List of Thirtysomething episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||21||September 29, 1987||May 10, 1988|
|2||17||December 6, 1988||May 16, 1989|
|3||24||September 19, 1989||May 22, 1990|
|4||23||September 25, 1990||May 28, 1991|
Season 1 (1987–88)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"Pilot"||Marshall Herskovitz||Marshall Herskovitz & Edward Zwick||September 29, 1987|
|Hope and Michael Steadman adjust to parenthood while dealing with money problems and crises involving their best friends.|
|2||2||"The Parents Are Coming, the Parents Are Coming"||Edward Zwick||Marshall Herskovitz & Edward Zwick||October 6, 1987|
|Hope's hostility towards her mother mars her parents' visit.|
|3||3||"Housewarming"||John Pasquin||Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz||October 13, 1987|
|As the Steadmans prepare for a housewarming, Michael feels guilty for living a yuppie lifestyle and the carpenter flirts with Hope.|
|4||4||"Couples"||Marshall Herskovitz||Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz||October 27, 1987|
|Hope and Michael compare their marriage to Elliot and Nancy's.|
|5||5||"But Not for Me"||Tom Moore||Richard Kramer||November 3, 1987|
|Hope and Michael have a night on the town that doesn't go well, while Gary and Melissa save each other from romantic self-pity.|
|6||6||"We Gather Together"||Mark Cullingham||Teleplay by: Susan Miller and Richard Kramer & Edward Zwick
Story by: Susan Miller
|November 17, 1987|
|The gang celebrates a Thanksgiving they'll never forget.|
|7||7||"Nice Work If You Can Get It"||Claudia Weill||Teleplay by: Paul Haggis
Story by: Jean Vallely
|December 1, 1987|
|Ellyn gives Michael and Elliot a tough account as she considers a romantic relationship with her boss.|
|8||8||"Weaning"||John Pasquin||Liberty Godshall||December 8, 1987|
|Hope has mixed feelings when she returns to work after weaning Janey.|
|9||9||"I'll Be Home for Christmas"||Robert Lieberman||Teleplay by: Richard Kramer
Story by: Susan Monsky
|December 15, 1987|
|Hope and Michael argue over whether to have a Christmas tree or a menorah, while a famous photographer takes an interest in Melissa.|
|10||10||"South by Southeast"||Dan Lerner||Paul Haggis||January 5, 1988|
|In an homage to Alfred Hitchcock, Gary falls for a woman with past indiscretions.|
|11||11||"Therapy"||Marshall Herskovitz||Susan Shilliday||January 12, 1988|
|Nancy talks Elliot into seeing a marriage counselor and Michael reveals Ellyn's tattoo.|
|12||12||"Competition"||Rob Cohen||Joseph Dougherty||January 19, 1988|
|Michael thinks he's being replaced when Elliot spends more time with a new client. In the meantime, Hope and Nancy try to bond with Mr. Computer.|
|13||13||"Separation"||Peter Horton||Susan Shilliday||January 26, 1988|
|Hope and Michael take up Elliot following his separation from Nancy.|
|14||14||"I'm in Love, I'm in Love, I'm in Love with a Wonderful Gynecologist"||Scott Winant||Teleplay by: Ann Lewis Hamilton & Richard Kramer
Story by: Ann Lewis Hamilton
|February 2, 1988|
|Ellyn and Melissa compete for a gynecologist's attention.|
|15||15||"Business as Usual"||Claudia Weill||Paul Haggis & Marshal Herskovitz||February 9, 1988|
|Michael's father arrives with a surprise announcement that tests the family during a celebration.|
|16||16||"Accounts Receivable"||Edward Zwick||Richard Kramer||March 1, 1988|
|Leo Steadman dies from cancer, leaving Michael to deal with death on his own when unfinished business between him and his brother comes to a head over money.|
|17||17||"Whose Forest is This?"||Peter Horton||Teleplay by: Richard Kramer
Story by: Kathleen Tolan
|March 15, 1988|
|As Ethan frets over his parents' separation, Elliot worries about a blind date.|
|18||18||"Nancy's First Date"||Ron Lagomarsino||Susan Shilliday||March 22, 1988|
|Nancy has her first date since the separation, while Melissa and Dr. Bob have a disagreement over whether to have kids.|
|19||19||"Undone"||Dan Lerner||Joseph Dougherty||April 12, 1988|
