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"Thirtysomething" (1987) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1987-1991

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Thirtysomething: Season 4: Episode 23 -- After returning from California, Michael faces decisions that will affect his personal and professional lives.
Thirtysomething: Season 4: Episode 23 -- After returning from California, Michael faces decisions that will affect his personal and professional lives.
Thirtysomething: Season 4: Episode 22 -- In Hollywood to photograph a TV star (Brooke Adams), Melissa gets caught in the bizarre machinations of television.
Thirtysomething: Season 4: Episode 21 -- Long hours and a demanding client stress Michael to the limit.

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Writers:
Edward Zwick (created by)
Marshall Herskovitz (created by)
Contact:
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
29 September 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Hope and Michael are a married couple in their thirties, living in Philadelphia, and struggling with everyday adult angst... See more »
Awards:
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 26 wins & 63 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"The show that's just like life, only with better writers." See more (21 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 73)

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 ... Janey (66 episodes, 1987-1991)
Lacey Craven ... Janey (66 episodes, 1987-1991)
Luke Rossi ... Ethan Weston / ... (41 episodes, 1987-1991)
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Series Directed by
Scott Winant (9 episodes, 1988-1991)
Ron Lagomarsino (7 episodes, 1988-1990)
Peter Horton (6 episodes, 1988-1990)
Ken Olin (6 episodes, 1989-1991)
Marshall Herskovitz (5 episodes, 1987-1989)
Joseph Dougherty (5 episodes, 1989-1991)
Richard Kramer (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Ellen S. Pressman (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Edward Zwick (3 episodes, 1987-1990)
Claudia Weill (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Dan Lerner (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Timothy Busfield (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tom Moore (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
John Pasquin (2 episodes, 1987)
Rob Cohen (2 episodes, 1988-1990)
Peter O'Fallon (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Gary Sinise (2 episodes, 1989)
Victor Du Bois (2 episodes, 1990)
Melanie Mayron (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Writing credits
Marshall Herskovitz (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
Edward Zwick (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
Joseph Dougherty (18 episodes, 1988-1991)
Wes Irwin (17 episodes, 1988-1989)
Richard Kramer (16 episodes, 1987-1991)
Ann Lewis Hamilton (15 episodes, 1988-1991)
Susan Shilliday (10 episodes, 1988-1991)
Winnie Holzman (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Liberty Godshall (7 episodes, 1987-1991)
Paul Haggis (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jill Gordon (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Jerry Stahl (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Series Produced by
Marshall Herskovitz .... executive producer (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
Scott Winant .... supervising producer / producer (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
Edward Zwick .... executive producer / producer (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
Ellen S. Pressman .... co-producer / producer / ... (84 episodes, 1987-1991)
Richard Kramer .... producer (64 episodes, 1988-1991)
Lindsley Parsons III .... coordinating producer (64 episodes, 1988-1991)
Jeanne Byrd .... associate producer (60 episodes, 1989-1991)
Joseph Dougherty .... producer (23 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ann Lewis Hamilton .... producer (23 episodes, 1990-1991)
Paul Haggis .... supervising producer (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
Victor Du Bois .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Original Music by
W.G. Snuffy Walden (42 episodes, 1987-1990)
Stewart Levin (41 episodes, 1987-1990)
Jay Gruska (19 episodes, 1988-1990)
 
Series Cinematography by
Kenneth Zunder (44 episodes, 1989-1991)
Robert Primes (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jerry Hartleben (13 episodes, 1988-1989)
Ernest Holzman (7 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Film Editing by
Martin Nicholson (19 episodes, 1989-1991)
Joanna Cappuccilli Lovetti (15 episodes, 1989-1991)
Victor Du Bois (12 episodes, 1987-1991)
Steven Rosenblum (12 episodes, 1987-1990)
Kevin Casey (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
Richard Freeman (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Elba Sanchez-Short (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Paul Dixon (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Casting by
Julie Alter (64 episodes, 1988-1991)
Susan Young (64 episodes, 1988-1991)
Judith Holstra (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
Marcia Ross (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Production Design by
Brandy Alexander (47 episodes, 1989-1991)
Joe Aubel (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Art Direction by
Brandy Alexander (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Mary Swanson (5 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Makeup Department
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1987)
Carol Pershing .... hair stylist (5 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Production Management
Lindsley Parsons III .... production manager (84 episodes, 1987-1991)
Bruce A. Pobjoy .... post-production supervisor (76 episodes, 1987-1991)
Christopher Seitz .... executive in charge of production (62 episodes, 1987-1990)
Ron Von Schimmelmann .... executive in charge of production (23 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Amundson .... second assistant director (52 episodes, 1989-1991)
Jack Philbrick .... first assistant director (32 episodes, 1988-1991)
Sara Fischer .... first assistant director (22 episodes, 1989-1991)
Mitchell Bock .... first assistant director / second assistant director (20 episodes, 1987-1989)
Catherine Schlesinger .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1988-1989)
Roger Mills .... second assistant director (10 episodes, 1988)
Craig Beaudine .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 1987-1988)
Lisa Marmon .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gene Marum .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1987)
Paul Samuelson .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1989)
Ronald Chong .... dga trainee (3 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Art Department
Pola Shreiber .... assistant property master (41 episodes, 1988-1990)
Dave DeGaetano .... construction coordinator (5 episodes, 1987)
V.R. Bud Shelton .... property master (5 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Sound Department
Will Yarbrough .... sound mixer (83 episodes, 1987-1991)
Todd Overton .... utility cable (72 episodes, 1987-1990)
Victoria Bowes .... utility sound (23 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Special Effects by
Ken Speed .... special effects technician (1 episode, 1987)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Joe White .... visual effects (1 episode, 1991)
 
