Thirtysomething

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  • TV-14
  • 1987
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.4  (2,621)

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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Seasons
California
23. California
May 28, 1991
Michael gets a job offer in California. While out there, he runs into Elliot and they talk about forming another partnership. But Hope is adamantly against the move, so much so that her and Michael's marriage is threatened.
Melissa in Wonderland
22. Melissa in Wonderland
May 21, 1991
Melissa goes to Hollywood to photograph a sitcom star who comes to rely on her advice.
A Stop at Willoughby
21. A Stop at Willoughby
May 14, 1991
The stress of working at DAA becomes too much for Michael.
Hopeless
20. Hopeless
May 7, 1991
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.
Out the Door
19. Out the Door
April 30, 1991
Michael's fortunes seem to be rising at DAA, but Elliot is more dissatisfied than ever and is ready to quit the job, leading to conflict between the two.
Closing the Circle
18. Closing the Circle
April 16, 1991
Michael tries to come to terms with Gary's passing. Among the living, he has problems with Susannah and with Miles and Peter at work.
The Wedding
17. The Wedding
April 9, 1991
Ellyn and Billy get married. Predictably, all does not go smoothly, as Ellyn gets a bad case of pre-wedding jitters.
The Difference Between Men and Women
16. The Difference Between Men and Women
February 26, 1991
Bachelor and bachelorette parties for Billy and Ellyn provide the backdrop for a look at the various couples' relationships with each other and their fideliity.
Fighting the Cold
15. Fighting the Cold
February 19, 1991
Susannah returns for Gary's funeral. Melissa is an emotional wreck in the aftermath. She and Susannah come to terms with each other.
A Second Look
14. A Second Look
February 12, 1991
Amidst the celebration over the success of Nancy's cancer surgery, a terrible and unexpected tragedy strikes another member of the group.
Sifting the Ashes
13. Sifting the Ashes
February 5, 1991
On a business trip to Baltimore, Elliot confronts issues with his mother and with his religious faith. Ethan too is wondering if religious faith can help his own mother.
Advanced Beginners
12. Advanced Beginners
January 22, 1991
While Ellyn and Billy are living together temporarily, an old girlfriend of Billy's arrives upon the scene, causing some problems.
Melissa and Men
11. Melissa and Men
January 8, 1991
As she prepare for a gallery exhibit devoted to her work, Melissa examines her past relationships with the men in her life and wonders why they have been such failures.
Happy New Year
10. Happy New Year
December 18, 1990
Everyone gathers at the Steadman house for a New Year celebration.
Guns & Roses
9. Guns & Roses
December 11, 1990
Nancy's continuing treatment for her cancer places more and more of a strain on her and her family.
Never Better
8. Never Better
December 4, 1990
The "friends of friends" Gary and Ellyn become closer, but it's Billy Sidel that Ellyn is really interested in.
Photo Opportunity
7. Photo Opportunity
November 27, 1990
Melissa gets a big photo assignment at the same time that her mother breaks her leg.
The Guilty Party
6. The Guilty Party
November 13, 1990
Hope tries to do it all, including throwing a surprise birthday party for Michael. Her relentless perfectionism might be rubbing off on Janey.
The Haunting of DAA
5. The Haunting of DAA
October 30, 1990
Amidst a big company layoff, Michael is visited by a mystery man.
The Distance
4. The Distance
October 16, 1990
An offer of a new job for Susannah leads to her and Gary taking a bold and unexpected step in their relationship. Ellyn finds out that Jeffrey is going back to his first wife
Control
3. Control
October 9, 1990
Melissa starts a fledgling relationship with Miles. Ellyn and Jeffrey look for a new apartment.
Life Class
2. Life Class
October 2, 1990
Nancy feels that the hysterectomy has adversely affected her sex drive.
Prelude to a Bris
1. Prelude to a Bris
September 22, 1990
The decision whether or not to circumcise the newborn Leo brings up larger questions: is he Jewish and what does that mean?
Description

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.

  • Premiere Date
    September 29, 1987
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (2,621)