Family Ties: Season 6

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 13
1987

The Last of the Red Hot Psychologists (1)

As the Keaton household gets ready for the first day of the new school year, Alex reminds Jennifer of how incredibly successful he was at the high school she’s about to e…

2 Sep 13
1987

The Last of the Red Hot Psychologists (2)

At dinner that evening, Alex is preoccupied with Lauren and their tense confrontation. He finally confides in his family, observing that no one has annoyed him that much since…

3 Sep 20
1987

Dear Mallory

Mallory is thrilled to follow in ““Dear Abby’s”“ footsteps when she’s tapped to write the personal advice column in the Columbus ShopperR…

4 Sep 27
1987

The Other Woman

While Nick entertains the Keatons with a demonstration of the ““salesmanship”“ he’s using in his new job selling lightbulbs over the phone, an imp…

5 Oct 04
1987

Dream Date

Jennifer is appalled when nerdy sophomore Simon Wickerson falls head over heels in love with her. Although Jennifer rejects his advances, Simon is undaunted. He follows her hom…

6 Oct 18
1987

Super Mom

As Elyse wraps up a major project for her firm, she realizes that her busy architectural career is causing her to neglect her family, especially Andy. Although Elyse feels ter…

7 Oct 25
1987

Walking On Air

When Steven arrives home with news of a job opening at his station, an internship position he feels would be perfect for Mallory, he finds his family deeply engrossed in a cont…

8 Nov 01
1987

Invasion of the Psychologist Snatchers

Alex and Lauren face the first real test of their budding romance when one of Lauren’s former loves comes for a visit and Alex finds himself feeling uncharacteristically…

9 Nov 08
1987

The Way We Were

The Keatons are surprised, but delighted, when Elyse’s Aunt Rosemary shows up for a visit. Although Rosemary claims to have sent a letter and spoken with Mallory about he…

10 Nov 15
1987

Mister Sister

Fearing the long-term effects of Andy’s liberal upbringing with Its lack of strong gender identification, Alex tries to push his little brother into learning to play bask…

11 Nov 22
1987

Citizen Keaton

When Mallory decides to run for student body president of Grant College, her family is surprised at her uncharacteristic interest in politics. She explains that ““i…

12 Nov 29
1987

Father Time (1)

When Steven’s recently divorced brother Rob arrives with his son and daughter for a visit, the Keaton’s become a sounding board for their relatives’ family pr…

13 Dec 06
1987

Father Time (2)

When Uncle Rob’s daughter Marilyn stays out all nite with a Marine she meets while visiting the Keaton’s, the family becomes painfully aware of her deep-seated ange…

14 Dec 13
1987

The American Family (1)

When Lauren is required to write a paper on the typical American family, she chooses the Keatons. Focusing first on Steven and Elyse, she asks about their history together and…

15 Dec 13
1987

The American Family (2)

When Lauren is required to write a paper on the typical American family, she chooses the Keatons. Focusing first on Steven and Elyse, she asks about their history together and…

16 Dec 16
1987

Anniversary Waltz

While plans are in full swing for the Keaton’s 20th anniversary party, Steven and Elyse are fighting and it looks like they may not make it that far.
Elyse wants to…

17 Dec 20
1987

Miracle in Columbus

The Christmas spirit has come to the Keaton house, where the family is busy baking Christmas cookies when Skippy stops by to ask a favor. He wants Alex to pinch-hit for him as…

18 Jan 10
1988

The Play's the Thing

The Keaton kids are dismayed when the local playhouse agree to stage Steven’s radical 60’s college play, ““A Draft Card for the Burning”“. E…

19 Jan 17
1988

The Spirit of Columbus

Alex is more than a little sceptical when Nick enters his sculpture ““Spirit of Columbus”“, priced at $200, in an art show at the mall. but when Nick re…

20 Jan 24
1988

The Blues Brother

Alex becomes a deejay of his own college radio show with a program he calls ““Syncopated Money”“, designed to ““combine classic American mus…

21 Feb 07
1988

Read It and Weep (1)

Jennifer comes home from school feeling blue because after choosing the American classic ““Huckleberry Finn”“ as the subject of her book report, she lea…

22 Feb 14
1988

Read It and Weep (2)

While Jennifer steels herself for a showdown with school authorities, Steven and Elyse prepare to back her up in her fight against the school board’s book banning policy.…

23 Feb 21
1988

Quitting Time

While Andy is inspired by his parents’ old love letters to try his hand at writing one to a kindergarten sweetheart, Lauren finds herself less and less able to spend time…

24 Feb 28
1988

Spring Reminds Me (a.k.a.) Rosalie's Legacy

As Steven goes thru another one of his dreaded ““magician phases”“ and tries to rope the whole family into participating in his magic tricks, the Keaton…

25 Mar 06
1988

The Boys Next Door

As Elyse prepares for her high school reunion, she is contacted by her old buddy, Roger ““Eggy”“ Erdman, a klutzy class nerd turned millionaire. Never a…

26 Mar 13
1988

Sign of the Times

While Alex prepares little Andrew’s resume for future kindergarten elections, Elyse proudly tells the family that Andy has been chosen as ““Buddy for the Day&…

27 Mar 20
1988

Return of the Native

Cousin June returns to the Keaton household for a visit after a three year stay in London. All of the Keatons are eager to hear her tales of England, but they just can’t…

28 May 01
1988

Father, Can You Spare a Dime?

Nick again demonstrates his flair for teaching art by conducting a class at the ““Y”“ for children, including Andrew. So popular is the class, in fact,…

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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