Soap (1977–1981)
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Episode #1.1 

The Tate family are rich and have many secrets to hide. The Campbell family are working class with many personal problems to tackle.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jimmy Baio ...
Robert Mandan ...
Rod Roddy ...
Announcer (voice)


In the pilot of this TV soap opera spoof, we meet the two families of sisters Jessica Tate and May Campbell. Jessica's lives in her home with hubby Chester,who's having an adulterer. She doesn't accept it,when they imply this about him. Daughter Eunice is dating a married Senator. Her sister Corrine sleeps around. The Major (Jess's dad) is still in World War II in his mind and young Billy Tate's discovering girls. Benson the Butler thinks they're all crazy. Mary's Campbell,a widow & housewife,is now married to Burt,her 2nd husband. Burt is in construction and he & Mary's son Danny loathe each-other. Her other son Jody is gay,which Danny laughs off. Essentially,they all have many secrets and problems,with which to reveal and deal with. Written by happipuppi13

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Release Date:

13 September 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Chester Tate: [after tasting his coffee] Benson! Did you put sugar in this?
Benson DuBois: Is it sweet?
Chester Tate: Very!
Benson DuBois: Then I guess I did.
Chester Tate: Benson, how many times do I have to tell you? I'm a diabetic, I can't have sugar.
Benson DuBois: Oh, I keep thinking it's salt you can't have.
Chester Tate: I can't have salt either, Benson.
Benson DuBois: [pointing at the coffee cup] Ain't no salt in there.
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The Big Controversy
26 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is amazing how a little controversy can do to promote a show.

I recall the first time hearing about "Soap" during a service one Sunday. Our pastor was railing about some immoral TV show and the more I heard the more I realized that I had to see it. I was not disappointed with the pilot and became a fan and a regular viewer of the show.

I was fortunate recently to find the complete series (in VHS) at a local flea market and will soon be re-living a piece of the Seventies one episode at a time.


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