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You know them, you love them, and here they are; the ensemble cast of characters from "thirtysomething".
Ken Olin as Michael Steadman
You voted for Michael as eleventh-grade class president. He lost. He didn't realize he was good-looking until he was twenty-seven, and by then it was too late to go back to high school and run again. He always wanted to be a writer but somehow ended up in advertising. Now, along with his friend Elliot, he has started his own agency, much to their mutual terror. He wants to be a good husband and a good father and a good friend, and sometimes the weight of these good intentions makes him, depressed. Lately he finds his responsibilities are outweighing his dreams. Still, he's made all those choices happily and without regret. So go figure. He should stop thinking so much and relax and enjoy it.
Mel Harris as Hope Murdoch Steadman
Hope is married to Michael. And he to her. And they to Jane, their nine-month-old daughter. Hope used to be what they called an overachiever; she went to Princeton and had what was starting to be a successful career in publishing. But now that her career has switched -- temporarily at least -- to mothering Jane, nothing seems so sure. She loves the time she spends with the baby, so why is she embarrassed to admit it to her friends! In truth, she loves most things about her life right now -- except not sleeping -- so what does she do about all the ambition that used to fuel her life...? Right about now, her fondest dream is a substantive conversation with anyone over seventeen inches high.
Timothy Busfield as Elliot Weston
Elliot is Michael's partner. They complement each other perfectly: Michael doesn't want to grow up, whereas Elliot doesn't want to grow up. They used to work, unhappily, at the same high-powered ad agency, where they discovered they had a great deal in common. Both were subject to existential anxiety attacks which could only be alleviated by long afternoons hiding out in the darkroom drinking beer and listening to the Phillies games. Elliot's always been the funny one, the life of the party, but lately finds fewer parties and less things funny. His marriage is under strain, and he's overwhelmed at times by feelings he never had to deal with before.
Patricia Wettig as Nancy Krieger Weston
Nancy, too, is overwhelmed with unbidden feelings. There are two children now, and all the hard work that entails, and a history of fighting and trying and loving and withholding that goes back to when she and Elliot were more or less babies themselves -- just out of Rhode Island School of Design, with long hair and Indian print skirts and the naive belief that everything would be simple and easy for the rest of their lives. She was an artist then, and a good one, who slowly lost confidence in her ability, and then the kids came along and there just wasn't time to worry about it. Until recently, when Brittany started nursery school -- and Nancy looked at her life, and her marriage, and asked, "Where am I?"
Peter Horton as Gary Shepherd
Michael's oldest friend and best man at his wedding; Gary's that professor who was so important to you in your sophomore year that you switched majors from computer science to classics. A passionate teacher whose love is the epic -- Beowulf, The Iliad -- he'd be more comfortable on the deck of a Viking longship than in the rented duplex his assistant professor's salary affords. The thing about Gary is, well... women. He's very principled: never sleeps with undergraduates -- more than three times a year, and, really, never during finals. He wants to be one of his classical heroes -- strong, upright, disciplined -- but finds that less mature aspects of his character are, unfortunately, more attractive to women. Thus giving him little inducement to ever grow up.
Polly Draper as Ellyn Warren
Driven, critical, vulnerable, Ellyn's always finding herself apologizing for things she never said, but thought, and everyone knew she was thinking anyway. Her career keeps advancing, and so does her ambivalence. Nothing's ever simple with her. She and Hope have been best friends since the age of eight. Now, after all these years, they are having a hard time reconciling the different paths their lives ate taking. They'll probably work it out, though. After all, they didn't speak for two years after Hope went to the prom with Joey Jacobs, whom Ellyn always loved but never had the guts to speak to.
Melanie Mayron as Melissa Steadman
Melissa is Michael's cousin. She's trying to make a go of it as a commercial photographer, but mostly finds herself doing weddings, bar mitzvahs, and boudoir photography. She's been groping her way through singlehood, slowly lowering her expectations; right now she'd be willing to settle for nothing more than a man, a baby, the perfect home, a brilliant career, and eternal youth. Her life is a roller coaster of emotions, and she feels compelled to take all her friends along for the ride.
Brittany & Lacey Craven as Janey Steadman
Luke Rossi as Ethan Weston
Jordana "Bink" Shapiro as Brittany Weston
Patricia Kalember as Susannah Hart
David Clennon as Miles Drentell
Terry Kinney as Steve Woodman
Corey Parker as Lee Owens
Erich Anderson as Billy Sidel
David Marshall Grant as Russell Weller
Faith Ford as Janine
Rosalind Cash as Val Shilliday
Richard Gilliland as Jeffrey Milgrom
Richard Cummings Jr. as Mark Harriton
Holly Fulger as Hollis Amato
Andra Millian as Angel Wasserman
Peter Frechette as Peter Montefiore
Maxx the dog as Grendel
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