The focus in on the upper class Hughes and Stewart families plus their tribulations in Midwest Oakdale. The Stewarts fade away eventually to be replaced by the rural Snyders and wealthy Lucinda Walsh with her many intrigues.
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Series cast summary:
Elizabeth Hubbard Elizabeth Hubbard ...  Lucinda Walsh / ... 1,731 episodes, 1984-2010
Don Hastings Don Hastings ...  Bob Hughes / ... 1,724 episodes, 1960-2010
Colleen Zenk ...  Barbara Ryan / ... 1,717 episodes, 1978-2010
Jon Hensley Jon Hensley ...  Holden Snyder 1,699 episodes, 1985-2010
Kathryn Hays ...  Kim Hughes / ... 1,662 episodes, 1972-2010
Eileen Fulton Eileen Fulton ...  Lisa / ... 1,661 episodes, 1960-2010
Scott Holmes ...  Tom Hughes 1,619 episodes, 1987-2010
Kelly Menighan ...  Emily Stewart / ... 1,615 episodes, 1991-2010
Ellen Dolan ...  Margo Hughes / ... 1,604 episodes, 1988-2010
Marie Masters Marie Masters ...  Susan Stewart / ... 1,572 episodes, 1968-2010
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ...  Emma Snyder / ... 1,534 episodes, 1985-2010
Helen Wagner ...  Nancy Hughes / ... 1,514 episodes, 1956-2010
Terri Conn ...  Katie Peretti / ... 1,366 episodes, 1998-2010
Larry Bryggman ...  Dr. John Dixon / ... 1,304 episodes, 1969-2010
Tamara Tunie ...  Jessica Griffin / ... 1,275 episodes, 1987-2009
Michael Park ...  Jack Snyder / ... 849 episodes, 1997-2010
Maura West ...  Carly Tenney / ... 847 episodes, 1995-2010
Roger Howarth ...  Paul Ryan / ... 713 episodes, 2001-2010
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The focus in on the upper class Hughes and Stewart families plus their tribulations in Midwest Oakdale. The Stewarts fade away eventually to be replaced by the rural Snyders and wealthy Lucinda Walsh with her many intrigues.

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The pivotal character in the early run of the show was the free-spirited and liberated Edith Hughes, portrayed by former motion picture actress, Ruth Warrick. Her adulterous affair with Jim Lowell caused much emotional upheaval for the Hughes and Lowell family. See more »

Goofs

When Rose is in a Spa in Switzerland and escapes, she ends up in Belgium and Belgian farmers tell her she is in 's-Hertogenbosch. From Switzerland to Belgium is approximately 700 Kilometers/435 Miles. On top on that, 's Hertogenbosch isn't even located in Belgium. It's a town in the Netherlands, adding roughly 100 kilometers/62 miles to her travels on foot. See more »

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Carly Snyder: I'm surprised, I'm surprised after having one your Mom didn't stop right there. What was she thinking?
Henry Coleman: She wasn't thinking, she was weighing the odds. You know, this horse, that horse. Mater had a bit of a gambling problem.
Carly Snyder: She hung out at the track?
Henry Coleman: All day, every day. If you're a thoroughbred you get her attention, but if you're just some mutt on two legs... you know.
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A 1986 episode re-aired on CBS for Thanksgiving of 2001. Unfortunately, the original sponsor plugs were cut, as were the announcer's remarks during the closing credits. See more »

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Referenced in Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men (2002) See more »

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Tune into this great daytime drama!
17 February 2003 | by vs661966See all my reviews

