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List of Family Ties episodes

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The NBC sitcom Family Ties aired from September 22, 1982 to May 14, 1989 with a total of 176 episodes produced.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
122September 22, 1982 (1982-09-22)April 4, 1983 (1983-04-04)56[1]
222September 28, 1983 (1983-09-28)May 10, 1984 (1984-05-10)4216.0 [2]
324September 20, 1984 (1984-09-20)March 28, 1985 (1985-03-28)522.1
FilmSeptember 10, 1985 (1985-09-10)
424September 26, 1985 (1985-09-26)May 1, 1986 (1986-05-01)230.0
530September 25, 1986 (1986-09-25)August 13, 1987 (1987-08-13)232.7
628September 13, 1987 (1987-09-13)May 1, 1988 (1988-05-01)1717.3
726October 30, 1988 (1988-10-30)May 14, 1989 (1989-05-14)3514.5 [3]


Season 1 (1982–83)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"Pilot"Asaad KeladaGary David GoldbergSeptember 22, 1982 (1982-09-22)001
Alex escorts a pretty socialite to a dance at her country club.
22"Not With My Sister You Don't"Tony MordenteLloyd GarverSeptember 29, 1982 (1982-09-29)004
Alex heads the household when Elyse and Steven go away for the weekend.
33"I Know Jennifer's Boyfriend"Michael ZinbergGary David GoldbergOctober 6, 1982 (1982-10-06)003
Jennifer gets picked on when she befriends a boy at school.
44"Summer of '82"Tony MordenteMichael J. WeithornOctober 27, 1982 (1982-10-27)007
Seduced by an "older woman" of twenty-one (Amy Steel), the hitherto inexperienced Alex is devastated to learn that she thinks of their relationship as casual.
55"I Never Killed for My Father"Dick MartinKimberly HillNovember 3, 1982 (1982-11-03)008
A visit from Steven's father (John Randolph) evokes confrontation between the two.
66"Give Your Uncle Arthur a Kiss"Will MackenzieLloyd Garver & Gary David GoldbergNovember 10, 1982 (1982-11-10)012
Mallory is horrified and confused when a close family friend and older business associate of her father's makes a pass at her.
77"Big Brother is Watching"Alan BergmannRuth BennettNovember 17, 1982 (1982-11-17)013
As the new editor of his school paper, Alex uncovers a cheating scandal and to everyone's chagrin, prints a list of students who were caught including Mallory.
88"No Nukes Is Good Nukes"Frank BonnerRuth BennettNovember 24, 1982 (1982-11-24)009
To the dismay of the Keaton children and their equally conservative grandparents (Dick Sargent and Priscilla Morrill), Steven and Elyse take time out Thanksgiving Day to attend an anti-nuke rally-and end up spending the holiday in jail.
99"Death of a Grocer"Will MackenzieMichael J. WeithornDecember 1, 1982 (1982-12-01)011

Though Alex loves working at Mr. Adler's "Mom and Pop" grocery store, to the old man's dismay, he quits to "climb the corporate ladder" at an ultramodern supermarket.

Note: This episode marks the debut of Marc Price in the recurring role of Skippy Handleman.
1010"Have Gun, Will Unravel"Alan BergmannRuth BennettDecember 8, 1982 (1982-12-08)006
The Keatons consider buying a gun for protection after getting burglarized.
1111"A Christmas Story"Will MackenzieJoanne PagliaroDecember 15, 1982 (1982-12-15)014
When a blizzard forces the Keatons to spend Christmas at home, Elyse's gift to Steven an album filled with fascinating old photos sparks flashbacks to the births of their three children.
1212"Oops"Tony MordenteJoanne PagliaroDecember 22, 1982 (1982-12-22)005
Mallory resents Elyse for the advice she gives her pregnant friend.
1313"Sherry Baby"Tony MordenteBarbara HallJanuary 12, 1983 (1983-01-12)015
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.
1414"The Fugitive, Part 1"Will MackenzieMichael J. WeithornJanuary 19, 1983 (1983-01-19)016
Elyse's younger brother (Tom Hanks) and Alex's idol, Ned, makes a surprise visit. However, everyone is puzzled by the go-getter corporate executive's suspicious behavior.
1515"The Fugitive, Part 2"Will MackenzieMichael J. WeithornJanuary 26, 1983 (1983-01-26)017
With the FBI hot on Ned's heels for embezzling 4.5 million dollars in corporate funds, Elyse's ethical brother and Alex's idol tells the family why and where he hid the money.
1616"Margin of Error"Tony MordenteMichael RussnowFebruary 9, 1983 (1983-02-09)018
Alex amasses a bundle by playing the stock market on paper for his economics class, and courts disaster by secretly investing his father's money.
1717"French Lessons"Tony MordenteRuth BennettFebruary 16, 1983 (1983-02-16)019
Mallory's handsome but shy French tutor, Jeff, finally musters up the nerve to ask her out and then courts disaster by enlisting Alex's advice on how to behave on the date.
1818"I Gotta Be Ming"Sam WeismanDouglas WymanFebruary 23, 1983 (1983-02-23)020
As Big Brother to a 10-year-old Vietnamese boy, Alex tries to mold Ming into his own image, and he learns an unforgettable lesson when he breaks a promise to the adoring child.
1919"Suzanne Takes You Down"Will MackenzieRuth BennettMarch 16, 1983 (1983-03-16)010
Soon after freelance architect Elyse Keaton hires her friend Suzanne Davis to handle clerical chores, she wants to fire the under-qualified, overly aggressive secretary.
2020"The Fifth Wheel"Andrew McCulloughRuth Bennett & Michael J. WeithornMarch 28, 1983 (1983-03-28)022
Alex gets stuck babysitting for his little sister Jennifer, who is fed up with feeling in the way at his poker game and decides to disappear.
2121"Stage Fright"Sam WeismanRuth Bennett & Michael J. WeithornApril 4, 1983 (1983-04-04)021
While gearing up to face the television cameras as captain of his high school's team on "Quiz-Em", Alex panics at first when a teammate drops out and then launches a tutoring program a la Eliza Doolittle for his sister Mallory.
2222"Elyse D'Arc"Michael ZinbergMichael J. WeithornApril 11, 1983 (1983-04-11)002
Elyse gets so wrapped up in work that she neglects her family.

Season 2 (1983–84)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
231"Tender is the Knight"Sam WeismanRuth BennettSeptember 28, 1983 (1983-09-28)023

When pretty Carrie Newman and her mother Julia come to visit the Keatons, Carrie's forward behavior sends Alex into a panic.

