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General Hospital 

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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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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Release Date:

1 April 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hospital General  »

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

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| (1963-1966)| (1966-)

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1.33 : 1
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The show debuted in 1963 but by 1978 ratings for the show had dipped so low that the network considered cancelling it. Producer Gloria Monty came aboard as producer, made the show the #1 show on daytime TV and literally saved it. See more »


Skye Quartermaine Jacks: Oh, my God, he's barely breathing.
Faith Rosco: Oh, here, you need a professional. My lips have been known to wake the dead.
Skye Quartermaine Jacks: You know what, Faith? You helped get him in here. Now you can go.
Faith Rosco: And leave you alone in here with Luke? I don't think so. Once we get him back among the living, he's going to help me through the fire - I need a shield.
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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 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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