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"thirtysomething" (1987) More at IMDbPro »

Season: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Year: 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Thirtysomething

29 September 1987
Hope and Michael Steadman are still adjusting to parenthood while struggling with money problems and best-friend crises.

Season 1, Episode 2: The Parents Are Coming

6 October 1987
Everyone loves Hope's mother - except Hope who drives Michael and her friends crazy as she anticipates a visit from her parents.

Season 1, Episode 3: Housewarming

13 October 1987
Michael and Hope race to renovate their crumbling mansion for a huge housewarming party.

Season 1, Episode 4: Couples

27 October 1987
A night out with friends degenerates as Nancy and Elliot's marital woes become apparent.

Season 1, Episode 5: But Not for Me

3 November 1987
Gary and Melissa rekindle their affair; Michael and Hope's first date in months is a disaster.

Timothy Busfield ... Elliot Weston

Polly Draper ... Ellyn Warren (credit only)

Mel Harris ... Hope Murdoch Steadman

Peter Horton ... Gary Shepherd

Melanie Mayron ... Melissa Steadman

Ken Olin ... Michael Steadman

Patricia Wettig ... Nancy Krieger Weston (credit only)

Michael Feinstein ... Pianist and Singer
Lucy Webb ... Hostess / Valet Parking Attendant / Movie Ticket Seller

Timothy Stack ... Maitre D' / Valet Parking Attendant / Movie Ticket Seller (as Tim Stack)

Earl Boen ... Dr. Nestle

Ernie Lively ... Security Guard (as Ernie Brown)

Kevin Pollak ... Walter, the Bookstore Guy
Lacey Craven ... Janey
Brittany Craven ... Janey
Margaret Silbar ... Bookstore Cashier
Robert Brian Wilson ... Boyfriend (as Robert Wilson)

Paul Sand ... Jim / Rex (voice)

Season 1, Episode 6: We Gather Together

17 November 1987
Hope and Michael plan a quiet Thanksgiving but learn friends are counting on being invited.

Season 1, Episode 7: Nice Work If You Can Get It

1 December 1987
Before a deadline, Michael and Elliot wrestle with a creativity block; Ellyn develops a crush on an associate.

Season 1, Episode 8: Weaning

8 December 1987
Sensing baby Janey's decreasing dependency on her, depressed Hope decides to go back to work.

Timothy Busfield ... Elliot Weston

Polly Draper ... Ellyn Warren

Mel Harris ... Hope Murdoch Steadman

Peter Horton ... Gary Shepherd (credit only)

Melanie Mayron ... Melissa Steadman (credit only)

Ken Olin ... Michael Steadman

Patricia Wettig ... Nancy Krieger Weston
Rosalind Cash ... Val Shilladay

Amy Benedict ... Amy

Marg Helgenberger ... Cooper

Meg Wittner ... Alix Miller

Crystal Carson ... Mother
Eva Charney ... Secretary
Brittany Craven ... Janey
Lacey Craven ... Janey
Janet DeMay ... Business Woman

Dan Gilvezan ... Father

Willow Hale ... Karen - Script Supervisor (as Alison MacHale)
Nancy Renee ... Writer
Clive Rosengren ... Larry Richards
Luke Rossi ... Ethan Weston
Jordana 'Bink' Shapiro ... Brittany Weston
Amber Rose Kelly ... Crying Baby (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 9: I'll Be Home for Christmas

15 December 1987
Michael and Hope argue about whether their infant's first holiday should be Christmas or Hanukkah. A famous photographer shows interest in Melissa's work.

Season 1, Episode 10: South by Southeast

5 January 1988
Gary is in love, but as things start to get serious he receives a series of threats on his life - and the likely suspect is a jealous psychology professor.

Season 1, Episode 11: Therapy

12 January 1988
Elliot and Nancy seek professional help for their troubled marriage; Michael finds it hard to keep it a secret.