Note: First episode featuring a bearded Steven Keaton which he will keep for the remainder of the series. Michael Gross had grown the beard between seasons 1 and 2 while appearing in a Broadway production.
242"The Homecoming"Sam WeismanDouglas WymanOctober 12, 1983 (1983-10-12)027
When Mallory's boyfriend Jeff arrives home from college and wants to go steady, she's elated, but it's soon apparent that he's a little awed by school and merely grasping at the familiar.
253"The Harder They Fall"Sam WeismanRich ReinhartOctober 19, 1983 (1983-10-19)026
Alex anxiously awaits a crucial college recommendation from his English teacher (Edward Edwards).
264"This Year's Model"John PasquinSusan Borowitz & Richard RaskindOctober 26, 1983 (1983-10-26)032
Mallory secretly submits a picture of Elyse and herself to an ad agency for a mother-daughter-modeling contest.
275"Not An Affair to Remember"Sam WeismanRuth Bennett & Gary David GoldbergNovember 2, 1983 (1983-11-02)029
Steven's assistant (Judith Light) at the station is bright, talented, funny, and witty...and in love with him.
286"Speed Trap"Sam WeismanMichael J. WeithornNovember 9, 1983 (1983-11-09)025
When Alex takes diet pills for a lift during midterms, his dependency level increases daily.
297"Sweet Lorraine"Sam WeismanAlan UgerNovember 16, 1983 (1983-11-16)031
While working as a DJ at the school radio station, Alex strikes up a telephone friendship with caller Lorraine Ferrar (Carolyn Seymour).
308"Batter Up"Sam WeismanLisa A. BannickNovember 30, 1983 (1983-11-30)028
Steven and Elyse worry that the Jennifer's softball team coach is pushing the girls too hard.
319"A Keaton Christmas Carol"Will MackenzieStory by : Robert Caplain
Teleplay by : Rich Reinhart
December 14, 1983 (1983-12-14)037
A cynical Alex finds the spirit of Christmas in a dream.
3210"To Snatch a Keith"Sam WeismanAlan UgerDecember 21, 1983 (1983-12-21)024
Steven and Elyse realize how lucky they are when their friends come over for a visit, but are unaware that it will be for the last time.
3311"Birthday Boy"Will MackenzieMichael J. WeithornJanuary 5, 1984 (1984-01-05)033

On his 18th birthday, Alex defies his mother and goes off with some of his buddies to celebrate at an out-of-town nightclub.

Notes: Michael J. Fox and Crispin Glover would later star in Back to the Future together. John Putch also previously guest starred in the episode "Summer of '82" as the character Pete.
3412"Go Tigers"Will MackenzieMichael J. WeithornJanuary 12, 1984 (1984-01-12)036
Alex is both amazed and furious when a critical admissions interview at Princeton University is shattered by his hysterical sister Mallory.
3513""M" is for the Many Things"Will MackenzieLisa A. BannickJanuary 19, 1984 (1984-01-19)038
Elyse is shocked by her soon-to-be-divorced mother's quick and free-spirited plunge into the singles world.
3614"Say Uncle"Will MackenzieRuth BennettJanuary 26, 1984 (1984-01-26)039
Alex discovers that his idol, young Uncle Ned , has a serious drinking problem.
3715"Ladies' Man"John PasquinAlan UgerFebruary 2, 1984 (1984-02-02)040
Alex pretends to support the Equal Rights Amendment to impress a pretty feminist.
3816"Ready or Not"Lee ShallatRuth Bennett & Michael J. WeithornFebruary 9, 1984 (1984-02-09)041
Mallory turns to Alex for some advice when she begins to fear she'll lose her new boyfriend unless she agrees to his pleas for a more "adult" romance.
3917"Double Date"Will MackenzieDouglas WymanFebruary 16, 1984 (1984-02-16)044
Alex courts disaster when he invites two dates to the senior prom. He devises an elaborate scheme for escorting each of the unknowing girls on a night to remember.
4018"Lady Sings the Blues"Andrew McCulloughAlan Uger & Michael J. WeithornFebruary 23, 1984 (1984-02-23)042
Elyse is excited at the prospect of reviving her folk-singing career at a local nightclub.
4119"Baby Boy Doe"Will MackenzieRuth Bennett & Alan UgerMarch 8, 1984 (1984-03-08)045
When Alex's pal Skippy discovers he's adopted, Alex helps him cope with the shocking news.
4220"The Graduate"Will MackenzieRuth Bennett & Lloyd GarverMarch 15, 1984 (1984-03-15)043
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.
4321"Diary of a Young Girl"Sam WeismanRuth BennettMay 3, 1984 (1984-05-03)034
In the hospital awaiting a tonsillectomy, Jennifer fears she may never see her family again.
4422"Working At It"Sam WeismanLloyd GarverMay 10, 1984 (1984-05-10)030
Elyse feels the need to expand her horizons.

Season 3 (1984–85)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
451"The Gambler"Will MackenzieAlan Uger & Michael J. WeithornSeptember 20, 1984 (1984-09-20)046

Elyse is stricken with gambling fever on a business trip to Atlantic City. While on a roll with Alex's "foolproof" blackjack system, she's oblivious to her family and job.

Note: This episode was produced during Season 2.
462"Here We Go Again"Will MackenzieRuth Bennett & Alan UgerSeptember 27, 1984 (1984-09-27)047
The news that their mother is pregnant sends the three Keaton kids into an angry outburst resulting in a family battle.
473"Little Man on Campus"John PasquinMichael J. WeithornOctober 4, 1984 (1984-10-04)050

Alex is thrilled to be taking a college course taught by one of his personal heroes, Professor Ephraim Bronski. In his eagerness to impress the teacher he gets off to a bad start and is humiliated by his idol when he fails the first class assignment.

Note: Michael McGuire as 'Professor Bronski' and Timothy Busfield as 'Doug' appear as guest stars in this episode.
484"Love Thy Neighbor"Will MackenzieStory by : Rich Reinhart
Teleplay by : Alan Uger & Michael J. Weithorn
October 11, 1984 (1984-10-11)054

Little Jennifer is thrilled about getting a visit from her former neighborhood pal, Scott, whom she hasn't seen in five years.

Note: This is the first episode that Meredith Baxter does not appear in due to her pregnancy.
495"Keaton and Son"Will MackenzieLissa LevinOctober 18, 1984 (1984-10-18)052

Alex reluctantly accepts a part-time job with his father at the non-profit station, and his dad is bursting with pride to have him following in his footsteps.

Note: Second episode that Meredith Baxter does not appear in due to her pregnancy.
506"Fabric Smarts"Will MackenzieLloyd GarverOctober 25, 1984 (1984-10-25)048
Mallory's enthusiasm for her part-time job at a boutique causes her grades to slip even lower than usual.
517"Hotline Fever"John PasquinMarc LawrenceNovember 1, 1984 (1984-11-01)055

As an economics student, Alex finds it demeaning to be forced into a public service position, but his experiences at the crisis center gives him a new outlook on life.

Note: Third episode that Meredith Baxter does not appear in due to her pregnancy.
528"4 Rms Ocn Vu"Lee ShallatAlan Uger & Lawrence UgerNovember 8, 1984 (1984-11-08)057

While Steven and Elyse are away on vacation, Mallory accidentally crashes her parents' car into a telephone pole. The kids need to raise money for auto repairs and decides to turn the Keaton house into a hotel.

Note: Fourth episode that Meredith Baxter does not appear in due to her pregnancy.
539"Best Man"John PasquinAlan UgerNovember 15, 1984 (1984-11-15)051

Alex cannot accept the fact that he and everyone around him are growing up, and desperately clings to his old ways.

Note: Lily Mariye guest stars in this episode as Eleanor, to whom Doug (Timothy Busfield) wants to wed. Also Tate Donovan appears as 'Clancy' one of Alex & Doug's poker friends.
5410"Lost Weekend"Will MackenzieRuth Bennett & Michael J. WeithornNovember 22, 1984 (1984-11-22)049
Steven and Elyse plan a nostalgic weekend with the kids before the baby arrives, and are crushed to discover that the children are not at all interested in reminiscing about old times-they'd rather be with their friends.
5511"Don't Kiss Me, I'm Only the Messenger"Will MackenzieRuth BennettNovember 29, 1984 (1984-11-29)053

Alex plays Cupid to help his shy pal Skippy get together with Jane, the girl of his dreams, but his good intentions go awry when the girl falls for him instead.

Note: Michelle Meyrink guest star in this episode as 'Jane', Mallory's friend, and Skippy's latest infatuation.
5612"Help Wanted"Will MackenzieRuth Bennett & Michael J. WeithornDecember 6, 1984 (1984-12-06)056

Alex's chances for acceptance into a smug college fraternity are dependent upon him having a knockout date for the pledge dance.

Note: Fifth episode that Meredith Baxter does not appear in due to her pregnancy.
5713"Karen II, Alex 0"Lee ShallatLloyd Garver & Michael J. WeithornDecember 13, 1984 (1984-12-13)058

Alex's chances for acceptance into a smug college fraternity are dependent upon him having a knockout date for the pledge dance.

(Robert Pine and Christopher Rydell are guest stars in this episode) 
Note: Sixth episode that Meredith Baxter does not appear in due to her pregnancy.
5814"Oh Donna"Will MackenzieAlan UgerJanuary 3, 1985 (1985-01-03)060

Alex is a stand-in at a Lamaze class for a pregnant, single, college coeds. Alex's natural over-enthusiasm gets the best of him as he envisions nurturing a relationship with a girl named Donna (Isabelle Walker) and her unborn child, and leading it into marriage and a family. It takes Elyse to set him straight ... and even alert him to the possibility that Donna may not want to keep the baby.

Note: David Paymer & Julie Fulton appear as couple 'Larry & 'Suzie Harris' as guest stars in this episode. Also Jack Blessing & Karlene Crockett appear as couple 'Leonard & Marge' expecting twins.
5915"Auntie Up"John PasquinLawrence H. LevyJanuary 10, 1985 (1985-01-10)059

Mallory's beloved Aunt Trudy (Edith Atwater) suffers a fatal heart attack. Mallory falls into a deep depression, but matters are compounded when the family brushes her off to tend to what they feel are more important matters.

Note: Seventh episode that Meredith Baxter does not appear in due to her pregnancy.
6016"Philadelphia Story"Will MackenzieMichael J. WeithornJanuary 17, 1985 (1985-01-17)061

While doing a term paper for history class on colonial times, Alex suffers from some cold and falls asleep. In a dream, Alex becomes a Philadelphia stable boy who, with his friend Skipford (Marc Price in character as Skippy), experience the events leading to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Michael Gross doubles as a Steven Keaton-inspired Thomas Jefferson.

Note: James Cromwell as 'John Hancock' and Ben Piazza as both 'John Adams' and 'Ed Nelson' appear as guest stars in this episode.
6117"Birth of a Keaton, Part 1"Will MackenzieLloyd GarverJanuary 24, 1985 (1985-01-24)062

It's Pledge Week again at Steven's TV station but Alex, Mallory and Jennifer are not very enthusiastic about it this year. But after Steven is called home to deal with plumbing problems, Elyse performs on-air...and then goes into labor.

Note: John Hancock as 'Gus' and Ron Karabatsos as 'Bud' the plumber, appear both as guest stars in this episode.
6218"Birth of a Keaton, Part 2"Will MackenzieAlan Uger & Marc LawrenceJanuary 31, 1985 (1985-01-31)063

With Steven, Skippy, and the plumber stuck in the massive snowstorm, Elyse remains at the TV station in the final stages of labor.

Note: In addition to the aforementioned guest actors of the former episode, Shirley Prestia and William Cort as 'Dr.Witt', appear as guest stars in this second part of the episode.
6319"Cry Baby"Sam WeismanBruce David & Bruce HelfordFebruary 7, 1985 (1985-02-07)064
Newborn Andrew's arrival has been hard on the Keatons, with everyone going without sleep. Jennifer has taken the bundle of joy the hardest, eventually screaming that she hates Andrew and wishes he had never been born. Now the family have to decide how they can properly balance their time with Andrew and not alienate Jennifer. Finally realizing that she had done wrong, Jennifer apologises and ends up starting to get used to living with Andrew.
6420"Don't Know Much About History..."Sam WeismanMarc Lawrence & Michael J. WeithornFebruary 14, 1985 (1985-02-14)065
Rival tutors Alex & James (Jeffrey Joseph) both fall for an attractive coed (Nancy Everhard) they are tutoring. Their ill will toward one another explodes at a poetry reading, and they continue to verbally spar.
6521"Bringing Up Baby"Andrew McCulloughRich ReinhartFebruary 21, 1985 (1985-02-21)067

With two careers, three bickering children and one demanding baby, Steven and Elyse can't seem to find any time for each other. But when they do finally take the time for a quiet evening alone, they find out that they actually miss all of the chaos.

