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Family Ties coming to DVD

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 6th 2006 3:02PM
family tiesThe first season of Family Ties will be available on DVD on February 20 of next year. For those of you who didn't grow up watching this series like I did, it focused on two hippies (Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter-Birney) from the '60s raising a family in the Reagan era. Michael J. Fox starred as Alex, their Republican son, and their two daughters were played by Justine Bateman and Tina Yothers. The set will include all twenty-two episodes of the first season, including a two-parter featuring Tom Hanks as Elyse Keaton's secretive brother.

The series, which managed to be very smart and funny while also dealing with series subjects, aired on NBC for seven seasons. While it struggled during its first season, the show soon became part of NBC's sitcom domination when it was placed right next to The Cosby Show. I have to say, though, I always thought Family Ties was the better series. It would sometimes cross the line between funny and preachy, but never to the degree that The Cosby Show did. Both shows had lessons to teach, but Cosby sometimes felt more like a half-hour lecture on good behavior.

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Michelle

I'm so excited for Family Ties to be on DVD. I was too young to actually watch it when it was being aired but they had reruns on Nick at Nite and I fell in love. My favorite episode is "My Name Is Alex" although that was in the 5th season. But when it comes out I'm for sure buying it.

November 14 2006 at 1:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Family Ties was a great show. I still marvel at how well it walked the line between biting sarcasm and social morality.

November 06 2006 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shannon

This is good news. Family Ties is one of the best classic sitcoms of all time! By the way Liza, I do believe Silver Spoons is already out on dvd!

November 06 2006 at 8:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Liza

omg, i'm so happy this is coming to dvd! i love the early episodes of family ties! do you think they'll ever put like, all the 80's shows? how about Valerie? haha or Silver Spoons!

November 06 2006 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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