Series Stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (1 episode, 1988)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Rod Robertson .... best boy electric (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
Wes Irwin .... video coordinator (39 episodes, 1988-1990)
Walt Andrus .... camera operator: a (26 episodes, 1989-1990)
Randy Shanofsky .... first assistant camera / first assistant "a" camera: additional photography (14 episodes, 1990-1991)
Philip Sloan .... key grip (8 episodes, 1988-1991)
Don McCuaig .... director of photography: second unit (6 episodes, 1988-1989)
Ronald W. McLeish .... chief lighting electrician / gaffer (5 episodes, 1987)
Gil Valle .... key grip (5 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Casting Department
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting (17 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patrick R. Norris .... supervising costumer / costumer: men / ... (54 episodes, 1987-1991)
Marjorie K. Chan .... costumer: women (5 episodes, 1987)
Julie Glick .... costumer: women (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Editorial Department
John Potter .... colorist (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
Wes Irwin .... post production associate (47 episodes, 1989-1991)
Martin Bruestle .... post-production coordinator (40 episodes, 1988-1990)
Jim Passon .... color timer (23 episodes, 1990-1991)
Bernice Howes .... post-production coordinator / post production associate (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Andrea Harnick .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Music Department
Richard S. Kaufman .... music supervisor (67 episodes, 1988-1991)
Stewart Levin .... composer: theme (17 episodes, 1988-1989)
W.G. Snuffy Walden .... composer: theme (17 episodes, 1988-1989)
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor (9 episodes, 1988-1991)
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor (6 episodes, 1987)
Leslie Whitfield .... music editor (5 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Transportation Department
Bill Myers .... transportation coordinator (5 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Other crew
RaeAnn Emery .... stand-in (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
Janie Thompson .... assistant: Scott Winant (77 episodes, 1987-1991)
Ann Lewis Hamilton .... story editor / executive story consultant (49 episodes, 1988-1990)
Joseph Dougherty .... executive story consultant / story editor (41 episodes, 1988-1990)
Susan Shilliday .... executive story consultant / story editor (41 episodes, 1988-1990)
Liberty Godshall .... story editor (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Winnie Holzman .... story editor / executive story editor (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Karen L. Gannon .... assistant to producers (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
Richard Kramer .... story editor / executive story consultant (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
Kenneth Gilbert .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1987)
Donna Freed .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 1987)
Peter M. Tobyansen .... location manager (5 episodes, 1987)
Susan Miller .... story editor (4 episodes, 1987)
Wyn Costello .... stand-in (4 episodes, 1990)
 

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60 min (85 episodes)
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Trivia:
Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig are married in real life.See more »
Quotes:
Prof. Gary Shepherd:Even Hemingway wasn't good at being Hemingway.See more »
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12 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
"The show that's just like life, only with better writers.", 9 April 2003
Author: Victor Field from London, England

The line above was how Lifetime plugged this show about yuppies when they repeated the four series; Fascinating Aida chose to describe the likes of Michael, Eliot et al as "Yawningly Uninteresting People Paid Irritatingly Excessive Salaries." Many non-fans of "thirtysomething" tended to agree, but despite not turning thirtysomething myself until well after I'd seen Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz's compelling series, I begged and beg to differ.

Focusing on Michael and Hope Seligman and their daughter Janey, Eliot and Nancy Weston and their children (Ethan and the other one), and their single friends - professor and Bjorn Borg-lookalike Gary, husky-voiced businesswoman Ellyn and photographer Melissa - they exhibited an Alfie-like tendency to wonder "What's it all about?" but it was done with sensitivity and more humour than you would expect considering the misery they went through, from Michael and Eliot's advertising company closing down to Nancy's battle with cancer. They were prone to indulging in fantasies throughout (the episode "Whose Forest Is This?" was virtually all fantasy, revolving as it did around the children's book Nancy and Ethan wrote together), but unlike a certain Boston lawyer, no dancing babies were involved and the only singing was on the soundtrack (Carly Simon notwithstanding).

"thirtysomething" was essentially the soap for people who hated soaps, but better than that; the creative team proved that it wasn't a fluke when most of them came up with the marvellous "My So-Called Life." But I still think they shouldn't have killed off Gary.

Footnote: Miles Drentell, the slimy rival advertising man who Michael was compelled to work for, returned (again played by David Clennon) in Zwick and Herskovitz's later series "Once and Again," in one of those crossovers you almost never see in the hermetically sealed world of British television, which is one reason I always liked this show and was not happy when Sky One dropped it. (Another reason was Sela Ward, but that's another story...)

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