While “Roseanne” centered around a working-class family that was used to having their electricity shut off for lack of payment, the Keatons were an upper class family. “Family Ties” followed former hippie parents Steven and Elyse raising a family in white suburbia. There was a lot of comedic tension between the peace loving parents and their oldest young Republican son Alex, played by Michael J. Fox. The cultural divide on the show highlighted the difference between parents of the 60’s and their children, who shunned the counterculture and embraced conservative politics and Reagonomics that was popular in the 80’s.