Family Ties “Help Wanted” (part 1 of 2)

It’s like I always say: There’s no better way to follow up a recap of an episode of Family Ties that guest stars a future Oscar winner than with another recap of an episode of Family Ties that guest stars a future Oscar winner.

Geena Davis first appeared on the show back in 1984 (which is actually the same year as Tom Hanks’ final appearance on the show) in the season 3 episode “Help Wanted”. On the strength of this episode and one more appearance, NBC gave Geena her own sitcom, the short-lived Sara. After that, she gained notice for a small role in Fletch, then went on to score leading roles in The Fly, then Beetlejuice, then The Accidental Tourist, then Thelma and Louise, and the rest is history.

Unlike the Hanks appearance, “Help Wanted” cannot be classified as a “very special episode” in any sense of the term, because it deals with absolutely no touchy subjects. In fact, this is one of those rare Family Ties episodes that’s genuinely funny, thanks mostly to Geena Davis’ warm and lovable screen presence.

To read the rest of this article, support the Agony Booth on Patreon.
This post is available to our patrons who pledge $2 or more per month on Patreon. Click the “Unlock with Patreon” button below to sign up with Patreon or to log in with your existing Patreon account.
Already a qualifying Patreon member? Refresh to access this content.
Multi-Part Article: Family Ties "Help Wanted"
TV Show: Family Ties

You may also like...

  • Albert Giesbrecht

    I had a crush on Geena Davis!

    • OreoMilkLover215

      Many did lol
      tall geena and shorter alex=great epie.both totally opposite, all we see is alex want this older lady so bad and she was a great sport about it, love the epi’s glad they are in re-runs now. been too long

  • OreoMilkLover215

    Alex is like almost not quite but almost a ft., shorter than the Very Tall(taller in high heels) tall lovely geena davis, who btw in early sixties,or almost sixty look just as lovely .. I always thought she is lovely in this and short but CONFIDENT alex,never care bout a woman height in this show,at all,as a guy who is short, long as he is average or good looking, handsome and smart,dont’ really care about height. Alex would’ve marry her probably in a ny minute. lol great episode. Have it on right now today on UP ! network. gotta record this one.

    • Christi.MexicanaPR

      we are the same height just about. i am out of heels oreo milk, 2 inches under her,so like 5’9 like talk show host on fox five, Wendy Williams. Karen same height i think 5’11. i love her,she was yes pretty and i like her personality clumsy sure lol but i love how ALEX did not care. Good episode right here. He was so into her older sexy type tall sexy woman who was 10 years old at least or more but he didn’t care. He just wanted her for him self.LOL I think yea even though he was shorter did not matter. he was a real cute good looking man. confident,so very,he was not at all insecure ya know. i luv this show, always will

  • Christi.MexicanaPR

    Gots to be 1 of the all time fave episode’s in tv pop culture. i just missed this one the other week gotta get it on DVD. The absolute best tv show ever was 80s,and a few in the late seventies,when i was born .
    i still watch family ties, and i record them when i can to save, until i get em’ on dvd from amazon
    so funny! love karen and alex

  • Yonagonaf

    Yonagonaf watched “The Kids of Degrassi Street”, “Degrassi Junior High” and “Degrassi High” when the television shows were in production.