Advent Calendar House

🎄 It’s 1983, and Young Republican Alex P. Keaton is sick and tired of hearing “Merry Christmas.” It was a different time. Join us as we airlift our dirty laundry back to before Back to the Future for a Scrooge Sunday edition of Family Ties, in which Michael J. Fox is taken 30 years into the future to fix his family.


🎙 Guests:

Molly Patton (, @molly_patton, @MoMakesStuffUp).

Joey O. (Y-Not Radio, Words With Nerds, @imgonnadj24).


💬 Topics & Tangents:

1. Michael Gross (Steven) on making the Christmas movie Noelle.

2. Chris Hebert (Young Alex) in Fuzzbucket.

3. Justine Bateman as Mallory as the Ghost of Christmas Future is the Best Dressed Ghost of Christmas Future.

4. Justine Bateman as Lady Zara, Superman’s long-lost betrothed wife-to-be on Lois and Clark.

5. Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter (Elyse) as Santa and Mrs. Claus in the 2015 Lifetime Original Movie, Becoming Santa.

6. The time I went shopping on Christmas Day in the year 2000 and ended up finding the loneliest Hollywood Video employee.


📼 Retro Commercial Break:

Atari Christmas Commercial, 1983.


🎤 And Now, These Messages:

The Christmas Alphabet Podcast, Christmas from A to Z.


“Family Ties” and “A Keaton Christmas Carol” © 1983 Paramount Pictures Corp.

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Title: Family Ties: A Keaton Christmas Carol

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