1987 - 1991, Drama
The Steadmans, Westons and friends experience life in Philadelphia.

Episode Guide

  • thirtysomething - California (Season 4 Episode 23)
    Season 4 Episode 23:


    After returning from California, Michael faces decisions that will affect his personal and professional lives.

  • thirtysomething - Melissa in Wonderland (Season 4 Episode 22)
    Season 4 Episode 22:

    Melissa in Wonderland

    In Hollywood to photograph a TV star (Brooke Adams), Melissa gets caught in the bizarre machinations of television.

  • thirtysomething - A Stop at Willoughby (Season 4 Episode 21)
    Season 4 Episode 21:

    A Stop at Willoughby

    Michael and Miles clash when long hours and a demanding client threaten to push Michael over the edge.

  • thirtysomething - Hopeless (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:


    Hope finds a new purpose when she volunteers to work at a homeless shelter, where she befriends a woman and her daughter.

  • thirtysomething - Out the Door (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:

    Out the Door

    Michael and Elliot's friendship is tested when Michael sides with Miles in rejecting Elliot's ad proposal.

  • thirtysomething - Closing the Circle (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:

    Closing the Circle

    Michael is torn between professional demands at the ad agency and his personal responsibility to help Susannah settle Gary's estate.

  • thirtysomething - The Wedding (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    The Wedding

    Everyone is ready for Ellyn and Billy's long-awaited wedding, with a few important exceptions: the couple's families.

  • thirtysomething - The Difference Between Men and Women (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    The Difference Between Men and Women

    When the men plan a bachelor party for Billy, the women are hard pressed to plan something different for Ellyn.

  • thirtysomething - Fighting the Cold (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    Fighting the Cold

    The unexpected results of Nancy's second operation for cancer cause her friends and family to re-evaluate their own lives.

  • thirtysomething - Second Look (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    Second Look

    Nancy is ready for her second bout with cancer surgery, but uncertainty over the outcome puts a strain on her family and friends.

  • thirtysomething - Sifting the Ashes (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Sifting the Ashes

    Nancy prepares for her last round of chemotherapy; Elliot visits his mother (Eileen Brennan) during a business trip.

  • thirtysomething - Advanced Beginners (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Advanced Beginners

    Billy's former girlfriend (Liberty Godshall) arrives and complicates his and Ellyn's decision to live together. With Erich Anderson, Polly Draper.

  • thirtysomething - Melissa and Men (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Melissa and Men

    Melissa is upset when she discovers that the art gallery's exhibition of her photographs forms a montage of her failed relationships.

  • thirtysomething - Happy New Year (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Happy New Year

    Michael and Hope's (Ken Olin, Mel Harris) New Year's Eve party turns nostalgic until Hope receives a mysterious phone call. With Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper.

  • thirtysomething - Guns & Roses (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Guns & Roses

    Nancy's problems with cancer therapy affect her relationships with her children; Elliot is jealous of award-nominee Michael.

  • thirtysomething - Never Better (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Never Better

    Loneliness brings Gary and Ellyn together in an unlikely friendship; Ellyn is attracted to a man she hasn't dated in years.

  • thirtysomething - Photo Opportunity (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Photo Opportunity

    Melissa must decide whether to nab the photo opportunity of a lifetime or care for her mother, who has suffered a broken leg.

  • thirtysomething - The Guilty Party (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    The Guilty Party

    Hope throws a surprise party for Michael to ease her guilt over attention to the baby; guest Renee Taylor.

  • thirtysomething - The Haunting of DAA (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    The Haunting of DAA

    Michael (Ken Olin) is haunted by one of the agency's founders when he works to cut down on the DAA staff.

  • thirtysomething - The Distance (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    The Distance

    Susannah's New York job offer threatens her relationship with Gary; Ellyn ponders her relationship with Jeffrey.

  • thirtysomething - Control (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:


    Miles (David Clennon) dates Melissa (Melanie Mayron) when she begins working for Michael (Ken Olin); Ellyn and Jeffrey (Polly Draper, Richard Gilliland) move in together.

  • thirtysomething - Life Class (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Life Class

    Nancy's constantly changing sexual feelings affect her marriage; Hope feels overwhelmed by two children.

  • thirtysomething - Prelude to a Bris (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Prelude to a Bris

    When Hope gives birth to a son, Michael is forced to decide whether they should follow Jewish tradition.

  • thirtysomething - The Towers of Zenith: Samurai Adman (Season 3 Episode 24)
    Season 3 Episode 24:

    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.

  • thirtysomething - The Towers of Zenith: The Go-Between (Season 3 Episode 23)
    Season 3 Episode 23:

    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.

  • thirtysomething - Going Limp (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    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.

  • thirtysomething - Arizona (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:


    Hope and Michael face their own marital problems while in Arizona to celebrate her parents' 40th anniversary.

