Seven thirtysomethings living in Philadelphia struggle with everyday adult angst.
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Series cast summary:
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 Brittany Craven ...  Janey 66 episodes, 1987-1991
Lacey Craven Lacey Craven ...  Janey 66 episodes, 1987-1991
Luke Rossi Luke Rossi ...  Ethan Weston / ... 41 episodes, 1987-1991


Hope and Michael are a married couple in their thirties, living in Philadelphia, and struggling with everyday adult angst. Michael runs an ad agency with his friend Elliot, whose marriage to Nancy is beginning to show the cracks of age, as is the friendship between Hope and her best friend Ellyn. Michael's best friend, Gary, on the other hand, is trying to get on with his womanising life, and get over the mutually-destructive affair he had with Michael's cousin, Melissa. It all sounds like just another soap, but is given a unique atmosphere by the production team (the Bedford Falls company, also responsible for 'My So Called Life') whose intelligent scripts, believable characters and frequent dips into the slightly surreal world of the character's minds places the series as one of the highlights of the late 1980s. Written by Spiral Lobster <>

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Thirtysomething was influenced by the 1980 film Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979) and the 1983 film The Big Chill (1983). The show reflected the angst felt by baby boomers and yuppies in the United States during the 1980s, such as the changing expectations related to masculinity and femininity introduced during the era of second-wave feminism. See more »


Prof. Gary Shepherd: "Aesthete sought. Prefer overeducated dilettante. Experience frowned upon."
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Crazy Credits

The early episodes in Season 1 featured scenes under the opening credits that were yet to be broadcast. See more »


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31 May 2003 | by petelushSee all my reviews

For a few seasons I compulsively watched this show the way one might keep checking a closet to see if the bad smell is still there. Who can explain what drives us to watch what annoys us? After a few months I figured out that the spine of the story was based on apologizing. Subtract apologies between these characters the day after they find miniature ways to offend each other, and you've hardly got a plot.

My favorite bit was when Timothy B-something, I think his name was (the red-headed actor) got his big chance to direct a commercial, and showed a black guy how he wanted a 'hood walk performed.

Worst moment was when a most annoying woman character went ballistic because on a date the guy (the boss at the ad agency) tried to kiss her! Imagine trying to steal a kiss from your thirty-something date! Take back the night, and keep this show.

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29 September 1987 (USA) See more »

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