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|Family Ties - The Complete First Season|
Actors: Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter, Justine Bateman, Tina Yothers
Directors: Alan Bergmann, Andrew McCullough, Asaad Kelada, Dick Martin, Frank Bonner
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
Steve and Elyse Keaton (Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter-Birney), once 1960s radicals, now find themselves in Reagan-Era American trying to raise a traditional suburban family. Son Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) is an am... more »
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You've GOT To Be Kidding Me!
BRADLEY R HUTSON | Illinois | 02/20/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Paramount has totally let true fans of classic television down with this much-anticipated release. Due to music issues, a handful of episodes (4 or so) have some original broadcast scenes deleted! This is completely unacceptable. They could have changed the music (which is bad enough in my opinion), but to delete the scene entirely is ridiculous! As much as I loved this show, I can't bring myself to support this set.
To add insult to injury, they still used the word "complete" on the cover! I've noticed in some upcoming Paramount releases that this word is suddenly missing. Check out the cover art for "Happy Days" Season Two and "Wings" Season Four. This leads us to wonder, are these shows truly complete, or will they suffer a fate similar to that of "Family Ties"?
As much as I've always despised music alterations, I've still bought DVD sets that used that tactic since the shows otherwise contained all of the original broadcast footage. But I will NOT buy a set that just hacks away at the episodes like this. If we do support these products, the studios will just keep getting lazier and lazier. Why should they care about putting work into their releases if the public will still gobble up whatever garbage they put out?
I really hate this, because I was looking SO forward to finally owning what I thought was going to be the complete and uncut version of each episode. I guess I should have known better than to count my chickens before they hatched."
Set contains edited episodes!
M. J Krankka | New London,MO | 02/06/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Warning to all Family Ties fans that is buying this set,the set contains edited episodes.What I read is that Family Ties season 1 had some music that Paramount was to cheap to pay for,and so instead of replacing some of the music Paramount decided to delete some scenes from some of the episodes that contain music including a scene from the first episode.I think that's dumb changing the music is one thing but to edit episodes is a bunch of bull,we fans want to buy TV shows on DVD in there uncut form.Yeah go change the music but dont delete scenes.Of course not all the episodes will be edited so that is why I'm still going to buy this set to get the episodes that will be uncut."
The theme song was NOT changed
Matt | Washington, DC | 03/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is in response to the concerns a couple people have raised about the theme song. In the original broadcast run the theme song was sung by studio singers for the first 10 or so episodes only. After that new vocals were recorded by Johnny Mathis and Denise Williams over the same backing tracks and their vocals were heard on all subsequent episodes. That is exactly what happens on these DVDs. After episode 10 we get the Mathis/Williams recording on all the remaining episodes. I have all these early episodes on VHS recorded MANY years ago and the theme song - with both pairs of singers - is exactly the same."
The best of 80's sitcom
Zaved Ahmed | Dhaka, Bangladesh | 12/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the funniest sitcoms from the 80's is finally released in dvd. This is the show that launched the career of Michael J Fox (21 years old and beautifully portraying the role of 16 year old Alex). Alex was the first child of Elyse (played by Meredith Baxter-Birney) and Steven Keaton (played by Michael Gross). Elyse was a very successful architect and Steven ran a public television station.
Alex was an avid republican (a Regan devotee) who often wore business formal attire (i.e. shirt and tie) as he wandered across the house. Mallory (played by Justine Bateman), the second born, had a relaxed personality and preferred shopping over studying. Jennifer (played by Tina Yothers) was the cute youngster in the family. The majority of the show's humor is derived from the tension between Alex's traditional mindset, Mallory's uninhibited consumerism, and their parents' attitudes (who grew up as the care-free non-materialistic children in the 1960s).
The episodes for season 1 are:
Episode 1: Pilot
Episode 2: Not with My Sister You Don't
Episode 3: I Know Jennifer's Boyfriend
Episode 4: Summer of '82
Episode 5: I Never Killed for My Father
Episode 6: Give Your Uncle a Kiss
Episode 7: Big Brother Is Watching
Episode 8: No Nukes Is Good Nukes
Episode 9: Death of a Grocer
Episode 10: Have Gun, Will Unravel
Episode 11: A Christmas Story
Episode 12: Oops
Episode 13: Sherry Baby
Episode 14: The Fugitive: Part 1
Episode 15: The Fugitive: Part 2
Episode 16: Margin of Error
Episode 17: French Lessons
Episode 18: I Gotta Be Ming
Episode 19: Suzanne Takes You Down
Episode 20: The Fifth Wheel
Episode 21: Stage Fright
Episode 22: Elyse D'Arc
Highly recommended sitcom full of amusing political banter between the parents (liberal democrats) and the son (conservative republican).