Thirtysomething Feels, Well, Old and Even Tired...

Posted by Miss Ess, November 19, 2009 06:27pm | Post a Comment
Who am I, my mother?


Thirtysomething was just released on DVD and as a My So-Called Life fan (it has the same producers), as well as someone who has a passing interest in late 80s fashion, I decided to check out the show.
It's been more than 20 years since this show first aired, and watching at first I found the couples difficult to relate to and the emotions overwrought. As I watched more episodes, I kept waiting to like the show...and I just continued to try through 3 discs worth of episodes, until I finally straight up gave up! I really, really gave it a shot though. It is definitely dated, and I plainly did not like the male characters on the show at all, with their cheating thoughts and penchant for suspenders.

My other major issue with the show: it's so boomer it hurts. Really, it hurt me when they used and badly cropped Joni Mitchell songs not once but twice just in the first few episodes! Ouch.

I also feel, as someone who is currently technically thirtysomething and living in this ol' world of ours, that our lives now, at least in my scene anyway, are so completely different from these portrayed back in 1987 it's kind of a bit shocking. These people own their own businesses, hthirtysomethingomes, can afford children, have perfect hair and functional, stylish vintage's just not real to me, in my world, and that's a big part of why the show fell flat for me personally.

But when you think about the time, it makes more sense. These people are yuppies. There's just no getting around that. I suppose there are people out there who can relate to these characters, and there's nothing wrong with that, I just am not one of them.

If you want to see some great late 80s sweaters though, you are in luck! There's a plethora of them. And if you need that boomer walk down 1987 memory lane, this'll do it for a certain crowd. I'm sure it felt groundbreaking in its time, but I think those days are simply history. The show is truly a time capsule now.

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