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Life Goes On 

A modern All-American family deals with the struggles of life and love in mid-western suburbia.
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1993   1992   1991   1990   1989  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Bill Smitrovich ...  Drew Thatcher 83 episodes, 1989-1993
Patti LuPone ...  Libby Thatcher 83 episodes, 1989-1993
Chris Burke ...  Corky Thatcher 83 episodes, 1989-1993
Kellie Martin ...  Becca Thatcher 83 episodes, 1989-1993
Tracey Needham ...  Paige Thatcher 40 episodes, 1990-1993
Chad Lowe ...  Jesse McKenna 35 episodes, 1991-1993
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A modern All-American family deals with the struggles of life and love in mid-western suburbia.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glenbrook See more »

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Runtime:

| (83 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first television series to have a major character with Down syndrome, "Corky" Thatcher played by Chris Burke who has Down syndrome in real life. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Season 1 DVD omits the Beatles' "Ob La Di" as the theme song -- replaced with an original song written for the DVD release -- to avoid the high licensing fees. The one exception is the pilot episode. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
(opening theme)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Patti LuPone and cast
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One of the best television shows ever
11 January 1999 | by Ryan D.See all my reviews

I remember watching my first prime time drama at the age of six years old with my mother and younger brother. My mother was a huge fan of "Life Goes On", the show which focuses on the Thatcher Family. She somehow got me so interested in the show that it became the first program I watched on a regularl basis. The story revolves around the two parents who guide their wayward daughter Paige, the blossoming Becca, and Charles, or Corky, their first and only downs-syndrome child. The breakout star of the show became Kellie Martin, whose portrayal of Becca captured the hearts of many awe-struck spectators every Sunday night on ABC. Her first boyfriend, Tyler, dies in a car crash and her second boyfriend was HIV positive. Words (and especially not mine) can not do this show justice. The emotion is just to pure and real that you feel Becca's pain over Jesse and vice versa. It was an incredible show. ABC, of course cancelled it in it's fourth season. "Life Goes On" and "My So-Called Life" will always be my favorite dramas for the 90's and I suppose I will always hate ABC for cutting them down in their prime. You can check out re-runs of the show if you get PAX and see a very different (and blond) Kellie Martin scrubbing for surgery on ER.


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