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    • Strangers
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      11/7/89
      9.4

      Melissa must come to terms with the problems she has over the age difference with Lee. Their relationship is paralleled by a new one between Russell Weller and Peter Montefiore.

    • Another Country
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      1/16/90
      9.4

      Just as her children's book is published, Nancy is diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

    • A Second Look
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      2/12/91
      9.4
      Amidst the celebration over the success of Nancy's cancer surgery, a terrible and unexpected tragedy strikes another member of the group.
    • Nancy's Mom
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      9/19/89
      9.4

      Nancy's and Elliot move closer to a reconciliation, to the disapproval of her visiting mother Eleanor.

    • Pulling Away
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      1/9/90
      9.3

      Michael is given more responsibility at DAA, causing friction between him and Elliot. Hope also has to take some responsibility with the anti-incinerator campaign.

    • Out the Door
      Season 4 - Episode 19
      4/30/91
      9.3
      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.
    • Love and Sex
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      10/3/89
      9.3

      While she and Michael are having problems of their own, Hope gets involved in the love life of her teenaged babysitter.

    • Courting Nancy
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      5/2/89
      9.2

      Nancy pursues her relationship with Matt, but Elliot makes a concerted effort to win her back.

    • Post-Op
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      1/23/90
      9.2

      Nancy, family and friends deal with the aftermath of her cancer surgery.

    • Legacy
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      10/31/89
      9.1
      Elliot and Michael have a close encounter with disaster on an airplane. Hope's employer, the magazine Synergy, is being taken over and will curtain its environmental watchdog activities. At a dinner party, Hope gets irritated with Michael and Miles' date. Nancy is ready to take Elliot back.
    • About Last Night
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      2/14/89
      9.1
      Gary and Susannah try to figure out what to do when they finds out that she's pregnant. Nancy misses a publishing deadline for her book.
    • The Distance
      The Distance
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      10/16/90
      9.0
      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.
    • Best of Enemies
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      5/16/89
      9.0

      Hope is writing an article that could affect Susannah's Race St. Project, driving a wedge between her and Gary.

    • Sifting the Ashes
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      2/5/91
      9.0
      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.
    • Mr. Right
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      10/10/89
      8.9

      Ellyn and Melissa try using a video dating service. Melissa is unexpectedly attracted to a younger man she meets. Ethan must kiss a girl in the school play.

    • 5/22/90
      8.9

      Michael's career is on the line as the hostile takeover attempt of DAA heats up.

    • Fathers and Lovers
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      2/13/90
      8.9

      Melissa has conflicts with Lee over finding him a new job and with her father over his plans to buy her building.

    • Going Limp
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      5/1/90
      8.9

      Elliot gets a chance to direct a public service announcement, but is he capable of doing the job?

    • The Haunting of DAA
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      10/30/90
      8.9
      Amidst a big company layoff, Michael is visited by a mystery man.
    • Whose Forest Is This?
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      3/15/88
      8.9
      Nancy and Elliot's separation takes its toll on their son; Elliot prepares for a blind date with a chiropractor.
    • Accounts Receivable
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      3/1/88
      8.9
      A rocky relationship between Michael and his brother Brad is further strained when Michael learns the family business is almost bankrupt.
    • New Job
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      4/11/89
      8.9

      Hope suffers a miscarriage just as Michael and Elliot begin work for Miles Drentell at DAA.

    • Prelude to a Bris
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      9/22/90
      8.9
      The decision whether or not to circumcise the newborn Leo brings up larger questions: is he Jewish and what does that mean?
    • Closing the Circle
      Season 4 - Episode 18
      4/16/91
      8.9
      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.
    • 5/15/90
      8.8

      As Elliot grows more dissatisfied with DAA, Michael finds out something that could change everything about the company.

    • Michael's Campaign
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      12/12/89
      8.8

      Michael crosses swords with the creative director at DAA. Hope gets more involved with her environmental project.

