[[caption-width-right:300:The main cast.]]

''thirtysomething'' is a television drama series that aired on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1987 to 1991. It details the lives of seven friends in their 30s -- former [[TheSixties Sixties]] counterculture types turned {{Bourgeois Bohemian}}s -- living in suburban UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}.

[[AC: The main characters are:]]
* Michael Steadman - An advertising executive.
* Hope Steadman - Michael's wife, a freelance journalist raising their newborn daughter, Janey.
* Elliot Weston - Michael's advertising partner, who, at the beginning of the series, is having marital problems after an affair with a co-worker.
* Nancy Weston - Elliot's wife, an aspiring artist raising their two children, Ethan and Brittany. Nancy battled ovarian cancer during the last two seasons.
* Melissa Steadman - Michael's photographer cousin.
* Gary Shepherd - An English professor who was Michael's best friend. Gary tragically dies in a car accident a few episodes into the final season.
* Ellyn Warren - Hope's girlhood friend, a career woman.
* Miles Drentell - Michael and Elliot's BadBoss, who employed them once their ad agency went bankrupt.
* Susannah Hart - Gary's girlfriend and later wife, who eventually bore him a daughter, Emma.

Not to be confused with the Hugh Laurie Britcom ''Series/{{Fortysomething}}''.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirtysomething_(TV_series) The Other Wiki]] and at [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092492/ IMDB]].

!! "[=tropesomething=]":
* AbsenteeActor: All the main cast members (with the exception of Ken Olin) miss at least one episode.
* AllLowercaseLetters: Officially, the show's title is ''thirtysomething''.
* ButNotTooGay[=/=]FairForItsDay: The show got a burst of publicity as being the first program to feature a gay couple in bed together. However, the actors playing the couple were [[ExecutiveMeddling not allowed to touch each other]], and the network later refused to rerun the episode due to negative advertising reaction.
* CreatorCameo: Story editor Liberty Godshall (who started out as an actress before turning to writing) has a supporting role in "Advanced Beginners," which she also wrote.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Gary.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MrsRobinson: Dating the much younger Lee causes Melissa to feel like this.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Remembered primarily for being associated with the 'Baby-Boomer' demographic along with some of the more common [[TheEighties 80's]] tropes.
* YourCheatingHeart: Elliot, as listed above.