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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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Release Date:
29 September 1987 (USA) See more »
Hope and Michael are a married couple in their thirties, living in Philadelphia, and struggling with everyday adult angst... See more »
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 26 wins & 63 nominations See more »
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 (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)

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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Did You Know?

The character 'Michael Steadman' was ranked #46 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).See more »
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?See more »
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43 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
One of the best televison series of the 80s, 4 May 2004
Author: Christopher ( from New York

I just read a comment by a guy who said he couldn't feel sorry for characters who had great cars and houses etc as if these characters were rich. I'm not sure what show he watched but 30something was one of the few shows on television where its characters lived in homes that actually reflected their middle class incomes. Hope & Michael lived in an old (albeit big) fixer-upper and Nancy & Elliot's house was a typical suburban tract ranch house while the single characters, Melissa, Gary & Ellen all had apartments that reflected their varying income levels. Michael drove an old faded car that maybe 15 years earlier had been a higher priced foreign sports job. This same person's comments go on to say that no real guy ever watched the show except for one wimp that he knew. I think we can all read between the lines of what this reviewer is all about and we don't need my adding any personal reaction to those comments. On to more, grown-up, shall we say, observations about 30something.....

30something deserves its repuation as one of the best written dramatic shows that aired in the 80s. Storylines were original whether addressing traditional issues of career and homelife or veering off into sidelines as when the character Hope finds an old trunk in her attic and the show revolves around letters she finds in the attic. The show blended humor and drama and allowed it's characters flaws and strengths and showed relationships struggling, falling apart and enduring.

There were many favorite shows and storylines for me. The entire sequence of shows where Michael & Elliot plot to takeover their advertising firm from the evil boss, Miles. The aforementioned WWII memory show. Who could forget the couple of shows that dealt with Gary's unexpected death in a car crash? And what about the shows detailing Gary's finally finding a woman to marry, Susannah and how everyone disliked her! Seeing Melissa find happiness in the arms of a younger man, Lee. And one of my favorite episodes, the marriage show between forever neurotic Ellen and her cartoonist boyfriend Billy?

The show was great and my wife & I still talk about the characters. I always jokingly said that "Hope was perfect" because of all the characters she was probably the most disciplined and level headed of the group. Even the character of Nancy, who in less competenant actor's hands could have come off as whiny was brought to the screen as a woman who had her hands full with an emotionally immature husband but was just trying to improve her marriage and her lot.

Another thing that is important to note about this show is that the drama had lots of humor running through it. Not over the top, comedy show humor, but humor nonetheless. For me, it will always be the perfect hour long dramatic show, because it was a show where I REALLY felt I could know these people. It wasn't some turgid, life threatening hospital show or some backstabbing cold blooded lawyer show or some cops and robbers show that my life will never be about. It was about, people like me, who had some creative impulses and who were married with kids, or before they were married struggling to establish a real adult life and get over the fact that college was long gone, etc. Time to grow up and deal maturely with your own self and those around you. Time to do it with discipline and humor and caring for others.

This was a great show with perfect casting. Now when will some cable channel start broadcasting these shows again so I can watch em all over again?

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