Thursday night.