As the World Turns (1956–2010)

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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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Series cast summary:
 Barbara Ryan / ... (1,581 episodes, 1978-2010)
 Emily Stewart / ... (1,580 episodes, 1992-2010)
Don Hastings ...
 Bob Hughes / ... (1,558 episodes, 1960-2010)
 Holden Snyder / ... (1,534 episodes, 1985-2010)
Elizabeth Hubbard ...
 Lucinda Walsh / ... (1,523 episodes, 1984-2010)
Eileen Fulton ...
 Lisa / ... (1,523 episodes, 1960-2010)
Ellen Dolan ...
 Margo Hughes / ... (1,517 episodes, 1989-2010)
Kathryn Hays ...
 Kim Hughes / ... (1,503 episodes, 1972-2010)
Marie Masters ...
 Susan Stewart (1,497 episodes, 1968-2010)
Scott Holmes ...
 Tom Hughes (1,463 episodes, 1987-2010)
 Nancy Hughes / ... (1,449 episodes, 1956-2010)
Kathleen Widdoes ...
 Emma Snyder (1,447 episodes, 1985-2010)
 Katie Peretti / ... (1,366 episodes, 1998-2010)
 Jessica Griffin / ... (1,217 episodes, 1987-2009)
 John Dixon / ... (1,132 episodes, 1969-2010)
 Carly Tenney / ... (823 episodes, 1995-2010)
Michael Park ...
 Jack Snyder / ... (814 episodes, 1997-2010)
Roger Howarth ...
 Paul Ryan / ... (713 episodes, 2003-2010)
 Meg Snyder / ... (636 episodes, 2005-2010)


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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Release Date:

2 April 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Così gira il mondo  »

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| (1956-1975) | (1975-)

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


(1956-1967)| (1967-)

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1.33 : 1
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On the day that the 13,661st episode aired, CBS announced it was axing the soap (the last of the 'true' US daytime soaps as it was made by a media subsidiary of Procter & Gamble). The final episode aired on Friday 17th September 2010. See more »


On the episode that aired 1-4-05, Julia refers to Holden (Jon Hensley) as "Jon" in an emotional scene at the Lakeview Lounge while talking to Lisa. See more »


Noah Mayer: I know this is hard for you to deal with. It's hard for me, too. I spent so many years of my life trying to push these feelings down, deny them, change them. And so have you. So I don't think you should pretend to be so surprised.
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Noah Mayer: I've been lying to myself forever. Trying to convince myself- trying to convince you! It took over my life.
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At Soap's last turn,lovers remembered As The World Turns: 1956-2010
16 September 2010 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Created by Irma Phillips

September 17, 2010...........................

The final curtain falls down forever for the longest-running daytime serial "As The World Turns",which debuted as daytime television's first-ever half-hour serial premiering on CBS-TV on April 2, 1956. It continued to be an half-hour serial until November 28, 1975. On December 1, 1975,the serial expand to a full hour,making it the first soap in the history on television and the third daytime soap to make the transition. The first was "Another World". The second was "Days of Our Lives". When "As The World Turns",expanded to a full-hour in December of 1975,CBS moved the soap opera around during various time slots in order to face stiff competition from both ABC and NBC for the battle of daytime supremacy. In its 54 years on daytime television,"As The World Turns" dominated the daytime ratings for two decades,and even prompted a prime-time spin off "Our Private World"(which debut in 1965); introduced daytime television's first gay male character(Hank Elliott) in 1988 and won four daytime Emmy Awards for best show.

"As The World Turns" created some of daytime dramas greatest super-couples and from there had fans tuning in each weekday afternoon to see what happens next. From "Holden and Lily",to "Jeff and Penny", "Steve and Betsy","Luke and Noah"(who made history in 2007 by sharing to first-ever gay male kiss on U.S. daytime television),and "Tom and Margo",and many more.

But what made this hugely popular daytime serial stand out from the rest of the competition was the famous faces that made their mark on "As The World Turns". These actors went on to bigger and better things in their careers due to this show. From the list of actors included: Richard Thomas, Swoosie Kurtz, Mary McDonnell, Dana Delany, Meg Ryan, Marisa Tomei, Julianne Moore, Thomas Gibson, Amy Ryan, Parker Posey, Jason Biggs, John O'Hurley, Jordana Brewster, Gary Sandy, Joyce Van Patten, James Noble, Ruth Warrick, Gloria DeHaven, Lisa Loring, Kristanna Loken, Rebecca Holden, Lucy Deakins, Peter No one, Michael Nader, John Wesley Shipp, Linda Dano, Mark Rydell, Paul O'Keefe, Richard Roundtree, James Earl Jones, and many, many more.

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