The Talk: Meredith Baxter & Michael Gross Family Ties Reunion


The Talk: Family Ties Reunion

For seven seasons, they played a loving married couple on Family Ties. Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter starred as Steven and Elyse, who reunited on The Talk for Valentine’s Day.

The Talk: Michael Gross & Meredith Baxter

The Talk: Meredith Baxter & Michael Gross Family Ties Reunion

For Valentine’s Day, The Talk reunited Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross from Family Ties, 24 years after their classic sitcom came to an end. (s_bukley /


I was actually too young to enjoy Family Ties during its original airing, but I remember it being in syndication constantly during my childhood. Family Ties ended about 24 years ago, but that was not the last time the co-stars had seen one another.

“I can’t account for those 24 years right now,” Baxter said of the time lapse. They have gotten together occasionally through the years, but I guess time flies whether you are having fun or not.

Michael J. Fox turned 50 a few years ago, and for the big date, Gross wrote his co-star a note saying that Fox was now 15 years older than Gross had been at the start of Family Ties.


The Talk: Family Ties Michael Gross Casting

“I always said we were America’s favorite Caucasian couple,” Gross said of the show’s popularity, in reference to another ‘80s hit, The Cosby Show.

Baxter recalled that they connected almost instantly when they started working together on the family series. However, Gross was almost passed over for his most famous role.

Michael Gross explained that they were looking for a higher profile actor, and Gross’s resume consisted mostly of New York theater work and a few TV movies. The casting director ultimately responsible for his role ended up becoming his wife.

“I was the only person who slept with the casting director after he got the job,” he said of his timing.

The Talk: Meredith Baxter Parenting

Sara Gilbert recalled the parents as “cool Liberal hippies” who always knew just what to say. How did that compare to the actors’ real life parenting skills?

Meredith Baxter said she wished she had writers at home to help her sharpen her real life parenting skills. Gross said that his wife compared him to Captain Von Trapp from The Sound of Music in terms of parenting.

The Talk: Family Ties Reunion

In addition to Fox, Justine Bateman and Tina Yothers were the other TV kids from Family Ties. Are they still in touch with their fictional parents?

They do not always get together as a group as often as they would like, but Gross is ready to initiate another cast reunion. Justine and Tina are busy moms in real life, with two children each.

The Talk: Michael Gross Meredith Baxter Couple?

Did the famous co-stars ever hook up? They once worked on a Hallmark Christmas movie, Naughty Or Nice. It was filmed on location in a cabin, and they did end up sharing a bed together during the shoot, but nothing untoward happened.

You can relive the best moments from Family Ties on DVD.


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