Note: Steven Peterman and Radha Delamarter appear in this episode as guest stars as the 'couple with a baby' in the restaurant.
6622"Cold Storage"Lee ShallatMarc LawrenceMarch 7, 1985 (1985-03-07)066

Skippy accidentally locks himself in the basement with Mallory while the rest of the Keatons are away visiting some of the acquaintances made at their past Lamaze classes. Mallory clashes at first over Skippy's unrequited feelings for her, but soon she realizes that, despite his quirks, he has been a kind and good friend to her.

Note: In this episode appear again as guest stars David Paymer & Julie Fulton as couple 'Larry & 'Suzie Harris' and Jack Blessing & Karlene Crockett as the couple with twins 'Leonard & Marge'.
6723"Remembrances of Things Past, Part 1"Sam WeismanGary David Goldberg & Alan UgerMarch 28, 1985 (1985-03-28)068
The Keatons visit Grandma, who has put her house up for sale now that Grandpa has died. But Steven's unresolved issues with his father continue to haunt him.
6824"Remembrances of Things Past, Part 2"Sam WeismanGary David Goldberg & Alan UgerMarch 28, 1985 (1985-03-28)069
Steven and his brother disagree about whether to accept the offer on their mother's house. Meanwhile, Steven visits his father's grave in order to make peace.

Film (1985)

The television film Family Ties Vacation aired two nights before the start of season four. The movie was later split into four individual episodes when the series entered syndication.

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
Family Ties VacationWill MackenzieGary David Goldberg & Michael J. Weithorn & Alan Uger & Marc LawrenceSeptember 10, 1985 (1985-09-10)
The Keatons take a vacation to England where Alex takes classes at Oxford University, having won a summer scholarship. While Alex struggles with fitting in and Mallory falls for his dormitory roommate William Clive-Hopkins (John Moulder-Brown), the family gets mixed up in international intrigue.

Season 4 (1985–86)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
691"The Real Thing, Part 1"Will MackenzieMichael J. WeithornSeptember 26, 1985 (1985-09-26)074

College Sophomore Alex dates a cute freshman he spotted in the school catalogue, but ends up falling for her roommate, Ellen (Tracy Pollan), instead.

In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode #76 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[4]
702"The Real Thing, Part 2"Will MackenzieMichael J. WeithornOctober 3, 1985 (1985-10-03)075
With encouragement from Elyse, Alex travels to Pennsylvania to tell Ellen how he feels, even though she has gone there to elope with her boyfriend.
713"Mr. Wrong"Will MackenzieAlan UgerOctober 17, 1985 (1985-10-17)073
Mallory brings home her new boyfriend, Nick Moore (Scott Valentine), who looks to be exactly the type of guy Steven and Elyse hoped their daughter wouldn't get involved with.
724"Designated Hitter"John PasquinStephen J. CurwickOctober 24, 1985 (1985-10-24)070

Jennifer defends her boyfriend (Noah Hathaway) from the attacks of a bully (Danny Nucci) with complications. In the subplot, Alex is devastated when Mallory scores higher than he does on an IQ test.

Note: This episode was produced during Season 3.
735"Don't Go Changin'"Asaad KeladaMarc LawrenceOctober 31, 1985 (1985-10-31)079
Alex tries to change his personality to impress Ellen's artsy & dancing friends. As a subplot, Steven balks at having to go to Elyse's book club meetings during football games.
746"The Old College Try"Barbara SchultzRuth BennettNovember 7, 1985 (1985-11-07)076
Mallory upsets Elyse when she announces that she is not going to college.
757"My Tutor"Sam WeismanJace RichdaleNovember 14, 1985 (1985-11-14)080
To help him with math, Alex hires a tutor who he later learns is a fourteen-year-old named Eugene (River Phoenix). Eugene then falls for the younger Jennifer. However, he soon realizes it's a mistake when Jennifer acts her age and embarrasses him at a party. The subplot has Steven working tirelessly on the family budget.
768"Mr. Right"Sam WeismanAlan UgerNovember 21, 1985 (1985-11-21)081
Nick decides that he wants to impress Steven and Elyse and enlists the help of Alex, who turns Nick into a clone of himself.
779"Just One Look"Andrew McCulloughStory by : Paul Wolff
Teleplay by : Gary David Goldberg & Michael J. Weithorn
December 5, 1985 (1985-12-05)082
Steven's old college buddy Richard Schofield (Robert Desiderio) comes to town. Steven then learns that Elyse and Richard were previously in a relationship, which sends him into a jealous rage.
7810"How Do You Sleep?"John PasquinMarc LawrenceDecember 12, 1985 (1985-12-12)083

Alex has trouble sleeping, and his problems affect the whole family, much to their displeasure.

Note: This is the fifth episode of the sitcom where its opening title sequence got moved for after the first scene of the episode and not used as its opening sequence. (Not counting the cold opening sequences as follow up of episodes split in two)
7911"You've Got a Friend"John PasquinRuth BennettDecember 19, 1985 (1985-12-19)085
Alex and Mallory catch a young girl, Jessie (Martha Plimpton), stealing from the store where Mallory works, Mallory turns her in and then later decides to help the girl and befriend her. However, Jessie may not be ready to accept Mallory's offer.
8012"Nothing But a Man"Will MackenzieStory by : Jurgen M. Wolf
Teleplay by : Jean Kraynak Brinck
January 2, 1986 (1986-01-02)086
Steven gets a long awaited promotion at the TV station, but his long work hours cause him to miss dinners (and just about everything else) with the family, even private time with Elyse. Meanwhile, Alex is dismayed when the only toy Andy will play with is a doll Ellen gave him. (Robert Costanzo, George Coe and John Hancock are the guest stars in this episode)
8113"The Disciple"Will MackenzieRich ReinhartJanuary 9, 1986 (1986-01-09)089

Jennifer asks Alex for help with her social studies class oral report, but Alex's intellect takes over the whole assignment, so that Jennifer's school is very impressed with the finished project but Jennifer does not understand a word of it herself.

