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Thirtysomething 

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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 ... See full summary »
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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
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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 <discordia@tanagra.demon.co.uk>

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Release Date:

29 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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(85 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Mill Creek Entertainment has re-released the first season on DVD in two volume collections. On January 18, 2011, they released Season One, Volume One, which features the first 10 episodes of the season. Season One, Volume Two, which features the remaining 11 episodes of the season was released on January 10, 2012. See more »

Quotes

Miles Drentell: You don't look well. Have you been sleeping properly?
Michael Steadman: [who wasn't gotten actual sleep in days] Like a top.
[Exits]
Miles Drentell: [to himself] "Like a top"...
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Crazy Credits

Throughout season 1 and season 2 Elliot's and Ellyn's names are spelled incorrectly in the opening credits. Elliot's is spelled with two 't's ("Elliott"), and Ellyn's is spelled with a second 'e' instead of a 'y' ("Ellen"). "Ellyn" is not corrected until the first episode of season 3 (3.1 "Nancy's mom") and "Elliot", not until the fourth episode of season 3 (3.4 "new baby"). See more »

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Referenced in The Golden Girls: Mister Terrific (1988) See more »

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Much Missed
24 July 2004 | by aqqs10See all my reviews

Finest ensemble drama series I have ever seen. It's 13 years since it finished yet it's still keenly missed by it's many devotees. Ths is made worse because it's not available on video or DVD, unlike other series' made by it's creators.

It suffered from the label of being 'yuppie' & 'whiney', probably because the first series took a little time to settle into a rhythm. Yet it was anything but, being both serious and funny about the issues which affect everyone. Yet it never descended into a soap opera and the acting, writing and staging was of a consistently high standard. It's a pity that it ended so suddenly, without a real resolution.


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