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Family Ties - Season 2Edit

The second season of Family Ties aired from September 28, 1983 to May 10, 1984 on NBC in the US.

Season 2 SummaryEdit

Set during the early years of the Reagan administration, Elyse and Steven Keaton (Meredith Baxter-Birney and Michael Gross) are baby-boomers, former Hippies and liberals raising their three children: Alex (Michael J. Fox), Mallory (Justine Bateman) and Jennifer (Tina Yothers) in Surburban Columbus, Ohio. Married in 1964, Elyse, an independent architect, and Steven, a station manager at 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. 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. Mallory was also presented as a vacuous airhead, which was fodder for jokes and teasing from her brother Alex. Jennifer, an athletic tomboy and the youngest child, shares the values of her parents and just wants to be a normal kid. Elyse and Steven have a fourth child, Andrew, born in 1984.

CastEdit

Main CastEdit

Recurring CastEdit

Guest starsEdit

Episode listEdit

Tender is the KnightEdit

Directed by: Sam Weisman, Written by: Ruth Bennett, Original air date: September 28, 1983, Production code: 023

The HomecomingEdit

Directed by: Sam Weisman, Written by: Douglas Wyman, Original air date: October 12, 1983, Production code: 027

The Harder They FallEdit

Directed by: Sam Weisman, Written by: Rich Reinhart, Original air date: October 19, 1983, Production code: 026

This Year's ModelEdit

Directed by: John Pasquin, Written by: Susan Borowitz & Richard Raskind, Original air date: October 26, 1983, Production code: 032

Not an Affair to RememberEdit

Directed by: Sam Weisman, Written by: Ruth Bennett & Gary David Golberg, Original air date: November 2, 1983, Production code: 029

Speed TrapEdit

Directed by: Sam Weisman, Written by: Michael J. Weithorn, Original air date: November 9, 1983, Production code: 025

Sweet LorraineEdit

Directed by: Sam Weisman, Written by: Alan Uger, Original air date: November 16, 1983, Production code: 031

Batter UpEdit

Directed by: Sam Weisman, Written by: Lisa A. Bannick, Original air date: November 30, 1983, Production code: 028

A Keaton Christmas CarolEdit

Directed by: Will Mackenzie, Written by: Robert Caplain (story) & Rich Reinhart (teleplay), Original air date: December 14, 1983, Production code: 037

To Snatch a KeithEdit

Directed by: Sam Weisman, Written by: Alan Uger, Original air date: December 21, 1983, Production code: 024

Birthday BoyEdit

Directed by: Will Mackenzie, Written by: Michael J. Weithorn, Original air date: January 5, 1984, Production code: 033

Go TigersEdit

Directed by: Will Mackenzie, Written by: Michael J. Weithorn, Original air date: January 12, 1984, Production code: 036

M is for the Many ThingsEdit

Directed by: Will Mackenzie, Written by: Lisa A. Bannick, Original air date: January 19, 1984, Production code: 038

Say UncleEdit

Directed by: Will Mackenzie, Written by: Ruth Bennett, Original air date: January 26, 1984, Production code: 039

Ladies' ManEdit

Directed by: John Pasquin, Written by: Alan Uger, Original air date: February 2, 1984, Production code: 040

Ready or NotEdit

Directed by: Lee Shallat-Chemel, Written by: Ruth Bennett & Michael J. Weithorn, Original air date: February 9, 1984, Production code: 041

Double DateEdit

Directed by: Will Mackenzie, Written by: Douglas Wyman, Original release date: February 16, 1984, Production code: 044

Lady Sings the BluesEdit

Directed by: Andrew McCullough, Written by: Alan Uger & Michael J. Weithorn, Original air date: February 23, 1984, Production code: 042

Baby Boy DoeEdit

Directed by: Will Mackenzie, Written by: Ruth Bennett & Alan Uger, Original air date: March 8, 1984, Production code: 045

The GraduateEdit

Directed by: Will Mackenzie, Written by: Ruth Bennett & Lloyd Graver, Original air date: March 15, 1984, Production code: 043

Diary of a Young GirlEdit

Directed by: Sam Weisman, Written by: Ruth Bennett, Original air date: May 3, 1984, Production code: 034

Working At ItEdit

Directed by: Sam Weisman, Written by: Lloyd Garver, Original air date: May 10, 1984, Production code: 030

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