On Episode 114 of the RETROZEST podcast, Curtis celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the great TV Sitcom FAMILY TIES! Beginning on September 22, 1982, and running for seven seasons, this program aired on NBC. Created by Gary David Goldberg, the show captured the transition in American culture from the cultural liberalism of the 1960s and 1970s to the conservatism of the 1980s. The interaction between teenage Republican Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) and his ex-hippie parents, Steven and Elyse Keaton (Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter-Birney), was a notable example of how this culture was expressed. Along for the ride are Alex’s sisters; fashion-conscious, gossipy Mallory (Justine Bateman); and tomboy Jennifer (Tina Yothers). Other show regulars were Marc Price, Brian Bonsall, Tracy Pollan, Courteney Cox and Scott Valentine.
Joining Curtis to assist is John Wentworth, former CBS/Paramount TV Exec who began at Paramount TV just after the Family Ties premiered. John was heavily involved with the promotion and production of the show; so he has some great behind-the-scenes stories! This is a great inside look at the this wonderful TV sitcom (which happens to be one of Curtis’ favorites)!
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