|Big Brother is Watching|
|Season 1, Episode 7|
|Air date||November 17, 1982|
|Written by||Ruth Bennett|
|Directed by||Alan Bergmann|
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Big Brother is Watching is the seventh episode of the first season of Family Ties. It aired on November 17, 1982.
Alex is elected (barely) as editor of the school newspaper the Harding Hurrah (which he wants to rename the Harding Herald). A student, Howie (played by Andrew J. Lederer), approaches Alex with a story about a cheating scandal at the school that is being covered up by the principal. Alex wants to run with the story, until he finds out Mallory is involved. Alex decides to print the story, with major repercussions.
- The vote was Alex: 21, Not him: 17. Mallory voted in the minority.
- The faculty editor, Mr. Winkler (played by Philip Sterling) is a famous character actor.
- The title is based on a phrase from George Orwell's 1984.