"Thirtysomething" TV show started 22 YEARS ago!

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    Oct 26, 2009 2:47 AM GMT
    Ok, now I feel really old. The show started in 1987 and it's just coming out on DVD this year.

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    Oct 26, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
    Just watched that trailer, brings back memories. The episode when Gary died, SUCH a shocker. I was in my mid 20's when this was going on.
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    Oct 26, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
    it was considered hip to make fun of this series during it's run by many comedians and water cooler wise asses; but i found many similarities between plot lines and what was goin' on in my/my friend's lives during the show's run. there was many true-to-life parallels!

    ken olin (AKA micheal steadman) was a damn fine hunk the first season. icon_cool.gif

    his on screen wife, AKA Hope, was the exact duplicate of the woman my college best friend/hell raiser/eventual co-worker Keith married. although i didn't know it or myself at the time; i had a huge "bromance" goin' on with him!

    the reruns of this well written and directed show have been on lifetime several times in the last few years. although some of the time and plot references are not still current; the inner workings and emotions and experiences of the cast ensemble members continue to ring true to my life experiences, then and now.

    i ruefully now see parallels between the Gary character and my own life at that time period. icon_lol.gif

    yes, the untimely death (and the effect on the micheal character) of gary was a shocker. again, very true-to-lfe. for me. it tears me up inside everytime i watch the episodes centering around gary's death. icon_sad.gif

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    Oct 26, 2009 9:55 AM GMT
    Can't wait for the seasons when they introduced the manipulative boss Miles Drentell.
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    Oct 26, 2009 10:47 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidOk, now I feel really old. The show started in 1987 and it's just coming out on DVD this year.

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    How we change, back then I thought the middle guy was hot, but not anymore. Now I think the guy on the right is hot out of them.

    But I was too only watch it a few times, as I was in my 20s back then and did not relate to the show all that much.
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    Oct 26, 2009 10:56 AM GMT
    I LOVED this show when it was on. Tuesday nights were the best. Moonlighting, 30 Something then China Beach... 30 Something had one of the first "gay" scenes. So scandalous to show 2 guys semi naked in bed together. Very funny now...
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    Oct 26, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
    Have on DVD, when Gary died, I cried. Favorite episode is when Gary & Melissa re-connected for one nite...the morning after, Gary went out for bagels and didn't come back...remember seeing both of them in bed the morning after, her thinking "OMG!" and him thinking "WTF?" Sent copy to high school girlfriend...she always wondered why things didn't work out between us...could never bring myself to tell her...sigh... Anyhow, loved Ellen's sexy voice & Michael and Hope naming their dog, Grendel...also, that it was supposed to take place in Philadelphia, 70 miles from me. Some critics complained that it was too whiney, all these, "what about MY needs... MY feelings ?" being bandied about. I loved the show, the characters were real to me.
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    Oct 26, 2009 6:19 PM GMT
    bigmusclepete saidHave on DVD, when Gary died, I cried. Favorite episode is when Gary & Melissa re-connected for one nite...the morning after, Gary went out for bagels and didn't come back...remember seeing both of them in bed the morning after, her thinking "OMG!" and him thinking "WTF?" Sent copy to high school girlfriend...she always wondered why things didn't work out between us...could never bring myself to tell her...sigh... Anyhow, loved Ellen's sexy voice & Michael and Hope naming their dog, Grendel...also, that it was supposed to take place in Philadelphia, 70 miles from me. Some critics complained that it was too whiney, all these, "what about MY needs... MY feelings ?" being bandied about. I loved the show, the characters were real to me.


    Yeah. I think they were a little yuppie like, but their problems were very real. I didn't think too whiny. But the Hope character was always so bitchy.

    I got reinterested in finding out more about thirtysomething on DVD when I saw Ken Olin (Michael) on "Brothers and Sisters" last night.
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    Oct 26, 2009 6:27 PM GMT
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    bigmusclepete saidHave on DVD, when Gary died, I cried. Favorite episode is when Gary & Melissa re-connected for one nite...the morning after, Gary went out for bagels and didn't come back...remember seeing both of them in bed the morning after, her thinking "OMG!" and him thinking "WTF?" Sent copy to high school girlfriend...she always wondered why things didn't work out between us...could never bring myself to tell her...sigh... Anyhow, loved Ellen's sexy voice & Michael and Hope naming their dog, Grendel...also, that it was supposed to take place in Philadelphia, 70 miles from me. Some critics complained that it was too whiney, all these, "what about MY needs... MY feelings ?" being bandied about. I loved the show, the characters were real to me.


    Yeah. I think they were a little yuppie like, but their problems were very real. I didn't think too whiny. But the Hope character was always so bitchy.

    I got reinterested in finding out more about thirtysomething on DVD when I saw Ken Olin (Michael) on "Brothers and Sisters" last night.
    Yeah, Wrestler...Michael was busting his hump trying to provide for his growing family & Hope was always complaining that he was never around for her...not sure if you are aware, but Hope had a bit of a "mental" fling on one episode with none other than a very young Brad Pitt....icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 26, 2009 6:32 PM GMT
    I loved this show.
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    Oct 26, 2009 7:06 PM GMT
    I hated this show. It was about yuppie whiners with no awareness of how fortunate they were, always complaining, never able to make adult choices to solve their problems. The bitchy women were the worst. The character "Hope" make me run screaming from the room.