thirtysomething: The Complete Third Season

thirtysomething: The Complete Third Season
By the time the third season of thirtysomething had rolled around, things had settled down into a groove, something that was both good and bad. It was good because it meant that the new characters, including the initially hated Susannah, were more integrated into the original cast. But it was bad because at this point there was a certain amount of staleness to the show, causing a move away from the mundane nature of the previous seasons. This translates into more dramatic storylines that didn't exactly come across as desperate, but it suggests the writers were getting short on ideas. Or at least shorter than before. That means a new baby, cancer and some more affairs were thrown into the mix, although things still progress slowly enough that thirtysomething thankfully didn't become one of those shows with a different issue each week. When it came to the two main couples, however, everything was status quo. Elliot and Nancy got back together after last season's divorce and even got remarried by the end of this season. Plus, Michael and Elliot's work life is again dominated with takeover bids and other behind-the-scene shenanigans, usually instigated by the wonderfully manipulative Miles. While Susannah wasn't so bad when she was talking to the other women, Gary and Susannah together as a couple are still dull and almost unwatchable. Fortunately Melissa's still around to provide some lighter relief through her failed relationships, which are never as bleak as Ellyn's. It's a mixed bag of a season, but there are still enough good bits to prevent it from hitting the inevitable shark-jumping moment. But at this point, the only people watching the show were those that loved it and would forgive anything, so the fact that it made it back for a fourth season was quite remarkable. While Shout! Factory has been good at making sure that each season comes out on schedule, they're getting less ambitious when it comes to extras. This time, there are commentary tracks by various cast and writers on seven episodes, plus a brief, newly recorded introduction by the show's creators ― Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz ― and that's it. Hopefully they have something more ambitious in mind for the fourth and final season. (Shout! Factory)