I have a dirty little secret. Since we started subscribing to Netflix (for the kids!), I have started watching a lot more television. I have never been a fan of reality TV. Occasionally, I will watch an episode of something on TLC or check-in on those “housewives” but I am not one for over-the-top smut or keeping up with anyone. But I have been amazed to learn that while regular network television has been inundated with wanna be stars, fringe networks are showcasing some really great programs.
When talking with Nathalie recently, I admitted to her that I had been turning on the TV any time that I had a free minute to feed my latest obsession: Thirtysomething.
I expected her to scoff but on the contrary! Her eyes lit up and she started telling me about how she was obsessed with the show when it was on in the 90’s and had her friends send her VHS tapings of it in the mail because she was living on the other side of the world and didn’t have regular access to it.
This short lived late 1980’s series could just as easily take place today, which is why, in part, that I am drawn to it.
Hope is a new mother and struggling to make the transition from career woman to stay at home mother. Her husband Michael is working his way up the corporate ladder, one late night at a time. Their friends are changing too. Not quite sure how to relate to their single friends, things become strained and when Hope and Michael are with their friends who are also parents, they are fearful that their marriage will begin to reflect what they see: one more like ships passing in the night.
If you can manage to get passed the cheesy background music and the 80’s clothes (and hair!), you might be surprised at how much you relate to these thirtysomethings.
How about you? Do you have any t.v. obsessions? Suggestions for a series to watch?
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