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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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Series cast summary:
 Elliot Weston (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
 Ellyn Warren (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
 Hope Murdoch Steadman (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
 Gary Shepherd (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
 Melissa Steadman (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
 Michael Steadman (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
 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)


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





Release Date:

29 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die besten Jahre  »

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(85 episodes)

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Did You Know?


A scene included in the episode "Strangers" showing Russell (David Marshall Grant) and Peter (Peter Frechette) in a post-coital conversation is widely believed to be the first time gay male characters were ever shown in bed together in a sexual context on American network television. Although the other (heterosexual) couples on the show were frequently shown kissing and having sex scenes, and despite the fact that the scene contained no revealing nudity, no kiss, or even any physical contact at all between between Grant and Frechette, just the fact that the two men were implied to have just had sex was enough to prompt the loss of about US$1.5 million worth of advertising revenue when many of the show's advertisers withdrew their commercials. ABC responded by pulling the episode out of the rerun and syndication lineup, so it was only seen again once the show was released on DVD. Actor David Marshall Grant went on to a second career as a writer and producer of plays and TV shows, including the shows "Brothers & Sisters" and "Smash," both of which featured gay couples who display affection with little controversy. See more »


Ellyn's date: I think "I Love Lucy"'s overrated, myself.
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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 »


Spoofed in Stay Tuned (1992) See more »

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User Reviews

Much Missed
24 July 2004 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

Finest ensemble drama series I have ever seen. It's 13 years since it finished yet it's still keenly missed by it's many devotees. Ths is made worse because it's not available on video or DVD, unlike other series' made by it's creators.

It suffered from the label of being 'yuppie' & 'whiney', probably because the first series took a little time to settle into a rhythm. Yet it was anything but, being both serious and funny about the issues which affect everyone. Yet it never descended into a soap opera and the acting, writing and staging was of a consistently high standard. It's a pity that it ended so suddenly, without a real resolution.

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