Soap (1977–1981)

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

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Rod Roddy ...
 Announcer (84 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Jessica Tate (82 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Burt Campbell (82 episodes, 1977-1981)
Cathryn Damon ...
 Mary Campbell (80 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Danny Dallas (74 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Jodie Dallas (73 episodes, 1977-1981)
Robert Mandan ...
 Chester Tate (73 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Eunice Tate / ... (64 episodes, 1977-1981)
Jimmy Baio ...
 Billy Tate (62 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Corinne Tate-Flotsky / ... (59 episodes, 1977-1980)
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 The Major (57 episodes, 1977-1981)
Jay Johnson ...
 Bob Campbell / ... (57 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Benson DuBois (49 episodes, 1977-1980)
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 Dutch Leitner (35 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Storyline

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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The Groundbreaking Comedy Series! See more »

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13 September 1977 (USA)  »

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Bolle di sapone  »

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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 »

Quotes

[on trying to establish alibi's for Peter's murder]
Chief Tinkler: Where were you between midnight and 7am?
Chuck: I was with Bob here.
Bob: Yes he was I can vouch for him.
Chief Tinkler: O.K. I can cross you off my list... wait a minute suspect number ten.
Bob: And eleven?
Chief Tinkler: And eleven.
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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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Featured in Family Guys? What Sitcoms Say About America Now (2012) See more »

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Still holds up
30 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember when this premiered on TV. I was in high school and this played at 9:30 at night. The original airings had a warning saying that "some material may not be suitable for younger viewers". Naturally every high school kid in the country tuned in! It was ahead of its time. It dealt with senility, racism, adultery, murder, sex...all in a funny manner! Also it had the first positive gay character on TV--Jodie played by Billy Crystal (in fact he said many gay men thanked him for how well he played it). Also it had a great cast--Katherine Helmond and Cathryn Damon especially (both won Emmys for their work on this).

I was unsure of seeing this again on DVD but--it still works! It's dated of course (especially in the clothes and hair styles) and it's nowhere near as shocking as it once was, but it's still very funny and the cast works exceptionally well together. The first three seasons are the best--it really started to fall apart during season four (it's last). However the dramatic parts never really worked--they didn't jell with the comedy well and were HORRIBLY written. Still the focus on the show was the comedy so it worked almost all of the time.

DVD: Season one is OK but the colors are faded and I've noticed bits and pieces missing from certain episodes. I assumed they got the originals but maybe not. The color got better with seasons 2 and 3. No extras on any of the discs--couldn't there have been a few little interviews with the surviving cast members? Still--I would rather have these than not. Recommended highly.


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