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Recast Family Ties

Recast Family Ties and Win a Prize!

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,

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)

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alethe16 alethe16 9 years
Elyse Keaton: Cynthia Nixon Steven Keaton: James Spader Alex P. Keaton: Justin Long Mallory Keaton: Maggie Gyllenhaal Jennifer Keaton: AnnaSophia Robb
-Maryan- -Maryan- 9 years
Elyse Keaton- Ali Larter Steven Keaton- Hugh Laurie Alex P. Keaton- Rupert Grint Mallory Keaton- Mila Kunis Jennifer Keaton- Abigail Breslin
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Elyse Keaton: Olivia d'Abo (The Wonder Years, older sister) Steven Keaton: Jason Bateman (fitting, don't you think?) Alex P. Keaton: Shawn Pyfrom (Desperate Housewives, Andrew) Mallory Keaton: Mila Kunis (The perfect ditzy brunette) Jennifer Keaton: Dominique Saldaña (Unaccompanied Minors, little sister)
Sugie Sugie 9 years
Elyse Keaton: Felicity Huffman Steven Keaton: Matthew Broderick Alex P. Keaton: Zac Efron Mallory Keaton: Kimberly Kardashian Jennifer Keaton: Amy Bruckner
tammy2 tammy2 9 years
Elyse Keaton - Robin Wright Penn Steven Keaton - Hugh Laurie Alex P. Keaton - Emile Hirsch Mallory Keaton - Amanda Bynes Jennifer Keaton - Abigail Breslin
Cucumber334 Cucumber334 9 years
Alex- Kyle Gallner Elyse- Sherilynn Fenn Steven- Enrico Colantoni Mallory- Alia Shawkat Jennifer- Christina Robinson (Astor from Dexter)
DJCulture DJCulture 9 years
Alex- Michael Cera Elyse- Felicity Huffman Steven- David Scwimmer Mallory- Miley Cyrus or Vanessa Minnelo Jennifer- Dakota Fanning
azulskies azulskies 9 years
Elyse Keaton - Kelly Rowan Steven Keaton - Stephen Collins Alex P. Keaton - Adam Brody Mallory Keaton - Christina Ricci Jennifer Keaton - Amy Davidson
sfmastiffmom sfmastiffmom 9 years
How about a cast of musicians? :) Elyse Keaton (Madonna) Steven Keaton (Henry Rollins) Alex P. Keaton (Justin Timberlake) Mallory Keaton (Kelly Clarkson) Jennifer Keaton (Miley Cyrus)
bobo2854 bobo2854 9 years
Elyse Keaton: Lynne Spears Steven Keaton: Charlie Sheen Alex P. Keaton: David Archuleta Mallory Keaton: Kaley Cuoco Jennifer Keaton: Chloe Moretz
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Elyse Keaton: Ally Walker Steven Keaton: Matthew Broderick Alex P. Keaton: Anton Yelchin Mallory Keaton: Zooey Deschanel Jennifer Keaton: Vivien Cardone
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Shouldn't it be "Reagan-loving?", Buzz?
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
Alex P Keaton: Michael Cera Mallory: Mila Kunis Jennifer: Abigali Breslin or Elle Fanning Elise: Kelly Rowan Steven: Tate Donovan
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
Elyse Keaton: Lauren Graham Steven Keaton: Matthew Perry Alex P. Keaton: Adam Brody Mallory Keaton Mila Kunis Jennifer Keaton Miley Cyrus
smugirl smugirl 9 years
Elyse Keaton: Faith Ford Steven Keaton: John Stamos Alex P. Keaton: Michael Cera Mallory Keaton Margo Harshman Jennifer Keaton Amy Bruckner
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Elyse Keaton - Connie Britton Steven Keaton - Woody Harrelson Alex P. Keaton - Drake Bell Mallory Keaton - Lyndsy Fonseca Jennifer Keaton - Abigail Breslin
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Elyse Keaton - Kristine Sutherland Steven Keaton - John Corbett Alex P. Keaton - Joseph Gordon-Levitt Mallory Keaton - Mila Kunis Jennifer Keaton - Dakota Fanning
The-Pickle The-Pickle 9 years
Alex P. Keaton -- Justin Long Mallory -- Vanessa Minnillo Jennifer -- Noah Cyrus (Miley's younger sister) Elyse -- Rachel Griffiths Steven -- Ron Livingston Extra Credit: Skippy, neighbor with crush on Mallory -- Michael Cera Nick, wanna-be artist boyfriend of Mallory's -- Seann William Scott Where's my shirt, yo?
banquetbabe banquetbabe 9 years
great old show
supertramp supertramp 9 years
Elyse Keaton: Felicity Huffman Steven Keaton: Hugh Laurie Alex P. Keaton: Shia LaBeouf Mallory Keaton: Rachel Bilson Jennifer Keaton: Elle Fanning
jasmint jasmint 9 years
Ah, I loved this show! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!
alynn alynn 9 years
Elyse Keaton - Allison Janney Steven Keaton - J.K. Simmons Alex P. Keaton - Zac Efron Mallory Keaton - Lacey Chabert Jennifer Keaton - Abigail Breslin
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