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Family Ties: Season 1

Michael J. Fox , Michael Gross , Alan Bergmann , Andrew McCullough    Unrated   DVD
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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. Special Features: All 22 Episodes from the 1982-1983 season on 4 discs Music has been changed for this home entertainment version "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"). Some storylines are also surprisingly hard-hitting, particularly the script dealing with sexual harassment." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's about time Feb. 22 2007
Format:DVD
Fans have been waiting for this show on dvd for some time! The first season of Family Ties was by no means the show's finest, but it did lay the framework for the characters and their lives which continued to grow and blossom over the course of the series.

The quality of the picture and sound is decent, though not extraordinary. There are no special features, nor is there any booklet or other episode guide accompanying the discs except for a short list of episodes on the inside flap of the dvd case.

The first disc has an incredibly irritating, loud advertisement for other Paramount/CBS television shows on DVD that plays automatically each time--pushing the menu button to bypass it does not work, but skipping the chapter does. Paramount/CBS would be advised it's better practice to put these adverts as a special feature--fans *will* check them out, but if you're buying the set you shouldn't have to sit through it each and every time you put the disc on.

The dvd case itself is compact and sturdy and the discs have a nice silvery finish on them which really suits the show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Ties Season 1 Review Sept. 20 2007
Format:DVD
All I can say is that this family favourite is and always will be number one for me. Michael J. Fox is "Phenomenal" and always has been in everything he does. There is no comparing. An excellent buy and I can't wait to buy Season 2. There will never be another show like this. It is one in a million.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate 80"s Family Show Nov. 18 2006
By D.Jay
Format:DVD
The all-time favourite family series finally see the light of day on DVD.

The show that practically defined the reality of growing up in a loving, caring family that took the viewer through life's ups and downs - the way all of us would have wanted our own families to be!

The series had made Michael J. Fox a household name, and started careers of such modern-day luminaries as Tom Hanks, Courteney Cox, Tracy Pollan (who had later gotten married to M.Fox) and Justine Bateman, among others.
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1.0 out of 5 stars You've GOT To Be Kidding Me! Feb. 20 2007
By BRADLEY R HUTSON - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Set contains edited episodes! Feb. 6 2007
By M. J Krankka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
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.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The theme song was NOT changed March 24 2007
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
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.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of 80's sitcom Dec 23 2006
By Zaved - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
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).

The episodes for season 1 are:

Episode 1: Pilot

Episode 2: Not with My Sister You Don't

Episode 3: I Know Jennifer's Boyfriend

Episode 4: Summer of '82

Episode 5: I Never Killed for My Father

Episode 6: Give Your Uncle a Kiss

Episode 7: Big Brother Is Watching

Episode 8: No Nukes Is Good Nukes

Episode 9: Death of a Grocer

Episode 10: Have Gun, Will Unravel

Episode 11: A Christmas Story

Episode 12: Oops

Episode 13: Sherry Baby

Episode 14: The Fugitive: Part 1

Episode 15: The Fugitive: Part 2

Episode 16: Margin of Error

Episode 17: French Lessons

Episode 18: I Gotta Be Ming

Episode 19: Suzanne Takes You Down

Episode 20: The Fifth Wheel

Episode 21: Stage Fright

Episode 22: Elyse D'Arc

Highly recommended sitcom full of amusing political banter between the parents (liberal democrats) and the son (conservative republican).
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can anyone get TV DVD's right? Feb. 22 2007
By Skyclad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
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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