The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates.

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 Jessica Tate (87 episodes, 1977-1981)
Rod Roddy ...
 Announcer (87 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Burt Campbell (86 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Mary Campbell (84 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Danny Dallas (79 episodes, 1977-1981)
Robert Mandan ...
 Chester Tate (77 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Jodie Dallas (76 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Eunice Tate / ... (67 episodes, 1977-1981)
Jimmy Baio ...
 Billy Tate (65 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 The Major (62 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Corinne Tate Flotsky / ... (61 episodes, 1977-1980)
Jay Johnson ...
 Bob Campbell / ... (61 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Benson DuBois (51 episodes, 1977-1980)
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 Dutch Leitner (38 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Parody of television soap-operas--the show's humor relies on exaggerating soap-operas' characteristic plot implausibility and melodrama to ridiculous extremes, then adds a fair bit of the truly bizarre, including some remarkable characters. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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13 September 1977 (USA)  »

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(93 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

"Soap" was actually the working title for the show, while the producers tried to come up with a better name, and was used all through preproduction. No better name was ever decided upon, so "Soap" became the formal title when the show went into production. See more »

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Burt: [Burt has been kidnapped by space aliens, and informed that one of them is going to be sent down to live in his house] He's not gonna, uh... umm... uh...
Space Alien: Sleep with your wife? Of course! Why do you think he's jumping up and down? He has not had sex for 2,000 years.
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Original network broadcasts opened with an on-screen content warning. This was one of the first TV programs to include such a warning, though such disclaimers are now commonplace. See more »

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16 August 1999 | by (Lexington, KY) – See all my reviews

I began watching this show when I was rather young - elementary-school aged, really, & because of its episodic nature (for I read comic books voraciously, & loved "to be continued" storylines) - well, probably because I liked the guy with the puppet - I was hooked. I watched it weekly & remember praying to God that it wouldn't be cancelled. The magic of the show was that it taught me so much. I knew little or nothing about homosexuality, infidelity, racism, hell, even the Mafia or Central American revolutions, until I watched this show. It was genuinely funny - Bert thinking he could turn invisible, Benson's "I ain't getting that," everyone talking to Bob when they knew damn well Chuck was throwing his voice - I laughed & laughed.

As I watch TV now, I really miss the topicality of this show - the fact that, with a simple parody of soap operas, they managed to bring important issues of the day to the forefront. No one was safe - even alien abductions were lampooned, years before there was an X-Files that could stand a bit of ribbing.

Yeah, it's dated, & when I saw a few episodes in repeats a while back, I was more moved by my old feelings - these were friends I hadn't seen in ages! - than by the story & the jokes. But the point was, it was brave - like "All In The Family," like "Good Times" - though not a Norman Lear creation - braver than anything on right now. Someone else suggested you watch from day one - that's not all that important, because you'll catch on soon enough (it's a soap opera, after all), but I do believe you'll come to care for the characters & their ridiculous predicaments soon enough. & you'll be amazed at how utterly clever it is.

Be warned, though - like "Twin Peaks" it doesn't really end, & if you're coming at it for the first time, you'll be sad when you get to season four's end & there's nothing following. I was.


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