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Family Ties Season 1
Review by Lando da Pimp

What would we do, baby, without one of the best 80's television shows, Family Ties. After years of delay Alex P. Keaton and fam are finally being released on DVD. Paramount sent over the first season to check out. I am a bit disappointed with the quality of the set, but at the same time happy that Family Ties has seen the light of day.

Stand Out Episodes

The Pilot
Alex is thrilled when Kimberly Blanton agrees to allow him to escort her to her country club's dance. Steven and Elyse are appalled that Alex would set foot in the restricted club. Will Alex conform to his parents hippie ways?

I Know Jennifer's Boyfriend
When Jennifer is shunned for "having a boyfriend" by her peers she gives up her friendship with Justin Perkins. In an attempt to bring the two back together Elyse plans a "Nifty Fifties" birthday party. Apparently, Jennifer likes the greaser look.

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Give Uncle Arthur A Kiss
Steven's friend Arthur Cantrell a close family friend and older business associate makes a pass at Mallory. Ok its more than a pass. He lays one on her!

Death Of A Grocer
When the "Wal-Mart" of Family Ties opens up in town, Alex quits working for Mr. Adler's "Mom and Pop" grocery story to work for the MAN! This episode also marks the first appearance of Skippy!

click hereThe Fugitive (Part 1 & 2)
Before he was Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks, guest starred on the Ties as Elyse's blacksheep younger brother, Ned. Alex's idolizes Ned, until the family gets suspicious about the strange phone calls. Ned quickly exits just in time for the FBI agent turns up at the Keaton's doorstep. Turns out Ned is wanted for embezzling $4-1/2 million in corporate funds. Sometimes you can't trust Tom Hanks.

I Gotta Be Ming
Alex tries to "Regan-ize" a 10-year-old Vietnamese boy named Ming. God that sounds bad lets try that again. Alex tries to mold Ming into his own image. When he breaks a promise he makes, Alex, learns another life lesson.

No extras! What the hell. Family Ties was one of the biggest shows on television. You would think that we could get some sort of feature.

Parting Thoughts
The Ties has finally made it to DVD. I loved this show and I am glad that after years in development Paramount has been able to release it. The DVD is a bit of a disappointment with no extras and poor transfers. However, fans have been clamoring for the show and will just be happy to own the first season. Now bring on Nick! Hey...

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Review ©2006

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