ABC
Jennifer Armstrong
August 14, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

thirtysomething: The Complete First Season

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
performer
Timothy Busfield, Mel Harris, Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

We can blame all our misery on thirtysomething — or, at least, all the hours of televised angst we’ve seen since then. When the seminal yuppie drama premiered in 1987, it took flak for its characters’ constant whining over such trivial matters as babysitters and breakfast rooms. But in dramatizing the mundane, the show became emblematic of a generation, and an indelible influence on future programming from Party of Five to Grey’s Anatomy. The generous EXTRAS (eight hours of cast commentaries, plus documentaries!) reflect this obsessive ethos. Still, the indulgence is well earned: Even current thirtysomethings will relate to the series’ sentiments — if not the cast’s suspenders and high-waisted pants. A

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