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Your Words Have Power

Valerie Alexander | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Valerie Alexander

I'm sure the writers of Gimme a Break had no idea that including the line, "Is that a Phi Beta Kappa pin?" might change someone's life, but it did, and that outcome should be on all our minds when we write, when we post, when we produce.

Emmy Flub: Larry Hagman (of All People!) Excluded From Special Memorial Tributes

Ed Martin | Posted 11.20.2013 | TV
Ed Martin

Let's remember that Dallas, the drama that made Hagman a household name, ran on CBS from 1978-1990, and was for many of those years the highest-rated series on television. Even when it began losing steam it remained in the coveted top ten.

Remembering 'Knots Landing' Star Julie Harris

Posted 08.25.2013 | TV

Julie Harris, Lilimae Clements to "Knots Landing" fans, has died. She was 87. The five-time Tony winner first made a splash on TV in the late 1940s...

Visible Family Ties

Jackie Gardina | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Jackie Gardina

Until states began to issue marriage licenses, there were no public records telling us who in our family tree might have identified as gay or lesbian. Instead, we were forced to search for aunts or uncles who never married, or for other signs that suggested we were not alone.

'Family Ties' Creator Dies

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 06.24.2013 | TV

Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy-winning creator of "Family Ties," died on June 23 of brain cancer, Variety reported. He was 68. Born in Brooklyn, Go...

Yes, That's Jennifer Keaton

Posted 02.27.2013 | TV

Tina Yothers is getting a makeover, courtesy of "What Not To Wear" this week. The former child actress, best known as Jennifer Keaton on "Family Ti...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Joseph Gordon-Levitt In His Adorable Early TV Years

Posted 02.06.2013 | TV

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who stars in the new, critically-acclaimed film "Lincoln," has been appearing on screen for two decades straight ... and he's on...

Dear, TV Theme Songs: Thank You for Being a Friend

Howard Jordan Jr. | Posted 10.04.2012 | TV
Howard Jordan Jr.

Television them songs can be broken down into three simple categories: the feel-good composition, songs that speak only to and about the show itself, and finally the powerhouse instrumentals.

WATCH: Meredith Baxter On Coming Out: 'The Best Possible Thing I Could Have Done'

Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Meredith Baxter, 64, has been an actress for more than 40 years. She is best known as Elyse Keaton -- the flower-child mom of Michael J. Fox's straigh...

To Be Or Not a Juror: It Ain't Easy to Be Selected

Michael Russnow | Posted 08.20.2011 | Comedy
Michael Russnow

It's interesting to be in a group representing so-called peers, which is the whole point of a jury, yet, looking around and listening to conversations, for the most part they're people with whom I have little in common. But maybe that's a good thing.

It Took a Village: Nature, Nurture and Pop Culture

Robyn Okrant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robyn Okrant

My ascent into womanhood was guided by my parents, influenced by my community, and shaped by Mrs. Keaton, Mrs. Huxtable, and Mrs. Seaver. Ok, yes, the...

John Travolta Reviving One Of His Old Classic Roles!

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

He's Vinnie Barbarino. Again! John Travolta will revive his classic "Welcome Back, Kotter" role in a cast reunion at the TV Land Awards, airing April...

Meredith Baxter To Oprah: I Felt Like 'A Fraud In My Own Life'

Huffington Post | Sara Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

Family Ties actress Meredith Baxter sat down with Oprah Winfrey Wednesday to talk about the revelations about coming out as a lesbian and her "abusive...

Meredith Baxter On Why She Stayed In Bad Marriage: 'I Didn't Know I Could Go'

Huffington Post | Sara Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

Meredith Baxter--the actress known for her role as Elyse Keaton on the '80s hit series Family Ties--appeared on the Today show Tuesday to talk about t...

Meredith Baxter: My Ex-Husband Hit Me

people.com | Blaine Zuckerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

They were costars on the romantic, early '70s sitcom Bridget Loves Birney, man and wife from 1974 to 1989, and they had three children together. B...

Young Actors in TV Roles: Why Can't a Teenager Be Played by a Real Teen?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

There's no reason why they can't find talented 18- to 20-year-old actors to play angst-ridden roles. It would make the stories that much more credible as the actors age in the course of the series length.

Brian Bonsall Sentenced To Two Years Probation After Pleading Guilty To Felony Menacing

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

BOULDER, Colorado — Former "Family Ties" actor Brian Bonsall has been sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to charges connecte...

Brian Bonsall, 'Family Ties' Actor Arrested In Boulder After Assault

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

BOULDER, Colo. — Police say a former cast member of the 1980s television show "Family Ties" has been arrested for investigation of assault in Co...

"Family Ties" Brian Bonsall Arrested

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Sad! Former child star Brian Bonsall, who played youngest sibling Andy Keaton on "Family Ties," was arrested in Colorado over the weekend. Now ...

Brian Bonsall Charged With Assault: Former 'Family Ties' Actor Hit Friend With Broken Stool

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

BOULDER, Colo. — Former "Family Ties" actor Brian Bonsall has been charged in Colorado with second-degree assault after police say he repeatedly...

One WASP's take on The N Word

Roderick Spencer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Roderick Spencer

As a white man in a black family, I can say with some authority, the word "n****r" has a lot of different meanings, and context is crucial to understanding why it persists in our language.

A Father's Day Memory

Gary David Goldberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gary David Goldberg

When we came around the corner we saw my dad. He was up on a stool, his back to us, chalk in one hand, cigarette in another. He had been diagnosed with the lung cancer that would eventually kill him.