Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!
For this recast challenge let's journey back to the '80s and take a look at one of my all-time favorite sitcoms, Family Ties. Every week from 1982 to 1989, families across America tuned in to watch and laugh as the hippie Keaton parents attempted to relate to their ideologically opposite children. Some of the funniest, most memorable scenes resulted from clashes between Elyse and Steven and their young Republican, Reagan-loving son Alex, played by Michael J. Fox.
If you could choose a new cast for an updated version of this show, who would you pick to play gentle-natured mom Elyse and left-leaning dad Steven? What young actor could portray an uptight, older-than-his years (George Bush-loving?) but totally crushworthy teenage son? Who would you choose for oldest sister Mallory, who's more concerned with the mall and boys than current events? Finally, recast the youngest sibling Jen, who is generally the voice of reason even though her sane words fall on deaf ears.
Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, April 1, complete with a "new" cast photo.
To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt, read more
Characters to recast
Elyse Keaton (Meredith Baxter-Birney)
Steven Keaton (Michael Gross)
Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox)
Mallory Keaton (Justine Bateman)
Jennifer Keaton (Tina Yothers)
The BuzzSugar t-shirt