If you have never watched ATWT, do yourself a favor and check out this wonderful program. I have been a faithful viewer of this show since 1986 when the legendary Douglas Marland penned those well-crafted stories that incorporated the show's history and kept the viewer glued to the television set. Actually, if you count the time that my mother watched when I was a little kid, then I have been watching a lot longer than that! Incredibly, there are still many talented actors (and their characters) whom I remember from that time who are still on the show today: Helen Wagner (Nancy), Don Hastings (Bob), Eileen Fulton (Lisa), Kathryn Hays (Kim), Larry Bryggman (John) and Marie Masters (Susan). There have also been many great actors who have appeared later who are equally as brilliant and have been on the show for more that 10 years: Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda), Colleen Zenk Pinter (Barbara), Benjamin Hendrickson (Hal), Tamara Tunie (Jessica), Scott Holmes (Tom), Ellen Dolan (Margo), Kelley Menighan Hensley (Emily), Jon Hensley (Holden), and Martha Byrne (Lily/Rose). Other notable actors who just grab your attention in the current storylines include: Maura West (Carly), Lesli Kay (Molly), Michael Park (Jack), Mark Collier (Mike), Lamman Rucker (Marshall), Scott Holroyd (Paul) and Hunt Block (Craig).

The entire cast is great and the stories are more rooted in reality than most other shows (no aliens, demonic possessions or stereotypical mobster types here!) and this is exactly why I watch this show! Yes, there have been people coming back from the dead (remember James Stenbeck?), the premature aging syndrome of children (Bonnie is supposed to be 11 years old in "real time"!) and some things that seem odd to the very astute viewer (I must have missed the episode where Ellen Stewart left town and entrusted her home to Susan Stewart, her ex-daughter-in-law with whom she never really got along!), but, for the most part, things make sense and characters behave in ways that are logical and therefore help to maintain their integrity. Hogan Sheffer is doing a fine job of writing and developing stories. Actors Marie Masters and Courtney Sherman (Dr. Susan Stewart and Dr. Lynn Michaels, respectively) are also on the writing team.

Another thing I appreciate as a longtime viewer is characters who come back for brief visits and are played by the original actors. Caleb Snyder and his wife Julie recently came to town to visit their son Aaron and the rest of the Snyder clan. And Iva Snyder returned when the Lily/Rose story was initially unraveling. It would be great to see other old favorites come back to visit or permanently move back to town. It was a real disservice when Patricia Bruder, who played Ellen Stewart, was let go in 1995. She joined the show in 1960 and was the last remnant of the Lowell/Stewart family. She should move back (and reclaim her house!) and then get involved in the life of her granddaughter, Emily. She might even help Alison (she needs it!) who would be both her step-granddaughter and great-granddaughter. (Too long to explain here!) It would be great if the other Snyder family members would return. Or, perhaps, the other lost members of the Hughes family--they've been in fictional Montega long enough! Personally, I would like to see these actors and their characters again: Allyson Rice (Connor Walsh, Lucinda's despised relative & a great business foil for Lucinda); Greg Watkins (Evan Walsh, Connor's brother & Rosanna's old beau); Scott DeFrietas (Andy Dixon, son of Kim and John & Paul's cousin); Lindsay Frost (Betsy Stewart Andropoulos, Ellen's other granddaughter and Emily's half-sister); Anne Sward (Lyla Montgomery Peretti, mother of Margo, Craig, Cricket and Katie); and Robin Morse (Pamela Wagner, John's niece who was a no-nonsense, independent student nurse trainee). Allyson Rice (Connor) and Daniel Markel (David Allen/Stenbeck) should never have been let go! It would be great if Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman) and Anne Sayre (Mitzi Matters) were given contracts and more air time--their characters are really outrageously funny!

So, watch this soap opera that will soon be turning 47 years old this year. What other program--daytime or nighttime--can boast that it has a character (Nancy Hughes McClosky) that's been played by the same actress (Helen Wagner) since the premiere episode for the last 47 years??? Not one!

There's also a book called "As the World Turns: The Complete Family Scrapbook" by Julie Poll that was written to coincide with the show's 40th anniversary in 1996. This will help new viewers get the entire storyline (up to 1996) of the members of the Hughes, Lowell, Stewart, Montgomery, Walsh and Snyder families and all of their friends and enemies.


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