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This show was without a doubt one of the first prime time soap operas in the
history of television. I remember watching this series as a kid and also
when I was in junior high school(seventh grade). This show was a must see
because for one you'll never what is about to occur or happened the next and
it was always left viewers in a cliffhanger until either tomorrow or next
week for the continuation of the story. When the show aired on ABC-TV in the
fall of 1964,viewers got the chance to recognized some of the characters who
were in fact behind the drama and scandal that was in fact Peyton Place,but
in other words,the series picked up where the first two installments of the
movie version("Peyton Place"(1957),and
its sequel,"Return To Peyton Place"(1961))left off. In the TV series
though,it was in two parts where one part would play on one night,and the
next night it would have the conclusion and so forth. Ryan O'Neal and Mia
Farrow and Leslie Nielson came during the time when the show was shown in
grainy black and white and later in color after Farrow left the series.
During its run only actors Christopher Connelly,Ed Nelson,Barbara Perkins and Tim O'Connor would remain throughout the entire format of the show. All of that change when the show made the transition to color in the fall of 1966 and for the first time the show would have its first black family moving into Peyton Place which were played by Percy Rodriguez and Ruby Dee and their college bound son played by a youthful Glynn Truman. The show had it all....blackmail,murder,jealously,envy,and prejudices all within a half hour(which would change the format of the show again when it moved from ABC to NBC in the fall of 1968 which moved the show to a full hour). The chapters of this soap needs to be out on either video or DVD cause this show was the standard for other prime time soaps to come along before it.
I have just seen episode 514 of this remarkable series. I first started watching in 1968 when it was on daily at a time when I was making my way home from college. If I got on the right bus I would sometimes get to see the second half of the programme on two days of the week and on Fridays when we finished early I saw a full programme! During my summer and other holidays I could get to see a full weeks worth if I had the right temping jobs - I became a real groupie! It has always been my favourite series and I always rated other soaps against it, the only two coming close were "Dallas" before it became silly and "Falcon Crest." Then when we got cable TV [30 years after the original screening] I saw the series again from about half-way through - missing again, Constances' wedding! Then at the end of the run the series was restarted again and after the first episode the channel was pulled! That was about 10 years ago - finally I have bought the set on DVD and have just watched it all again! At a rate of about 4 episodes a night and 10 a day at weekends, it was a most satisfying experience! Rubbish ending, but at least the mop-up film tidied up the areas that had never been resolved in the series and the series, although left up in the air had obvious story-lines that did not need a conclusion - other than who killed Fred Russell - my money's on the blonde kid!
First aired on TV in the Fall of 1964, this scandal-ridden, prime-time
soap opera was notable for pushing the boundaries of what was
considered morally acceptable in the pre-sexual revolution of the early
Set in the quaint, picture-perfect, little, New England town of Peyton Place, what went on behind closed doors was enough to shock many delighted viewers right out of their socks and keep them coming back for more.
From adultery, to teen pregnancy, to mental illness, and, yes, to even murder, Peyton Place delivered the dirt in spades.
Filmed in b&w, Peyton Place's episodes have a running time of approx. 25 minutes and feature such a good looking cast of actors as - Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, Dorothy Malone, Ed Nelson and Barbara Parkins.
at last i found the pages about Peyton place series .I used to see it in my country in white and black when i was about 12-13 years,i will never forget it,alway hopped to get this long blond hair of Mia FARO(which she shaved it completely later on as a protest to Vietnam war).when it was published in a book here (translated to my language i bought it at once.in brief Peyton place as TV serial make a part of my beautiful memories. one day may i will be able to by the DVD of it ,if it comes available here. I advise young persons to see it if they can ,insted of many series presented now.I cannot also foreget the Sweet love story of Alison makansy and Rodney Harrington.
Mia Farrow (September) "Allison MacKenzie," a young woman who worked in a cute bookstore owned by Dorothy Malone (Basic Instinct) "Constance MacKenzie Carson," who was her mother. Allison started dating Ryan O'Neal (Zero Effect) "Rodney Harrington" and I used to love the series. Allison had really long beautiful hair and was innocent. I watched the series, dubbed and in black and white. There were people in the series that became very famous, and others some somewhat famous, such as: Gena Rowlands (Hope Floats) Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal (The Thief Who Came to Dinner) Ed Nelson(There's Something About Mary), Mariette Hartley (TV commercials for Polaroid cameras with James Garner, Marnie), Leslie Nielsen (Mr. Magoo), Barbara Parkins (Valley of the Dolls). The series and the actors were nominated for several awards such as Golden Globe, Emmy.
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To be frank, I am not well positioned to review the TV series Peyton Place. For Peyton Place has been a part of my upbringing. I was about ten years old, when the series started to be broad-casted in the Netherlands. Our family had owned a black-and-white TV for not more than a couple of years. I remember how the whole family looked in amazement at the unfolding events on the egg-shaped gray screen. The community of Peyton Place was the talk of the town in our little state. I still wonder what lasting impression it must have made on my blank soul. I do remember that I was deeply touched by the romance between Rodney and Allison. And how I wondered why she had not picked Norman. Forty-five years later, watching the DVDs is like meeting a very old friend. And still, the story (the episodes 1-31) had been almost completely wiped out by time. Even the killed baby of Betty had been forgotten, although it plays such a central role. Or Eli Carson. He had become a familiar face without a name (an old neighbor of mine? A far relative?). Of course there is an immense shift of judgment. At the time, you simply took the characters at face value, for granted. An adolescent (I don't know about my parents) can not yet see the psychological aspects in their behavior. For instance, on second acquaintance the Rod-Allison romance looks ridiculous ("Oh Allison..." and "I want to teach you everything I know. If you let me"). And the deep tragedy of Rod killing his child. The immature characters of Norm and Judy. Also I had not seen the probable war traumas of George and Elliot. The beloved doctor Rossi is actually quite arrogant and aggressive, and not at all so different from George. Nonetheliess, at the time he was extremely popular with the Dutch housewives. Etcetera etcetera. If you try to classify this piece of history, the label doctors' saga bubbles up. We watch the mental deviations of the characters from the perspective of the rational analyst (usually a physician or sometimes a veterinary; in this series it could be Swain). In Peyton Place, these deviations are generally ugly, which makes this series a rather depressing spectacle. If you are fond of such stories, consider seeing the Dutch film "Dorp aan de rivier". It contains an impressive scene, where the doctor crosses a river by jumping on the moving ice-floes, in order to do a delivery,
I do not know if Soap Opera is inappropriate. In Spanish it's not. My favorites characters were Betty Anderson and Steven Cort. I really fall in love with this beautiful woman. I hope that one day I could get all the chapters and the final TV Movie in a DVD or whatever. I recommend it. I keep this serial in the deep of my heart and soul. I want to say Thank You to all the people responsible for this great TV Show. Sincerely Yours. César Romero (My real Name)
I understand the pilot followed the film and book somewhat. The Cross family disappeared when the series arrived in 1964. Rodney did not have a brother in the book. Norman and Evelyn Page and Evelyn were eliminated. Michael Rossi became a Dr. instead of a Principal of a high school. Norman became Rodneys brother in the series. Constance didn't have a husband and she ran a dress shop not a bookstore. The series does not follow the films, the only resemblance to the films are SOME of the characters names. I will take the films over the series any day !!!!!!!! Dorothy Malone and Mia Farrow made the series, when they left "PEYTON PLACE", it went really down hill quick !!!!!!
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