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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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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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Prof. Gary Shepherd: I think I'm missing the relationship chromosome.
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The early episodes in Season 1 featured scenes under the opening credits that were yet to be broadcast. See more »

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I loved Thirtysomething
14 June 2002 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Yeah, so they were yuppies, and yes they whined. so what. I loved this program when it first ran. And I watched every episode when it was shown this year on Bravo. Thank you, Bravo! I was disappointed to find out that it was the producers (Hershkovitz and his partner) who had pulled the plug on it back it 1991. They thought that 4 years was enough. It just dropped out of the Fall lineup, so there was never ever any closure to the plot line. Very Disappointing!


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