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1. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Fathers and Lovers (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.4
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Melissa peruades Lee to take a job at the DAA, while she resists her father's pressure to make a real estate investment.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Ramsey Fadiman, Winnie Holzman | Director: Peter O'Fallon | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

2. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Legacy (1989)

Drama, Romance

9.4
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Michael plans a dinner party for his boss, which does not have the anticipated effect, and Elliot and Nancy decide to remarry.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Joseph Dougherty | Director: Scott Winant | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

3. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: A Stop at Willoughby (1991)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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Long hours and a demanding client stress Michael to the limit.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Joseph Dougherty | Director: Timothy Busfield | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

4. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: A Wedding (1991)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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Billy's family and Ellyn experience doubt on the eve of the wedding.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Jill Gordon | Director: Scott Winant | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

5. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Best of Enemies (1989)

60 min | Drama, Romance

9.3
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Hope writes an article which initially antagonizes, then reconciles Gary and Susannah to the Steadmans.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Joseph Dougherty, Wes Irwin | Director: Joseph Dougherty | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

6. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Closing the Circle (1991)

60 min | Drama, Romance

9.3
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Agency crises and administration of Gary's estate pull Michael in opposite directions.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Richard Kramer, Paul Monette | Director: Richard Kramer | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

7. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Couples (1987)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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A night out with friends degenerates as Nancy and Elliot's marital woes become apparent.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick | Director: Marshall Herskovitz | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

8. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Fighting the Cold (1991)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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An incident and the results of Nancy's surgery force everyone to re-evaluate lives and futures.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Joseph Dougherty | Director: Joseph Dougherty | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

9. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Guns and Roses (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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Nancy's problems with cancer therapy affect her relationships with her children; Elliot is jealous of award-nominee Michael.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Liberty Godshall | Director: Ken Olin | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

10. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: New Baby (1989)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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Susannah gives birth to a baby girl after struggling with many fears.

Writers: Ann Lewis Hamilton, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick | Director: Marshall Herskovitz | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

11. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Pilgrims (1989)

60 min | Drama, Romance

9.3
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Elliot moves back home and Ethan is afraid he will leave again.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Richard Kramer | Director: Ken Olin | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

12. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Separation (1988)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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Elliot temporarily moves in with Michael and Hope after separating from Nancy.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Susan Shilliday | Director: Peter Horton | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

13. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: The Burning Bush (1989)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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The long-time friendship Hope and Ellyn share withstands the present conflict between them when Ellyn gets involved with a married man.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Susan Shilliday | Director: Mary Beth Fielder | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

14. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: The Go Between (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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Michael fails as a mediator for a company in their attempt to buy out Miles, and he fires Elliot as part of a new plan to take over the agency.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Joseph Dougherty | Director: Scott Winant | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

15. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: The Guilty Party (1990)

60 min | Drama, Romance

9.3
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Hope throws a surprise party for Michael to ease her guilt over attention to the baby; guest Renee Taylor.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Winnie Holzman | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

16. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: The Haunting of DAA (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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A founder haunts Michael after Miles orders him to cut DAA's staff.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Ann Lewis Hamilton | Director: Joseph Dougherty | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

17. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: The Mike Van Dyke Show (1988)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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Michael struggles with the Christmas season and Hope finds out she's pregnant. Michael views the events similar to the a black and white Dick Van Dyke episode...in this case the 'Mike Van Dyke.'

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Wes Irwin | Director: Ron Lagomarsino | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

18. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Therapy (1988)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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Elliot and Nancy seek professional help for their troubled marriage; Michael finds it hard to keep it a secret.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Susan Shilliday | Director: Marshall Herskovitz | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

19. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Three Year Itch (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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Michael is so consumed with his career that he is not aware Hope feels drawn towards John Dunaway.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Ann Lewis Hamilton | Director: Victor Du Bois | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

20. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Whose Forest Is This? (1988)

Drama, Romance

9.3
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Nancy and Elliot's separation takes its toll on their son; Elliot prepares for a blind date with a chiropractor.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Richard Kramer | Director: Peter Horton | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

21. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: About Last Night (1989)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Gary and Susannah attempt to come to terms with accidental pregnancy.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Tammy Ader, Ann Lewis Hamilton, Wes Irwin | Director: Gary Sinise | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

22. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Courting Nancy (1989)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Elliot challenges Matt to an unspoken competition for Nancy's love.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Wes Irwin, Susan Shilliday | Director: Ken Olin | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

23. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Going Limp (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Elliot has to overcome self-doubt and the skepticism of others when he directs a television commercial.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Hugh O'Neill | Director: Melanie Mayron | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

24. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Happy New Year (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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A mysterious phone call changes the Steadmans' reminiscence-filled New Year's Eve party.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Richard Kramer | Director: Victor Du Bois | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

25. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Her Cup Runneth Over (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Jeffrey and his daughter come to live with Ellyn after his marriage breaks up and all threee of them face some rough times.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Winnie Holzman | Director: Timothy Busfield | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

26. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Hopeless (1991)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Volunteer Hope befriends two homeless-shelter occupants.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Liberty Godshall | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

27. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Housewarming (1987)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Michael and Hope race to renovate their crumbling mansion for a huge housewarming party.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick | Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

28. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: I'm Nobody, Who Are You? (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Gary takes a teaching job and both he and Susannah contend with resentment towards their affluent friends, Michael and Hope.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Winnie Holzman | Director: Richard Kramer | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

29. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: In Re: The Marriage of Weston (1988)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Elliot and Nancy continue with divorce proceedings as each reflects back on some of the happy times of their relationship.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Wes Irwin, Susan Shilliday | Director: Peter Horton | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

30. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Melissa and Men (1991)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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An art gallery wants to exhibit Melissa's photos about her failed relationships.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Winnie Holzman | Director: Randall Miller | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

31. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Michael Writes a Story (1989)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Michael takes a writing class, but the quality of his writing improves only after he deals with some other areas of his life.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Joseph Dougherty, Wes Irwin | Director: Tom Moore | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

32. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Mr. Right (1989)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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When Melissa uses a video dating service service to find the ideal date, she learns that the not-so-ideal date is the one she really wants.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Jill Gordon | Director: Scott Winant | Stars: Corey Parker, Stephen Burleigh, Timothy Busfield, Susie Duff

33. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Nancy's First Date (1988)

60 min | Drama, Romance

9.2
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Melissa's burgeoning romance slows when she learns he doesn't want any more kids. Nancy has her first date since the separation.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Susan Shilliday | Director: Ron Lagomarsino | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

34. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Nancy's Mom (1989)

60 min | Drama, Romance

9.2
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Nancy's mom comes to visit and she and Elliot vie for Nancy's time, affection and future.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Ann Lewis Hamilton | Director: Ron Lagomarsino | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

35. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: New Job (1989)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Hope competes with Michael's new job for his attention after the miscarriage of their baby.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Ann Lewis Hamilton, Wes Irwin | Director: Joshua Brand | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

36. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: New Parents (1989)

60 min | Drama, Romance

9.2
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Gary and Susannah confront issues surrounding their return to work and the care of their new baby.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Ann Lewis Hamilton | Director: Gary Sinise | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

37. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: No Promises (1989)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Ellyn must face some difficult truths about herself and her complicated relationship with her parents.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Liberty Godshall, Wes Irwin | Director: Ken Olin | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

38. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Payment Due (1989)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Ellyn is hospitalized for a bleeding ulcer and estranges her friends and lover.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Wes Irwin, Cynthia Saunders | Director: Ron Lagomarsino | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

39. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Post-Op (1990)

60 min | Drama, Romance

9.2
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After Nancy's surgery, the family is united in their desire to see Nancy conquer cancer, yet they struggle with fear.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Susan Shilliday | Director: Peter Horton | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

40. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Prelude to a Bris (1990)

60 min | Drama, Romance

9.2
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Michael and Hope debate over a bris for Leo; guests Barbara Barrie, Alan King.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Richard Kramer | Director: Richard Kramer | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

41. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Pulling Away (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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When Michael is promoted to Creative Director he doesn't know how to handle his new position and creates some tensions between himself and Elliot.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Joseph Dougherty | Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

42. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Samurai Ad Man (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Elliot and Michael secretly help Minnesota Brands take over DAA; Miles fights the move.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Joseph Dougherty | Director: Joseph Dougherty | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

43. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Second Look (1991)

60 min | Drama, Romance

9.2
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Nancy's upcoming surgery places great strain on her family and friends.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Ann Lewis Hamilton | Director: Ken Olin | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

44. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Success (1989)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Elliot and Michael's ad agency founders toward bankruptcy as Melissa's career takes off with an assignment to photograph Carly Simon.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Wes Irwin | Director: Ron Lagomarsino | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

45. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: The Difference Between Men and Women (1991)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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The men plan a bachelor party for Billy; the women try to think of something different for Ellyn.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Winnie Holzman | Director: Timothy Busfield | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

46. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: The Distance (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Susannah's New York job offer threatens her relationship with Gary; Ellyn ponders her relationship with Jeffrey.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Joseph Dougherty | Director: Melanie Mayron | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

47. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: The Other Shoe (1990)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Nancy gets involved with some new friends who also have cancer and unintentionally ostracizes her family.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Joseph Dougherty | Director: Ken Olin | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

48. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Trust Me (1989)

Drama, Romance

9.2
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Melissa and Gary contemplate having a baby together even though Michael, Ellyn and Hope are against.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Wes Irwin, Richard Kramer | Director: Steven Robman | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

49. Ed (2000–2004)
Episode: Two Days of Freedom (2002)

Comedy, Drama

9.2
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Add a Plot

Creators: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett | Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen, Jana Marie Hupp, Josh Randall

50. thirtysomething (1987–1991)
Episode: Undone (1988)

60 min | Drama, Romance

9.2
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Michael's old girlfriend from college pays a visit.

Writers: Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick | Director: Dan Lerner | Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton