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The Edge of Night (1956–1984)

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In the fictional city of Monticello, attorney Mike Karr and his colleagues are involved in solving crimes and intrigue which touch the lives of many citizens. Some such citizens include ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
 April Scott / ... (242 episodes, 1978-1980)
Tony Craig ...
 Draper Scott (238 episodes, 1979-1980)
 Deborah Saxon (213 episodes, 1976-1980)
Joe Lambie ...
 Logan Swift (210 episodes, 1978-1980)
Jayne Bentzen ...
 Nicole Cavanaugh (198 episodes, 1979-1980)
Joel Crothers ...
 Dr. Miles Cavanaugh (197 episodes, 1978-1984)
 Eliot Dorn (178 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ann Flood ...
 Nancy Karr / ... (173 episodes, 1962-1984)
Forrest Compton ...
 Mike Karr (171 episodes, 1976-1984)
Sharon Gabet ...
 Raven Swift / ... (167 episodes, 1978-1984)
Irving Allen Lee ...
 Calvin Stoner (148 episodes, 1979-1984)
Wade Nichols ...
 Derek Mallory (142 episodes, 1979-1984)
Ernie Pysher ...
 Cliff Nelson (136 episodes, 1979-1983)
Lois Kibbee ...
 Geraldine Saxon / ... (135 episodes, 1976-1984)
Denny Albee ...
 Steve Guthrie (132 episodes, 1978-1980)
Margo McKenna ...
 Emily Gault (115 episodes, 1980)
 Nola Madison (112 episodes, 1979-1980)


In the fictional city of Monticello, attorney Mike Karr and his colleagues are involved in solving crimes and intrigue which touch the lives of many citizens. Some such citizens include dowager Geraldine Whitney, the frequently-married Raven Alexander, attorney Adam Drake and his wife, Nicole, attorney Draper Scott and his wife, April, Police Chief Bill Marceau, night club owner Johnny Dallas, physician Dr. Miles Cavanaugh, young Jody Travis and her many boyfriends, and Mike Karr himself, his wife, Nancy, and their daughter, Lorrie. All the usual soap opera devices, including prolonged amnesia, a woman with a split personality, murderous mobsters, usurped identities, and murders with many suspects, are used quite effectively in this long running serial. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

2 April 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Edge of Night  »

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(7420 episodes)

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(1956-1967)| (1967-1984)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When he was on the show, Stephen Markle portrayed Ted Loomis, a corrupt cop who eventually became a serial murderer. Loomis killed several other characters, and the fans loved him and wanted him to keep killing even more characters. The producers became alarmed that his evil, psychopathic character was becoming too popular. As a result, it was decided to write out Loomis by killing the character. Fans were shocked and outraged by this decision. See more »


Featured in The Paperboy (2012) See more »


The Edge Of Night
Main Title Theme (1976-1980)
Words and Music by Jack Cortner and John Barranco
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The Emmy-Winning Seventies
9 September 2001 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

`The Edge of Night' was the consequential daytime drama of mystery, suspense, police detection and crime. For anyone who loved a good murder mystery, this was indeed the afternoon drama to watch. In most instances, you worried every week if lead attorney and crime stopper Mike Karr, his wife Nancy Pollock Karr, or daughter Laurie Ann, would vanish off the face of the earth or be murdered by a larger than life villain who was as well causing grief for Bill Marceau, the chief of police, and the very good citizens of Monticello. The romance between attorney Adam Drake, and socialite and often stalked Nicole Travis Stewart, started `The Edge of Night's' first real super couple and the dynamic twosome simply took our breaths away when they finally wedded in a handsome ceremony in the Karrs garden. It wasn't often that fans of `The Edge of Night' got treated to afternoon romance, bed-hopping and hen-peck husbandry similar to the scenery on most of the other daytime dramas...since `Edge's' important characters were simply too busy scheming about other relevant matters or solving `whodunnit' if `whodunnit' didn't kill them first.

The murder of fan favorite Adam Drake in 1977, was perhaps the show's biggest shocker.

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