insanely jealous boyfriend Ivo claimed to have dated him).
Unfortunately his sitcom Family Ties (1982-89) wasn't.
It was one of the 1980s "family values" comedies, like Growing Pains, Life Goes On, and Home Improvement. about liberal ex-hippies (Meredith Baxter Birney, Michael Gross) with politically conservative kids (Scott Valentine was daughter Mallory's boyfriend). Michael played the teen Alex P. Keaton, a Young Republican whose money-grubbing provides most of the jokes.
Gay people did not exist in the world of Family Ties -- if they did, Alex's ultra-liberal parents would certainly have had gay friends. However, sometimes Alex plays the "is he gay?" game. In order to impress a girl, he dons an apron to cook dinner. When Dad criticizes this gender transgression, he counters "I hope you don't mind -- I borrowed your apron. I got quiche on mine." The joke plays with the expression "Real men don't eat quiche."
In "Little Man on Campus," he fails his first test, and asks his sister Mallory why she fails so often:
Mallory: When I take a test...my mind starts wandering.
Alex: What do you think about?
Alex: (Waits for the howls of laughter to subside). Let's hope it's different for me.
Teen Wolf, marking even nonsexual friendships as bad, wrong, and disquieting.
How does someone who is so gay-friendly play someone so anti-gay on tv?
It was the 1980s?
See also: My Date with Michael J. Fox.