thirtysomething

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thirtysomething was a television drama series that aired on ABC from September 29, 1987, to May 28, 1991. It details the lives of seven friends in their 30s - former Sixties counterculture types turned Bourgeois Bohemians - living in suburban Philadelphia.

The main characters are:

  • Michael Steadman - An advertising executive.
  • Hope Steadman - Michael's wife, a freelance journalist raising their newborn daughter, Janey.
  • Elliot Weston - Michael's advertising partner, who, at the beginning of hte series, is having marital problems after an affair with a co-worker.
  • Nancy Weston - Elliot's wife, an aspiring artist raising their two children, Ethan and Brittany. Nancy battled ovarian cancer during the last two seasons.
  • Melissa Steadman - Michael's photographer cousin.
  • Gary Shepherd - An English professor who was Michael's best friend. Gary tragically dies in a car accident a few episodes into the final season.
  • Ellyn Warren - Hope's girlhood friend, a career woman.
  • Miles Drentell - Michael and Elliot's Bad Boss, who employed them once their ad agency went bankrupt.
  • Susannah Hart - Gary's girlfriend and later wife, who eventually bore him a daughter, Emma.

Not to be confused with the Hugh Laurie Britcom Fortysomething.


Tropes used in Thirtysomething include:
  • All Lowercase Letters: The show's title is officially thirtysomething.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Arguably the biggest example of this trope without Star Trek in the title (just about the only non-child regulars who didn't direct episodes were Polly Draper[1] and Patricia Wettig) - there were so many episodes that one episode was even about Elliot's directing debut! Well, they say you should write about what you know...
  • Loads and Loads of Characters

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  1. who got behind the cameras later on, anyway, with The Naked Brothers Band