All My Children (1970–2011)

TV Series  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Romance, Mystery
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 1,841 users  
Reviews: 26 user | 1 critic

Set in the fictional East Coast suburb Pine Valley, All My Children is the decades-old, risk-taking soap that centers around Erica Kane and her long line of husbands.

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 41 titles
created 23 May 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 12 Feb 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 24 Apr 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 01 Aug 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 05 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "All My Children" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: All My Children (1970–2011)

All My Children (1970–2011) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of All My Children.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



33   1   Unknown  
2011   2010   2009   2008   … See all »
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 187 wins & 563 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

One Life to Live (1968–2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

One Life to Live premiered in 1968, centering on the lives of the citizens of the fictional town of Llanview, PA. Concentrating on the wealthy Lord family, and the middle-class Woleks and ... See full summary »

Stars: Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson
General Hospital (TV Series 1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Families, close friends, enemies and lovers go through drama and life changing events.

Stars: Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Rebecca Herbst
All My Children (TV Series 2013)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Stars: Julia Barr, Ryan Bittle, Lindsay Hartley
Guiding Light (1952–2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Guiding Light takes place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield. In its early years the stories centered on the middle class Bauer family, but later the wealthy Spauldings, ... See full summary »

Stars: Kim Zimmer, Beth Chamberlin, Maureen Garrett
As the World Turns (1956–2010)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, this long-running serial focuses on the relationships and difficulties of its inhabitants.

Stars: Colleen Zenk, Kelley Menighan Hensley, Don Hastings
The Young and the Restless (TV Series 1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Set in Genoa City, Y&R is the long-running soap that tells the story of the struggle behind the business- and sex-savvy Abbott and Newman clans.

Stars: Doug Davidson, Eric Braeden, Joshua Morrow
Days of Our Lives (TV Series 1965)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A chronicle of the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of Salem.

Stars: Josh Taylor, Bryan Dattilo, Deidre Hall
The Bold and the Beautiful (TV Series 1987)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

The saga of high fashion glamour, honor, romance, passion, and most importantly, family.

Stars: Katherine Kelly Lang, Ronn Moss, Susan Flannery
One Life to Live (TV Series 2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Stars: Melissa Archer, Corbin Bleu, Kassie Wesley DePaiva
Another World (1964–1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The continuing story of life in the Midwestern town of Bay City, and the love, loss, trials, and triumph of its residents, who come from different backgrounds and social circles. Those who ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe
Santa Barbara (1984–1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In Santa Barbara, California, the fascinating and tumultuous life of the rich Capwells around who gravitate other families, from the Lockridges, the rival family, to the Andrades or the ... See full summary »

Stars: A Martinez, Marcy Walker, Nancy Lee Grahn
Ryan's Hope (1975–1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Set in Riverside on the upper West Side of Manhattan, Ryan's Hope centered mostly on the working class Ryans, an Irish-American family headed by Maeve and Johnny Ryan. They owned Ryan's Bar... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Levin, Nancy Addison, Helen Gallagher
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Ryan Lavery (1,075 episodes, 1998-2011)
...
 Tad Martin / ... (1,004 episodes, 1983-2011)
...
 Kendall Hart / ... (962 episodes, 2002-2011)
...
 Erica Kane / ... (954 episodes, 1970-2011)
...
 JR Chandler / ... (841 episodes, 2003-2011)
...
 Adam Chandler / ... (782 episodes, 1984-2011)
...
 Zach Slater (732 episodes, 2004-2011)
...
 Annie Lavery / ... (715 episodes, 2006-2011)
...
 Myrtle Fargate / ... (699 episodes, 1976-2008)
...
 Krystal Carey / ... (660 episodes, 2003-2011)
...
 Greenlee Smythe / ... (660 episodes, 1999-2011)
...
 Jackson Montgomery / ... (655 episodes, 1987-2011)
...
 David Hayward / ... (643 episodes, 1997-2011)
Darnell Williams ...
 Jesse Hubbard / ... (561 episodes, 1981-2011)
...
 Amanda Dillon / ... (538 episodes, 2005-2011)
...
 Opal / ... (524 episodes, 1989-2011)
...
 Aidan Devane / ... (487 episodes, 2003-2009)
...
 Angie Hubbard / ... (482 episodes, 1982-2011)
...
 Jake Martin (467 episodes, 2008-2011)
...
 Palmer Cortlandt / ... (437 episodes, 1979-2010)
Edit

Storyline

Set in the fictional East Coast suburb Pine Valley, All My Children is the decades-old, risk-taking soap that centers around Erica Kane and her long line of husbands.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't Pine for the Valley See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 January 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

