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Thirtysomething was a dramatic television series that first aired in September of 1987 and lasted for only four seasons. The final of Thirtysomething's episodes aired on May 28th, 1991. Even though the show only had a four year run of new episodes it has lived on since then in re-runs. The show was ranked as one of the best television shows of all time in 2002 by TV Guide. The show revolves around several thirty something baby boomers, many of them couples. They all live in middle class neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The show placed most of its focus on the daily struggles of its main characters. The show had three main couples in its character line-up and these were Michael Steadman and Hope Murdoch Steadman, Elliot Weston and Nancy Krieger Weston and Gary Shepherd and Susannah Hart. Melissa Steadman is Michael Steadman's photographer cousin and was at one time Gary Shepherd's girl friend, Ellyn Warren is Hope Murdoch Steadman's friend from childhood and Miles Drentell, Michael Steadman and Elliot Weston's boss.

Follow these main characters as they try to come to grips with the way that their lives are changing. They had all been influenced by the sixties and are involved in the peace movement. They begin to realize that their thirty something lives don't quite add up to their youthful expectations. At times all of them feel like they are selling out or not living up to their full potential.

The show deals with marital problems, cancer, affairs, parenthood and every issue in between. Michael Steadman and Hope Murdoch Steadman are probably the show's focal point characters but all get their fair share of screen time. This show will show you what it's like when you grow up and life is not entirely what you expected. The focus on every day life, which differs with each character, is an interesting view.

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Tuesdays at 10:00 pm on ABC
4 Seasons, 85 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
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Thirtysomething Full Episode Guide

  • Melissa goes to Hollywood to photograph a sitcom star who comes to rely on her advice.

  • The stress of working at DAA becomes too much for Michael.

  • Hope volunteers at a shelter for the homeless and gets personally involved in the life of a woman and her daughter there. She accuses Michael of having lost his social conscience.

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