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 / ... (2,171 episodes, 1993-2017)
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 Jason Morgan / ... (1,624 episodes, 1991-2015)
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 Carly Jacks / ... (1,611 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 Elizabeth Webber / ... (1,609 episodes, 1997-2017)
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 Sam McCall / ... (1,594 episodes, 2003-2017)
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 Alexis Davis / ... (1,353 episodes, 1996-2017)
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 Dr. Patrick Drake / ... (1,129 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Nikolas Cassadine / ... (1,127 episodes, 1996-2016)
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 Lulu Spencer / ... (1,071 episodes, 2005-2013)
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 Jasper 'Jax' Jacks / ... (1,071 episodes, 1996-2017)
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 Maxie Jones / ... (1,008 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 Dante Falconeri / ... (986 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Damien Spinelli (974 episodes, 2006-2017)
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 Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake / ... (908 episodes, 1985-2017)
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 Luke Spencer / ... (906 episodes, 1978-2017)
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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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| (1963-1976) | (1976-1977) | (1978-) | (1963-1976) | (1976-1977) | (1978-)

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Courtney: I don't know how this got out of control so fast.
Faith Rosco: Because you attacked me. I want her arrested.
Courtney: Me?
Brian: Courtney did nothing wrong.
Faith Rosco: She hit me.
Brian: You provoked her.
Faith Rosco: You were here you saw what happened I offered the little snit a job and she comes after me like a bunny out of hell. That's assault and if you don't take her in I'm going straight to ADA Lancing and I will have your badge.
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Written and Performed by Dave Koz
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The best Soap in the History of Soaps
22 May 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I'm so tired of people saying that General Hospital is just a stale old soap opera. GH has been a staple of ABC's daytime lineup for 39 years. It's 3rd in the ratings and I think that ain't half bad considering it's age. The Alexis, Sonny, Carly triangle is a masterpiece destined to go down in GH's extremly long history. The actors and actresses who portray the characters on the show are fantastic and so are the writers. I get very upset when people say that it's a stale soap. So when GH tries to do something exciting and fun people say that it is not true soap storytelling. Just like the revival of the Cassidines (Helena, Stavros). I thought that that was a great storyline. In closing I would just like to say that General Hospital is on the track to taking back the ratings crown from The Young and the Restless. Your the greatest GH!!!!


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