Family Ties: A, My Name Is Alex (1987)


“…I used to think that way; I’m embarrassed by it now… that I could be so blind to his strength. He has great love, my father – not just for his family, but for life. He doesn’t have to make you wrong for him to be right; he doesn’t have to make you a loser to be a winner himself… I wish I was more like my father.” – Alex P. Keaton

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (12 Mar 1987 and 20 Feb 2022)

Brief Synopsis – After a tragic accident, Alex and his family must deal with the psychological aftermath.

My Take on it – As a kid, I was a HUGE fan of this TV show and when it recently came up during preparation for a podcast, I decided to check out this particular episode that is referenced.

The fact that a comedy show about a family could add so much tenderness and sensitivity to things is done spectacularly and helps make this story even more relevant to just about anyone tuning in.

They deal with the issues of death, grief and loss in such an amazing way

This is supposedly one of the most loved episode sin the series and that has much to do with the way that they play things out here.

Parts of the story are just in the character’s mind, but others are through the interactions with family and acquaintances that help keep things so poignant and profound throughout.

Michael J. Fox is superb in this episode and he ended up winning an Emmy that year for Best Actor and I wonder how much this episode was a factor in that award.

Watching just this one hour episode makes me want to revisit the entire series!

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Originally ran for an hour when it premiered. The second half was run without any commercials for dramatic effect. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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