There were shows before "thirtysomething" that were highly verbal and discussed emotions and dissected relationships and wondered, at length, for a full scene, why X didn't like Y but couldn't get over Z, even after Z crashed his car. But the seminal '80s drama is often praised -- and sometimes snickered at -- for its introspective dialogue and emotional intelligence.
And its yuppies. Oh, it had yuppies. We'll call it yuppiefied, even.
But snicker not, snickerers. This lowercase-lovin' show influenced the dramas you watch today -- we'll even call it a forerunner to the cable renaissance -- and remains important and still addictive. Good thing then that the Paley Center for Media is rounding up a lot of the "thirtysomething" players on Tuesday, August 18th at 7PM for more chitchat, more inner exploration, more perusal of feelings.
Who should head for Beverly Hills: Obviously, fans of the show. We'd also say anyone who has followed a relationship drama in the last decade or so -- "True Blood" or "Tell Me You Love Me" or "Private Practice" -- can gain some insight into what makes stirring TV. If you haven't watched it, ever, maybe you'll pick up a new series?
We know. Your TiVo is groaning. The DVDs are piled up. But what's one more show?