October 27, 1987 |
The 35-year-old TV producers sat opposite each other, slouched like two boys shooting the breeze, their sneakered feet propped on a coffee table in a cluttered Studio City office that resembled a large playroom. From time to time, Ed Zwick tossed a ball toward the ceiling. The game is prime time, though, and like the seven characters in their charming, inventive series, the creators of ABC's new "thirtysomething" are doing a lot of improvising--flying by the shiny seats of their ragged jeans.
August 27, 2009 |
There's a delectable symmetry in the fact that the long-awaited DVDs of "thirtysomething," that late 1980s paean to yuppie disquietude and silver-tongued solipsism, have unleashed themselves on us just a week after the flurry of excitement surrounding season three of "Mad Men." I won't go so far as to say the latter show wouldn't have been possible without the former (it's a superior product and very much its own entity), but the programs do have a few eerie commonalities. For starters, they both traffic in the complicated emotions that arise from the relationship between human beings and advertising (we know we're being manipulated, but we reach for our wallets nonetheless)
August 23, 2009 |
When "thirtysomething" debuted, I was still a young twentysomething. Although I am, to my everlasting dismay, technically a tail-end baby boomer, my friends and I came of age in the midst of boomer disillusionment, when organized protest had dropped to an inescapable social whine. Love beads gave way to power shoulders, hippies morphed into yuppies and the only solace was irony. (This was a self-indulgent generational viewpoint too, of course, but that took me a few more years to understand.
August 23, 2009 |
Twenty-two years ago this fall, just before ABC premiered "thirtysomething," the producers were keeping their expectations low. "We wanted to make movies," Marshall Herskovitz, who created the era-defining drama about a group of yuppie pals in Philadelphia with writing partner Edward Zwick, explained in a recent interview. "We thought if we do something that is so specific to us and our friends, no one will watch it, it will be quickly canceled, and we can get back to making movies."
April 3, 1988
We thought the Lakers were the best thing on television until we discovered "thirtysomething." Poignant topics, sensitive, clever dialogue, believable acting. Those of us who are thirtysomething enjoy this realistic slice of life. Elly Beugen, Los Angeles
January 10, 1988
The Dec. 15 episode of "thirtysomething" was really something! And every one of the previous shows was also well thought out and acted. Milton F. Zimmerman, Pacific Palisades