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Thirtysomething 

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Seven thirtysomethings living in Philadelphia struggle with everyday adult angst.
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirtysomething See more »

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Runtime:

(85 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A scene included in the episode "Strangers" showing Russell (David Marshall Grant) and Peter (Peter Frechette) in a post-coital conversation is widely believed to be the first time gay male characters were ever shown in bed together in a sexual context on American network television. Although the other (heterosexual) couples on the show were frequently shown kissing and having sex scenes, and despite the fact that the scene contained no revealing nudity, no kiss, or even any physical contact at all between between Grant and Frechette, just the fact that the two men were implied to have just had sex was enough to prompt the loss of about US$1.5 million worth of advertising revenue when many of the show's advertisers withdrew their commercials. ABC responded by pulling the episode out of the rerun and syndication lineup, so it was only seen again once the show was released on DVD. Actor David Marshall Grant went on to a second career as a writer and producer of plays and TV shows, including the shows "Brothers & Sisters" and "Smash," both of which featured gay couples who display affection with little controversy. See more »

Quotes

Ethan Weston: [whiny] Dad...
Elliot Weston: Son...
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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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Quite simply...
22 September 2006 | by jdstone-1See 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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