|Michael's college friend comes to visit, leading him to face his past as she makes an impact on his loved ones.|
|20||20||"Tenure"||Ken Gilbert||Teleplay by: Ann Lewis Hamilton
Story by: John Olive
|May 3, 1988|
|Gary is up for tenure and Ellyn is thinking of buying her co-op apartment.|
|21||21||"Born to Be Mild"||Ron Lagomarsino||Jerry Stahl||May 10, 1988|
|Ellyn and Woodman are left with the baby as Michael and Hope go off on a romantic weekend.|
Season 2 (1988–89)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|22||1||"We'll Meet Again"||Scott Winant||Richard Kramer||December 6, 1988|
|Hope discovers World War II mementos belonging to a woman who once lived in their house as she struggles with her decision to have another baby.|
|23||2||"In Re: The Marriage of Weston"||Peter Horton||Susan Shilliday||December 13, 1988|
|Nancy and Elliot each find new significant others while submitting to a divorce arbitrator's indignities.|
|24||3||"The Mike Van Dyke Show"||Ron Lagomarsino||Marshal Herskovitz & Edward Zwick||December 20, 1988|
|With the holidays around the corner, the Steadman home endures more religious uncertainty as Michael prepare for a trip to Chicago for the unveiling of his father's headstone.|
|25||4||"Trust Me"||Steve Robman||Richard Kramer||January 3, 1989|
|Melissa considers having a baby with Gary and seeks further counseling from a new friend.|
|26||5||"No Promises"||Ken Olin||Liberty Godshall||January 10, 1989|
|Ellyn learns of her parents' divorce as she begins her relationship with Woodman.|
|27||6||"Politics"||Claudia Weill||Teleplay by: Susan Shilliday
Story by: Jerry Stahl
|January 17, 1989|
|Gary tries to determine his relationship with Susannah, while Michael agrees to handle a dubious candidate's ad campaign.|
|28||7||"Success"||Ron Lagomarsino||Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz||January 31, 1989|
|Melissa is hired to shoot Carly Simon's album cover and Michael and Elliot hit a roadblock on the path to success.|
|29||8||"First Day/Last Day"||Peter Horton||Joseph Dougherty||February 7, 1989|
|Michael and Elliot's partnership falls apart as Michael interviews for a new job and Elliot seems determined to go down with the ship.|
|30||9||"About Last Night"||Gary Sinise||Teleplay by: Ann Lewis Hamilton
Story by: Tammy Ader
|February 14, 1989|
|The love-hate relationship between Gary and Susannah takes an unexpected turn when they take their conflict into the bedroom and Nancy tries to meet the deadline for her book.|
|31||10||"Elliot's Dad"||Dan Lerner||Joseph Dougherty||February 28, 1989|
|Elliot tries to win his son's affection, but seems destined to follow in the footsteps of his divorced father.|
|32||11||"Payment Due"||Ron Lagomarsino||Cynthia Saunders||March 7, 1989|
|Ellyn gets an ulcer when stress leads her to lash out at Hope and Woodman and find nourishment from another man.|
|33||12||"Deliverance"||Peter Horton||Ann Lewis Hamilton||March 21, 1989|
|The women face some past demons on a camping trip, while the men call a truce to keep the home fires burning.|
|34||13||"Michael Writes a Story"||Tim Moore||Joseph Dougherty||April 4, 1989|
|When Michael ends up in the same writing workshop with Nancy, he learns truth about fiction as he uses her life for a book. Meanwhile, he and Elliot consider a job offer.|
|35||14||"New Job"||Joshua Brand||Ann Lewis Hamilton||April 11, 1989|
|Michael tries to keep it together at his new job while he and Hope try to deal with a devastating loss without dealing with each other.|
|36||15||"Be a Good Girl"||Richard Kramer||Richard Kramer||April 25, 1989|
|Although Melissa is a good girl for her grandmother, she tries not to feel guilty when she receives an offer from Rose.|
|37||16||"Courting Nancy"||Ken Olin||Susan Shilliday||May 2, 1989|
|Elliot tries to talk Nancy out of ending their marriage as they enter a new chapter of their relationship.|
|38||17||"Best of Enemies"||Joseph Dougherty||Joseph Dougherty||May 16, 1989|
|Hope discovers that Susannah has diverted funds at the Race Street project, but Gary asks her not to write about it.|
