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Family Ties: Season 1

Michael J. Fox , Michael Gross , Alan Bergmann , Andrew McCullough    Unrated   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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"). Guest stars include Bewitched's Dick Sargent as Elyse's father, Charlie ("No Nukes Is Good Nukes"), and a lanky Tom Hanks as her brother, Ned (two-part episode "The Fugitive"). Though Fox (Back to the Future, Spin City) was the breakout star of Family Ties, he was part of a strong ensemble. Some storylines are also surprisingly hard-hitting, particularly the script dealing with sexual harassment. On the downside, there are no extras and, like many Paramount boxed sets, most of the original music has been changed or eliminated. The theme song "Without Us," for instance, is sung by session players on several episodes rather than by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's about time Feb. 22 2007
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
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
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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