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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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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Bolle di sapone  »

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The series ended with several cliffhangers unresolved, including Jessica about to be executed by a communist firing squad. A 1983 episode of spin-off series Benson (1979) mentions Jessica's disappearance, noting the Tate family is seeking to have her declared legally dead. In this episode, Jessica appears as an apparition whom only Benson can see or hear, revealing to Benson that she is not dead, but in a coma somewhere in South America. The other cliffhangers are not referenced, leaving it to the viewers' imagination as to what might have happened. See more »

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Mary Gatling Dallas Campbell: I have one son who's about to become my daughter, another son whom people are trying to kill, I have a lunatic stepson and a dummy living in my home and a husband who won't make love to me. That's not life, that's something by Tennessee Williams!
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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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