Season 3 (1989–90)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|39||1||"Nancy's Mom"||Ron Lagomarsino||Ann Lewis Hamilton||September 19, 1989|
|Nancy's mom visits just as she's about to settle with Elliot.|
|40||2||"Love and Sex"||Marshall Herskovitz||Liberty Godshall||October 3, 1989|
|Michael and Hope see their babysitter in the joys of young love when they lose sexual attraction to each other.|
|41||3||"Mr. Right"||Scott Winant||Jill Gordon||October 10, 1989|
|Melissa and Ellyn decide to take a shot at video dating to find the right men.|
|42||4||"New Baby"||Marshall Herskovitz||Ann Lewis Hamilton||October 24, 1989|
|Susannah seems reluctant to take on the responsibility of motherhood as Gary helps her go through labor.|
|43||5||"Legacy"||Scott Winant||Joseph Dougherty||October 24, 1989|
|Michael and Elliot's near-death experience leads the Steadmans to write a will and the Westons to further their reconciliation.|
|44||6||"Strangers"||Peter O'Fallon||Richard Kramer||November 7, 1989|
|Melissa isn't sure about her feelings for a younger man and Russell isn't sure about a new man he's just met.|
|45||7||"Pilgrims"||Ken Olin||Richard Kramer||November 21, 1989|
|With Thanksgiving around the corner, Elliot moves back in and a rash of neighborhood robberies frightens Ethan.|
|46||8||"The Burning Bush"||Mary Beth Fielder||Susan Shilliday||December 28, 1989|
|Ellyn thinks about seeing a married man, putting her long-time friendship with Hope in jeopardy.|
|47||9||"New Parents"||Gary Sinise||Ann Lewis Hamilton||December 5, 1989|
|Gary decides to stay home with the baby while Susannah goes back to work, only for his mother to show up and make things difficult.|
|48||10||"Michael's Campaign"||Joseph Dougherty||Joseph Dougherty||December 12, 1989|
|In his fight over a campaign with the creative director, Michael creates a strategy taken from a similar incident in his adolescent years.|
|49||11||"Pulling Away"||Rob Cohen||Joseph Dougherty||January 9, 1990|
|Michael puts a strain on his relationship with Elliot when he becomes the agency's "temporary" creative director and Hope's increased workload puts a strain on their marriage.|
|50||12||"Another Country"||Ron Lagomarsino||Richard Kramer||January 6, 1990|
|An unexpected occurrence puts an end to Nancy and Ethan's excitement over their book being published.|
|51||13||"Post-Op"||Peter Horton||Susan Shilliday||January 23, 1990|
|Nancy is pushed to the breaking point by her sister's good intentions, Elliot's coddling and her friends' awkward reactions.|
|52||14||"Once a Mermaid"||Ellen S. Pressman||Teleplay by: Ann Lewis Hamilton
Story by: Ellen Simon
|February 6, 1990|
|Ellyn has a secret relationship with Jeffrey.|
|53||15||"Fathers and Lovers"||Peter O'Fallon||Teleplay by: Ramsey Fadiman and Winnie Holzman
Story by: Ramsey Fadiman
|February 13, 1990|
|Melissa thinks she's created a monster when she talks Lee into getting a job at DAA, then realizes she's inherited her mad-scientist manipulations from her father.|
|54||16||"Her Cup Runneth Over"||Timothy Busfield||Winnie Holzman||February 20, 1990|
|Ellyn feels like she's stolen Jeffrey when he leaves his wife.|
|55||17||"Good Sex, Bad Sex, What Sex, No Sex"||Scott Winant||Jill Gordon||February 27, 1990|
|Melissa has too much sex, Gary and Susannah don't have enough and it becomes a point of disagreement between Elliot and Nancy.|
|56||18||"The Other Shoe"||Ken Olin||Joseph Dougherty||March 20, 1990|
|A fellow cancer patient offers Nancy advice that further separates her from her family and friends.|
|57||19||"Three Year Itch"||Victor DuBois||Ann Lewis Hamilton||April 3, 1990|
|Although the incinerator project has come to an end, Hope's relationship with John seems to linger and Michael feels guilty about keeping his own secret from Elliot.|
|58||20||"I'm Nobody, Who Are You?"||Richard Kramer||Winnie Holzman||April 10, 1990|
|Gary and Susannah want a taste of the good life, while Michael and Hope are envious of their work lives.|
