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      Season 2 – thirtysomething

      1988 Drama List
      Reviews Sensitive, introspective adults or self-absorbed, whiny yuppies? That debate still rages around this drama series about a group of close-knit friends in Philadelphia. Michael and Elliot, colleagues at a large ad agency, leave those jobs to open an agency of their own. Hope, Michael's overachieving wife, finds her attention divided between their new baby, Janey, and her dreams of becoming a publishing executive. Elliott's wife, Nancy, likewise has had to give up her former bohemian life as an aspiring artist to raise their two children. Melissa, Michael's photographer cousin, covets both a stellar career and a stunningly handsome life partner. Gary, the college professor who is Michael's best friend, is chronically afflicted with Peter Pan syndrome. And Ellyn, Hope's longtime friend, is a neurotic businesswoman. Read More Read Less


      Episode 1 Aired Dec 6, 1988 We'll Meet Again Hope and Michael debate having another child; Hope finds letters of a previous resident in the attic. Details Episode 2 Aired Dec 13, 1988 In Re: The Marriage of Weston Having consulted a divorce arbitrator, Elliot and Nancy (Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig) embark on new relationships. Details Episode 3 Aired Dec 20, 1988 The Mike Van Dyke Show Christmas, Hanukkah and the anniversary of his father's death cause Michael to re-examine his beliefs. Details Episode 4 Aired Jan 3, 1989 Trust Me Melissa (Melanie Mayron) decides she wants to have a baby, and chooses Gary (Peter Horton) as the father. Jeff Altman guest stars. Details Episode 5 Aired Jan 10, 1989 No Promises Ellyn's (Polly Draper) shock over her parents' pending divorce threatens her relationship with Woodman. Charles Cioffi guest stars. Details Episode 6 Aired Jan 17, 1989 Politics Michael takes abuse handling an offensive politician's ad campaign; Gary brings a girlfriend to dinner at the Steadmans'. Details Episode 7 Aired Jan 31, 1989 Success Melissa's career takes off when she gets the opportunity to photograph the cover of a famous singer's new album. Details Episode 8 Aired Feb 7, 1989 First Day: Last Day Escalating tensions between Michael and Elliot spur flashbacks to their first meeting and their decision to be partners. Details Episode 9 Aired Feb 14, 1989 About Last Night Susannah (Patricia Kalember) has surprising news for Gary (Peter Horton); Nancy (Patricia Wettig) fears she'll never meet her deadline. Details Episode 10 Aired Feb 28, 1989 Elliot's Dad Wallowing in the failures of his marriage and business, Elliot gets a visit from his father (Eddie Albert). Details Episode 11 Aired Mar 7, 1989 Payment Due Ellyn's (Polly Draper) sudden change in behavior shocks her friends and strains her relationship with Woodman (Terry Kinney). Details Episode 12 Aired Mar 21, 1989 Deliverance The women go camping while Michael and Elliot struggle with the kids and their first freelance project since bankruptcy. Details Episode 13 Aired Apr 4, 1989 Michael Writes a Story A new job possibility in advertising presents itself after Michael begins pursuing his old ambition of being a writer. Details Episode 14 Aired Apr 11, 1989 New Job Michael and Elliot (Ken Olin, Timothy Busfield) both accept jobs with Miles Drentell's (David Clennon) agency. With Mel Harris. Details Episode 15 Aired Apr 25, 1989 Be a Good Girl Melissa's (Melanie Mayron) ailing grandmother (Sylvia Sidney) asks for her help with the family business. Guest stars: Phyllis Newman, Herb Edelman. Details Episode 16 Aired May 2, 1989 Courting Nancy Elliot (Timothy Busfield) sets out to win Nancy (Patricia Wettig) back when she becomes more involved with Matt (Timothy Carhart). Details Episode 17 Aired May 16, 1989 Best of Enemies Gary tries to stop Hope's article about Susannah's possible involvement in misdirected funds at a social service center. Details

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      John J. O'Connor New York Times Perhaps for the time being and the foreseeable future, that is about as honest as television entertainment will get. Jan 30, 2018 Full Review

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      Dec 6, 1988