Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, this long-running serial focuses on the relationships and difficulties of its inhabitants.

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 Barbara Ryan / ... (1,581 episodes, 1978-2010)
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 Emily Stewart / ... (1,581 episodes, 1992-2010)
Don Hastings ...
 Bob Hughes / ... (1,559 episodes, 1960-2010)
Jon Hensley ...
 Holden Snyder / ... (1,535 episodes, 1985-2010)
Eileen Fulton ...
 Lisa / ... (1,525 episodes, 1960-2010)
Elizabeth Hubbard ...
 Lucinda Walsh / ... (1,524 episodes, 1984-2010)
Ellen Dolan ...
 Margo Hughes / ... (1,518 episodes, 1989-2010)
Kathryn Hays ...
 Kim Hughes / ... (1,505 episodes, 1972-2010)
Marie Masters ...
 Susan Stewart (1,497 episodes, 1968-2010)
Scott Holmes ...
 Tom Hughes (1,463 episodes, 1987-2010)
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 Nancy Hughes / ... (1,450 episodes, 1956-2010)
Kathleen Widdoes ...
 Emma Snyder (1,448 episodes, 1985-2010)
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 Katie Peretti / ... (1,366 episodes, 1998-2010)
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 Jessica Griffin / ... (1,217 episodes, 1987-2009)
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 John Dixon / ... (1,132 episodes, 1969-2010)
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 Carly Tenney / ... (824 episodes, 1995-2010)
Michael Park ...
 Jack Snyder / ... (815 episodes, 1997-2010)
Roger Howarth ...
 Paul Ryan / ... (713 episodes, 2003-2010)
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 Meg Snyder / ... (636 episodes, 2005-2010)
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Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, this long-running serial focuses on the relationships and difficulties of its inhabitants.

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Drama | Romance

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2 April 1956 (USA)  »

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Così gira il mondo  »

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| (1956-1975) | (1975-)

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(1999-)| (1956-1987)| (1987-1999)

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(1956-1967)| (1967-)

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1.33 : 1
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The episode of 22 November 1963 was broken into by CBS to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The actors, however, continued performing (as it was done live until 1975), and a complete, uninterrupted copy of this episode still survives. See more »

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When Rose is in a Spa in Switzerland and escapes, she ends up in Belgium and Belgian farmers tell her she is in 's-Hertogenbosch. From Switzerland to Belgium is approximately 700 Kilometers/435 Miles. On top on that, 's Hertogenbosch isn't even located in Belgium. It's a town in the Netherlands, adding roughly 100 kilometers/62 miles to her travels on foot. See more »

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Luke Snyder: You forgot, didn't you? We have a meeting with the architect of the new wing today. We have to sign off on the preliminary plans?
Dr. Reid Oliver: Yeah, well, let the architect wear the tie. He's the one who has to impress me.
Luke Snyder: You can't go to a meeting in scrubs.
Dr. Reid Oliver: Okay, fine! I'll change my clothes, I'll head over to the Lakeview and I'll meet the guy.
Luke Snyder: I'm going with you.
Dr. Reid Oliver: [Sarcastic] Oh, of course. I know how concerned you are about the placement of the stereotaxis system. Tell me, do you prefer the gamma knife ...
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The classic soap opera

This show, the first half-hour soap opera, had the classic soap opera setting - a suburb with two families who were good friends. Three and later four or five generations of these families were featured. The two families were the Hughes (middle-class) and the wealthier Lowell family. Chris and Nancy Hughes had a more secure marriage than did Jim and Claire Lowell. In fact, Chris's sister had an affair with Jim, who later divorced and was killed. The show was the first to offer the teen romance of Penny and Jeff. Penny's friend Ellen, after being rejected by Don Hughes, had an affair with a married, older doctor and bore an illegitimate son The Hughes family's storylines were more conventional and less plot driven, but those of the Lowell family were daring for their time. Penny and Jeff eloped, but the marriage was annulled. Later, they had a grand wedding to which the viewers were actually invited to attend at the end of the program. The show moved very slowly in the early days. The ratings were not the greatest, but eventually this show became the number one rated soap opera. 1960 proved to be a good year for the show. Don Hastings, Henderson Forsythe, Patricia Bruder, and Eileen Fulton all joined the show that year. Ms. Fulton, as Lisa, was the first great bad lady who was hated by the public. The role was originally intended to be a minor, short role, but the performances of Ms. Fulton insured that the audience would immediately notice the character. In 1965, the production company and network spun-off Lisa to a twice-a-week primetime soap opera called Our Private World. Irna Phillips, the show's creator and headwriter, left the show in the late 1960s. The show struggled creatively. Eventually Ms. Phillips returned, but the ratings had suffered. Ms. Phillips killed off a lot of the Lowell relatives during a short period of time. She was eventually fired from the show herself. Two other headwriting teams (Robert Sonderberg and Edith Sommer, Ralph Ellis and Eugenie Hunt) were able to keep the show interesting. (Others had failed.) But, later, a former actor from the show, Douglas Marland, became the headwriter on two occasions. By the time of his second term, the show had lost so many of the previous characters and had failed to add any new, interesting ones that the show seemed lost. Mr. Marland allowed the unthinkable to happen when the sister-in-law of the show's leading physician (Kim) who had once had an affair with the doctor, was allowed to marry him after the death of her sister. The show continued its downward slide while Mr. Marland and his successors wrote the show. Helen Wagner (Nancy), Don Hastings (Bob), and Eileen Fulton (Lisa) continue on the program today. And the show lights up whenever these performers are given occasionally good storylines or even scenes. But the show has continued to stray away from the core families - always a bad sign for a soap opera.


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