Stars Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter share the same birthday: 21 June 1947. Gross was born in Chicago and Baxter was born in L.A.
Series was set in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
The producers originally wanted Matthew Broderick to play Alex P. Keaton, but the actor had to decline the role when his father became terminally ill. Ironically, Broderick’s father James Broderick played Meredith Baxter’s father on the drama “Family” (1976).
Alex’s hero is Richard Nixon. Skippy (the perpetual Alex wanna-be) admired Gerald Ford.
Ed O’Neill was considered for the role of Steven Keaton.
The black Labrador that appeared after the closing credits with the voice over ‘Sit Ubu, sit’ was producer Gary David Goldberg’s dog, Ubu.
The show was modeled after producer Gary David Goldberg and wife Diane’s real-life experiences as former ‘hippies’ transforming into suburban family life.
Michael J. Fox added the P. in Alex P. Keaton as an ad-lib in his audition, the writers loved it and kept it. Michael J. Fox almost didn’t get the role of Alex – due to the fact that NBC exec Brandon Tartikoff didn’t find it believable that Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross would have a son that was so short.
When Meredith Baxter became pregnant during the hiatus between the second and third seasons, her pregnancy was written into the show. However, she still was written out of several episodes after giving birth to twins in real life.
According to Michael J. Fox’s last “Spin City” (1996) episode, Alex P. Keaton became a Junior Congressman from Ohio.
Tracy Pollan, who played Alex Keaton’s girlfriend Ellen, later married Michael J. Fox in real life.