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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
12 September 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A TV-series about the life of the Thachers, especially "Corky", that has Down syndrome but goes to ordinary school ("mainstreaming)... See more »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 19 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
User Reviews:
Presents 'Reality' In A Much Better Manner Than Today's "Reality Series!" See more (19 total) »

Cast

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Bill Smitrovich ... Andrew 'Drew' Thacher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)

Patti LuPone ... Elizabeth 'Libby' Thacher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)

Chris Burke ... Charles 'Corky' Thacher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)

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

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

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)
Robert Battaglia .... score mixer (22 episodes, 1989-1990)

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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Runtime:
60 min | 60 min (83 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The theme song, The Beatles' "Ob La Di," which contains the line "Life goes on," was sung on the show by the cast members.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Garden State (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-DaSee more »

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Presents 'Reality' In A Much Better Manner Than Today's "Reality Series!", 14 June 2014
Author: John T. Ryan (redryan64@hotmail.com) from United States

WHEN WE THOUGHT of writing a review for this LIFE GOES ON Series, we didn't realize that it had been on for a total of four years. Looking it up in IMDb records refreshed our memory. With all due respect, working on the Police Department, afternoon shift with rotating days off, preempted us from being home every Sunday, when it aired.

THE SERIES DELIVERED in the area that it promised. Being a far cry from depictions of "typical" American families from previous times, this story of the Thatcher family; who, like every family, have their share of bumps in the road of life.

THE CAST WAS particularly well chosen; as everyone in the "Thatcher family" has both convincing attitude and appearance. The cast consisted of: Bill Mitovich (Drew Thatcher, Father), Patty LuPone, (Libby Thatcher, Mother), Chris Burke, son Corky), Kellie Martin (Becca Thatcher, Daughter) and Tracey Needham (Paige Thatcher, daughter).

THE ONGOING STORYLINE chronicled the day to day struggles of the family at all levels. E.G., Father's construction business goes under and he regroups his energies into operating a restaurant. The Mother faces up to the inevitable changes in life as one ages. Becca struggles with the trials of an adolescent's coming of age.

BUT THE MOST groundbreaking and innovative element was introduced in the character of Corky. It is that the younger Mr. Thatcher is a Son; who just happens to be a Down Syndrome teen. Actor Chris Burke, who portrayed Corky, is in real life, so afflicted.

THERE COULD WELL have been a tendency for the production team to gravitate toward being preachy and maudlin. This they tastefully avoided and instead they gave us a straightforward, bold and realistic dramatization of a family whose love and devotion for each other, holds them together; all the while they were weathering economic chaos, social set backs and coming to grips with with the cold, cruel treatment that some gave to Corky.

WHEN ALL IS considered and LIFE GOES ON is evaluated as a complete series, it surely will be rated as an all time top dramatic series! AND TO THINK, it was on ABC, not on that pretentious tax glutton, PBS.Now, what would Newton Minow say?*

NOTE * Newton Minow (1926-) a politically active Chicago lawyer, was appointed as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in the Kennedy Administration. In a speech before the National Associatoion of Broadcasters in 1961, he referred to commercial TV as a "vast wasteland."

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