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Family Ties Season 4 episodes

Paper Chase Season 4, Episode 24

It's graduation time at Harding High, but Mallory may not be graduating: she's flunking history. Mrs. Hillman: Gracie Harrison. Alex: Michael J. Fox. Elyse: Meredith Baxter Birney. Nick: Scott Valentine. read more

Once in Love with Elyse Season 4, Episode 23

Elyse's young colleague admits he's fallen in love with her---but he's wracked with guilt about his feelings. Meredith Baxter Birney, Michael Gross. Raymond: Matthew Faison. Ed: John Petlock. read more

My Buddy Season 4, Episode 22

Steven feels that he and Jennifer have grown apart, so he tries to bridge the gap by attending her girls' club tea. Jennifer: Tina Yothers. Chuck: Dion Rottman. Eve: Miriam Flynn. Jill: Laura Jacoby. read more

Teacher's Pet Season 4, Episode 21

Professor Alex belittles student Ellen and gives her a bad grade, so she decides to get even. Alex: Michael J. Fox. Professor Spanos: Macon McCalman. Albert: Mark Moses. Mallory: Justine Bateman. read more

Art Lover Season 4, Episode 20

Mallory's jealous after an elegant art patron takes an interest in Nick's junk sculpture---and in Nick (Scott Valentine). Justine Bateman, Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter Birney. read more

A Word to the Wise Season 4, Episode 19

Conclusion. Clips from past episodes are featured as the Keatons each chime in with their favorite story about Alex's life. Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan. Mallory: Justine Bateman. Elyse: Meredith Baxter Birney. read more

A Word to the Wise Season 4, Episode 18

The Keatons decide to give Ellen a rundown of Alex's life before she met him. Part 1 of two. Alex: Michael J. Fox. Jennifer: Tina Yothers. Mallory: Justine Bateman. read more

Engine Trouble Season 4, Episode 17

Alex refuses to admit that Elyse is a far better student than he is in an auto-mechanics class. Sam: Robert Costanzo. Nick: Scott Valentine. Clete: Brett Harrelson. Skippy: Marc Price. read more

Checkmate Season 4, Episode 16

Pitted against a top Soviet chess player, Alex prepares to win at all costs---until he figures out his opponent's strategy. Ivan: Albert Macklin. Eric: George Pentecost. Mildred: Elsa Raven. Steven: Michael Gross. read more

Fools for Love Season 4, Episode 15

Skippy's unrequited love for Mallory gets him into a fight at the dance, which jolts him out of his fantasy world. Marc Price, Justine Bateman. Nick: Scott Valentine. Sylvia: Suzanne Lederer. read more

Where's Poppa? Season 4, Episode 14

It's parents' weekend at Leland College and Ellen won't invite her father, so Alex extends an invitation behind Ellen's back. Franklin Reed: Ronny Cox. Alex: Michael J. Fox. Steven: Michael Gross. read more

The Disciple Season 4, Episode 13

Jennifer gets more than she bargained for when she asks for Alex's help on a social-studies project. Alex: Michael J. Fox. Mrs. Pedroza: Belita Moreno. Ralph: David Wohl. Steven: Michael Gross. read more

Nothing but a Man Season 4, Episode 12

A big promotion at work leaves Steven little time for his family or for the celebratory dinner Elyse planned in his honor. Gus: John Hancock. Rhodes: George Coe. Elyse: Meredith Baxter Birney. read more

You've Got a Friend Season 4, Episode 11

Mallory befriends a young girl she caught shoplifting after learning that the girl lives at a home for abused children. Jessie: Martha Plimpton. Nick: Scott Valentine. Alex: Michael J. Fox. read more

How Do You Sleep? Season 4, Episode 10

Something's up in the Keaton household: it's Alex, who hasn't been able to sleep for a week. Skippy: Marc Price. Elyse: Meredith Baxter Birney. Steven: Michael Gross. Jennifer: Tina Yothers. read more

Just One Look Season 4, Episode 9

Steven flies into a rage when he learns about the "fling" Elyse once had with an old friend who's visiting the Keatons. Richard: Robert Desiderio. Elyse: Meredith Baxter Birney. Alex: Michael J. Fox. read more

Mr. Right Season 4, Episode 8

Thanks to Alex's coaching, there's a "new" Nick, who impresses Steven and Elyse---but doesn't do a thing for Mallory (Justine Bateman). Alex: Michael J. Fox. Gleason: Alan Blumenfeld. Steven: Michael Gross. read more

My Tutor Season 4, Episode 7

Alex is obsessed with raising his geometry grade and his 13-year-old whiz-kid tutor is obsessed with Jennifer (Tina Yothers). Alex: Michael J. Fox. Jenkins: Peter Hobbs. Ellen: Tracy Pollan. read more

The Old College Try Season 4, Episode 6

Mallory announces that she's not going to college after Elyse arranges an interview with an admissions counselor. Elyse: Meredith Baxter Birney. Ms. Wilder: Molly Cheek. Nick: Scott Valentine. read more

Don't Go Changin' Season 4, Episode 5

Alex is "the kind of guy who likes to be put up on a pedestal," but Ellen's not the kind of girl who'll put him there. Ellen: Tracy Pollan. David: John Scott Clough. Ms. Henley: Jesse Welles. read more

Designated Hitter Season 4, Episode 4

Jennifer gets into a fight defending her boy friend; Alex is dealt a blow when Mallory outscores him on an IQ test. Adam: Noah Hathaway. Alex: Michael J. Fox. Mallory: Justine Bateman. Rick: Danny Nucci. read more

Mr. Wrong Season 4, Episode 3

The Keatons are at war over Mallory's boyfriend, a Rambo-type character whose talents only Mallory appreciates. Justine Bateman, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter Birney, Michael J. Fox. read more

The Real Thing Season 4, Episode 2

Conclusion. Alex is in love---problem is, she's all set to marry someone else. Ellen: Tracy Pollan. Elyse: Meredith Baxter Birney. Tricia: Suzanne Snyder. Mallory: Justine Bateman. Jennifer: Tina Yothers. read more

The Real Thing Season 4, Episode 1

Alex selects a steady girlfriend from the freshman directory---but it's her roommate who lights Alex's fire. Part 1 of two. Ellen: Tracy Pollan. Tricia: Suzanne Snyder. Mallory: Justine Bateman. read more

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Premiered: September 22, 1982, on NBC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Former 1960s flower children raise their kids during the conservative Reagan era in one of the best written and acted family sitcoms of the 1980s, a show that occasionally tackled serious issues such as racism and a parent's heart attack. Michael J. Fox won three consecutive Emmys for his portrayal of Alex, the suit-and-tie Republican student who adores William F. Buckley Jr. and devours the Wall Street Journal. Fox later married costar Tracy Pollan, who appeared as his college girlfriend.

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