Season 1, Episode 12: Competition

19 January 1988
When an important client makes it clear that he prefers Elliot to Michael, Michael finds himself growing increasingly more envious of his partner.

Timothy Busfield ... Elliot Weston

Polly Draper ... Ellyn Warren

Mel Harris ... Hope Murdoch Steadman

Peter Horton ... Gary Shepherd

Melanie Mayron ... Melissa Steadman (credit only)

Ken Olin ... Michael Steadman

Patricia Wettig ... Nancy Krieger Weston

Richard Masur ... Werner Breslow

Faith Ford ... Janine

Danitza Kingsley ... Faustine, the haircutter
Lacey Craven ... Janey
Brittany Craven ... Janey
Luke Rossi ... Ethan Weston
Jordana 'Bink' Shapiro ... Brittany Weston

Charles Adler ... Mister Squeeze Auditioner (as Charlie Adler)

Jennifer Barlow ... Mister Squeeze Auditioner
S. Scott Bullock ... Mister Squeeze Auditioner (as Scott Bullock)
John Durbin ... Mister Squeeze Auditioner
Walter Sylvest ... Mister Squeeze Auditioner

Michael Joiner ... Mister Squeeze Auditioner

Season 1, Episode 13: Separation

26 January 1988
Elliot temporarily moves in with Michael and Hope after separating from Nancy.

Season 1, Episode 14: I'm in Love, I'm in Love, I'm in Love, I'm in Love, I'm in Love with a Wonderful Gynecologist

2 February 1988
Competing for the attention of the same man jeopardizes the new found friendship between Ellyn and Melissa.

Season 1, Episode 15: Business as Usual

9 February 1988
Michael's hopes for a joyous reunion with his father are destroyed when he discovers the real reason for the visit.

Timothy Busfield ... Elliot Weston

Polly Draper ... Ellyn Warren (credit only)

Mel Harris ... Hope Murdoch Steadman

Peter Horton ... Gary Shepherd

Melanie Mayron ... Melissa Steadman

Ken Olin ... Michael Steadman

Patricia Wettig ... Nancy Krieger Weston (credit only)

Steven Hill ... Leo Steadman

Barbara Rhoades ... Linda Steadman

Faith Ford ... Janine

David Wohl ... Dr. Turlow
Bebe Drake ... Nurse Jenkins (as Bebe Drake-Massey)
Andrea Covell ... Waitress
Brittany Craven ... Janey
Lacey Craven ... Janey

Ren Hanami ... Nurse (as Linda Hanna)

Susan Merson ... Admissions Nurse

Season 1, Episode 16: Accounts Receivable

1 March 1988
A rocky relationship between Michael and his brother Brad is further strained when Michael learns the family business is almost bankrupt.

Season 1, Episode 17: Whose Forest Is This?

15 March 1988
Nancy and Elliot's separation takes its toll on their son; Elliot prepares for a blind date with a chiropractor.

Season 1, Episode 18: Nancy's First Date

22 March 1988
Melissa's burgeoning romance slows when she learns he doesn't want any more kids. Nancy has her first date since the separation.

Season 1, Episode 19: Undone

12 April 1988
Michael's old girlfriend from college pays a visit.

Season 1, Episode 20: Tenure

3 May 1988
Gary evaluates the fate of his academic career as he undergoes tenure review at the college. Ellyn learns her building is going co-op, leaving her to decide whether to buy her apartment.

Season 1, Episode 21: Born to Be Mild

10 May 1988
Ellyn and Woodman's weekend is ruined when they are forced to babysit Janey.

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: We'll Meet Again

6 December 1988
While cleaning out the house, Hope comes across the World War II era diary of the house's previous owner: a young nurse who was waiting for her husband to return from the war.

Season 2, Episode 2: In Re: The Marriage of Weston

13 December 1988
Elliot and Nancy continue with divorce proceedings as each reflects back on some of the happy times of their relationship.

Season 2, Episode 3: The Mike Van Dyke Show

20 December 1988
Michael struggles with the Christmas season and Hope finds out she's pregnant. Michael views the events similar to the a black and white Dick Van Dyke episode...in this case the 'Mike Van Dyke.'

