4. “Family Ties,” told the story of ex-hippie parents who have now settled down with jobs and now living in the suburbs raising a family that consists of a dedicated republican son. Michael J Fox plays the hard-right “Alex P. Keaton.” He idolized Nixon and Reagan, so that should tell you something. He also had sisters Mallory and Jennifer. Mallory was heavy into boys and fashion. Jennifer was more of a tomboy. This eclectic blend of characters made for big laughs.
3. “Small Wonder” was about a dad who was a Robotics Engineer who created a female robot in the hopes it would help handicapped kids. He ends up bringing her home and passing her off as his daughter. It sounds crazy, but for the time it worked.
2. “Different Strokes” has to be one of my favorite shows ever! It featured Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as African-American brothers Arnold and Willis Jackson who get adopted by a wealthy businessman named Phillip Drummond (played by Conrad Baine). The two lived in Harlem and get moved to Manhattan to live with Drummond after their mother passes away. Drummond also had a teenage daughter named Kimberly who was played by Dana Plato. The show pretty much revolved around Arnold trying to make the adjustments of being from the inner city and now being wealthy and living with a White family.
1. “Bosom Buddies,” told the tale of two buddies Kip and Henry, who in order to live in a super affordable apartment in New York, disguise themselves as women to live in a “women-only” complex. It was one of the vehicles that helped to launch the careers of Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. It was only on for two seasons, but it was one of those I had to watch.
Again, these aren’t ranked, because I can’t rank them. I love them all like you love your kids. You may have one that you do like better, but you would never tell.