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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (83 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In her autobiography, Patti LuPone says she and her co-star Bill Smitrovich, who played her husband in the series, heartily disliked each other, so much so that by the fourth season that they weren't even speaking to each other off the set and that she was amazed the series lasted as long as it did. 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 »

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Referenced in Harlem Aria (1999) 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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Despite its flaws, one of the best family shows ever
26 April 2010 | by JanieJane96See all my reviews

This show debuted when I was in the 6th grade, and it quickly became one of my favorite TV shows. I remember feeling bowled-over when seeing the opening credits and theme song for the first time - it was one of the funniest, most realistic portrayals of a regular family I had ever seen. The same can be said for the rest of the show. Being only a few years younger than Becca, and nerdy like her, I completely related to her trials and tribulations. At the time I didn't think the inclusion of a Down Syndrome character was that big of a deal, but looking back I realize how groundbreaking it was for a family show to portray a main character with a mental disability. I enjoyed Corky just as much as Becca.

The first three seasons were great, and it stayed on track as a unique family show that focused on Corky and his challenges going to a regular school and trying to live a regular life. However, the fourth season took a sharp turn as it focused 90% of its time on Becca's boyfriend Jesse, who had AIDS. At the time, AIDS was just starting to become a mainstream cause, though there were still many misconceptions about the disease. I'm glad the show, never afraid of being edgy, portrayed a character with AIDS, but I wish he wasn't the focus. I actually grew tired of Becca and Jesse's constant dramas every week, and wasn't surprised when the show ended. It was kind of depressing for me to see Becca's life constantly consumed by Jesse and his AIDS status, and I wish the writers let her have a bit more fun during the last days of her high school years. The final episode, which wrapped up the Becca/Jesse storyline, was particularly strange and I wish they had went full circle and focused on Corky instead.


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