All My Children: The Summer of Seduction  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(1970-1983)| (1983-)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kinescopes of the series' early episodes no longer exist, but videotaped episodes are still archived. See more »

Quotes

Erica Kane: Getting back at Ryan isn't the answer.
Kendall Hart Cambias: No? Ok. All right, fine. Honestly, tell me this... if your father were still alive, standing here right now, what would you do?
Erica Kane: I'd kill him! But you can't equate Ryan with my father.
Kendall Hart Cambias: Ok, well, yes, I agree the crimes were completely different, but the result was pain. Someone hurts you, you make them suffer.
Erica Kane: Well, you wanted me to suffer once. You remember how that turned out.
Kendall Hart Cambias: Yes, but I was a kid. Now I know what I'm doing. I know what I'm doing and I ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Futurama: Fry and the Slurm Factory (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

The Soap that has EVERYTHING!
31 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a 20 plus year viewer of "All My Children", I remain faithful to the lives of the Tylers, Kanes, Martins, Cortlandts, Chandlers, and many other families who have made their way through the medium sized city of Pine Valley, Pennsylvania; Located near the "One Life to Live" town of Llanview, "All My Children" is nevertheless quite different. It was Agnes Nixon's bible for this show which inspired her creation of Rachel (Robin Strasser) on "Another World", basing her on the unseen character of Erica Kane. Three years after Rachel's debut on "AW", "AMC" finally made it to the airwaves; Looking at early pictures of both Strasser and Susan Lucci, one can see why the rumor that they are sisters has flown for years. While untrue (with Phyllis Diller as their mother!), it has created a legend only daytime could produce. In the late 1970's, Lucci and Strasser finally worked together when Strasser played Dr. Christina Karras (who ended up marrying Erica's first husband) prior to joining "One Life to Live" as Dorian. While Lucci is Pine Valley's first lady, she has shared the spotlight with many others, most notably Ruth Warrick as Pine Valley's Grande Dame Phoebe Tyler. While now a wheel-chair bound shell of her former self, during her heyday, Phoebe was a force to be reckoned with, and in the 70's, while in a wheelchair while faking paralysis, "Citizen Kane" vet Warrick called herself a "Bitch on Wheels". Sadly, Phoebe slipped to back burner after her on-screen husband Louis Edmunds (Langley) was shuffled out of the story (although he is still mentioned as being out of town), but the memory of her confrontations with Erica's beloved mother Mona (the late Fran Heflin) still remain, as do her constant belittlement of the "less-than-worthy of her time" members of Pine Valley's other side of the tracks who would end up somehow involved with her younger relatives. "All My Children" was the first soap to feature a major black supercouple (Frank and Nancy Grant, followed by their nephew Jesse and his love, Angie), the first to add comedy (Opal Gardner among others) to their front-burner storylines, and the first to truly explore such issues as homosexuality (both male and female), AIDS, and incest. "All My Children" has featured many over-the-top villians (most notably Ray Gardner, Billy Clyde Tuggle, Janet Green, and currently Vanessa Cortlandt), actors in dual roles (David Canary, Ellen Wheeler, Michael E. Knight), and actors coming back after their original characters were killed off (Francesca James), or even after they were truly dead (Mike Roy). Where the return of Eve LaRue Callahan (Maria/Maureen) fits into this mold is yet to be seen.

"All My Children" has especially been successful in its telling of gothic style storylines, straight out of Edgar Allan Poe, the Bronte Sisters, and Daphne DuMaurier. Palmer Cortlandt (Broadway veteran James Mitchell), his Mrs. Danvers like housekeeper Myra Murdock (the wonderful Elizabeth Lawrence), and his fragile daughter Nina (beautiful Taylor Miller) were created to bring "AMC" into the 80's; Later, the equally mysterious Chandler family was created, with David Canary giving one of daytime's legendary performances as the totally different twins Adam and Stuart Chandler; Where Adam is Pine Valley's controlling power broker, Stuart is the heart and soul of the town, taking over where the late Mona Kane and the missing in action Ruth Martin left off. The Dimitri Marrick storyline of the early 1990's was a retread of the Palmer/Daisy Cortlandt storyline, complete with Helga, another Mrs. Danvers style housekeeper who had the gaul to lock Erica in the crypt of her rotting father-in-law. Other storylines, such as former rebellious teenager Hayley Vaughn's transition into the show's major young heroine, freshly copied older storylines. Kelly Ripa took over the storyline Julia Barr (Brooke English) had done 15 years before.