  • thirtysomething - I'm Nobody! Who Are You? (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    I'm Nobody! Who Are You?

    Gary imagines consulting with Emily Dickinson (Mary Beth Hurt) when he begins teaching at city college.

  • thirtysomething - The Three Year Itch (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    The Three Year Itch

    The incinerator campaign ends, but Hope prolongs her relationship with John Dunaway; Michael gets a long-awaited raise.

  • thirtysomething - The Other Shoe (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    The Other Shoe

    Nancy's friendship with another cancer patient helps her outlook but threatens her other relationships.

  • thirtysomething - Good Sex, Bad Sex, What Sex, No Sex (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    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.

  • thirtysomething - Her Cup Runneth Over (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    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).

  • thirtysomething - Fathers and Lovers (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Fathers and Lovers

    Melissa encounters problems with her lover (Corey Parker) and her father (Herb Edelman); guest Phyllis Newman.

  • thirtysomething - Once a Mermaid (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Once a Mermaid

    Ellyn (Polly Draper) tries to hide the fact that she has become involved with a married man (Richard Gilliland).

  • thirtysomething - Post-Op (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:


    Her sister's (Tess Harper) arrival, Elliot's solicitude and friends' attempts at sympathy annoy recuperating Nancy.

  • thirtysomething - Another Country (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Another Country

    Nancy attributes her back pain to the fact her book has been published. However, she soon learns she has ovarian cancer.

  • thirtysomething - Pulling Away (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Pulling Away

    Michael gets a temporary promotion which puts him in charge of Elliot; Hope campaigns against the incinerator.

  • thirtysomething - Michael's Campaign (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    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.

  • thirtysomething - New Parents (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    New Parents

    Gary decides to stay home with the baby, but his mother's arrival makes him defensive about his choice.

  • thirtysomething - The Burning Bush (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    The Burning Bush

    Ellyn and Hope recall their long history together after they disagree about Ellyn's relationship with a married man.

  • thirtysomething - Pilgrims (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:


    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.

  • thirtysomething - Strangers (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:


    Melissa considers how her age difference with Lee will affect their relationship; Russell finds a new love.

  • thirtysomething - Legacy (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:


    A brush with death convinces Michael to draw up a will; career success changes Michael's relationship with Drentell.

  • thirtysomething - New Baby (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    New Baby

    Anxiously awaiting the birth of their child, Gary tries to keep Susannah's spirits up as she goes into labor.

  • thirtysomething - Mr. Right (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    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.

  • thirtysomething - Love and Sex (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Love and Sex

    Michael and Hope (Ken Olin, Mel Harris) examine their 6-year marriage.

  • thirtysomething - Nancy's Mom (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Nancy's Mom

    Nancy and Elliot experience a warming of relations as their divorce approaches -- until Nancy's mother visits.

  • thirtysomething - Best of Enemies (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Best of Enemies

    Gary tries to stop Hope's article about Susannah's possible involvement in misdirected funds at a social service center.

  • thirtysomething - Courting Nancy (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Courting Nancy

    Elliot (Timothy Busfield) sets out to win Nancy (Patricia Wettig) back when she becomes more involved with Matt (Timothy Carhart).

  • thirtysomething - Be a Good Girl (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Be a Good Girl

    Melissa's (Melanie Mayron) ailing grandmother (Sylvia Sidney) asks for her help with the family business. Guest stars: Phyllis Newman, Herb Edelman.

  • thirtysomething - New Job (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    New Job

    Michael and Elliot (Ken Olin, Timothy Busfield) both accept jobs with Miles Drentell's (David Clennon) agency. With Mel Harris.

  • thirtysomething - Michael Writes a Story (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Michael Writes a Story

    A new job possibility in advertising presents itself after Michael begins pursuing his old ambition of being a writer.

  • thirtysomething - Deliverance (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:


    The women go camping while Michael and Elliot struggle with the kids and their first freelance project since bankruptcy.

  • thirtysomething - Payment Due (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Payment Due

    Ellyn's (Polly Draper) sudden change in behavior shocks her friends and strains her relationship with Woodman (Terry Kinney).

  • thirtysomething - Elliot's Dad (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Elliot's Dad

    Wallowing in the failures of his marriage and business, Elliot gets a visit from his father (Eddie Albert).

  • thirtysomething - About Last Night (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    About Last Night

    Susannah (Patricia Kalember) has surprising news for Gary (Peter Horton); Nancy (Patricia Wettig) fears she'll never meet her deadline.

  • thirtysomething - First Day: Last Day (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    First Day: Last Day

    Escalating tensions between Michael and Elliot spur flashbacks to their first meeting and their decision to be partners.

  • thirtysomething - Success (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:


    Melissa's career takes off when she gets the opportunity to photograph the cover of a famous singer's new album.

  • thirtysomething - Politics (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:


    Michael takes abuse handling an offensive politician's ad campaign; Gary brings a girlfriend to dinner at the Steadmans'.

  • thirtysomething - No Promises (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    No Promises

    Ellyn's (Polly Draper) shock over her parents' pending divorce threatens her relationship with Woodman. Charles Cioffi guest stars.

  • thirtysomething - Trust Me (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Trust Me

    Melissa (Melanie Mayron) decides she wants to have a baby, and chooses Gary (Peter Horton) as the father. Jeff Altman guest stars.

  • thirtysomething - The Mike Van Dyke Show (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    The Mike Van Dyke Show

    Christmas, Hanukkah and the anniversary of his father's death cause Michael to re-examine his beliefs.

  • thirtysomething - In Re: The Marriage of Weston (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    In Re: The Marriage of Weston

    Having consulted a divorce arbitrator, Elliot and Nancy (Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig) embark on new relationships.

  • thirtysomething - We'll Meet Again (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    We'll Meet Again

    Hope and Michael debate having another child; Hope finds letters of a previous resident in the attic.

  • thirtysomething - Born to Be Mild (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Born to Be Mild

    When Ellyn and her boyfriend agree to house-sit for the vacationing Steadmans, they wind up watching Janey as well.

  • thirtysomething - Tenure (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:


    Gary faces a tenure review; Ellyn learns her building is going co-op, leaving her to decide whether to buy her apartment.

  • thirtysomething - Undone (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:


    Michael's (Ken Olin) old girlfriend (Emily Birch) from college pays a visit.

  • thirtysomething - Nancy's First Date (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Nancy's First Date

    Nancy has her first date since the separation; Melissa finds out her new love does not want any more children.

  • thirtysomething - Whose Forest Is This? (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Whose Forest Is This?

    The separation takes a toll on Nancy and Elliot's son; Elliot prepares for a blind date with a chiropractor.

  • thirtysomething - Accounts Receivable (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Accounts Receivable

    Michael's strained relationship with his brother worsens after the latter arrives for their father's funeral arrangements.

  • thirtysomething - Business as Usual (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Business as Usual

    Michael happily anticipates a reunion with his father (Steven Hill), until he learns the reason for the visit.

  • thirtysomething - I'm in Love, I'm in Love, I'm in Love With a Wonderful Gynecologist (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    I'm in Love, I'm in Love, I'm in Love With a Wonderful Gynecologist

    Ellyn and Melissa jeopardize their newfound friendship when they end up competing for a man's attention.

  • thirtysomething - Separation (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:


    Elliot and Nancy's separation touches everyone's lives, particularly Michael and Hope's when Elliot moves in with them temporarily.

  • thirtysomething - Competition (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:


    Michael (Ken Olin) becomes jealous when an important client (Richard Masur) makes it clear that he prefers working with Elliot (Timothy Busfield).

  • thirtysomething - Therapy (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:


    Elliot and Nancy seek marriage counseling; Michael finds it hard to keep an embarrassing secret about Ellyn.

  • thirtysomething - South by Southeast (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    South by Southeast

    Lovestruck Gary (Peter Horton) begins receiving death threats -- and the prime suspect is a jealous professor (Christopher Carroll).

  • thirtysomething - I'll Be Home for Christmas (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    I'll Be Home for Christmas

    Michael and Hope argue over whether their infant's first holiday season should be celebrated as Christmas or Hanukkah.

  • thirtysomething - Weaning (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:


    Janey's decreased dependency on Hope sends the depressed mother back to work.

  • thirtysomething - Nice Work If You Can Get It (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Nice Work If You Can Get It

    Before a deadline, Michael and Elliot wrestle with a creativity block; Ellyn develops a crush on an associate.

  • thirtysomething - We Gather Together (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    We Gather Together

    Hope's wishes for a quiet Thanksgiving with Michael and the baby appear doomed; Melissa wants everyone to like her latest boyfriend.

  • thirtysomething - But Not for Me (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    But Not for Me

    Gary and Melissa rekindle their long-dormant love affair; Hope and Michael's date turns into a disaster.

  • thirtysomething - Couples (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:


    Elliot and Nancy's (Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig) marital problems ruin an evening out for Michael (Ken Olin), Hope (Mel Harris) and the gang.

  • thirtysomething - Housewarming (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:


    Michael (Ken Olin) sets out to renovate the dilapidated Steadman estate in time for a housewarming party. With Timothy Busfield.

  • thirtysomething - The Parents Are Coming (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The Parents Are Coming

    Hope (Mel Harris) drives everyone crazy anticipating a visit from her parents (George Coe and Shirley Knight).

  • thirtysomething - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Michael does some soul-searching when Elliot confides that he had an extra-marital affair; Michael and Hope adjust to their infant daughter.