Season 2, Episode 4: Trust Me

3 January 1989
Melissa and Gary contemplate having a baby together even though Michael, Ellyn and Hope are against.

Season 2, Episode 5: No Promises

10 January 1989
Ellyn must face some difficult truths about herself and her complicated relationship with her parents.

Season 2, Episode 6: Politics

17 January 1989
Michael and Elliot take a job working for a political candidate whose reputation is questionable.

Season 2, Episode 7: Success

31 January 1989
Elliot and Michael's ad agency founders toward bankruptcy as Melissa's career takes off with an assignment to photograph Carly Simon.

Season 2, Episode 8: First Day/Last Day

7 February 1989
Michael and Elliot relive their past while they look for work and close down their company.

Timothy Busfield ... Elliot Weston

Polly Draper ... Ellyn Warren (credit only)

Mel Harris ... Hope Murdoch Steadman

Peter Horton ... Gary Shepherd (credit only)

Melanie Mayron ... Melissa Steadman

Ken Olin ... Michael Steadman

Patricia Wettig ... Nancy Krieger Weston

Nicolas Coster ... Amos Borden

Sheila Kelley ... Cheryl Eastman

Art LaFleur ... Al Pressman
Jonathan McMurtry ... Client
Jim Doughan ... Accountant Fred
Brittany Craven ... Janey
Lacey Craven ... Janey
Joseph Dougherty ... Voice of Sherman Howard on answering machine (uncredited)
Sam Travino ... Tony (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 9: About Last Night

14 February 1989
Gary and Susannah attempt to come to terms with accidental pregnancy.

Season 2, Episode 10: Elliot's Dad

28 February 1989
Elliot is forced to re-evaluate himself as a man when his father, Charlie, arrives for a visit.

Timothy Busfield ... Elliot Weston

Polly Draper ... Ellyn Warren (credit only)

Mel Harris ... Hope Murdoch Steadman

Peter Horton ... Gary Shepherd

Melanie Mayron ... Melissa Steadman (credit only)

Ken Olin ... Michael Steadman

Patricia Wettig ... Nancy Krieger Weston

Eddie Albert ... Charlie Weston

Meagen Fay ... Ruthie Weston Tresh
Timothy Carhart ... Matt Enwright

Paul Eiding ... Donald Tresh
Linda Sorensen ... Roberta Sessions
Cheryl Jones ... Ethan's Doctor (as Cheryl Yvonne Jones)
Luke Rossi ... Ethan
Jordana 'Bink' Shapiro ... Brittany Weston
Brittany Craven ... Janey
Lacey Craven ... Janey

Season 2, Episode 11: Payment Due

7 March 1989
Ellyn is hospitalized for a bleeding ulcer and estranges her friends and lover.

Season 2, Episode 12: Deliverance

21 March 1989
The group discovers some things about themselves when the girls go camping and the men stay home with the children.

Season 2, Episode 13: Michael Writes a Story

4 April 1989
Michael takes a writing class, but the quality of his writing improves only after he deals with some other areas of his life.

Season 2, Episode 14: New Job

11 April 1989
Hope competes with Michael's new job for his attention after the miscarriage of their baby.

Season 2, Episode 15: Be a Good Girl

25 April 1989
Melissa discovers the controlling motivation behind her grandmother's love when she becomes heir to a used clothing store.

Season 2, Episode 16: Courting Nancy

2 May 1989
Elliot challenges Matt to an unspoken competition for Nancy's love.

Season 2, Episode 17: Best of Enemies

16 May 1989
Hope writes an article which initially antagonizes, then reconciles Gary and Susannah to the Steadmans.

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Nancy's Mom

19 September 1989
Nancy's mom comes to visit and she and Elliot vie for Nancy's time, affection and future.

Season 3, Episode 2: Love and Sex

3 October 1989
Michael and Hope temporarily lose sexual attraction for one another but after a series of circumstances, their romance is rekindled.

Season 3, Episode 3: Mr. Right

10 October 1989
When Melissa uses a video dating service service to find the ideal date, she learns that the not-so-ideal date is the one she really wants.

Season 3, Episode 4: New Baby

24 October 1989
Susannah gives birth to a baby girl after struggling with many fears.

Season 3, Episode 5: Legacy

24 October 1989
Michael plans a dinner party for his boss, which does not have the anticipated effect, and Elliot and Nancy decide to remarry.

Season 3, Episode 6: Strangers

7 November 1989
Melissa struggles with her love for a younger man and her embarassment over their age difference.

Season 3, Episode 7: Pilgrims

21 November 1989
Elliot moves back home and Ethan is afraid he will leave again.

Season 3, Episode 8: The Burning Bush

28 December 1989
The long-time friendship Hope and Ellyn share withstands the present conflict between them when Ellyn gets involved with a married man.

Season 3, Episode 9: New Parents

5 December 1989
Gary and Susannah confront issues surrounding their return to work and the care of their new baby.

Season 3, Episode 10: Michael's Campaign

12 December 1989
Michael and Elliot are working on a new account at DAA at the same time Hope is working with a group to protest a waste disposal plant being in the area.

Season 3, Episode 11: Pulling Away

9 January 1990
When Michael is promoted to Creative Director he doesn't know how to handle his new position and creates some tensions between himself and Elliot.

Timothy Busfield ... Elliot Weston

Polly Draper ... Ellyn Warren (credit only)

Mel Harris ... Hope Murdoch Steadman

Peter Horton ... Gary Shepherd (credit only)

Melanie Mayron ... Melissa Steadman (credit only)

Ken Olin ... Michael Steadman

Patricia Wettig ... Nancy Krieger Weston

David Clennon ... Miles Drentell

Talia Balsam ... Paige

JD Souther ... John Dunaway (as J.D. Souther)
Richard Cummings Jr. ... Mark Harriton

Stanley Tucci ... Karl Draconis
Tyra Ferrell ... Ricky Bianca

Bruce Davison ... Congressman Mainway

Holly Fulger ... Hollis Amato
Andra Millian ... Angel Wasserman
Stephen Kearney ... Tony Gilchrest
Dan Peterson ... Faux Michael
Michael Mitz ... Faux Elliot
Robert Phalen ... Incinerator Booster
Brittany Craven ... Janey
Lacey Craven ... Janey
Luisa Leschin ... Research Woman
Sloane Bosniak ... Focus Group Member

Paul Feig ... Focus Group Member

Shirley Prestia ... Focus Group Member
Jordan Myers ... Neighbor Man

Season 3, Episode 12: Another Country

6 January 1990
Nancy finds out she ovarian cancer.

Season 3, Episode 13: Post-Op

23 January 1990
After Nancy's surgery, the family is united in their desire to see Nancy conquer cancer, yet they struggle with fear.

Season 3, Episode 14: Once a Mermaid

6 February 1990
Ellyn restarts her affair with Richard, this time in earnest.

Season 3, Episode 15: Fathers and Lovers

13 February 1990
Melissa peruades Lee to take a job at the DAA, while she resists her father's pressure to make a real estate investment.

Timothy Busfield ... Elliot Weston

Polly Draper ... Ellyn Warren

Mel Harris ... Hope Murdoch Steadman

Peter Horton ... Gary Shepherd (credit only)

Melanie Mayron ... Melissa Steadman

Ken Olin ... Michael Steadman

Patricia Wettig ... Nancy Krieger Weston

Corey Parker ... Lee Owens
Phyllis Newman ... Elaine Steadman

Herb Edelman ... Murray Steadman (as Herbert Edelman)
John C. Moskoff ... Herb Holzman (as John Moskoff)

Mariska Hargitay ... Courtney Dunn

Cassandra Peterson ... Herself (as Elvira)

Shelly Desai ... Igor
Paul Wilson ... Assistant Director
Mina Kolb ... Florence

Dianne Travis ... Realtor (as Dianne Turley Travis)

Annie LaRussa ... Yuppie Wife

D. David Morin ... Yuppie Husband
Louan Gideon ... Salesperson

Greg Herman ... Jake- Neighbor Kid
Allan Kolman ... Dr. Frankenstein

Season 3, Episode 16: Her Cup Runneth Over

20 February 1990
Jeffrey and his daughter come to live with Ellyn after his marriage breaks up and all threee of them face some rough times.

