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"Life Goes On" (1989) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1989-1993


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Release Date:
12 September 1989 (USA) See more »
A TV-series about the life of the Thatchers, especially "Corky", that has Down syndrome but goes to ordinary school ("mainstreaming)... See more »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 19 nominations See more »
(2 articles)
User Reviews:
Wish it were still on the air See more (19 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 93)

Bill Smitrovich ... Drew Thatcher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)

Patti LuPone ... Libby Thatcher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)

Chris Burke ... Corky Thatcher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)

Kellie Martin ... Becca Thatcher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)
Tracey Needham ... Paige Thatcher (40 episodes, 1990-1993)

Chad Lowe ... Jesse McKenna (35 episodes, 1991-1993)

Series Directed by
Michael Lange (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Kim Friedman (13 episodes, 1989-1992)
Rick Rosenthal (10 episodes, 1989-1991)
Michael Nankin (8 episodes, 1990-1993)
Larry Shaw (7 episodes, 1990-1992)
Jerry Jameson (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Gene Reynolds (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Braverman (3 episodes, 1990-1992)
Georg Fenady (2 episodes, 1989-1992)
Mel Damski (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Writing credits
Michael Nankin (9 episodes, 1990-1992)
Charles Pratt Jr. (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Star Frohman (4 episodes, 1989-1991)

Michael Braverman (unknown episodes)
Toni Graphia (unknown episodes)
Joe Shulkin (unknown episodes)
Thania St. John (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Michael Nankin .... producer / supervising producer / ... (61 episodes, 1990-1993)
Bruce Ettinger .... co-producer (38 episodes, 1991-1993)

Rick Rosenthal .... co-executive producer (unknown episodes, 1989-1991)
Michael Braverman .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
William Cairncross .... producer (unknown episodes)
Lorenzo DeStefano .... producer (unknown episodes)
R.W. Goodwin .... co-executive producer (unknown episodes)
Thania St. John .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
William Olvis (31 episodes, 1991-1992)
Craig Safan (2 episodes, 1989-1992)
Series Cinematography by
Joe Pennella (82 episodes, 1989-1993)

Irv Goodnoff (unknown episodes)
Bruce M. Pasternack (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Jeanene Ambler (1 episode, 1989)
Barbara Pokras (1 episode, 1992)

Lorenzo DeStefano (unknown episodes)
Mallory Gottlieb (unknown episodes)
John Loeffler (unknown episodes)
Jim Stewart (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Deedee Bradley (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Art Direction by
Gregory A. Weimerskirch (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Carl Bailey .... head hair stylist (39 episodes, 1991-1993)
Kimberly Felix .... key makeup artist (21 episodes, 1989-1990)

Teresa M. Austin .... makeup department head (unknown episodes)
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair department head (unknown episodes)
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup department head (unknown episodes)
Vera Yurtchuk .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Jerram A. Swartz .... unit production manager (1 episode, 1989)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carol D. Bonnefil .... first assistant director / second assistant director (10 episodes, 1989-1990)

Mark Bashaar .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Dinah LeHoven .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Louis Race .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Jimmie Herron Jr. .... property master (11 episodes, 1990)

Dervon 'Von' Herron .... assistant property master (unknown episodes, 1992-1993)
Series Sound Department
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (61 episodes, 1990-1993)
Daniel P. Church .... boom operator (39 episodes, 1991-1993)
Thomas A. Harris .... supervising sound editor (17 episodes, 1992-1993)
Catherine Flynn .... dialogue editor (12 episodes, 1992-1993)

John Speak .... sound mixer / sound supervisor (unknown episodes, 1989-1991)
Norval D. Crutcher III .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes, 1992-1993)
Joe Campana .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Andrew Gilmore .... production sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Jim Hilton .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Clancy T. Troutman .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Jim Stephan .... stunt double / stunt coordinator (22 episodes, 1989-1992)
Birgit K. Schier .... stunts (2 episodes, 1991)

Charlie Brewer .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Laura Dash .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jim McConnell .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Victor A. Shelehov .... best boy grip (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
Malcolm Bryce .... lighting operator (5 episodes, 1991)
Adrian Licciardi .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 1989-1991)

Jim Duggan .... best boy grip (unknown episodes, 1989-1992)
Glenn Corbett .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Robert Heine .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Tom Jensen .... additional second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Michael Douglas Middleton .... still photographer: props (unknown episodes)
Bruce M. Pasternack .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Sean Shinneman .... company grip (unknown episodes)
Ted Shinneman .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Herrin .... set costumer (unknown episodes, 1992)
Series Editorial Department
Marc Wielage .... digital colorist (22 episodes, 1989-1990)

Marta Evry .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Craig Safan .... composer: end title theme (83 episodes, 1989-1993)
Doug Botnick .... scoring mixer (39 episodes, 1991-1993)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (34 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robert Battaglia .... score mixer (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Daniel J. Johnson .... music editor (2 episodes, 1989-1992)
Steve Livingston .... music editor (2 episodes, 1989-1992)

John Beal .... composer: additional music (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Robert Benjamin .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Suzanne Gangursky .... production coordinator (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Bryce Zabel .... executive story editor (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
R. Ruddell Weatherwax .... animal trainer (4 episodes, 1989-1992)

Kaley Hummel .... chris burke's dialog coach (unknown episodes)
Keith McNulty .... cue cards (unknown episodes)
Errol Reichow .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Carol Riggins .... animal trainer (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
60 min | 60 min (83 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

In her autobiography, Patti LuPone says she and her co-star Bill Smitrovich, who played her husband in the series, heartily disliked each other, so much so that by the fourth season that they weren't even speaking to each other off the set and that she was amazed the series lasted as long as it did.See more »
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Wish it were still on the air, 2 April 2005
Author: taffy from United States

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.

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