thirtysomething (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 ... See full summary »

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 Elliot Weston (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Ellyn Warren (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Hope Murdoch Steadman (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Gary Shepherd (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Melissa Steadman (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Michael Steadman (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Nancy Krieger Weston (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
Brittany Craven ...
 Janey (66 episodes, 1987-1991)
Lacey Craven ...
 Janey (66 episodes, 1987-1991)
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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29 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Timothy Busfield was actually 29 when he was cast in the pilot. He grew a beard so that he would look old enough to play the part of the thirty-something Elliot. See more »

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Ellyn Warren: I mean, Michael's cute and all, but how much fun can it be sitting at home watching him sulk night after night?
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Crazy Credits

Throughout season 1 and season 2 Elliot's and Ellyn's names are spelled incorrectly in the opening credits. Elliot's is spelled with two 't's ("Elliott"), and Ellyn's is spelled with a second 'e' instead of a 'y' ("Ellen"). "Ellyn" is not corrected until the first episode of season 3 (3.1 "Nancy's mom") and "Elliot", not until the fourth episode of season 3 (3.4 "new baby"). See more »

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ThirtySomething was a great show
18 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I miss watching this show. It was entertaining and thoughtful in some cases such as when Nancy had cancer. The cast handled divorce, the perils of daily life, issues with kids, love with each other, etc. I think the men seemed to be kind of immature compared to Hope and Nancy, but I loved all the characters regardless of how they acted. I looked forward to my weekly time with them. I was only in my early to late 20's when it was on, but I can say that some of the angst that they went through, I also went through, so in some of the episodes I could relate. I wish it were still on although at this point we would be calling it FiftySomething. LOL!!


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