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thirtysomething: Season 2 (2009)

Timothy Busfield , Melanie Mayron , Edward Zwick  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy Busfield, Melanie Mayron, Ken Olin, Peter Horton, Patricia Wettig
  • Directors: Edward Zwick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 810 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NN7EXS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,111 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "thirtysomething: Season 2" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Few television programs can claim to have the cultural resonance that thirtysomething did in late 1980s America. Winner of four Emmy Awards, the groundbreaking hour-long drama held up a mirror to a generation of young adults struggling to find a larger meaning to their existence in an era marked by rampant consumerism and the yuppie ethos. Season Two picks up where everyone left off and then some.

Hope and Michael contemplate a second child; Elliot moves to lure Nancy back; Gary gets serious with his girlfriend Susannah (played by Patricia Kalember); Melissa continues to find herself; and Ellyn gets an ulcer. Then there is all that happens in between, including the arrival of an antagonist for Michael and Elliot: David Clennon joins the cast as the diabolical, smug, manipulative and very successful advertising mogul Miles Drentell.

In becoming a commercial force that connected with millions of viewers every week, the series continued to push the limits of what a great television show was capable of while consistently maintaining its artistic and creative edge. thirtysomething: The Complete Second Season features all 17 episodes restored from the original film elements along with new interviews and commentaries for the optimal DVD experience.

Bonus Features

* New Cast Interviews

* Commentaries by Creator, Cast and Crew

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful DVDs, but a problem January 22, 2010
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I just received this DVD set. The commentaries are interesting and insightful, and it's great to see the uncut episodes for the first time in over twenty years. I have only watched one of the discs, but have found what I consider to be a big production problem. On Disc 1, episode 2 "In Re: The Marriage of Weston", the scenes have been edited out of order. It's very obvious, but to be certain I compared the DVD with a copied episode from "Lifetime". Two sequences stand out. On the DVD, early on Hope and Ellyn giggle about the instructor at the art center and Hope intimates he and Nancy have slept together. However, the scene where Nancy gets the art center job and meets the instructor comes later in the DVD. Likewise, there is a scene where Nancy angrily confronts Elliot about contacting a Realtor to sell the house, and rips him for instructing Ethan not to tell her. The scene in the DVD where Elliot is showing the Realtor the house and admonishing Ethan not to tell his mother comes after this scene.

The DVDs are beautiful. I would have given the set 5 stars if not for the production problem
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic show, flawed DVD March 7, 2010
That thirtysomething is finally out on DVD (after almost 20 years!) is the answer to one of my most fervent prayers. Or it would be.

Because the DVD is a letdown.

As with the first season DVDs, the technical quality of the remastering wavers considerably. There are entire portions that simply were not remastered at all. It's often one camera track, while the other camera track in the same scene has been remastered. So one moment you're watching a reasonably high resolution DVD, the next moment (cut to the other camera), it's TV and VHS tapes all over again: fuzzy contours, awful colors. And then back to the high resolution. And back to VHS. That quickly. It makes you dizzy. And mad.

In the second season, it gets increasingly worse - as if Shout Factory (the DVD manufacturer) had been running out of money, or time, or just not felt like doing it any longer. The worst episode I've seen to date is "Michael writes a story" (2nd season, # 13). About half of the entire episode is simply not remastered at all. Or only the actors but not the background. Then they cut to the second camera and it's o.k. again.

Btw, the closed captions are sloppy too. That out in La-La-Land, they don't know what "Ardmore" is may be all right, but there IS a difference between saying "I'm scared" and "I'm sorry." In short: bad job, Shout Factory!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder and pathos November 22, 2009
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I had forgotten how good and original this series was. 16 years since I first watched it, it still delights, and has not aged, but matured. Some episodes would win awards as free standing dramas. The characterization is excellent, the performances outstanding, the drama real and moving, and the team work unequalled since The Big Chill. The direction and writing deserved the awards they won. Five stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just gets better February 8, 2010
I love this series, but this season they really took it up notch above the first season. So many good episodes here. Really good new characters introduced like Miles and Susannah. Miles may be my favorite character...he's definitely my favorite villain.

Because I'm a business guy...I loved the episodes featuring the battles between Miles, Micheal and Elliot.

One of my favorite things about the series is...they weren't afraid to tell each other when they felt the other was wrong. I loved that...honesty. It wasn't honesty simply for honest sake...but out of concern and caring. Sometimes it tested their friendships, but it made their relationships better. Stronger. They became better people as a result.

If friendships and family mean alot to you...tune this series in.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The short season February 3, 2010
There was a writers' strike during this season, so it's the shortest of the four. 17 episodes, where the others are around 21 each. No price break, though.
Still, you have to get it. It's the debut of Miles Drentell, the Dark Lord of Mordor, where the shadows lie!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turning Points and Grace Notes January 20, 2010
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The second season of thirtysomething was one of turning points, wherein key developments in the arc of its characters' lives from which everything that was to follow in subsequent seasons took root. Recurring, complex characters, Miles Drentell and Susanna Hart, were introduced. Episodes came to rely less on plot, allowing viewers opportunity for introspection, a strength of the series that became one of its hallmarks. Although bonus features are not as abundant as on the season one package, the three included here (profiles of Miles and Susannah, and a feature "W.G. Snuffy Walden and the Music of thirtysomething") are individually substantive, expanding one's appreciation for the season and providing grace notes for the series overall.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of my own thirtysomething years February 14, 2010
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Although my life was not as dramatic as the gang on thirtysomething, I could have lived next door to these folks. Jobs, babies, personal worries, parents, good friends, etc., etc., etc. We all live this time of our lives at some point, I just happened to when this show aired. It was good to continue the thirtysomething tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it even more than when it aired the first time! February 9, 2010
By Susie Q
This was my favorite series back in the day. It's been a long time and I read that it stands the test of time. It sure does! This series is by far the most honest look at human relationships I think I've ever seen. The cast is superb, well acted throughout. The only thing dated about it is the lack of cell phones! A brilliant study of human relationships in very real situations. Family and friendship are the key elements. Classy, dramatic, lots of witty lines, just amazing. I was really upset that Season 2 was so short so now I have to wait for Season 3. Back to re-runs for now!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show.
Published 1 day ago by Stephen
4.0 out of 5 stars Always a good series.
It is interesting to see the episodes so many years into the future. It was a world w/o cell phones.
Published 11 days ago by ChuckDallas
5.0 out of 5 stars everything was great.
Hey, it's Thirtysomething. Quality and shipping, everything was great.
Published 13 days ago by truthbtold
4.0 out of 5 stars thirtysomething-Prime streaming
I'm really disappointed that you took thirtysomething off Prime and I now have to pay for it.
I am a regular customer on Amazon-you are my go to place for books and other... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susan L. Sandgren
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Hair!
Great, great acting (Tim Busfield and Patricia Wettig especially) and great writing still stands the test of time. You will not regret purchasing.
Published 5 months ago by Stella
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed then and now!
Fun to watch an old favorite, brings back memories of the 80's! If you liked it then, watch it again!
Published 6 months ago by clee
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent show
It seems the good shows only last for awhile. This was timely, pertinent and interesting, but I realize it wasn't going to last forever. Read more
Published 7 months ago by marian
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Show
When I was a young wife and mom in the late eighties I had a part time waitressing job so I could put myself through school. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Isabella
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
Everything about this series is first class...from the writing to the direction to every member of its stellar ensemble cast. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth revisiting, especially if you were 30 something in the. 80's
Although the series was made in the 80's it carries timely messages for today. Acting is superb.
Bought the entire series and recommend it highly,
Published 9 months ago by Janice Fiore
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