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ABC (ended 1991)

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When thirtysomething debuted in 1987 it was attacked by some critics as being a self-indulgent examination of the minutiae of yuppie life. Before the first season was over, some of those same critics were covering their tracks by calling it "the most improved show on television." Producers Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz had teamed up before on Family and would go on to create My So-Called Life, Relativity and Once and Again. Often using feature-film techniques, their brand of what could be called "reality" television tackled not only the small subjects, but the big ones too, all the way from life to death, as they followed their characters on the road from the idealism of youth to the search for security and responsibility as they glided toward middle age. And it was even funny sometimes. After its network run came to an end in 1991, thirtysomething became a staple rerun on many other networks.

  • PLENTY OF GOOD SHOWS NEVER MAKE IT TO AIR BECAUSE SMALL GROUPS OF "SCREENERS" SAY NAY.

    FEATURE: TV pilots often fall victim to research groups

  • FANS OF THIS SUMMER'S HIT FILM CRASH WILL BE PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE MOVIE IS LIKELY TO BE TURNED INTO A TELEVISION SERIES BY FX.

    FX hit by Crash

  • Timothy Busfield

    Timothy Busfield

    Elliot Francis Weston

    Polly Draper

    Polly Draper

    Ellyn Warren

    Mel Harris

    Mel Harris

    Hope Murdoch Steadman

    Peter Horton

    Peter Horton

    Gary Sheperd

    Melanie Mayron

    Melanie Mayron

    Melissa Steadman

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    Categories

    Drama

    Themes

    80s, Love & Romance