|59||21||"Arizona"||Edward Zwick||Susan Shilliday||April 17, 1990|
|Hope and Michael travel to Arizona for the 40th anniversary of Hope's parents, only for tensions between them to erupt in the desert.|
|60||22||"Going Limp"||Melanie Mayron||Hugh O'Neill||May 1, 1990|
|Elliot talks Michael and Ellyn into letting him shoot his first commercial for the city.|
|61||23||"The Go Between"
"The Towers of Zenith: Part 1"
|Scott Winant||Joseph Dougherty||May 15, 1990|
Michael suspects a change in the air at DAA thanks to their biggest client, while Miles wants Elliot out.In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode (along with part 2) #22 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.
|62||24||"Samurai Ad Man"
"The Towers of Zenith: Part 2"
|Joseph Dougherty||Joseph Dougherty||May 22, 1990|
As a corporate mole, Michael tries to figure out Miles' behavior in order to stop the takeover attempt.In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode (along with part 1) #22 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.
Season 4 (1990–91)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|63||1||"Prelude to a Bris"||Richard Kramer||Richard Kramer||September 25, 1990||14.6|
|The Steadmans have a son, but are unsure about the bris and Michael resents his mother's boyfriend.|
|64||2||"Life Class"||Scott Winant||Winnie Holzman||October 2, 1990||16.5|
|Nancy is told by her doctors that her lack of desire is all in her head, but she has a different theory when she fantasizes about an art student.|
|65||3||"Control"||Ellen S. Pressman||Ann Lewis Hamilton||October 9, 1990||14.9|
|Melissa treads on thin ice with Miles while Jeffrey and Ellyn aren't so sure about living together.|
|66||4||"The Distance"||Melanie Mayron||Joseph Dougherty||October 16, 1990||13.1|
|A job in New York leads Susannah and Gary to consider a two-city relationship and Jeffrey chooses the long-distance without Ellyn.|
|67||5||"The Haunting of DAA"||Joseph Dougherty||Ann Lewis Hamilton||October 30, 1990||13.8|
|With Halloween around the corner, Miles assigns Michael the task of firing people.|
|68||6||"The Guilty Party"||Norman Seeff||Winnie Holzman||November 13, 1990||13.3|
|Hope's inadequacies seem to overwhelm her as she prepares for Michael's surprise birthday party.|
|69||7||"Photo Opportunity"||Ellen S. Pressman||Racelle Rossett Schaefer||November 27, 1989||12.7|
|Melissa tries to focus on a possible photo assignment for a magazine, but the situation with her mother could make it difficult.|
|70||8||"Never Better"||Ann Lewis Hamilton||Joseph Dougherty||December 4, 1990||14.5|
|Ellyn and Gary are still adjusting to being friends as they face the temptation of seeing other people.|
|71||9||"Guns and Roses"||Ken Olin||Liberty Godshall||December 11, 1990||16.4|
|Nancy's chemotherapy takes its toll and Ethan keeps coming home with bruises.|
|72||10||"Happy New Year"||Victor Du Bois||Richard Kramer||December 18, 1990||14.8|
|The group gathers at the Steadmans' home for New Year's Eve, but Hope is unable to forget the death of an old acquaintance.|
|73||11||"Melissa and Men"||Randall Miller||Winnie Holzman||January 8, 1991||14.0|
|While organizing her first gallery show, Melissa discovers that her work seems to express her inhibitions about men.|
|74||12||"Advanced Beginners"||Deborah Reinisch||Liberty Godshall and Winnie Holzman||January 22, 1991||14.2|
|Just as Billy's relationship with Ellyn is heating up, his ex-girlfriend pays a visit.|
|75||13||"Sifting the Ashes"||Martin Nicholson||W.H. Macy & Steven Schachter and Joseph Dougherty||February 5, 1991||14.7|
|As Nancy begins her final round of chemotherapy, Ethan looks for something to believe in and Elliot's mother brings him face-to-face with his religious upbringing.|
|76||14||"Second Look"||Ken Olin||Ann Lewis Hamilton||February 12, 1991||17.2|
Nancy goes through her second-look surgery, then she and Elliot wait for the results.In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode #34 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.
