Parents' Guide to

Family Ties

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Classic 1980s sitcom's messages still ring true today.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 6+
age 16+

Sex in every episode

While this show seems like a cutesy old television show, it is just like friends. Friends centers around sex. So, in conclusion, this shows that this show is inappropriate to young viewers.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (11):

This iconic series set trends of its own, finding heartfelt entertainment in the ups and downs of one of TV's most believable TV families. During its seven-year run in the '80s, Family Ties did a lot more than just making it cool to don a calculator watch and tie like Alex. The Keatons were symbols of a new kind of American household, where both parents were successful professionals and shared domestic duties. Despite the Keatons' vastly different views -- which often led to some heated discussions -- the result was a heartwarming family atmosphere where everyone had a voice and loved ones always pulled together in the end.

In addition to common teen woes like dating and applying to college, the series also tackled serious topics like racial tension, alcoholism, drug addiction, and teen pregnancy, so some of the content may be on the mature side for young kids. But through every trial, Steven and Elyse remained positive role models who offered messages of tolerance, respect, and self-awareness -- making this series still an excellent choice for families. If you can look past the shoulder pads and big hair, you'll find timeless stories and positive lessons that resonate today with the same force as they did in the '80s.

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