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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:
...  Elliot Weston 85 episodes, 1987-1991
...  Ellyn Warren 85 episodes, 1987-1991
...  Hope Murdoch Steadman 85 episodes, 1987-1991
...  Gary Shepherd 85 episodes, 1987-1991
...  Melissa Steadman 85 episodes, 1987-1991
...  Michael Steadman 85 episodes, 1987-1991
...  Nancy Krieger Weston 85 episodes, 1987-1991
Brittany Craven ...  Janey 66 episodes, 1987-1991
Lacey Craven ...  Janey 66 episodes, 1987-1991
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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The word "thirtysomething" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary as a direct result of its popular usage from this series. See more »

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Ellyn's date: I think "I Love Lucy"'s overrated, myself.
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Quite simply...
22 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

The most annoying show about the most annoying people on the face of the earth and that's saying a lot. I was thirtysomething when thirtysomething began it's run and I absolutely loathed it, the characters and the whiny dialogue and the stories about loathsome, whiny, self-absorbed brats who'd had everything handed to them on a silver platter but were still whining because everything wasn't perfect. Whew, how was that for a run-on sentence? But it was hard to care about these characters. It seemed to me that the writers secretly agreed with me, because the dilemmas these yuppies and their larvae faced brought into sharp relief the shallowness of their lives and their lack of empathy for others.


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