|77||15||"Fighting the Cold"||Joseph Dougherty||Joseph Dougherty||February 19, 1991||17.2|
|Recent events bring out strong emotions in the Steadman home.|
|78||16||"The Difference Between Men and Women"||Timothy Busfield||Winnie Holzman||February 26, 1991||15.9|
|Melissa sets off a battle of the sexes that culminates in Billy and Ellyn throwing night-out parties.|
|79||17||"The Wedding"||Scott Winant||Jill Gordon||April 9, 1991||18.7|
|As the wedding day approaches, Ellyn isn't sure her marriage will be stable, while Melissa and Lee take a step toward reconciliation.|
|80||18||"Closing the Circle"||Richard Kramer||Paul Monette and Richard Kramer||April 16, 1991||16.9|
|Michael searches for Gary's ghost on how to help another friend who's decided to get tested for AIDS.|
|81||19||"Out the Door"||Mel Harris||Ann Lewis Hamilton||April 30, 1991||12.9|
|Tough times at DAA lead Miles to make Michael an offer and Elliot to consider quitting.|
|82||20||"Hopeless"||Mark Harris||Liberty Godshall||May 7, 1991||14.1|
|Hope tries to help the homeless mother and children she met at the shelter where she's doing volunteer work.|
|83||21||"A Stop at Willoughby"||Timothy Busfield||Joseph Dougherty||May 14, 1991||12.4|
|Michael fights with Miles over an actor-spokesman's unpopular opinion on the war.|
|84||22||"Melissa in Wonderland"||Ellen S. Pressman||Winnie Holzman||May 21, 1991||12.8|
|Melissa goes to Hollywood to shoot a sitcom star who incorporates Melissa's character into her own.|
|85||23||"California"||Scott Winant||Marshall Herskovitz & Edward Zwick & Liberty Godshall & Susan Shilliday & Joseph Dougherty & Winnie Holzman & Richard Kramer & Ann Lewis Hamilton||May 28, 1991||18.4|
|When Michael considers moving to California, he and Hope reach a crossroads in their marriage.|
- List of thirtysomething episodes at the Internet Movie Database
- "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997.
- "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997.
- "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. Gannett Company. October 3, 1990. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. Gannett Company. October 10, 1990. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. Gannett Company. October 17, 1990. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. Gannett Company. October 24, 1990. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. Gannett Company. November 7, 1990. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. Gannett Company. November 21, 1990. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. Gannett Company. December 5, 1990. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. Gannett Company. December 12, 1990. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. Gannett Company. December 19, 1990. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. Gannett Company. December 26, 1990. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. Gannett Company. January 16, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings". USA Today. Gannett Company. January 30, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. February 13, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "TV Guide's Top 100 Episodes". Rev/Views. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "Nielsen ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. February 20, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. February 27, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. March 6, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. April 17, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. April 24, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. May 8, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. May 15, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. May 22, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. May 29, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
- "Nielsen ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. June 5, 1991. p. D3. Retrieved August 17, 2015.