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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.

Customer Reviews


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.

thirtysomething, Season 1
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  • HD Version
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 29 September 1987
  • CCin English

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