Why Actress Mel Harris Hung Negative Reviews on Her Fridge

Today, Thirtysomething is considered one of the best dramas of the ’80s. However, it wasn’t universally beloved when it first hit the small screen.

Mel Harris, the actress who played the lead, Hope Murdoch Steadman, says the show received mixed reviews when it made its debut in 1987. To keep herself grounded, Mel says, she did something one might not expect: She hung the negative reviews on her refrigerator. Here, she explains why she embraced the jeers, and describes what made the show’s cast so special.

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