Season 3, Episode 17: Good Sex, Some Sex, What Sex, No Sex

27 February 1990
Melissa and Lee are experiencing a high point in their relationship, when things begin to unravel.

Season 3, Episode 18: The Other Shoe

20 March 1990
Nancy gets involved with some new friends who also have cancer and unintentionally ostracizes her family.

Season 3, Episode 19: Three Year Itch

3 April 1990
Michael is so consumed with his career that he is not aware Hope feels drawn towards John Dunaway.

Season 3, Episode 20: I'm Nobody, Who Are You?

10 April 1990
Gary takes a teaching job and both he and Susannah contend with resentment towards their affluent friends, Michael and Hope.

Season 3, Episode 21: Arizona

17 April 1990
Michael and Hope visit her parents and are inspired to come to grips with their drifting relationship.

Season 3, Episode 22: Going Limp

1 May 1990
Elliot has to overcome self-doubt and the skepticism of others when he directs a television commercial.

Season 3, Episode 23: The Go Between

15 May 1990
Michael fails as a mediator for a company in their attempt to buy out Miles, and he fires Elliot as part of a new plan to take over the agency.

Season 3, Episode 24: Samurai Ad Man

22 May 1990
Elliot and Michael secretly help Minnesota Brands take over DAA; Miles fights the move.

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Prelude to a Bris

25 September 1990
Michael and Hope debate over a bris for Leo; guests Barbara Barrie, Alan King.

Season 4, Episode 2: Life Class

2 October 1990
Nancy's constantly changing sexual feelings affect her marriage; Hope feels overwhelmed by two children.

Season 4, Episode 3: Control

9 October 1990
A photography assignment brings Melissa and Miles together; Jeffrey and Ellyn look for an apartment.

Season 4, Episode 4: The Distance

16 October 1990
Susannah's New York job offer threatens her relationship with Gary; Ellyn ponders her relationship with Jeffrey.

Season 4, Episode 5: The Haunting of DAA

30 October 1990
A founder haunts Michael after Miles orders him to cut DAA's staff.

Season 4, Episode 6: The Guilty Party

13 November 1990
Hope throws a surprise party for Michael to ease her guilt over attention to the baby; guest Renee Taylor.

Season 4, Episode 7: Photo Opportunity

27 November 1990
Family and career demands pull Melissa in opposite directions; guests Phyllis Newman, Joe Maher.

Timothy Busfield ... Elliot Weston (credit only)

Polly Draper ... Ellyn Warren (credit only)

Mel Harris ... Hope Murdoch Steadman

Peter Horton ... Gary Shepherd

Melanie Mayron ... Melissa Steadman

Ken Olin ... Michael Steadman

Patricia Wettig ... Nancy Krieger Weston
Phyllis Newman ... Elaine Steadman
Gale Mayron ... Jill Steadman

Joseph Maher ... Brendan Norris
Nicholas Miscusi ... Assistant

Dianne Travis ... Expectant Grandma (as Dianne Turley Travis)
Jordana 'Bink' Shapiro ... Brittany Weston
Roberta Wallach ... Megan Alexander
Cynthia Frost ... Aunt Muriel
Anna Berger ... Lotte Strauss
Douglas Dirkson ... Irvin Nessel
Tom Klunis ... Sheldon Teitler
Winnie Holzman ... Sherry Eisen
Luke Rossi ... Ethan

Season 4, Episode 8: Never Better

4 December 1990
After beginning an unlikely relationship with Gary, Ellyn is attracted to a former date.

Season 4, Episode 9: Guns and Roses

11 December 1990
Nancy's problems with cancer therapy affect her relationships with her children; Elliot is jealous of award-nominee Michael.

