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Thirtysomething is an American television drama about a group of baby boomers in their late thirties. It was created by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick for MGM/UA Television Group and The Bedford Falls Company, and aired on ABC. It premiered in the U.S. on September 29, 1987. It lasted four seasons, with the last of its 85 episodes airing on May 28, 1991.

The title of the show was designed as thirtysomething by Kathie Broyles, who combined the words of the original title, Thirty Something.

In 1997, "The Go Between" and "Samurai Ad Man" were ranked #22 on TV Guide′s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.

In 2002, Thirtysomething was ranked #19 on TV Guide′s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and in 2013 TV Guide ranked it #10 in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time.

  1. Edward Zwick


  2. Marshall Herskovitz


Series Cast

  1. Ken Olin as Michael Steadman

    Ken Olin

    Michael Steadman

    85 Episodes

  2. Mel Harris as Hope Steadman

    Mel Harris

    Hope Steadman

    85 Episodes

  3. Timothy Busfield as Elliot Weston

    Timothy Busfield

    Elliot Weston

    85 Episodes

  4. Patricia Wettig as Nancy Weston

    Patricia Wettig

    Nancy Weston

    85 Episodes

  5. Peter Horton as Gary Shepherd

    Peter Horton

    Gary Shepherd

    85 Episodes

  6. Melanie Mayron as Melissa Steadman

    Melanie Mayron

    Melissa Steadman

    85 Episodes

  7. Polly Draper as Ellyn Warren

    Polly Draper

    Ellyn Warren

    85 Episodes

  8. Patricia Kalember as

    Patricia Kalember

    85 Episodes

  9. Luke Rossi

    40 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 4

1990 • 23 Episodes

Season 4 of thirtysomething premiered on September 22, 1990.


(4x23, May 28, 1991) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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