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Soap (1977–1981)

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


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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
Rod Roddy ...
 Announcer (84 episodes, 1977-1981)
 Jessica Tate (82 episodes, 1977-1981)
 Burt Campbell (82 episodes, 1977-1981)
 Mary Campbell (80 episodes, 1977-1981)
 Danny Dallas (74 episodes, 1977-1981)
 Jodie Dallas (73 episodes, 1977-1981)
Robert Mandan ...
 Chester Tate (73 episodes, 1977-1981)
 Eunice Tate / ... (64 episodes, 1977-1981)
Jimmy Baio ...
 Billy Tate (62 episodes, 1977-1981)
 Corinne Tate-Flotsky / ... (59 episodes, 1977-1980)
 The Major (57 episodes, 1977-1981)
Jay Johnson ...
 Bob Campbell / ... (57 episodes, 1977-1981)
 Benson DuBois (49 episodes, 1977-1980)
 Dutch Leitner (35 episodes, 1978-1981)


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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Release Date:

13 September 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Ausgeflippten  »

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(93 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The show was taped before a live studio audience in most cases. This would at times actually create unexpected problems, such as in a scene when Jessica Tate was arrested on the suspicion of murder, at which point the studio audience started booing very loudly. Rather than re-shoot the whole thing, it was decided to cover this by adding a voice over in post, stating that she was innocent but "one of these five men did", thus slightly changing the intended cliffhanger ending. See more »


Corinne Tate Flotsky: I'm moving in with Peter Campbell... who's also having an affair with mother.
Eunice Tate: Come on, Corinne you're not allowed to lie.
Corinne Tate Flotsky: It's the truth.
Eunice Tate: Mother? Our mother? The mother downstairs? Jessica? The redhead?
Corinne Tate Flotsky: That's the one.
Eunice Tate: I can't believe it. I mean it took me twenty years to believe she did it with daddy.
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Crazy Credits

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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User Reviews

Timeless hilarity!
7 January 2002 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

Truthfully, i was too young to remember this show when it originally aired back in the late 70's. I do remember a lot of controversy about it, and that some stations chose to air it late rather than during primetime, because they thought it too racy.

A few years ago, I managed to catch this show on Comedy Central, and I have to admit that it is quite possibly the finest sitcom ever created. The characters were not the bland, shallow, unimaginitive figures you see on tv today. There was Jodie, the homosexual that was always unsure of his own sexuality; Chuck, the shy ventriloquist that always carried around his dummy Bob, whom Chuck thought was real, and there was NOTHING he wouldn't say; Burt, the delusional construction worker who had frequent encounters with the paranormal; Danny, the dimwit son of Burt that was mixed up in the mafia and later became a deputy sheriff; Chester, the wall street financier who slept with every woman in town except his own wife; and on and on. The cast (which includes billy crystal) was perfect...everyone played their roles so believably that you truly feel like you are watching a real dysfunctional family.

The writing and jokes were also timeless...This show was designed to take a direct pot shot at the absurdity of modern soap operas, and it hit it's mark perfectly. Most of the plotlines were like something out of a supermarket tabloid which always added to the hilarity of the show. Burt being abducted by aliens, burt thinking he can make himself invisible by snapping his fingers, jessica being captured by central american freedom fighters, jodie's baby being possessed by satan, etc...

Even 20+ years later, this show will not disappoint. While it may be tame by today's standards, it was clearly a pioneer that paved the way for a lot of today's programming.

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