Check out how YOUNG Tom Hanks looks in this shot. As I recall, he was Elyse's alcohol troubled younger brother who hits a low point later in the episode when he swigs a bottle of vanilla extract in the kitchen because it's the only booze he can find in the house. Notice Jennifer's "Mork From Ork" suspenders.
Ah, the kitchen. Didn't everyone have a commercial grade Viking range in their kitchen? I have no idea why, but the "Kiss the Cook" sign on the island absolutely epitomizes the show for me. In my imagination, it was Steven who decided this needed to be here. So sensitive and caring... Also, the wallpaper is so perfect for this house. You feel like you're being hugged when you're in this room. Again, I am overwhelmed by the sheer volume of objects in the kitchen; the plants, spices and all of the magnets on the fridge--remember when magnets used to stick to the refrigerator?
Ooh, tile countertops--before granite took the world by storm. My aunt and uncle used to have a kitchen that looked very similar to this: tile counters, country wooden cabinets with ceramic drawer pulls and leaded glass windows in the upper cabinets. I will admit that the tile was never really a good idea since keeping it clean was a full time job, but when they remodeled, it broke my heart.
And then, there was Alex P. Keaton. Oh, there were other characters and notable they were, but none more than Alex, around whom the entire show revolved. Alex was an old-school Republican, back when that stood more for fiscal conservatism rather than any other extreme affiliation. The photo of William F. Buckley Jr. over his bed pretty much says it all, as well as the various references to his "Nixon rattle" that he played with as a baby and the "Little Republicans Pop Up Book" that he later reads to Andrew as a bed time story. Elyse and Steven often stood back in befuddlement regarding their son because they could not fathom how they could possibly have created such an individual. In one episode, Skippy the kid next door finds out that he was adopted. He asks Alex how he would feel if he found out that HE was adopted. Alex's response: "It would explain a lot."
I hope you enjoyed reminiscing with me. All photos are courtesy of NBC via Architectural Digest.