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Winner of 13 Emmys, Thirtysomething delves into the angst felt by baby boomers and yuppies coping with the everyday struggles of life in the 1980s, including changing expectations related to masculinity and femininity. With an incredible ensemble cast and the perfect balance of serious, “real life” storylines complimented by light humor, Thirtysomething is a show as relevant today as when it debuted. In this first season, we meet and learn the intimate details in the lives of the eight central characters. Although as an ensemble drama, the series tended to revolve around Michael (Ken Olin) and Hope Steadman (Mel Harris), who provided the focal point for the group. Michael works in the advertising business, and Hope is a writer and stay-at-home mom. Michael's cousin is successful photographer Melissa Steadman (Melanie Mayron), and his business partner is Elliot Weston (Timothy Busfield), who has a troubled marriage with his wife Nancy (Patricia Wettig), an artist and also a stay-at-home mom. Michael's best friend is free-spirited college English literature professor Gary Shepherd (Peter Horton), who eventually married Susannah (Patricia Kalember). Hope's best friend is Ellyn Warren (Polly Draper). Season One episodes deal with issues such as the domestic turmoil caused by the arrival of a first child, actual and fantasized extramarital affairs, working women balancing the stresses of both a job and motherhood, competition in the workplace, and a father’s death. The show is so immediate and intimate that the viewer begins to feel as if they are meeting new friends rather than watching a series; the characters invite us into their living rooms just as much as we watch them in ours.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPilot||Nine month old Jane has become the center of new parents Michael and Hope's universe. And that's a satisfactory way of life until Janey's erratic sleeping and eating habits totally disrupt the household. It's then that Michael and Hope's sex life comes to a grinding halt and they find themselves quite overwhelmed by the responsibilities of parenthood. Michael's cousin, Melissa, and best friend, Gary, try to coax the couple out of the house for a camping trip. But first, Hope must find a babysitter to whom she is willing to entrust Jane. Will anyone measure up? Michael is in for some soul-searching of his own when his business partner and friend, Elliot, confides that he has had an extramarital affair. Elliot knows that his wife hasn't a clue that he was unfaithful, but the guilt is nonetheless killing him.||49:29||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Parents Are Coming||Hope gets devastating news: Her parents are coming to visit in two days! The Steadmans hope Gary can fix their out-of-order bathroom in that time. Hope grows more and more frantic as the arrival approaches, and the news that Gary won't have the bathroom fixed only adds to her anxiety. Michael and Hope go to pick up Ruth and Ted Murdoch at the airport. On the way home, a palpable tension already is noticeable between Hope and her mother. Despite the parents' protests, Hope and Michael insist they take their master bedroom with its own bath. At night, Michael needs his razor but is afraid to enter in on Ruth and Ted. When they do let him in, Michael perhaps is thinking he's taking a look at Hope and himself thirty years down the line.||47:45||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHousewarming||Michael fights compromise in his plans for a dream home, as he sets out to renovate the crumbling old Steadman estate in time for a huge housewarming - to which he and Hope have invited just about everyone they have ever met.||47:46||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCouples||An evening out for Michael and Hope and their friends degenerates into a shouting match as Elliot and Nancy's overwhelming marital problems become painfully evident.||47:54||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBut Not for Me||In the course of one eventful Saturday night, Gary and Melissa - each lonelier than they'd care to admit - rekindle their long dormant love affair; and Michael and Hope's first 'date' in months dissolves into disaster.||47:43||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWe Gather Together||Hope plans a quiet Thanksgiving alone with Michael and the baby, then learns that all of their friends are counting on her to invite them for the holiday; Melissa wants everyone to love her boyfriend, but no one, in truth, can't stand the guy.||46:33||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNice Work If You Can Get It||Michael and Elliot struggle to overcome a creative block while their deadline for an important ad campaign looms closer and closer; Ellyn has a crush on a business associate, but when he makes it clear that the feeling is mutual, she suddenly has second thoughts.||47:49||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWeaning||When infant Janey becomes less dependent upon Hope after she stops breast feeding, Hope, feeling a bit melancholy, goes back to her old job at the magazine.||47:39||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoI'll Be Home for Christmas||Michael and Hope disagree over whether Janey's first Yuletide should be celebrated as Christmas or Chanukah, and Melissa gets encouragement from an unexpected source when a famed photographer admires her work.||47:46||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSouth By Southeast||It's a Hitchcockian nightmare as Gary falls in love; as the romance progresses, he begins receiving a series of threats against his life.||47:47||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTherapy||Elliot and Nancy turn to a therapist for help with their troubled marriage; Michael discovers a very funny, but terribly embarrassing, fact about Ellyn, and despite a vow of silence, can't keep the secret to himself.||47:46||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCompetition||Michael's jealousy is aroused when an important client make it clear he prefers Elliot. Meanwhile, Hope and Nancy try to come to terms with computers.||47:37||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|13||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSeparation||When Elliot leaves Nancy their separation affects everyone's lives, especially after he moves in, temporarily, with Michael and Hope.||47:48||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|14||HDClosed CaptioningVideoI'm In Love...With My Gynecologist||Melissa and Ellyn's newfound friendship is jeopardized when they find themselves competing for the attentions of the same man, a charming gynecologist, Dr. Bob Kramer.||47:47||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|15||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBusiness As Usual||Michael anticipates a happy reunion with his father, Leo Steadman, until he learns the startling reason for dad's visit.||47:29||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|16||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAccounts Receivable||Michael and his brother, Brad, make funeral arrangements for their father, and they find their already troubled relationship strained to the breaking point when Michael learns that the family business, under Brad's supervision, is on the verge of failing.||47:51||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|17||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNancy's First Date||Nancy panics after she accepts a date from an attractive guy, but it's nothing compared to Elliot's reaction. Melissa's budding romance with Dr. Bob Kramer hits a snag when she learns he's opposed to having any more children.||47:46||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|18||HDClosed CaptioningVideoUndone||Michael's old girlfriend, Emily Birch from college pays a visit to the Steadmans.||47:48||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|19||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTenure||Gary ponders the fate of his academic career as he undergoes tenure review at the college. Meanwhile, Ellyn agonizes over whether to buy her apartment after she learns that her building is going co-op.||47:44||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|20||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWhose Forest Is This||Nancy's and Elliot's young son, Ethan is increasingly troubled by their separation. Meanwhile, Elliot steels himself for a trauma of this own - a blind date with a lady chiropractor.||47:52||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|21||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBorn to Be Mild||When Michael and Hope leave for their first weekend away since the baby was born, Ellyn and her boyfriend plan an equally romantic weekend house-sitting -- until a sudden turn of events leaves the unsuspecting couple in charge of Jane as well.||46:48||£2.49||View In iTunes|
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The show was originally shot and broadcast in 4:3. Now, suddenly, it's 16:9.
The reformatting of shows like this annoys me. It's like colourisation of black & white shows and pan & scan. Why they can't just leave it as it was, so we can see it as it was originally shot and intended to be seen.