Season 4, Episode 10: Happy New Year

18 December 1990
A mysterious phone call changes the Steadmans' reminiscence-filled New Year's Eve party.

Season 4, Episode 11: Melissa and Men

8 January 1991
An art gallery wants to exhibit Melissa's photos about her failed relationships.

Season 4, Episode 12: Advanced Beginners

22 January 1991
The appearance of his ex complicates Ellyn and her new boyfriend's cohabitation.

Season 4, Episode 13: Sifting the Ashes

5 February 1991
Nancy prepares for her last round of chemotherapy; Elliot visits his mother (Eileen Brennan) during a business trip.

Timothy Busfield ... Elliot Weston

Polly Draper ... Ellyn Warren (credit only)

Mel Harris ... Hope Murdoch Steadman

Peter Horton ... Gary Shepherd (credit only)

Melanie Mayron ... Melissa Steadman (credit only)

Ken Olin ... Michael Steadman

Patricia Wettig ... Nancy Krieger Weston

Jeff Perry ... Tommy McArthur
Richard Brestoff ... Father Tierney

Cecile Callan ... Sally Brigman
Alexandra Johnson ... Susie - Tommy's Wife

Eileen Brennan ... Margaret Weston
Kathleen McMartin ... Anna
Colin Drake ... Wohlman
Mari Devon ... Receptionist
King Moody ... TV Evangelist
Lyndsay Riddell ... Brittany Weston
Luke Rossi ... Ethan

Season 4, Episode 14: Second Look

12 February 1991
Nancy's upcoming surgery places great strain on her family and friends.

Season 4, Episode 15: Fighting the Cold

19 February 1991
An incident and the results of Nancy's surgery force everyone to re-evaluate lives and futures.

Season 4, Episode 16: The Difference Between Men and Women

26 February 1991
The men plan a bachelor party for Billy; the women try to think of something different for Ellyn.

Season 4, Episode 17: A Wedding

9 April 1991
Billy's family and Ellyn experience doubt on the eve of the wedding.

Season 4, Episode 18: Closing the Circle

16 April 1991
Agency crises and administration of Gary's estate pull Michael in opposite directions.

Season 4, Episode 19: Out the Door

30 April 1991
Michael sides with Miles in rejecting Elliot's proposal; directed by Mel Harris.

Season 4, Episode 20: Hopeless

7 May 1991
Volunteer Hope befriends two homeless-shelter occupants.

Season 4, Episode 21: A Stop at Willoughby

14 May 1991
Long hours and a demanding client stress Michael to the limit.

Season 4, Episode 22: Melissa in Wonderland

21 May 1991
In Hollywood to photograph a TV star (Brooke Adams), Melissa gets caught in the bizarre machinations of television.

Timothy Busfield ... Elliot Weston (credit only)

Polly Draper ... Ellyn Warren

Mel Harris ... Hope Murdoch Steadman

Peter Horton ... Gary Shepherd (credit only)

Melanie Mayron ... Melissa Steadman

Ken Olin ... Michael Steadman

Patricia Wettig ... Nancy Krieger Weston (credit only)

Brooke Adams ... Bree Ann Pratt
Matthew Laurance ... Warren Reese
Carrie Hamilton ... Callie Huffs

David Brisbin ... Daniel Alan Diggs
Mark Lowenthal ... Car Rental Clerk
Jordan Myers ... Cranky Boss

Nealla Gordon ... Kooky Coworker

Colleen Camp ... Deborah Branchflower Diggs
Harry Woolf ... Guard

Casey Sander ... Jack

Season 4, Episode 23: California

28 May 1991
After returning from California, Michael faces decisions that will affect his personal and professional lives.

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