Life Goes On (1989–1993)

TV Series  -   -  Drama
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 1,316 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 2 critic

A TV-series about the life of the Thachers, especially "Corky", that has Down syndrome but goes to ordinary school ("mainstreaming). We get into their problems and joys. Drew Thacher's ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

Lowe Stunned by Swank's Post Split Reveal
| WENN
Kellie Martin Gives Birth to Baby Girl
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 14 Jun 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 26 Nov 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 15 May 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 05 Apr 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Life Goes On" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Life Goes On (1989–1993)

Life Goes On (1989–1993) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Life Goes On.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



4   3   2   1  
1993   1992   1991   1990   1989  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Christmas Ornament (TV Movie 2013)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A widow plans to give Christmas festivities a miss, as they bring back too many memories of her late husband.

Director: Mark Jean
Stars: Kellie Martin, Cameron Mathison, Jewel Staite
Hunter (1984–1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Detective Sergeant Rick Hunter and his partner, Sergeant Dee Dee McCall, are homicide investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department. Often they must go undercover to catch a variety ... See full summary »

Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan
Fame (1982–1987)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The stories of the students and faculty of the New York City High School for the Performing Arts.

Stars: Debbie Allen, Carlo Imperato, Gene Anthony Ray
Dear Viola (TV Movie 2014)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Kellie Martin plays an accountant who submits a reply to a "dear viola" letter to the editor that she works for, as an accountant. She has a real knack for writing to people and getting to ... See full summary »

Director: Laurie Lynd
Stars: Jefferson Brown, Robinne Fanfair, Shailene Garnett
All's Fair (1976–1977)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A middle-aged man and a young woman fall in love amidst the political backdrop of Washington, D.C.

Stars: Richard Crenna, Bernadette Peters, Lee Chamberlin
Paper Moon (1974–1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Stars: Christopher Connelly, Jodie Foster, Vern Porter
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: George Kaczender
Stars: JoBeth Williams, Chris Burke, Jeffrey DeMunn
City of Angels (TV Series 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Stars: Blair Underwood, Michael Warren, Hill Harper
In-Laws (2002–2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A newly married man moves into his wife's parents' house to save money, only to have his life completely taken over by her father (Dennis Farina).

Stars: Dennis Farina, Elon Gold, Bonnie Somerville
Covington Cross (TV Series 1992)
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Stars: Nigel Terry, Cherie Lunghi, James Faulkner
Brimstone (1998–1999)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A dead cop, sentenced to Hell, is returned to Earth by the Devil to recover 113 escaped evil spirits.

Stars: Peter Horton, John Glover, Lori Petty
About Sarah (TV Movie 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When the matriarch of the family suddenly dies, custody of a mentally retarded mother is inherited by her normal daughter.

Director: Susan Rohrer
Stars: Kellie Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Baker
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Andrew 'Drew' Thacher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)
...
 Libby Thacher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)
...
 Charles 'Corky' Thacher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)
...
 Rebecca 'Becca' Thacher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)
Tracey Needham ...
 Paige Thacher (40 episodes, 1990-1993)
...
 Jesse McKenna (35 episodes, 1991-1993)
Edit

Storyline

A TV-series about the life of the Thachers, especially "Corky", that has Down syndrome but goes to ordinary school ("mainstreaming). We get into their problems and joys. Drew Thacher's dream comes true when he is able to open his own restaurant, but it's a hard business, and he often run into problems. Becca has a constant crush on Tyler, but he's not available. He and his girlfriend, Rona, break up and get together all the time. Libby Thacher hates her boss, and quits her job. After a while she finds out that she's pregnant, and that her boss is desperate to get her back. She starts working for him again, after getting better paid, among other things. Meanwhile, "Corky" has problems with keeping up at school and accepting who he is. He fights his battles, and wins. Written by Eva Kristin Berntzen <eva@himolde.no>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Glenbrook  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (83 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the first television series to have a major character with Down syndrome, "Corky" Thatcher played by Chris Burke who has Down syndrome in real life. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tosh.0: Brian Atene (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
(opening theme)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Patti LuPone and cast
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Wish it were still on the air
2 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Life Goes On was pretty much about just that...LIFE. Whoever cast the show did one whale of a job. The Thatchers are a blended family, which includes him (Bill Smitrovich) and her (Patti Lupone), his daughter and their son and daughter. But the Thatchers aren't Ozzie & Harriett or Father Knows Best, they live in the real world and their son, Corky (brillantly portrayed by Chris Burke) has Downs Syndrome. They are torn between protecting Corky and giving him the opportunity to mainstream and live a real life. Unfortunately, the writers weren't up to the task after the first season and started straying from what I thought was a brilliant concept. They turned a first rate series into a soap opera in prime time taking the story line into the life's tragedies (fatal car crashes and HIV), instead of keeping the focus on the day-to-day struggles of raising a family while dealing with a child who is challenged and the effects on each family member as Life Goes On.

But with its shortcomings, it is still better than 99% of what is being offered viewers now. Wish it were still on the air. But, unfortunately, as has been their history, ABC can't deal with a winning series.


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I have a complete series kellmarti
Favorite moment... mercurydragon
Tommy Puett's singing career netsetter
Two Paiges... gemini764
LIFE GOES ON SEASON #1 MAY 9TH RELEASE hellokitty1555
Paige and Libby? smollyd
Discuss Life Goes On (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page