Family Ties' Alex P. Keaton, conservative hero.

Family Ties' Alex P. Keaton, conservative hero.

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March 2 2007 7:16 AM

Reagan's Favorite Sitcom

How Family Ties spawned a conservative hero.

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Alex P. Keaton fits this vision perfectly. Throughout the show's run, he was on his own: His parents were liberal, his sister was a ditz, and his one conservative ally, Uncle Ned, was a fugitive and then a drunk. Still, he persevered. If those 2006 midterms in which Fox memorably intervened were the harbinger of a major Democratic resurgence, then these long-delayed DVDs might be arriving at just the right time.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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