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Family Ties


Theme music composer
Jeff Barry
Tom Scott
Opening theme
"Without Us"
by Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams
Country of origin
United States
No. of seasons
No. of episodes
Original run
September 22, 1982 – May 14, 1989
Created by
Gary David Goldberg

Family Ties is an American situation comedy. It starred Meredith Baxter-Birney, Michael Gross, Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman, Tina Yothers, and Brian Bonsall. It aired from September 22, 1982 until May 14, 1989.


Set in suburban Columbus, Ohio, during the Reagan administration, Steven and Elyse Keaton (Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter-Birney) are baby boomers, liberals and former hippies, raising their three children: ambitious, would-be millionaire entrepreneur Alex (Michael J. Fox); fashion-conscious, gossipy Mallory (Justine Bateman); and tomboy Jennifer (Tina Yothers). Married in 1964, Elyse is an independent architect and Steven, a native of Buffalo, New York, is the station manager of WKS, a local public television station.

Much of the humor of the series focuses on the cultural divide during the 1980s when younger generations rejected the counterculture of the 1960s and embraced the materialism and conservative politics which came to define the 1980s. Both Alex and Mallory embrace Reaganomics and exhibit conservative attitudes: Alex is a Young Republican and Mallory is a more materialistic young woman in contrast to her feminist mother. Mallory was also presented as a vacuous airhead, who was fodder for jokes and teasing from her brother. Jennifer, an athletic tomboy and the youngest child, shares more the values of her parents and just wants to be a normal kid. Steven and Elyse had a fourth child, Andrew, born in 1984, whom Alex doted on and quickly moulded in his conservative image.


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Main article: List of Episodes

Theme song[]

The theme song, "Without Us", was composed by Jeff Barry and Tom Scott in 1982. During the first 10 episodes of Season 1, it was originally performed by Dennis Tufano and Mindy Sterling. For the rest of the show's run, beginning with the Season 1 episode A Christmas Story, the song was performed by Deniece Williams and Johnny Mathis.