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Family Ties: The Seventh and Final Season (1988 – 1989/CBS DVD Set)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Episodes: B+

The season finale of Family Ties (a hit for NBC, not CBS, the latter of whom now has the rights) wraps up everything as the Keaton family gets ready to say goodbye, the children grow up and leave the nest. Their 'family ties' are tested as Steven suffer from a heart attack. As Jennifer learns to drive and become an environmentalist, Mallory gets a job in the fashion industry, and Alex prepares to leave home to work on Wall Street. It is a season of final memories as little Andy creates a time capsule looking back over all the years they spent laughing, growing and loving each other.

As Michael J. Fox begins a new series, it is an ironic coincidence that Family Ties finishes its DVD arrival (shot on analog videotape, there will be no HD or Blu-ray versions) making it a past of 1980s past, a TV family comedy drama situation comedy with The Keatons are an upper middle class family (read original Yuppies) lead by Steven and Elyse, both from the baby boomer generation and former hippies, Steven works for a TV station and Elyse is an independent architect. Alex (Fox) is the oldest of the Keaton children is a money obsessed, egotistic megalomaniac; Mallory second eldest is an airhead who loves fashion and drives her father (and family) wild with her even more airheaded fiance Nick (Scott Valentine). Jennifer (Tina Yothers) is the athletic tomboy activist and most impulsive, and finally Andy is the youngest in which everyone dotes on.

A comedy based on the 1980s and the American family values (whatever your opinion of them), you could really tell when this series was made based on all cultural references, and political/social campaign ideas. While the characters personalities and political affiliation gave no end to the laughter and to family grief and drama, the main point of the series always returned to how the family holds together under all sorts of conditions. So does the show, even as a time capsule. There are no extras. The 1.33 X 1 color analog NTSC shot videotaped image and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo are a little on the weak side and could use some work.


It Happened One Night - Steven and Elyse goes for a family camping which the older children opt out, but then feeling guilty the try and join them, only to get stuck on the side of the road.

Designing Woman - Mallory gets a job, but then finds out her boss stole her ideas.

Truckers - Andy make friends with Nick's young nephew which gets Alex all jealous.

Beyond Therapy - To improve Alex and Lauren's relationship, they join a couples therapy group.

Heartstrings (Part 1) - The family pulls together as Steven suddenly has a heart attack and goes into surgery.

Heartstrings (Part 2) - As Steven's surgery continues, the family holds a vigil for him at the hospital.

Heartstrings (Part 3) - Steven returns home from the hospital but must adjust to new restrictions in his life.

Basic Training - Skippy joins the U.S. Army.

Deja Vu - Jennifer has a crush on a guy who's older brother broke Mallory's heart.

Nick's Best Friend - Nick's dog dies and the Keatons help him get over his loss.

Get Me to the Living Room On Time - Andy does a documentary on senior citizens.

The Job Not Taken - Alex gets a job at a firm, but is it worth it when he realizes he took his friend's job?

The Wrecker's Ball - A building Elyse designed is to be destroyed, and the Keatons stage a protest.

My Best Friend's Girl - Lauren tries to help Skippy meet a girl but Skippy ends up falling for Lauren instead.

'Til Her Daddy Took Her T-Bird Away - Mallory wants a to buy car, but Steven refuses to co-sign the loan when he finds out Mallory and Nick are planning to take road trip with it.

Simon Says - For a school project Jennifer works at a fast food restaurant and her partner has a crush on her.

All In The Neighborhood (Part 1) - An African America family moves into the neighborhood, but the Keatons are shocked when they find out their neighbors are racists.

All In The Neighborhood (Part 2) - The new neighbor's home was broke into and vandalized, the Keatons rally to protect their neighbor.

They Can't Take That Away From Me (Part 1) - While Lauren is away at a conference, Alex tutors a young music major and falls for her.

They Can't Take That Away From Me (Part 2) - Alex has to make a choice between two girls on the eve of his graduation.

Rain Forests Keep Fallin' On My Head - Jennifer becomes an extreme environmentalist.

Wrap Around The Clock (Parts 1 & 2) - The Keaton help Andy prepare a family time capsule.

Mr. Keaton Takes A Vacation - Nick lives with the Keatons while his apartment gets repainted.

Alex Doesn't Live Here Anymore (part 1 & 2) - Alex gets ready to leave home and move to New York. Elyse must come to terms with letting go her children.

- Ricky Chiang


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