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thirtysomething channeled the consciousness of baby boomers into a running commentary on what it really meant to be on the cusp of success and failure, marriage and divorce, adulthood and parenthood. Every week the show blurred the lines between television and film, drama and comedy, hard reality and twisted imagination. Each episode of this truly groundbreaking series was its own unit yet somehow fed a larger, growing experience from week to week.
At last, the experience comes to DVD with 21 original episodes restored from the original film elements. Go behind the making of this landmark television series with all-new interviews, commentaries and conversations with the creators, cast and crew.
Featurettes With thirtysomething Creators, Cast and Crew
* From thirtysomething to Forever Making thirtysomething
* A Conversation Between Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick
* Couples & Friends
* Cultural Impact
* Commentaries by Creators, Cast and Crew
And what a cast! Hope and Michael (the dreamily gorgeous Mel Harris and effortlessly handsome Ken Olin) look the perfect couple, and in many ways are, but doubts, temptations, resentments, and other, very real, feelings creep into even their relationship. Nancy and Elliott (Patricia Wettig and Timothy Busfield), meanwhile, are on the brink of breaking up. The singles include dreamer Gary (Peter Horton), ambitious career gal Ellyn (dusky-voiced Polly Draper), and whacky photographer Melissa (Melanie Mayron). The comings and goings of these well-conceived characters would have made for a plenty-compelling series, but Zwick and Herskovitz upped the ante by having them talk about their innermost feelings--yes, even the guys. And that's what makes thirtysomething ring so true--even more than 20 years after its debut.
The boxed set is a treasure trove, including a handsome booklet with a great essay by Zwick and Herskovitz, looking back at the phenomenon they created when they were just 34 themselves. Each episode, and its trivia and awards, are also lovingly detailed. And for completists, the original music accompanies every episode. Onscreen commentaries by Busfield, Harris, Mayron, Zwick, Herskovitz, and writers Joseph Dougherty, Richard Kramer, and others are sprinkled throughout the episodes. There are features on the making of the series; of an inspiring conversation between Kerskovitz and Zwick, taking the viewer instantly back to the days of yuppies, acid-washed jeans, Esprit, "juggling" moms; on the couples and singles in the series; on the writers (who include Paul Haggis, who would go on to write, direct, and win an Oscar for Best Picture for Crash); on the directors; and last but definitely not least, on the cultural impact of thirtysomething. Which, judging from a fresh viewing of the first season, isn't over by a long shot, bucko. --A.T. Hurley
This was the show that made me buy a TV set after I'd watched it in my hotel room on holidays for 3 months. Read morePublished 12 days ago by susankaye
Didn't hold up after all these years. I liked it back in the day, but today it seemed boring :(Published 21 days ago by Debbie Gauthier
I started watching "thirtysomething" during the latter part of the first season in 1988 and I was hooked (and continued to watch until the end). Read morePublished 3 months ago by LA Woman
I watched his series all through my own thirties and purchased it as a gift for someone who is now in his thirties and is looking for his way in life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jayne E Cudzil
Bought this as a "Remembrance of Things Past" - as I was in my 30s when this show first aired. Read morePublished 5 months ago by D. Russo
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|Thirtysomething on Blu-Ray||
I have to say----Isn't it just like Americans---the minute we (as Thirtysomething fans) hear we are finally going to get what we've been praying for all these years, we immediately want more! C'mon people---be happy with what we are being offered (a regular DVD version) and let's not rock the... Read More
May 14, 2009 by Kimberley | See all 14 posts
|My dream has come true||
Better buy it now.
The more copies of Season 1 they sell, the better is the chance for a Season 2 release on DVD.
Oct 10, 2009 by RockStar | See all 9 posts
|Thirtysomething being released by Shout!Factory???||
shout factory is awesome company that release many titles the original liscense holders would not release shout buys the liscense then releases them on dvd shout is well known for release rare awesome shows that other wise would never likely get a release like werewolf parker lewis freaks and... Read More
May 24, 2009 by E. Saylor | See all 5 posts