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Thirtysomething is finally coming to DVD

by Mike Moody, posted May 29th 2009 2:27PM
thirtysomething first season on DVD shout! factory ABCI wasn't even a twentysomething when thirtysomething originally aired on ABC, but I remember the show fondly. I used to watch episodes with my mom, who actually was thritysomething at the time. We never missed it.

I won't pretend that I understood the show's linking plots, hashed out by the awesome producing team of Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick (My So-Called Life, Once and Again), but I still loved watching it. To me, thirtysomething was about a funny dude with a red beard creating commercials with his friend, and a bunch of sad ladies who were visited by a goofy cyclist with long hair. (I was nine. The other most sophisticated show I was watching at the time was ALF).

In actuality, thirtysomething was an influential, award-winning drama about a group of baby boomers dealing with life and responsibilities in the late '80s and early '90s. It garnered critical praise, a cult following and 10 Emmys during its four-year run.

I've seen a few eps on cable in recent years, but I always wanted to re-watch the show from the beginning. Thankfully, Shout! Factory is releasing the first season on DVD, and just in time too (I turned 31 in March)! The six-disc set will be available August 25 and will feature commentary by the cast and makers of the show, including Oscar winning director Paul Haggis, and a few new documentaries about the making of the show. Check out the specs at TVShowsonDVD.com.

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Without a doubt one of the greatest dramas in the history of television. So beautifully written, so beautifully acted, and a triumph for all involved. If I were to ever produce an hour-long drama for television (network or otherwise), I would definitely want Herskovitz and Zwick to be involved because no one does domestic drama like these guys.

June 02 2009 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I see no closed captioning information on the informational pages, which makes me suspect it will probably be a shitty transfer. Much like what Anchor Bay does with their DVDs.

I'll reserve judgement until I see it, but not holding my breath.

May 29 2009 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Finally! I have been waiting for years for that. I was twentysomething when it aired first and taped most of it, but the videotapes are pretty worn out. Also, German TV skipped some of the episodes. So I'm really looking forward to meeting Hope, Michael, Nancy and Elliot, Melissa and Gary again, although each of them could be quite annoying, sometimes.

May 29 2009 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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