Note: David Wohl as lawyer 'Ralph Boswell' and Belita Moreno as Jennifer's teacher 'Mrs. Pedroza', appear as guest stars in this episode. Also Corey Feldman and Amy O'Neill appear as some of the students at Jennifer's school.
8214"Where's Poppa?"Will MackenzieSusan Borowitz & Marc LawrenceJanuary 16, 1986 (1986-01-16)090
Alex sets up a reunion with Ellen and her father, Franklin Reed (Ronny Cox), who was absent for most of Ellen's childhood.
8315"Fool for Love"Lee ShallatMarc LawrenceJanuary 23, 1986 (1986-01-23)091
Skippy refuses to let go of feelings for Mallory, despite her dating Nick. (Jerry Hardin appears as guest star in this episode as 'Mr.Bidney'.)
8416"Checkmate"Sam WeismanMichael J. WeithornJanuary 30, 1986 (1986-01-30)092

Alex competes in the Chess match finals against Russia's top player, Ivan Rozmirovich (Albert Macklin). However, things start to go awry when Alex figures out that his opponent is attempting to throw the match.

Note: Alex Henteloff as 'the Russian Coach' and Elsa Raven as 'Mildred Atkins' one of the juries, appear as guest stars in this episode.
8517"Engine Trouble"John PasquinRuth BennettFebruary 6, 1986 (1986-02-06)093
When Alex and Elyse have to walk home after the car breaks down, they decide they should take a class in mechanics, but Alex soon turns it into a battle of the sexes. Meanwhile, Steven continuously denies that he is ill, although it clearly shows.
8618"A Word to the Wise, Part 1"Will MackenzieSusan Borowitz & Marc LawrenceFebruary 13, 1986 (1986-02-13)087
As Alex and Ellen celebrate their six-month anniversary, the Keatons regale Ellen with stories about Alex's past schemes.
8719"A Word to the Wise, Part 2"Will MackenzieSusan Borowitz & Marc LawrenceFebruary 13, 1986 (1986-02-13)088
After Ellen hears many wild stories about Alex, Alex begins to wonder whether she still wants to be his girlfriend.
8820"Art Lover"Andrew McCulloughBruce HelfordFebruary 20, 1986 (1986-02-20)094
Mallory becomes suspicious when a wealthy and beautiful older woman (Christine Belford) takes a special interest in Nick's artistic creations.
8921"Teacher's Pet"John PasquinMarc LawrenceMarch 2, 1986 (1986-03-02)095
Alex gets a position as an assistant professor at the college and convinces Ellen to enroll in the class that he is teaching. In the subplot, Steven wants to enroll a too-young Andrew into preschool, which Elyse opposes.
9022"My Buddy"Sam WeismanAlan UgerMarch 6, 1986 (1986-03-06)096

Steven has to learn to accept that Jennifer is growing up. The only way he can get any time with her is to take her to her Sunflower Girls meeting, where he sticks out like a sore thumb. Meanwhile, Alex goes out early on a Saturday to fight a traffic ticket he feels he didn't deserve.

Note: Miriam Flynn in the role of 'Mrs. Carpenter' and Anne Marie McEvoy as 'Alice', appear as guest stars in this episode.
9123"Once in Love with Elyse"Sam WeismanMichael J. WeithornMay 1, 1986 (1986-05-01)097
Elyse must deal with Paul (Peter Scolari), a young architect associate who has fallen in love with her.
9224"Paper Chase"Sam WeismanSusan BorowitzMay 8, 1986 (1986-05-08)098

Mallory faces the possibility of not graduating high school unless she passes a tough final oral exam taken by 'Mrs. Hillman' (Gracie Harrison) her strict history teacher.

Note: This was the last episode featuring Tracy Pollan as Ellen Reed, although she will appear in the season 5 2-part episode "It's My Party", which was originally produced for Season 4.

Season 5 (1986–87)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
931"Be True to Your Preschool"Sam WeismanMarc LawrenceSeptember 25, 1986 (1986-09-25)100

Steven and Elyse enroll 3-year-old Andrew in preschool, but it soon becomes clear that Alex objects to the school's values of sharing and cooperation.

First appearance: Brian Bonsall as Andrew Keaton.
942"Starting Over"Steven RobmanAlan VejarOctober 2, 1986 (1986-10-02)103
Ellen breaks up with Alex in order to take a scholarship in dancing she won at a prestigious Arts School in Paris, France. Distraught, Alex tries to cope with the breakup by re-entering the dating scene way too soon and meeting with 'Sharon' (Haviland Morris) a girl he never noticed before and who he tries to make look like Ellen as much as possible.
953"The Freshman and the Senior"Sam WeismanRuth Bennett & Marc LawrenceOctober 9, 1986 (1986-10-09)104
Mallory is teamed with 66-year-old Margaret Hollings (Julie Harris) on a college sociology project. Meanwhile, Alex is very interested to know what Steven and Elyse have written in their wills.
964"My Back Pages"Sam WeismanRuth BennettOctober 16, 1986 (1986-10-16)099
Steven's old college roommate comes for a visit and reveals he wants to re-launch their old magazine.
975"Beauty and the Bank"Asaad KeladaStephen J. CurwickOctober 30, 1986 (1986-10-30)105
Alex gets his dream job at the Harding Trust, only to find out his boss is an attractive woman named Rebecca Ryan (Melinda Culea). (Named on the episode credits as 'Debra Ryan')
986"Mrs. Wrong, Part 1"Sam WeismanAlan UgerNovember 6, 1986 (1986-11-06)101
Mallory is overwhelmed with all her obligations at school and at home, so she decides the best way to get out of them is to marry her boyfriend, Nick.
997"Mrs. Wrong, Part 2"Sam WeismanAlan UgerNovember 13, 1986 (1986-11-13)102
Nick and Mallory set out to elope, but not without waking everyone up. Now it's up to Alex to track them down at the justice of the peace.
1008"The Big Fix"John PasquinMichael J. WeithornNovember 17, 1986 (1986-11-17)084

Elyse plays matchmaker when she tries to fix up a lonely colleague with her neighbor's daughter Liz Obeck (Terry Farrell).

