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Life Goes On 

A modern All-American family deals with the struggles of life and love in mid-western suburbia.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Bill Smitrovich ...  Drew Thatcher 83 episodes, 1989-1993
Patti LuPone ...  Libby Thatcher 83 episodes, 1989-1993
Chris Burke ...  Corky Thatcher 83 episodes, 1989-1993
Kellie Martin ...  Becca Thatcher 83 episodes, 1989-1993
Tracey Needham ...  Paige Thatcher 40 episodes, 1990-1993
Chad Lowe ...  Jesse McKenna 35 episodes, 1991-1993
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A modern All-American family deals with the struggles of life and love in mid-western suburbia.

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

12 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glenbrook See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,025
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Runtime:

| (83 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first television series to have a major character with Down syndrome, "Corky" Thatcher played by Chris Burke who has Down syndrome in real life. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Season 1 DVD omits the Beatles' "Ob La Di" as the theme song -- replaced with an original song written for the DVD release -- to avoid the high licensing fees. The one exception is the pilot episode. See more »

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Referenced in Employee of the Month (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
(opening theme)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Patti LuPone and cast
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ABC's best-kept secret on Sunday nights!
5 November 2007 | by KUAlum26See all my reviews

This show ran entirely on Sunday evenings at 7:00pm(6:00 pm CST)and while its ratings always kept it on the cutting block--in fact,it seemed like the show wasn't even going to make it to a fourth season,with the network opting to let it run almost in mid-cancellation--the show's fan base and the general reaction to it was almost always positive. As a sibling to someone with a developmental disability(though not Down's Syndrome),I found it quite edifying that a warm,realistic television show that could be best described as a "dramedy" could be made around a person with a disability. The Thatchers have done well raising down syndromed Corky(the wonderful Chris Burke)into a bright,well-meaning and responsible young man. His struggles are actually often in tandem with the struggles of the parents(Bill Smitrovich and Patti Lupone)and the non-disabled but highly different daughters(Kellie MArtin and Paige Needham),rather than the central focus of. Three strong(maybe more like two-and-half)seasons,followed by a forced last season or so may've diluted the full quality of this show,but it was still a pleasure to follow this story and would be intrigued to see these shows again,probably on cable.


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