By watching every old episode of Family Ties, I am discovering a lot of things about myself. But the best part is, nearly EVERY famous 80s actor has been on that show: Tom Hanks (alcoholic/fugitive Uncle Ned), Gina Davis (Karen the inept housekeeper), River Phoenix (Alex's brilliant 13-year-old geometry tutor), Cory Feldman (Jennifer's rival in a speech competition), Martha Plimpton (abused shoplifter whom Mallory befriends in season 5), Scott Valentine (Mallory's Rambo-esque boyfriend, Nick), of course Tracy Pollan (Alex's girlfriend, Ellen, and real-life wife!!), and in later episodes Courtney Cox (Alex's later girlfriend, Lauren). I'm sure there will be more to come. It's fascinating.