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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
What a pleasure to be reunited with the Thacher family, who quietly broke television ground while the rest of America was apparently watching 60 Minutes. Life Goes On's first season was a heartening success in everything but the ratings: Programmed against the news-magazine juggernaut, this working-class dramedy ranked 98th out of 124 series on TV in the 1989-90 season. Happily, network executives took note of the small but devoted audience, resounding critical praise, and awards from such groups as the Viewers for Quality Television, and allowed Life to continue for another three seasons. Bill Smitrovich and Tony Award winner Patti LuPone star as Drew and Libby, very believable baby-boomer parents faced with struggles both ordinary and extraordinary. Their 18-year-old son, Corky (Chris Burke), has Down syndrome, and the series authentically depicts his attempts to integrate himself into the local public school, where he faces cruel practical jokes and academic struggles. In the premiere episode, he does make an unexpected friend in the school's football star, Tyler (Tommy Puett), who has a brother with Down syndrome. Corky provides the show's most potent drama in the first several episodes, but as the season progresses, another breakout character emerges: Corky's sister, Becca, endearingly portrayed by Kellie Martin. Something of a square peg, bespectacled Becca is bright, articulate, and poised to blossom. She also has an unrequited crush on Tyler, who is dating Becca's nemesis, cheerleader Rhona (Michele Matheson). Fantasy sequences throughout the season lighten the mood, such as in "The Spring Fling," wherein Becca daydreams that Tyler asks her to a school dance. Sensitively written and wonderfully acted, Life Goes On has aged remarkably well.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2006
UPC:
0012569757783
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
17:58:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Bill Smitrovich/Patti LuPone screen test; Pilot episode commentary by Chris Burke and series creator Michael Braverman; Laughs Go On: A Mini Gag Reel; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (episodes only)

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Life Goes On - Season 1 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please release the other 3 seasons! Not everyone wants to see violence and vulgar innuendo. Great show!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
We are loving the first season shows, and are EAGERLY waiting for seasons 2, 3, and 4!!! These are not only wonderful for family entertainment, but terrific for learning about advocay!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have waited a long time for this tv series to go on DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this show when I was pregnant with Rachel, who was suspected to be DS. It opened my husband and my eyes to what wonderful people these children can become. I wish the TV series was still going on but we love watching the DVD. If Rachel can become anything like "Corky", we are truly blessed. Rachel's sister "Becca" is a mirror image of Corky's Becca, only she is older not younger but she has experienced what Becca experiences in the shows. There are so many similarities to our life and the Thatcher's. The show is true to life and points out both good and bad aspects of having a disabled family member. We all cry at every episode because it touches our hearts, because we have walked in the Thatcher's shoes also. I can't wait for the rest of the seasons to be put on DVD. I will be the first to buy them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good show. I hope to see the rest of the seasons made into DVDS... Please hurry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I waited years for this to be released, and it's worth the wait! Life Goes On is a real family show, that deals with real issues. Chris Burke was a pioneer - he helped shatter the myths about Down Syndrome. So bring on season 2!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this in the 80's & 90's and it brought back alot of memories... I loved it then and I love it now... Bring on Season 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most inspirational show I have watched since my own son was born with a special need. My entire family can't wait to watch the show every time a new rental cd came in the mail. I would love to watch and purchase the other 3 seasons but noone seems to sell them. Please, please, does anyone know where I can find them or if they will be selling them any time soon. We are all patiently waiting.... my email is hvarvars@optonline.net if anyone has any information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series was a fantastic addition to TV. We learned more about Down's Syndrome, teenagers, and AIDS. The Thatchers were a wonderful family who had problems but worked through them. i have been waiting years for this to be released and can't wait for the rest of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have absoloute loved watching this show again. OH HOW I'VE MISSED IT!! Now I'm just waiting for season 2!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a wholesome family show, how could they stop with season 1 back in 2006? Hope for more!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago