Family Ties: Season 3

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 27
1984

Here We Go Again

The news that their mother is pregnant sends the three Keaton kids into an angry outburst resulting in a family battle.
The children react with panic and outrage at the t…

2 Oct 04
1984

Little Man on Campus

Alex is thrilled to be taking a college course taught by one of his personal heroes, Professor Ephraim Bronski, but in his eagerness to impress the teacher he gets off to a bad…

3 Oct 11
1984

Love Thy Neighbor

Little Jennifer is thrilled about a visit from Scott, a former neighborhood pal she hasn’t seen in five years, but her happiness at the reunion is shattered when he ignor…

4 Oct 18
1984

Keaton and Son

Alex reluctantly accepts a part-time job with his father at the non-profit station, and his dad is bursting with pride to have him following in his footsteps, but Alex feels hi…

5 Oct 25
1984

Fabric Smarts

Mallory’s enthusiasm for her part-time job at a boutique causes her school grades to slip even lower than usual and Steven and Elyse agree that she must quit work, but Al…

6 Nov 01
1984

Hotline Fever

Alex is teamed with long-time rival James Jarrett and assigned to work at a ““hotline”“ crisis center to fulfill a course requirement, and the two end u…

7 Nov 08
1984

4 Rms Ocn Vu

While Steven and Elyse are away on vacation, the Keaton house becomes a hotel for the weekend after Mallory accidentally crashes her parents’ car into a telephone pole an…

8 Nov 15
1984

Best Man

When his best friend, Doug, meets and falls in love with Eleanor, and decides to marry her, Alex resents the fact that someone has come between their friendship and refuses to…

9 Nov 22
1984

Lost Weekend

Steven and Elyse plan a nostalgic weekend with the kids before the baby arrives, and are crushed to discover that the children are not at all interested in reminiscing about ol…

10 Nov 29
1984

Don't Kiss Me, I'm Only the Messenger

Alex plays Cupid to help his shy pal Skippy get together with Jane, the girl of his dreams, but his good intentions goes awry when the girl falls for him instead.
When Sk…

11 Dec 06
1984

Help Wanted

Because of Elyse’s pregnancy, the family decides to get a housekeeper, so Alex hires the lovely Karen Nicholson, a totally incompetent young lady whom the family immediat…

12 Dec 13
1984

Karen II, Alex 0

Alex’s chances or acceptance into a smug college fraternity are dependent upon his having a knockout date for the pledge dance and when the girl cancels he pleads with Ka…

13 Jan 03
1985

Oh Donna

Alex becomes involved with Donna, a young, unwed expectant mother from Elyse’s natural-childbirth class but his interest in her becomes an obsession when he starts planni…

14 Jan 10
1985

Auntie Up

Mallory is crushed when her favorite aunt dies suddenly, but her feelings of sadness turns to anger when family and friends at the funeral seem to be taking Aunt Trudy’s…

15 Jan 17
1985

Philadelphia Story

The Keaton family is transported back in time when Alex dreams he is at the Constitutional Convention at 1776, but history is off track. Steven Keaton is Thomas Jefferson and h…

16 Jan 24
1985

Birth of a Keaton (1)

To help Steven during pledge week at his TV station, the Keatons reluctantly agree to be a part of the entertainment, but the audience gets an unexpected show when Elyse goes i…

17 Jan 31
1985

Birth of a Keaton (2)

Still trapped at the television station, Elyse realizes she cannot make it thru the snowstorm to the hospital and prepares to gibe birth in Steven’s office. Meanwhile, st…

18 Feb 07
1985

Cry Baby

The Keaton family adjusts to life with the new baby but while everyone caters to the new arrival, Jennifer struggles with jealous feelings about not being the baby of the famil…

19 Feb 14
1985

Don't Know Much About History . . .

Alex and his good friend James go into business together as tutors for their fellow students at Leland. However, their competitiveness threatens to undermine their business let…

20 Feb 21
1985

Bringing Up Baby

With two careers, three bickering children and one demanding baby, Steven and Elyse can’t seem to find any time for each other. But when they do finally take the time for…

21 Mar 07
1985

Cold Storage

With the rest of the family away for the weekend, Mallory is excited about having the house to herself until she is accidentally locked in the basement with the person she̵…

22 Mar 28
1985

Remembrances of Things Past (1)

Steven takes a nostalgic trip to his hometown following the death of his father and, with the support of Elyse and the children, tries to prepare his mother for her new life in…

23 Mar 28
1985

Remembrances of Things Past (2)

Steven takes a nostalgic trip to his hometown following the death of his father and, with the support of Elyse and the children, tries to prepare his mother for her new life in…

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Bonus Feature - Gag Reel

Bloopers from season 3

About Family Ties

Set during the early years of the Reagan administration, Elyse and Steven Keaton (Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross) are Baby Boomers and liberals [2] raising their three children: Alex (Michael J. Fox), Mallory (Justine Bateman) and Jennifer (Tina Yothers) in suburban Columbus, Ohio. Married in 1964, Elyse, an independent architect, and Steven, a manager in a local public television station, were hippies during the 1960s. According to the episode, “A Christmas Story” in season one, they were influenced by John F. Kennedy and were members of the Peace Corps following their marriage in 1964. Alex was born in 1965 in Africa. Mallory was born while Elyse and Steven were students at the University of California, Berkeley in 1967, and Jennifer was born the night Richard Nixon won his second term in 1972.

Much of the humor of the series focused on the cultural divide during the 1980s when younger generations rejected the counterculture of the 1960s and embraced the conservative politics which came to define the 1980s.3 Both Alex and Mallory embrace Reaganomics and exhibit right-wing attitudes: Alex is a Young Republican and Mallory is a more traditional young woman in contrast to her feminist mother.2 Jennifer, an athletic tomboy and the youngest child, shares the values of her parents. Elyse and Steven have a fourth child, Andrew, born in 1984.

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