"AMC" also does not forget long-forgotten characters; We catch occassional glimpses of deceased loved ones such as Natalie Hunter, Jesse Hubbard, Travis Montgomery, Cindy Chandler, and Jenny Gardner Nelson popping up to guide their survivors. Liza Colby, a favorite bad girl of the early 80's, came back over a decade later, with Marcy Walker now playing her as a much reformed Liza. Following soon after was her previously infrequent seen mother Marian (the delightfully humorous Jennifer Bassey) who had long been decorating social events, but hadn't had a storyline since she was discovered to be the murderer of a short-lived Pine Valley villian. Recent returns of Timothy Dillon (actually, Natalie's son by Alex Hunter, adopted by Trevor Dillon) and Angie and Jessie's son Frankie (seen years ago on "Loving") are signs that "AMC" is keeping this tradition going.

Currently, with the long "Proteus" storyline taking a breather with some new directions underway, "AMC" is creating new stories for some underused characters (Brooke/Edmund), and introducing some fabulus new roles played by favorites from other soaps. Anna Stuart, introduced as the snooty mother of socialite Greenlee Smythe (the spunky Rebecca Budig), is being built-up as a new love interest for long-time unattached Jackson Montgomery (fan favorite Walt Willey); I can't wait to see Erica's reaction to his new love interest. Marj Dusay, as the always entertaining Vanessa Cortlandt, has been stealing the scenery all year as the drug lord Proteus; Her "Medea" like relationship with her sons Leo and David is fascinatingly sick, but like good theater, you just can't turn your head.

"AMC" has a very rich history, filled with too many wonderful performances over its 32+ year run; However, who can forget Sandy Gabriel's wealthy and trashy Edna; Candice Earley's tragic performance as reformed hooker Donna Sago Tyler; Kathleen Noone as the wealthy but down-to-earth Ellen Sago; Gillian Spencer as Daisy, the long-lost first Mrs. Palmer Cortlandt; Natalie Ross's ultra-snobby performance as Greg Nelson's disaproving mother Enid; Meg Myles as Adam's obsessive secretary Joanna who was secretly married to Stuart; Jane Elliott as the first gold-digger to swipe Palmer Cortlandt; Genie Francis as the bitchy but tragic incest victim Ceara Connor; Ellen Wheeler as AIDS patient Cindy Chandler, the first woman to show Stuart Chandler how it felt to be truly loved; Susan Pratt as the powerful but otherwise confused Barbara Montgomery Cudahy; Robin Christopher as Skye Chandler (long before she discovered she was really a Quartermain of "General Hospital"); and Cadi McLain as dumb country bumpkin turned smart Dixie Cooney, the girl who showed Tad the cad what love really meant. Of the older characters who remain, one of the continuously strongest presences is felt by Eileen Herlie's wise and wonderful Myrtle Lum Fairgate; If only her daughter Rae Cummings (Linda Dano) or granddaughter Skye Quartermain would visit her from their soaps, she would have more to do than play support to Erica, the wonderful Bianca, or Opal.

Unfortunately, most of the male characters pale in comparisson to the above (and many more) female characters; Long-running male characters on the show often become overshadowed by the women in their life; Just take a look at Paul Martin, Linc Tyler, Charles Tyler, Chuck Tyler, Cliff Warner, Benny Sago, Mark Dalton, Tom Cudahy, Jackson Montgomery, Edmund Grey, Dimitri Garrick, well you get the picture. Unforgettable men on the show are either dispicable villians like Ray Gardner, Eddie Dorrance, or Billy Clyde Tuggle, or powerful businessmen like Palmer and Adam. Tad the cad Martin is perhaps the only young character to remain a strong presence; Jesse Hubbard would have gone that direction as well, but died too young. David Hayward is perhaps one of the only more recent characters to actually have a stronger backbone than other characters, but "AMC" men tend to mellow too much to make their days in Pine Valley stretch into years. Of course, he's been around for about five years now, which is long considering.....

To sum what I've written up, "All My Children" is a story of fascinating characters intertwined with the half-dozen or so who have remained for 20 years or more. The on-going flow of people who affect their lives are always interesting, and with a talented producing and writing team, there are many more to come.


19 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
R.I.P All my children you'll be missed again.. moorebecky72
Tad's Back!!!!!!! ameilius
Cady McClain moving on to... amethystbreeze
French actor from early AMC eps? Mickolynj
Shades of Phoebe Tyler Wallingford. mark.waltz
Two veteran "AMC" actors in "The Curse of the Living Corpse" (1964) mark.waltz
Discuss All My Children (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?