    • The Mike Van Dyke Show
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      12/20/88
      8.8
      As Christmas and Hanukkah near, Hope suffers a minor injury and an unknown illness. Michael has a crisis of faith and imagines his life as a 1960's TV sitcom.
    • We'll Meet Again
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      12/6/88
      8.8
      As she and Michael argue about her working and having another child, Hope learns about some previous tenants of their house.
    • Undone
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      4/12/88
      8.8
      Michael's old girlfriend from college pays a visit.
    • In Re: the Marriage of Weston
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      12/13/88
      8.8
      Things get complicated between Elliot and Nancy as they moved toward finalizing their divorce. They both try to establish new relationships.
    • First Day / Last Day
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      2/7/89
      8.8
      Flashback scenes of Michael and Elliot meeting, working together, and forming their own company are interspersed with the present-day dissolution of the Michael and Elliot Company. The two have serious disagreements which threaten their friendship.
    • The Guilty Party
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      11/13/90
      8.8
      Hope tries to do it all, including throwing a surprise birthday party for Michael. Her relentless perfectionism might be rubbing off on Janey.
    • Success
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      1/31/89
      8.8
      Melissa gets a job working with Carly Simon. Michael and Elliot face losing their business.
    • The Wedding
      Season 4 - Episode 17
      4/9/91
      8.8
      Ellyn and Billy get married. Predictably, all does not go smoothly, as Ellyn gets a bad case of pre-wedding jitters.
    • Be a Good Girl
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      4/25/89
      8.7

      Melissa must deal with her aging grandmother who wants her to take over her business.

    • Happy New Year
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      12/18/90
      8.7
      Everyone gathers at the Steadman house for a New Year celebration.
    • Once a Mermaid
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      2/6/90
      8.7

      Ellyn restarts her affair with Richard, this time in earnest.

    • Payment Due
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      3/7/89
      8.7

      Ellyn's work and personal life take a great toll on her, both physically and emotionally.

    • Therapy
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      1/12/88
      8.7
      Elliot and Nancy seek professional help for their troubled marriage; Michael finds it hard to keep it a secret.
    • Elliot's Dad
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      2/28/89
      8.7
      Elliot gets involved with his wayward father. Ethan suffers an injury.
    • Fighting the Cold
      Season 4 - Episode 15
      2/19/91
      8.7
      Susannah returns for Gary's funeral. Melissa is an emotional wreck in the aftermath. She and Susannah come to terms with each other.
    • Melissa and Men
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      1/8/91
      8.6
      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.
    • Michael Writes a Story
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      4/4/89
      8.6
      Michael takes a creative writing class, as does Nancy. Michael incurs Nancy's wrath when he writes about something he heard about her in confidence from Elliot. Also, Michael and Elliot get new jobs working for Miles Drentell at DAA.
    • Life Class
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      10/2/90
      8.6
      Nancy feels that the hysterectomy has adversely affected her sex drive.
    • Her Cup Runneth Over
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      2/20/90
      8.6

      Richard leaves his wife and takes his daughter and moves in with Ellyn. This new instant family experiences some rough times right away.

    • Competition
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      1/19/88
      8.5
      Michael's jealousy is aroused when an important client make it clear he prefers Elliot. Meanwhile, Hope and Nancy try to come to terms with computers.
    • New Baby
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      10/24/89
      8.5

      Susannah and Gary become new parents after a difficult delivery. Melissa has a hard time accepting Gary's new status.

    • Nancy's First Date
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      3/22/88
      8.5
      Melissa's burgeoning romance slows when she learns he doesn't want any more kids. Nancy has her first date since the separation.
    • I'll Be Home for Christmas
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      12/15/87
      8.5
      Michael and Hope argue about whether their infant's first holiday should be Christmas or Hanukkah. A famous photographer shows interest in Melissa's work.
    • Separation
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      1/26/88
      8.5
      Elliot temporarily moves in with Michael and Hope after separating from Nancy.
    • Politics
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      1/17/89
      8.4
      Michael takes on a client that he, his wife and his friends find repugnant. Gary and Susannah's odd relationship continues to grow.
    • Guns & Roses
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      12/11/90
      8.4
      Nancy's continuing treatment for her cancer places more and more of a strain on her and her family.
    • The Three Year Itch
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      4/3/90
      8.4

      While in Washington, DC about a possible job, Hope almost cheats on Michael with John Dunaway.

    • The Burning Bush
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      11/28/89
      8.4

      Ellyn takes steps toward starting an affair with Jeffrey Milgrom. Hope begins work on an environmental project. Ellyn and Hope's present-day relationship is compared to the one they had in high school.

    • Arizona
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      4/17/90
      8.4

      Michael and Hope's relationship is deteriorating as they gather to attend her parents' anniversary celebration.

    • Tenure
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      5/3/88
      8.3
      Gary evaluates the fate of his academic career as he undergoes tenure review at the college. Ellyn learns her building is going co-op, leaving her to decide whether to buy her apartment.
    • Photo Opportunity
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      11/27/90
      8.3
      Melissa gets a big photo assignment at the same time that her mother breaks her leg.
    • Control
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      10/9/90
      8.3
      Melissa starts a fledgling relationship with Miles. Ellyn and Jeffrey look for a new apartment.
    • Pilgrims
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      11/21/89
      8.3

      Elliot reunites with his family, but Ethan is still full of anxiety which manifests itself as fear for his safety.

