Family Ties

1982 TV-G 3 seasons

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Family Ties

1982 TV-G 3 seasons
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This Emmy-winning sitcom centers on proudly liberal, ex-hippie parents Steven and Elyse Keaton (Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter) as they raise their kids -- including Nixon-worshipping son Alex (Michael J. Fox) -- during the conservative 1980s. Fashion-conscious Mallory (Justine Bateman), tomboy Jennifer (Tina Yothers) and cute-kid Andy (Brian Bonsall) -- born into the Keaton clan in Season 3 -- round out the rest of the cast.
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5

Summary of Season 3 (1984) - 4 discs

Former peace activists Steven and Elyse Keaton (Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter) cope with Reagan-era suburbia in the third season of the hit 1980s sitcom. This year, Elyse's pregnancy comes as a shock to the Keaton kids: Republican Alex (Michael J. Fox), shopaholic Mallory (Justine Bateman) and tomboy Jennifer (Tina Yothers). A two-part episode welcomes baby Andrew as Elyse goes into labor on live television. Geena Davis guest stars.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-G - Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
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age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic '80s sitcom centers on a strong family headed by loving parents who happily share domestic duties. Much of the show's humor stems from the personality differences among the family members, but despite many disagreements, the parents support their kids and encourage them to express their views. Some episodes touch on serious issues like teen pregnancy, grief, extramarital affairs, and crime, but they're all addressed in an honest, thoughtful manner.

Sexual Content

Some kissing between a husband and wife as well as teen couples. Some storylines touch on sexual topics like teen pregnancy and extramarital affairs. Mallory is obsessed with being popular and having a boyfriend, so she often talks about guys being cute.


Not applicable


Very rare use of words like â¿¿hellâ¿ and â¿¿damn.â¿

Social Behavior

The importance of family and respecting other people's points of view are underscored here.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some storylines center on issues like underage drinking, alcoholism, and drug abuse, but the messages are always positive and honest.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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