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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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Say Uncle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Say Uncle 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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4 Rms Ocn Vu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
4 Rms Ocn Vu 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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The Real Thing (1) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
The Real Thing (1) 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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The Real Thing (2) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
The Real Thing (2) 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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Simon Says is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Simon Says 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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Speed Trap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Speed Trap 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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Go Tigers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Go Tigers 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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The Gambler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
The Gambler 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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My Best Friend's Girl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
My Best Friend's Girl 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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Birth of a Keaton (1) is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Birth of a Keaton (1) 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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Birthday Boy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Birthday Boy 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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Philadelphia Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Philadelphia Story 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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Cold Storage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Cold Storage 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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Little Man on Campus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Little Man on Campus 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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Not With My Sister You Don't is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Not With My Sister You Don't 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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It's My Party (2) is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
It's My Party (2) 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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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
The Graduate 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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Best Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Best Man 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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It's My Party (1) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
It's My Party (1) 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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Karen II, Alex 0 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Karen II, Alex 0 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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My Buddy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
My Buddy 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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Give Uncle Arthur a Kiss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Give Uncle Arthur a Kiss 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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Sherry Baby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Sherry Baby 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

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Family Ties Vacation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Family Ties Vacation Sep 23 1985 - In a television movie based on NBC-TV's comedy series "Family Ties," the Keaton family visits historic London for a vacation to be remembered. Steven and Elyse unwittingly become ...more

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A, My Name is Alex (2) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
A, My Name is Alex (2) Season 5 Episode 24: Alex questions the meaning of life when his friend dies in a car accident.

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A, My Name is Alex (1) is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
A, My Name is Alex (1) Season 5 Episode 23: Alex questions the meaning of life when his friend dies in a car accident.

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Nothing But a Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Nothing But a Man Jan 02 1986 - Steven gets the promotion he has been waiting years for, but as the new regional manager of the station, he is required to put in long hours at the office, and soon realizes he has no time for ...more

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Father Time (2) is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Father Time (2) Season 6 Episode 13: Uncle Rob's daughter can't cope with his divorce.

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The Harder They Fall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
The Harder They Fall Season 2 Episode 3: Alex anxiously awaits a crucial college recommendation from his English teacher.

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Alex Doesn't Live Here Any... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Alex Doesn't Live Here Anymore (2) Season 7 Episode 26: Alex bids a tearful goodbye to his family before moving to New York.

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It's My Party, Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
It's My Party, Part 1 Season 5 Episode 29: Jennifer feels out of place at her own thirteenth birthday party.

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The Visit is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
The Visit Season 5 Episode 27: Elyse's sister and her obnoxious family visit the Keatons.

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Love Me Do is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Love Me Do Season 5 Episode 26: Skippy makes a fool of himself over Mallory's new college friend.

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Once In Love With Elyse is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Once In Love With Elyse Season 4 Episode 23: Elyse's coworker tells her that he's in love with her.

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Truckers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Truckers Season 7 Episode 3: Alex feels left out when Andy begins making new friends.

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Beyond Therapy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Beyond Therapy Season 7 Episode 4: Lauren sends Alex to group therapy to get him to open up more.

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It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
It Happened One Night Season 7 Episode 1: The Keaton's camping trip turns into a comedy of errors.

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Starting Over is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Starting Over Season 5 Episode 2: Alex is on the rebound when Ellen leaves for Paris.

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Mrs. Wrong (1) is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Mrs. Wrong (1) Season 5 Episode 6: Nick and Mallory plan to elope when the Keaton's oppose their marriage.

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Mrs. Wrong (2) is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Mrs. Wrong (2) Season 5 Episode 7: The Keatons try to stop Mallory and Nick from eloping.

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High School Confidential is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
High School Confidential Season 5 Episode 10: Alex tutors Nick to help him earn his high school diploma.

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Alex Doesn't Live Here Any... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Alex Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1) Season 7 Episode 25: Elyse gets upset when Alex takes a job in New York.

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Mr. Keaton Takes A Vacation is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Mr. Keaton Takes A Vacation Season 7 Episode 24: Steven must confront his feelings about Nick when he moves in for a week.

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D is for Date is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
D is for Date Season 5 Episode 25: Jennifer plays dumb to impress a star athlete at school.

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Be True to Your Preschool is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Be True to Your Preschool Season 5 Episode 1: Alex objects to the teaching style at Andrew's elite pre-school.

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The Boys Next Door is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
The Boys Next Door Season 6 Episode 25: Roger, a former childhood neighbor of Elyse's visits. Roger was considered a nerd as a child, but is now a millionaire. He wants Elyse to be his date for a college reunion.

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Fool For Love is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Fool For Love Season 4 Episode 15: Skippy refuses to accept that Mallory is in love with Nick.

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Designing Woman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Designing Woman Season 7 Episode 2: Mallory discovers another employee is stealing her fashion designs.

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Mr. Right is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
Mr. Right Season 4 Episode 8: Nick takes on a polished image to win the approval of Steven and Elyse.

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My Tutor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Family Ties Episodes
My Tutor Season 4 Episode 7: A young genius falls for Jennifer while tutoring Alex in math.