Note: This episode was produced during Season 4.
1019"My Brother's Keeper"Asaad KeladaSusan BorowitzNovember 20, 1986 (1986-11-20)107
Alex gets Skippy an interview with the Grant chapter of his fraternity, only to find out they plan to make Skippy the butt of a humiliating practical joke.
10210"High School Confidential"Mark W. TravisRuth BennettDecember 4, 1986 (1986-12-04)112
In order to teach an art class at the local youth center, Nick must get his high school diploma with help from Alex and Mallory.
10311"Paper Lion"Peter BaldwinWendy AaronDecember 11, 1986 (1986-12-11)106
Alex works on an important paper with his Economics professor, only to find out that their hypothesis is wrong. His professor goes ahead with plans to present the paper anyway.
10412"My Mother, My Friend"Lynn HamrickKate BoutilierDecember 18, 1986 (1986-12-18)113
Mallory brings home 'Allison' (Robin Morse) a friend studying an Architecture's major, and who has more in common with Elyse than Mallory herself. Mallory then becomes jealous of the attention her mom lavishes on the girl. Alex plays Scrabble with his game obsess Dad, Steven.
10513"Oh, Brother, Part 1"Sam WeismanAlan UgerJanuary 8, 1987 (1987-01-08)108
The Keatons are stunned when Uncle Rob visits and announces he's separated from his wife Maureen - and has already met someone else.
10614"Oh, Brother, Part 2"Sam WeismanAlan UgerJanuary 15, 1987 (1987-01-15)109
Rob's estranged wife Maureen shows up to tell the real story behind their separation. Although Rob stays single, he and Steve finally bond as brothers.
10715"Higher Love"Debbie AllenSusan BorowitzJanuary 22, 1987 (1987-01-22)116
Mallory begins to fall for the leader of her poetry group.
10816"Architect's Apprentice"Steven RobmanDavid Tyron KingJanuary 29, 1987 (1987-01-29)117
Nick convinces Steven to let him enter a contest to pick the sculpture for the newly remodelled lobby of WKS.
10917"A Tale of Two Cities, Part 1"Peter BaldwinMarc Lawrence & Alan UgerFebruary 5, 1987 (1987-02-05)114
While the Keaton kitchen gets remodelled, Alex and his boss, Rebecca, travel to Chicago for a conference, where they're forced to share a tiny room.
11018"A Tale of Two Cities, Part 2"Peter BaldwinMarc Lawrence & Alan UgerFebruary 12, 1987 (1987-02-12)115
Nervous about meeting her boss, Rebecca gets drunk and makes a fool of herself. Back at home, Steven refuses all help and wallpapers the kitchen himself.
11119"Battle of the Sexes, Part 1"Andrew McCullough & Sam WeismanStephen J. CurwickFebruary 19, 1987 (1987-02-19)110
Elyse, Mallory and Jennifer confront Steven and Alex after a disastrous dinner at a restaurant, and past incidents are recalled where gender played a role in their lives.
11220"Battle of the Sexes, Part 2"Andrew McCullough & Sam WeismanStephen J. CurwickFebruary 19, 1987 (1987-02-19)111
Alex continues to defend and debate his chauvinistic ways, citing Mallory's and Jennifer's past experiences. But in the end, they decide he's not so bad after all.
11321"Band on the Run"Andrew McCulloughSusan Borowitz & Marc LawrenceFebruary 26, 1987 (1987-02-26)118
Jennifer and her band, The Permanent Waves, try out for the homecoming dance at Leland College. They do so well Alex sees a chance to make money, and convinces them to let him be their manager.
11422"Keaton vs. Keaton"Sam WeismanStephen J. CurwickMarch 5, 1987 (1987-03-05)123
Alex and Mallory compete for a new $2,500 WKS scholarship.
11523"A, My Name is Alex, Part 1"Will MackenzieGary David Goldberg & Alan UgerMarch 12, 1987 (1987-03-12)119

When his friend Greg is killed in a car accident, Alex behaves erratically after the funeral. Eventually grief sets in, and he questions his own existence.

Notes: This two-part episode won the 1987 Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode number 68 on its '100 Greatest Episodes of All Time' list.[5] [6]
11624"A, My Name is Alex, Part 2"Will MackenzieGary David Goldberg & Alan UgerMarch 12, 1987 (1987-03-12)120
Now in therapy to deal with Greg's death, Alex talks about many episodes from his childhood - and his true feelings about his family.
11725""D" is for Date"Sam WeismanSusan BorowitzMarch 20, 1987 (1987-03-20)122
Jennifer plays dumb in order to date a good-looking jock named Tim (Wil Wheaton).
11826"Love Me Do"Sam WeismanMarc LawrenceApril 30, 1987 (1987-04-30)121
Skippy falls in love with Amy, a friend of Mallory's. Meanwhile, Steven plans a surprise birthday party for Elyse.
11927"The Visit"Sam WeismanMarc Lawrence & Alan UgerMay 7, 1987 (1987-05-07)124

Elyse's sister Michelle, her obnoxious husband (Stuart Pankin), and their bratty children come for a visit.

Note: The obnoxious son is played by Jeff Cohen, who previously played the annoying kid with the clapping hands hat in the episode "4 Rms Ocn Vu".
12028"Matchmaker"Barbara SchultzBruce David & Bruce HelfordJuly 23, 1987 (1987-07-23)072

Mallory—having recently broken up with Rick (rather than Nick, this episode was filmed 2 years prior and breaks continuity)—comes home after yet another disastrous date. Alex, determined to get Mallory to forget Rick and find her a boyfriend, uses Jennifer's computer to snare the perfect guy. But how will Alex respond when Mallory doesn't like the guy the computer chooses for her?

Note: This episode was produced during Season 3.
12129"It's My Party, Part 1"Asaad KeladaSusan BorowitzAugust 6, 1987 (1987-08-06)077

It's Jennifer's birthday, so she decides to invite the trendiest girls in school to her party. However, when the party proves lame, the cool girls leave, and she leaves with them. This two-part episode breaks continuity.

Note: This episode was produced during Season 4.
12230"It's My Party, Part 2"Asaad KeladaSusan BorowitzAugust 13, 1987 (1987-08-13)078

Now part of the trendiest clique in school, Jennifer talks valleyspeak and spends all her time at the mall. However, when she's caught cutting class, she's grounded and misses out on going to a baseball game with the family.

Note: This episode was produced during Season 4.