    • Business as Usual
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      2/9/88
      8.3
      Michael's hopes for a joyous reunion with his father are destroyed when he discovers the real reason for the visit.
    • The Other Shoe
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      3/20/90
      8.3

      Nancy finds new support from another cancer patient, but their relationship threatens her closeness with her own family.

    • Advanced Beginners
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      1/22/91
      8.2
      While Ellyn and Billy are living together temporarily, an old girlfriend of Billy's arrives upon the scene, causing some problems.
    • Deliverance
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      3/21/89
      8.1

      Ellyn, Nancy, Hope and Melissa go on a cathartic camping trip.

    • We Gather Together
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      11/17/87
      8.1
      Hope and Michael plan a quiet Thanksgiving but learn friends are counting on being invited.
    • Never Better
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      12/4/90
      8.0
      The "friends of friends" Gary and Ellyn become closer, but it's Billy Sidel that Ellyn is really interested in.
    • Nice Work If You Can Get It
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      12/1/87
      8.0
      Before a deadline, Michael and Elliot wrestle with a creativity block; Ellyn develops a crush on an associate.
    • New Parents
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      12/5/89
      8.0

      Gary's decision to quit teaching and stay at home with his new baby causes a conflict between him and his mother.

    • Couples
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      10/27/87
      8.0
      A night out with friends degenerates as Nancy and Elliot's marital woes become apparent.
    • No Promises
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      1/10/89
      7.9
      Ellyn tries to deal with the shock of her parents' divorce and her growing estrangement from Woodman.
    • 10/6/87
      7.9
      Hope's anxiety over her parents' impending visit taxes everyone's patience.
    • Born to Be Mild
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      5/10/88
      7.9
      Ellyn and Woodman's weekend is ruined when they are forced to babysit Janey.
    • Weaning
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      12/8/87
      7.8
      Sensing baby Janey's decreasing dependency on her, depressed Hope decides to go back to work.
    • But Not for Me
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      11/3/87
      7.7
      Gary and Melissa rekindle their affair; Michael and Hope's first date in months is a disaster.
    • Competing for the attention of the same man jeopardizes the new found friendship between Ellyn and Melissa.
    • Pilot
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      9/29/87
      7.6
      Hope and Michael Steadman are still adjusting to parenthood while struggling with money problems and best-friend crises.
    • 2/26/91
      7.4

      Bachelor and bachelorette parties for Billy and Ellyn provide the backdrop for a look at the various couples' relationships with each other and their fidelity.

    • Trust Me
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      1/3/89
      7.4
      Melissa and Gary consider having a child together. Gary volunteers his time at a social services center, where he is irritated by and attracted to a brusque administrator.
    • South by Southeast
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      1/5/88
      7.4
      It's a Hitchcockian nightmare as Gary falls in love; as the romance progresses, he begins receiving a series of threats against his life.
    • Housewarming
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      10/13/87
      7.3
      Michael and Hope race to renovate their crumbling mansion for a huge housewarming party.
    • 2/27/90
      7.3

      Against the background of an examination of the characters' sex lives, Melissa and Lee break up.

    • I'm Nobody, Who Are You?
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      4/10/90
      6.8
      CAPSULE: Resentment grows between the "haves" (the Steadmans) and the "have nots" (Gary and Susannah).
    • California
      Season 4 - Episode 23
      5/28/91
      6.1
      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.
    • Hopeless
      Season 4 - Episode 20
      5/7/91
      6.0
      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.
    • A Stop at Willoughby
      Season 4 - Episode 21
      5/14/91
      5.8
      The stress of working at DAA becomes too much for Michael.
    • Melissa in Wonderland
      Season 4 - Episode 22
      5/21/91
      5.2
      Melissa goes to Hollywood to photograph a sitcom star who comes to rely on her advice.
    • Inside 'thirtysomething' Seminar

      To commemorate the showing of the series on the Bravo Channel, the Inside thirtysomething Seminar brought together the show's creators, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, along with actors Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield, Melanie Mayron and Polly Draper for a round-table discussion of the show and its effect on the lives of themselves and the viewers, plus lots of reminiscing about favorite moments, etc. The two other principal cast members, Peter Horton and Patricia Wettig, join in via videotape. Film clips from several of the original episodes are also seen.

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