thirtysomething

1987, TV Show

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Season 4, Episode 23
Few television programs can claim to have the cultural resonance that thirtysomething did in late 1980s America. Winner of four Emmy Awards, the groundbreaking hour-long drama held up a mirror to a generation of young adults struggling to find a larger meaning to their existence in an era marked by rampant consumerism and the yuppie ethos. Season Two picks up where everyone left off and then some.

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Season 2, Episode 17
Few television programs can claim to have the cultural resonance that thirtysomething did in late 1980s America. Winner of four Emmy Awards, the groundbreaking hour-long drama held up a mirror to a generation of young adults struggling to find a larger meaning to their existence in an era marked by rampant consumerism and the yuppie ethos. Season Two picks up where everyone left off and then some. Hope and Michael contemplate a second child; Elliot moves to lure Nancy back; Gary gets serious with his girlfriend Susannah (played by Patricia Kalember); Melissa continues to find herself; and Ellyn gets an ulcer. Then there is all that happens in between, including the arrival of an antagonist for Michael and Elliot: David Clennon joins the cast as the diabolical, smug, manipulative and very successful advertising mogul Miles Drentell. In becoming a commercial force that connected with millions of viewers every week, the series continued to push the limits of what a great television show was capable of while consistently maintaining its artistic and creative edge. thirtysomething: The Complete Second Season features all 17 episodes restored from the original film elements along with new interviews and commentaries for the optimal DVD experience.

Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 5/16/1989

Season 2, Episode 17
Few television programs can claim to have the cultural resonance that thirtysomething did in late 1980s America. Winner of four Emmy Awards, the groundbreaking hour-long drama held up a mirror to a generation of young adults struggling to find a larger meaning to their existence in an era marked by rampant consumerism and the yuppie ethos. Season Two picks up where everyone left off and then some. Hope and Michael contemplate a second child; Elliot moves to lure Nancy back; Gary gets serious with his girlfriend Susannah (played by Patricia Kalember); Melissa continues to find herself; and Ellyn gets an ulcer. Then there is all that happens in between, including the arrival of an antagonist for Michael and Elliot: David Clennon joins the cast as the diabolical, smug, manipulative and very successful advertising mogul Miles Drentell. In becoming a commercial force that connected with millions of viewers every week, the series continued to push the limits of what a great television show was capable of while consistently maintaining its artistic and creative edge. thirtysomething: The Complete Second Season features all 17 episodes restored from the original film elements along with new interviews and commentaries for the optimal DVD experience.

Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 5/10/1988

Season 1, Episode 21
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.

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Premiered: September 29, 1987, on ABC
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Premise: An Emmy-winning chronicle of the angst-ridden lives of 1980s baby boomers in Philadelphia. Creators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz drew on personal experiences to develop storylines rich in introspective dialogue. The results often packed an emotional wallop, though all that soul-searching occasionally translated into an excess of whining. The ensemble performances are all first-rate, and David Clennon's ad-agency head Miles Drentell is one of TV's most memorably smarmy characters.

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