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List of the best Family Ties episodes, as voted on by other fans of the series. With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Family Ties episodes of all time are. Fans of Family Ties are extremely passionate about the show, and there is often debate over which episodes are better than others. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

Episodes here include everything from "The Fugitive (1)" to "The Fugitive (2)." What is the best Family Ties episode of all time? Look below and find out.
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4 Rms Ocn Vu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Nov 08 1984
While Steven and Elyse are away on vacation, the Keaton house becomes a hotel for the weekend after Mallory accidentally crashes her parents' car into a telephone pole and the kids need to raise ...more

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44 7
Say Uncle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Jan 26 1984
Alex discovers that his idol, young Uncle Ned, has a serious drinking problem when the bright, but ill-fated corporate whiz kid returns for a visit after losing another job.

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50 11
The Real Thing (1) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Sep 26 1985
Alex implements a fail-proof, and extremely unromantic, method of meeting the girl of his dreams: He picks her from pictures in the freshman directory. His selection, Tricia, seems to fit his ...more

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41 7
The Real Thing (2) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Oct 03 1985
Alex realizes he must make Ellen aware of his feelings, but she is on a train on her way to marry another man, so he takes drastic measures to stop the wedding. The usually cool Alex decides he ...more

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9 0
A, My Name is Alex (1) is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Season 5 Episode 23: Alex questions the meaning of life when his friend dies in a car accident.

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36 6
Speed Trap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Nov 09 1983
When Alex takes diet pills for a lift during mid-terms, his dependency level increases daily. Alex is studying for several tests and convinces Mallory to obtain diet pills to help him stay ...more

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13 1
My Best Friend's Girl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Feb 19 1989
Lauren gets more than she bargained for when she begins counseling Skippy and he falls in love with her. When Jennifer arrives home with her learner's permit in hand and announces that she'd ...more

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21 3
Birthday Boy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Jan 05 1984
On his 18th birthday, Alex defies his mother and goes off with some of his buddies to celebrate at an out-of-town niteclub, and to his dismay, the irate Elyse shows up and confronts him.

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23 4
Philadelphia Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Jan 17 1985
The Keaton family is transported back in time when Alex dreams he is at the Constitutional Convention at 1776, but history is off track. Steven Keaton is Thomas Jefferson and has just turned ...more

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17 2
Birth of a Keaton (1) is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Jan 24 1985
To help Steven during pledge week at his TV station, the Keatons reluctantly agree to be a part of the entertainment, but the audience gets an unexpected show when Elyse goes into labor right on ...more

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16 3
Cold Storage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Mar 07 1985
With the rest of the family away for the weekend, Mallory is excited about having the house to herself until she is accidentally locked in the basement with the person she'd least like to be ...more

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11 1
Simon Says is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Mar 05 1989
Jennifer is caught in the middle when she begins working with her friend Simon. As Alex recoils at declarations of love from Marla, an 11-year-old newspaper delivery girl who has a huge crush on ...more

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14 2
Go Tigers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Jan 12 1984
Alex is both amazed and furious when a critical admissions interview at Princeton University is shattered by his hysterical sister Mallory, who feels her anger over discovering her boyfriend ...more

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14 2
A, My Name is Alex (2) is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Season 5 Episode 24: Alex questions the meaning of life when his friend dies in a car accident.

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14 2
The Gambler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Sep 20 1984
Elyse is stricken with gambling fever on a business trip to Atlantic City, and while on a roll with Alex's "foolproof" blackjack system, she's oblivious to her family and job. Excited ...more

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13 3
Not With My Sister You Don't is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Sep 29 1982
As head of the household while his parents are away for the weekend, an overly confident Alex throws a big bash, but when his sister Mallory leaves the party with the school Romeo, he's filled ...more

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10 1
The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Mar 15 1984
Alex is so sure that he will be named valedictorian of his class that he can't cope with the thought of being defeated by a girl especially his girl so his budding romance with Rachel is ...more

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10 1
Little Man on Campus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Oct 04 1984
Alex is thrilled to be taking a college course taught by one of his personal heroes, Professor Ephraim Bronski, but in his eagerness to impress the teacher he gets off to a bad start and is ...more

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11 2
Best Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Nov 15 1984
When his best friend, Doug, meets and falls in love with Eleanor, and decides to marry her, Alex resents the fact that someone has come between their friendship and refuses to be in the wedding. ...more

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12 3
It's My Party (2) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Aug 13 1987
In her quest to become one of the popular kids, Jennifer invites her trendy classmates to her thirteenth birthday party. When they become bored and begin grumbling at her ...more

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12 4
It's My Party (1) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Aug 06 1987
In her quest to become one of the popular kids, Jennifer invites her trendy classmates to her thirteenth birthday party. When they become bored and begin grumbling at her ...more

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8 1
Karen II, Alex 0 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Dec 13 1984
Alex's chances or acceptance into a smug college fraternity are dependent upon his having a knockout date for the pledge dance and when the girl cancels he pleads with Karen, the housekeeper, to ...more

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10 3
My Buddy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Mar 06 1986
Steven has a very difficult time accepting that his youngest daughter, Jennifer,is growing up and no longer wants to ""pal around"" with him. As Jennifer grows and finds new ...more

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13 6
Give Uncle Arthur a Kiss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Nov 10 1982
Mallory is horrified and confused when a close family friend and older business associate of her father, Steven, makes a pass at her. Arthur Cantrell has been a good friend of the Keaton's since ...more

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7 1
Sherry Baby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Jan 12 1983
When popular sorority girl Sherry Marshall befriends Mallory to get close to Alex, Mallory brings them together in hopes of joining Pi Nu but her plan backfires. Mallory's thrilled when Sherry ...more