Season 6 (1987–88)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
"The Last of the Red Hot Psychologists"Sam WeismanMarc LawrenceSeptember 13, 1987 (1987-09-13)126
Alex meets Lauren Miller (Courteney Cox), a psychology major at Leland College, and the two become friends ... then much more ... when Alex participates in Lauren's study of overachievers. Also, Andy goes to his first day of Kindergarten and Jennifer goes to her first day of high school.
1253"Dear Mallory"Sam WeismanAlan UgerSeptember 20, 1987 (1987-09-20)125
Mallory is hired as advice columnist for the Columbus Shopper's Guide.
1264"The Other Woman"Asaad KeladaSusan BorowitzSeptember 27, 1987 (1987-09-27)130
Andrew feels ignored when Alex begins spending time with Lauren at the expense of brotherly bonding sessions.
1275"Dream Date"Andrew McCulloughKatie FordOctober 4, 1987 (1987-10-04)129
Jennifer uses a nerdy boy who has a crush on her as a stepping stone to win the heart of a teen heartthrob.
1286"Super Mom"Matthew DiamondAlan UgerOctober 18, 1987 (1987-10-18)132
Elyse must choose between working on a prestigious architectural account or spending time with her family.
1297"Walking On Air"Andrew McCulloughKatie FordOctober 25, 1987 (1987-10-25)131
Steven gets a reluctant Mallory a new job at WKS. Meanwhile, Alex leads the rest of the family on a cereal-sponsored search contest for $5,000.
1308"Invasion of the Psychologist Snatchers"Matthew DiamondMarc LawrenceNovember 1, 1987 (1987-11-01)133
Alex becomes insecure of Lauren's visiting ex-boyfriend.
1319"The Way We Were"Will MackenzieGary David GoldbergNovember 8, 1987 (1987-11-08)128
The Keatons get a first-hand lesson on Alzheimer's disease when Aunt Rosemary (Barbara Barrie) comes to visit and behaves erractically.
13210"Mister Sister"Kent BatemanSusan BorowitzNovember 15, 1987 (1987-11-15)134
Nick gets a job as the janitor at Mallory's sorority house, which leads to friction between them. Meanwhile, Steven and Alex try to teach Andy basketball.
13311"Citizen Keaton"Sam WeismanSusan Borowitz & Marc LawrenceNovember 22, 1987 (1987-11-22)135
Mallory runs for student body president of Grant College, and Alex agrees to be her campaign manager.
13412"Father Time, Part 1"Sam WeismanAlan UgerNovember 29, 1987 (1987-11-29)136
Steven's newly-divorced brother Rob comes to visit with his son and troubled daughter, who is rebelling against her dad.
13513"Father Time, Part 2"Sam WeismanAlan UgerDecember 6, 1987 (1987-12-06)137
Steven's rebellious niece defies her father, and has the Keatons examining the meanings of marriage, divorce and parenthood.
"The American Family"Sam WeismanKatie FordDecember 13, 1987 (1987-12-13)138
Lauren does a term paper on the typical American family, culling memories from the Keatons on their past.
13816"Anniversary Waltz"Sam WeismanAlan UgerDecember 16, 1987 (1987-12-16)035

Steven and Elyse argue for a week about their upcoming 20th anniversary party, leading the kids to remind them of their love for each other. This episode breaks the continuity of the 6th season.

Note: This episode was produced during Season 2.
13917"Miracle in Columbus"Lynn HamrickRob OkunDecember 20, 1987 (1987-12-20)141
Alex gets a job as a mall Santa, where he finally gets the spirit of Christmas after he hears a young girl's wish for her father to come home.
14018"The Play's the Thing"Debbie AllenDiane DixonJanuary 10, 1988 (1988-01-10)140
Steven tries to stage a radical play he wrote in the '60's, but Elyse is reluctant to play the lead role.
14119"The Spirit of Columbus"Sam WeismanCharles J. SchlotterJanuary 17, 1988 (1988-01-17)143
Nick sells one of his sculptures and so Alex starts to believe that Nick's art is worth something. So he makes Nick make 35 more of them to sell.
14220"The Blues Brother"Matthew DiamondBurt PretluskyJanuary 24, 1988 (1988-01-24)142
Alex encourages former blues musician Eddie Dupree (Brownie McGhee) to come out of retirement.
14321"Read It and Weep, Part 1"Sam WeismanMarc Lawrence & Alan UgerFebruary 7, 1988 (1988-02-07)144
Defying her school's policy, Jennifer writes a book report on the banned book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
14422"Read It and Weep, Part 2"Sam WeismanMarc Lawrence & Alan UgerFebruary 14, 1988 (1988-02-14)145
Jennifer's punishment for reading "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" escalates into legal action.
14523"Quitting Time"Matthew DiamondSusan BorowitzFebruary 21, 1988 (1988-02-21)147
When Lauren quits work on her psychology thesis, Alex begins to find her less interesting.
14624"Spring Reminds Me"Matthew DiamondKatie FordFebruary 28, 1988 (1988-02-28)146
Evelyn Mitchum (Constance McCashin), a former neighbor and mother of Mallory's childhood best friend Rosalie, who had committed suicide, visits the Keatons and reveals that she still has difficulty coping. Meanwhile, Steven unearths his old kit of magic tricks and starts driving the family crazy with them.
14725"The Boys Next Door"Sam WeismanTrish VrandenbergMarch 6, 1988 (1988-03-06)148
Elyse's nerdy high school friend visits for a class reunion, hoping to rekindle their relationship.
14826"Sign of the Times"Asaad KeladaMatthew MonaherMarch 13, 1988 (1988-03-13)150
Andy becomes friends with a new student who is deaf. But when the other kids start teasing him, Andy decides not to talk.
14927"Return of the Native"John PasquinLloyd GarverMarch 20, 1988 (1988-03-20)071

Cousin June (Danielle von Zerneck) returns to the United States after three years abroad in England. She has lots to tell, but the entire family has stories of their own. This episode breaks the continuity of the 6th season.

Note: This episode was produced during Season 3.
15028"Father, Can You Spare a Dime?"Andrew McCulloughBen Cardinale & Peter SchreiderMay 1, 1988 (1988-05-01)149
Nick is hurting for money after he is rejected for a bank loan, but he doesn't think his estranged father (Dan Hedaya) is the right person to lend him money either. Joseph Gordon Levitt appears as one of the children in Nick's art class.

