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      Season 3 – thirtysomething

      1989 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


      Previous Episode 1 Aired Sep 19, 1989 Nancy's Mom Nancy and Elliot experience a warming of relations as their divorce approaches -- until Nancy's mother visits. Details Episode 2 Aired Oct 3, 1989 Love and Sex Michael and Hope (Ken Olin, Mel Harris) examine their 6-year marriage. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 10, 1989 Mr. Right A video dating service may bring "Mr. Right" to Melissa and Ellyn (Melanie Mayron, Polly Draper). Guest star: Corey Parker. With Timothy Busfield. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 24, 1989 New Baby Anxiously awaiting the birth of their child, Gary tries to keep Susannah's spirits up as she goes into labor. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 31, 1989 Legacy A brush with death convinces Michael to draw up a will; career success changes Michael's relationship with Drentell. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 7, 1989 Strangers Melissa considers how her age difference with Lee will affect their relationship; Russell finds a new love. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 21, 1989 Pilgrims As Thanksgiving approaches, Ethan (Luke Rossi) fears his parents, Elliot and Nancy (Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig), may split up again. Ken Olin and Mel Harris co-star. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 28, 1989 The Burning Bush Ellyn and Hope recall their long history together after they disagree about Ellyn's relationship with a married man. Details Episode 9 Aired Dec 5, 1989 New Parents Gary decides to stay home with the baby, but his mother's arrival makes him defensive about his choice. Details Episode 10 Aired Dec 12, 1989 Michael's Campaign A power struggle at the ad agency causes Michael (Ken Olin) to recall a previous battle he lost. With Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper and Mel Harris. Details Episode 11 Aired Jan 9, 1990 Pulling Away Michael gets a temporary promotion which puts him in charge of Elliot; Hope campaigns against the incinerator. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 16, 1990 Another Country Nancy attributes her back pain to the fact her book has been published. However, she soon learns she has ovarian cancer. Details Episode 13 Aired Jan 23, 1990 Post-Op Her sister's (Tess Harper) arrival, Elliot's solicitude and friends' attempts at sympathy annoy recuperating Nancy. Details Episode 14 Aired Feb 6, 1990 Once a Mermaid Ellyn (Polly Draper) tries to hide the fact that she has become involved with a married man (Richard Gilliland). Details Episode 15 Aired Feb 13, 1990 Fathers and Lovers Melissa encounters problems with her lover (Corey Parker) and her father (Herb Edelman); guest Phyllis Newman. Details Episode 16 Aired Feb 20, 1990 Her Cup Runneth Over Jeffrey (Richard Gilliland) decides to leave his wife (Felicity LaFortune) and move in with Ellyn (Polly Draper), bringing along his 11-year-old daughter (Mya Akerling). Details Episode 17 Aired Feb 27, 1990 Good Sex, Bad Sex, What Sex, No Sex Melissa and Lee are happy with their sexual relationship, while Gary and Susannah's intimacy suffers from parenthood; Nancy spurns Elliot's advances. Details Episode 18 Aired Mar 20, 1990 The Other Shoe Nancy's friendship with another cancer patient helps her outlook but threatens her other relationships. Details Episode 19 Aired Apr 3, 1990 The Three Year Itch The incinerator campaign ends, but Hope prolongs her relationship with John Dunaway; Michael gets a long-awaited raise. Details Episode 20 Aired Apr 10, 1990 I'm Nobody! Who Are You? Gary imagines consulting with Emily Dickinson (Mary Beth Hurt) when he begins teaching at city college. Details Episode 21 Aired Apr 17, 1990 Arizona Hope and Michael face their own marital problems while in Arizona to celebrate her parents' 40th anniversary. Details Episode 22 Aired May 1, 1990 Going Limp Elliot (Timothy Busfield) is anxious when he is asked to direct a commercial for the city of Philadelphia. With Ken Olin and Mel Harris. Details Episode 23 Aired May 15, 1990 The Towers of Zenith: The Go-Between Michael is approached by Minnesota Brands to help in a corporate takeover of DAA; Elliot has problems with Miles. Details Episode 24 Aired May 22, 1990 The Towers of Zenith: Samurai Adman Michael and Elliot (Ken Olin, Timothy Busfield) help Minnesota Brands take over DAA while Miles (David Clennon) fights the buyout. Details Next
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      Previous Ken Tucker Entertainment Weekly Terrific, obsession-inspiring show. May 1, 2018 Full Review Ross Ruediger Few will believe that a great deal of the drama here is strikingly reminiscent of Mad Men, but it is. [...] One wonders if Matthew Weiner saw this material once upon a time and it stuck with him. May 1, 2018 Full Review Next
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      Sep 19, 1989
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