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1989-1993 teen/family drama notable for having a major character with Down's syndrome (Corky), and one with AIDS (Jesse). The whole show was kind of one big VerySpecialEpisode. The main character, Becca, was Corky's sister and Jesse's girlfriend.

Not to be confused with ''Empty Nest'', which aired around the same time, with a ''theme song'' entitled "Life Goes On". Nor should it be confused with ''Life Goes On'', an indie game available on Steam.
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!!Tropes used:
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Corky expresses in the third season, how he'll never forget how Tyler was the only person who didn't make fun of him when he first started high school.
* TheCastShowoff: Libby being played by Broadway singer Patti [=LuPone=] is a good example
** On TheOtherWiki, the theme song is credited as being sung "[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Patti LuPone and the cast of]] ''[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Life Goes On]]''"
* CoolBigSis: Paige is this to Corky
* DarkerAndEdgier / ToneShift: Over the course of the four seasons, the show shifted from being a reasonably light-hearted family drama focusing on Corky to a rather angsty romantic drama between Jesse and Becca. The [[SoundtrackDissonance peppy opening song remains the same, however]], which is jarring particularly in the episodes with a dark or upsetting opening scene.
* DeadpanSnarker (Becca)
* DownerEnding
* FlashForward: Done in the first ("[[IncrediblyLamePun Bec to the Future]]") and last episodes of the final season, with Becca serving as narrator.
* GoodParents: Drew and Libby are portrayed as this
* [[KickTheDog Forget To Feed The Dog]]: The opening titles feature the family all getting ready for the day, with no one remembering to feed the dog, who sits forlornly with his bowl in his mouth as everyone runs by. Viewers actually wrote letters to complain, and in the series finale, [[ThrowTheDogABone a bag of dog food falls out of a nearby cabinet and Arnold finally has breakfast]].
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Corky at the start of the series. This changes in the later seasons when along with the shows tone shift and his reaching adulthood he develops his own interests and make his own decisions despite the initial dismay of his parents. To the surprise of characters who first get to know corky, they realize he is as flawed and human as everybody else.
* LovableJock: Tyler Corkys friend and Beccas first boyfriend
* {{Meganekko}}: Becca until Season 3
* MistakenForGay: A rather harsh version in "Incident on Main," when Jesse is beaten up after leaving the AIDS hospice center.
* [[spoiler:SomeoneToRememberHimBy]]: Maybe.
* TheMovieBuff: Corky to the point where he can reenact scenes from films like Casablanca. In the third season he pursues and successfully lands an ushering job at a movie theatre that shows classic movies.
* RealSongThemeTune: Music/TheBeatles' "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da".
* TheTalk
* VacationEpisode: In the second season premiere, "Honeymoon From Hell," the family takes a trip to Hawaii. (''Series/{{Lost}}'' fans will recognize the Byodo-In Temple, [[HeyItsThatPlace where Sun and Jin were married]].)
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