Season 7 (1988–89)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1511"It Happened One Night"Matthew DiamondMarc LawrenceOctober 30, 1988 (1988-10-30)15426.1[7]16.0/24[7]
Steven, Elyse, and Andy go camping and Jennifer, Alex, and Mallory stay home. After realizing they should have gone with them, Jennifer, Alex, Nick, and Mallory head to the campground. But the car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and they must camp outside.
1522"Designing Woman"Matthew DiamondKatie FordNovember 6, 1988 (1988-11-06)15521.0[8]13.5/19[8]
Mallory gets a job at a fashion designing store but finds out her co-worker is stealing her designs.
1533"Truckers"Andrew McCulloughShannon GaughanNovember 13, 1988 (1988-11-13)15625.6[9]15.1/21[9]
Alex feels neglected when Andy would rather spend time with Nick's nephew than with him.
1544"Beyond Therapy"Sam WeismanKatie FordNovember 27, 1988 (1988-11-27)15822.4[10]14.9/21[10]
Lauren encourages Alex to join a therapy group to express his feelings more.
1555"Heartstrings, Part 1"Sam WeismanAlan UgerDecember 4, 1988 (1988-12-04)15130.1[11]17.6/26[11]
The family pulls together after Steven has a heart attack and has to undergo heart surgery.
1566"Heartstrings, Part 2"Sam WeismanAlan UgerDecember 11, 1988 (1988-12-11)15227.7[12]16.2/24[12]
While Steven is in heart surgery, the family holds vigil at the hospital.
1577"Heartstrings, Part 3"Sam WeismanAlan UgerDecember 18, 1988 (1988-12-18)15321.7[13]13.0/20[13]
Steven returns home from the hospital and tries to adjust to new restrictions in his life.
1588"Basic Training"Sam WeismanSusan BorowitzJanuary 1, 1989 (1989-01-01)15721.8[14]12.8/20[14]
Desperately seeking direction in life, Skippy decides to enlist in the Army. But is the Army the best career path for him? Meanwhile, Steven is not allowed to eat fattening foods because of his recent heart attack.
1599"Deja Vu"Matthew DiamondSusan BorowitzJanuary 8, 1989 (1989-01-08)16026.5[15]16.2/23[15]
Jennifer starts dating Mallory's ex-boyfriend's younger brother, Josh. But when Mallory finds out that Josh wants to follow in his brother's footsteps, she thinks that he will dump Jennifer just like Jeff dumped her.
16010"Nick's Best Friend"Sam WeismanKatie FordJanuary 15, 1989 (1989-01-15)15922.3[16]13.4/20[16]
Nick is reunited with his old dog Scrapper after his mother moves into an apartment that does not allow pets. But after the dog is struck by a car and critically injured, Nick is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision.
16111"Get Me to the Living Room on Time"Sam WeismanMatthew MonaherJanuary 29, 1989 (1989-01-29)16125.9[17]15.4/23[17]
Andy becomes friends with two senior citizens at a retirement home, Joseph and Eva. Steven decides to make them the focus of his new documentary. While the documentary is being recorded, Joseph proposes to Eva, who accepts. But Joseph's son, David, does not approve of their marriage.
16212"The Job Not Taken"Andrew McCulloughMarc LawrenceFebruary 5, 1989 (1989-02-05)16226.4[18]15.2/22[18]
When Alex's friend, Paul Corman, gets Alex a job, Paul gets fired. Alex starts to feel guilty, so he quits.
16313"The Wrecker's Ball"Sam WeismanDouglas WymanFebruary 12, 1989 (1989-02-12)16321.8[19]13.3/20[19]
When the first building Elyse designed faces the wrecking ball, the entire family rallies behind her attempts to block the demolition.
16414"My Best Friend's Girl"Sam WeismanBruce HelfordFebruary 19, 1989 (1989-02-19)16521.4[20]12.8/19[20]
Lauren tries to play matchmaker for Skippy as a favor to Alex, but Skippy ends up falling in love with her. Steven and Elyse both think they can teach Jennifer to drive better, so they compete. Maura Tierney plays Skippy's lab partner.
16515"'Til Her Daddy Takes the T-Bird Away"Matthew DiamondSusan BorowitzFebruary 26, 1989 (1989-02-26)16622.0[21]13.3/20[21]
Mallory's plans to buy a car from Nick's father's used car lot are stalled when Steven refuses to co-sign her loan.
16616"Simon Says"Matthew DiamondKatie FordMarch 5, 1989 (1989-03-05)16427.4[22]16.8/25[22]
Jennifer and Simon get jobs at a fast food restaurant. A ten-year-old paper girl (Jaclyn Bernstein) has an obsessive romantic crush on Alex.
16717"All in the Neighborhood, Part 1"Matthew DiamondRuth BennettMarch 12, 1989 (1989-03-12)16723.2[23]14.2/21[23]
When their African-American friends move into the neighborhood, the Keatons are shocked and saddened to learn racism still exists among some of their neighbors.
16818"All in the Neighborhood, Part 2"Matthew DiamondRuth BennettMarch 19, 1989 (1989-03-19)17022.3[24]14.4/22[24]
After their new neighbors' home is vandalized, the Keatons continue to battle racism in their own backyard and rally to support their friends.
16919"They Can't Take That Away From Me, Part 1"Matthew DiamondMarc LawrenceApril 2, 1989 (1989-04-02)17118.0[25]11.8/19[25]
With Lauren away, Alex begins tutoring a young co-ed (Jane Adams) and starts to develop romantic feelings for her.
17020"They Can't Take That Away From Me, Part 2"Matthew DiamondMarc LawrenceApril 9, 1989 (1989-04-09)17222.6[26]13.5/21[26]
On the brink of graduation, Alex must choose between Lauren and a pretty music student who has captured his attention.
17121"Rain Forests Keep Falling on My Head"Rita RogersBruce HelfordApril 16, 1989 (1989-04-16)17317.6[27]11.3/19[27]
When Jennifer becomes obsessed with saving the environment, she makes everybody use things that are not a hazard. Steven and Elyse suggest she see the school counselor.
"Wrap Around the Clock"Matthew DiamondKatie FordApril 23, 1989 (1989-04-23)168
The Keatons look back on pleasant memories while filling in Andy's time capsule.
17424"Mr. Keaton Takes a Vacation"Sam WeismanShannon GaughanMay 7, 1989 (1989-05-07)17416.7[29]10.5/17[29]
Steven finally expresses his true feelings about Nick when he moves in with the family for a week.
"Alex Doesn't Live Here Anymore"Sam WeismanSusan Borowitz & Katie Ford & Marc Lawrence & Alan UgerMay 14, 1989 (1989-05-14)175

When Alex lands his dream job in New York, everyone (except Elyse) is delighted for him. At the end of the show, the cast and the show's creator Gary David Goldberg come out for a final curtain call.

Note: In 2011, the series finale was ranked #24 on the TV Guide Network special, TV's Most Unforgettable Finales.[30]


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