Family Ties was one of the first of a wave of family comedies that emerged in the 1980's. With a rocky start in the ratings, Family Ties rose to number 2 after it was placed in the prized time-slot right after The Cosby Show and remained there from 1984 until 1987. The series centered around the Keaton family, Steven and his wife Elyse.
For years the main characters have remained in the story. Others came and went sometimes for short periods and sometimes for many episodes.
They helped to make the story more exciting.
Some of the main chracters were Alex, Elyse, Mallory, Andrew, Jennifer and Steven.
Each episode was a story on its own but it formed part of the whole story.