Families, friends, enemies and lovers experience life-changing events in the large upstate New York city of Port Charles, which has a busy hospital, upscale hotel, cozy diner and dangerous waterfront frequented by the criminal underworld.
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 Sonny Corinthos / ... (2,076 episodes, 1993-2016)
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 Jason Morgan / ... (1,624 episodes, 1991-2015)
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 Elizabeth Webber / ... (1,536 episodes, 1997-2016)
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 Carly Jacks / ... (1,524 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Sam McCall / ... (1,521 episodes, 2003-2016)
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 Alexis Davis / ... (1,288 episodes, 1996-2016)
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 Patrick Drake / ... (1,129 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Nikolas Cassadine / ... (1,125 episodes, 1996-2016)
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 Lulu Spencer / ... (1,070 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Jasper Jacks / ... (1,056 episodes, 1996-2016)
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 Maxie Jones / ... (986 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Damien Spinelli (973 episodes, 2006-2016)
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 Dante Falconeri / ... (919 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Luke Spencer / ... (902 episodes, 1978-2015)
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 Robin Scorpio / ... (892 episodes, 1985-2016)
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During the original show up through the 1970s, the show primarily covered Dr. Steve Hardy (John Beradino) and his friend, Nurse Jessie Brewer (Emily McLaughlin). Late in the 1970s, the show was doing badly in the ratings, so a new executive producer, Gloria Monty, decided to move the show's focus away from the hospital and onto material more relevant to a younger audience than the stereotypical "bored housewife", thus bringing in Luke and Laura, (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) and eventually having them marry in a stereotypical fantasy wedding that would not be matched until the real-life marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Written by Paul Robinson

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1 April 1963 (USA)  »

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| (1963-1976) | (1976-1977) | (1978-) | (1963-1976) | (1976-1977) | (1978-)

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| (1963-1966)| (1966-)

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Jack Crosby, a nephew of The Crosby tribe, was the first art director to design scenery for the new (1963) black and white television daily daytime drama series. The initial set design for a room, looked like an open book, with a right side wing joining a flat center wall, the left wing wall extending the floor plan. Openings for doors and windows were located in various positions on each set. The set's painted color was neutral middle value beige-gray hues, with no wall-paper. Any hint at wall paper, or texture, was provided by a scenic roller paint pattern which was vogue in this era. The scenery height was eight (8'-0") foot high. Usually, network soap sets are ten feet high. All the sets were shallow in depth, minimum furniture and set decoration. Usually pictures were hung across wall expanses to establish an actors movement through the set. Competition from NBC TV and CBS TV daytime drama ratings forced the producers into expanding the physical production elements of the scenery and decoration. Neither NBC TV nor ABC TV used a set decorator. CBS TV was the only network employing and assigning a set decorator to their shows. Like a summer stock theater, scenery was designed, supervised, and decorated by the set designer/art director. Assistant Art Directors were employed after production became more involved, with time management determining additional support positions. In early television, like the theater, the designer was expected to cover everything in his design area. See more »

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Heather Grant Webber: I don't know who Luke thinks he's fooling. I mean, he's obviously hiding that redhead witch. But something has to be done. I think Skye's really becoming a terrible threat. I think we have to eliminate her once and for all.
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general hospital
1 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not one for soap operas, however, General Hospital is different. However dramatic this show gets, I can never get enough of it! It is actually kind of funny how I got started watching it. One time when I was little, my mom was mad at me as I wouldn't calm down or sit still so she made me sit down and read while she watched general hospital. I remember half watching over my book when the show ended, and for some reason, I cared about what happened to Jason, so I made a point to watch it the next day and I have never missed an episode since! This is by far the best show on TV and it comes highly recommended. Hope this helps, Fletcher


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