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Thirtysomething 

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Seven thirtysomethings living in Philadelphia struggle with everyday adult angst.
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1991   1990   1989   1988   1987  
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 26 wins & 63 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Timothy Busfield ...  Elliot Weston 85 episodes, 1987-1991
Polly Draper ...  Ellyn Warren 85 episodes, 1987-1991
Mel Harris ...  Hope Murdoch Steadman 85 episodes, 1987-1991
Peter Horton ...  Gary Shepherd 85 episodes, 1987-1991
Melanie Mayron ...  Melissa Steadman 85 episodes, 1987-1991
Ken Olin ...  Michael Steadman 85 episodes, 1987-1991
Patricia Wettig ...  Nancy Krieger Weston 85 episodes, 1987-1991
Brittany Craven Brittany Craven ...  Janey 66 episodes, 1987-1991
Lacey Craven Lacey Craven ...  Janey 66 episodes, 1987-1991
Luke Rossi Luke Rossi ...  Ethan Weston / ... 41 episodes, 1987-1991
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Hope and Michael are a married couple in their thirties, living in Philadelphia, and struggling with everyday adult angst. Michael runs an ad agency with his friend Elliot, whose marriage to Nancy is beginning to show the cracks of age, as is the friendship between Hope and her best friend Ellyn. Michael's best friend, Gary, on the other hand, is trying to get on with his womanising life, and get over the mutually-destructive affair he had with Michael's cousin, Melissa. It all sounds like just another soap, but is given a unique atmosphere by the production team (the Bedford Falls company, also responsible for 'My So Called Life') whose intelligent scripts, believable characters and frequent dips into the slightly surreal world of the character's minds places the series as one of the highlights of the late 1980s. Written by Spiral Lobster <discordia@tanagra.demon.co.uk>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirtysomething See more »

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Runtime:

(85 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character 'Michael Steadman' was ranked #46 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue). See more »

Quotes

Prof. Gary Shepherd: I think I'm missing the relationship chromosome.
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Crazy Credits

The early episodes in Season 1 featured scenes under the opening credits that were yet to be broadcast. See more »

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Referenced in Frasier: Fortysomething (1994) See more »

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If I may beg to differ.
22 April 2002 | by youroldpaljimSee all my reviews

A lot of snooty critics raved about this show when it was first on. I could never figure out what people found so appealing about this show. Lots of women seemed to like it. I'm a guy and I hated this show. In fact most guys I knew hated it. I only knew one guy who liked it and he was a wimp. Once this show came on and my brother wanted to watch it because he wanted to see if it was really as obnoxious as I said it was. Half way into the show he asked me to pass him the "clicker" and changed the station and said "This show isn't as bad as you said it was...Its worse!"

What really irked me about this show was here were a bunch of young, good looking, well to do people with attractive spouses, living in nice homes, went to fancy schools, had good jobs, drove cars that cost more than many families earn in year, and all they do is whine! People tell me I'm supposed feel sorry for these vain, vapid and vacuous people. Why? What was the message of this show? Smug, whining yuppies have it tough?

Sorry, burn me for heresy but I just can't feel their pain.

Thank you and have a nice day! Your pal jim.


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