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As the World Turns 

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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.


Irna Phillips
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Series cast summary:
Elizabeth Hubbard Elizabeth Hubbard ...  Lucinda Walsh / ... 1,734 episodes, 1984-2010
Don Hastings Don Hastings ...  Bob Hughes / ... 1,722 episodes, 1960-2010
Colleen Zenk ...  Barbara Ryan / ... 1,720 episodes, 1978-2010
Jon Hensley Jon Hensley ...  Holden Snyder 1,710 episodes, 1985-2010
Eileen Fulton Eileen Fulton ...  Lisa / ... 1,658 episodes, 1960-2010
Kathryn Hays ...  Kim Hughes / ... 1,657 episodes, 1972-2010
Kelly Menighan ...  Emily Stewart / ... 1,620 episodes, 1991-2010
Scott Holmes ...  Tom Hughes 1,615 episodes, 1987-2010
Ellen Dolan ...  Margo Hughes / ... 1,606 episodes, 1988-2010
Marie Masters Marie Masters ...  Susan Stewart / ... 1,571 episodes, 1968-2010
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ...  Emma Snyder / ... 1,541 episodes, 1985-2010
Helen Wagner ...  Nancy Hughes / ... 1,518 episodes, 1956-2010
Terri Conn ...  Katie Peretti / ... 1,375 episodes, 1998-2010
Larry Bryggman ...  Dr. John Dixon / ... 1,293 episodes, 1969-2010
Tamara Tunie ...  Jessica Griffin / ... 1,270 episodes, 1987-2009
Michael Park ...  Jack Snyder / ... 860 episodes, 1997-2010
Maura West ...  Carly Tenney / ... 859 episodes, 1995-2010
Roger Howarth ...  Paul Ryan / ... 726 episodes, 2001-2010


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 original soap opera was a different concept in daytime TV dramas when it debuted in 1956. Early television soaps were essentially kine-scope versions of radio programs. They were wordy, overly melodramatic fifteen-minute episodes that separated characters into neat piles of good and bad. The creator, Irna Phillips sensed this new medium could be more, and she fought for her project despite lukewarm response from Procter & Gamble. What was born was a brand new soap opera that ran from thirty minutes, not fifteen, per episode. It shifted the old focus on character in lieu of action with long conversations, more close-ups, flawed "good" characters and ambiguous dialogue. It was an approach perfectly suited for television. See more »


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 »


Noah Mayer: I didn't do that for you, I just couldn't stand to see that psycho slut with her hands all over my boyfriend.
Luke Snyder: I love you.
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Alternate Versions

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 »


Referenced in 30 for 30: The Price of Gold (2014) See more »

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The classic soap opera
23 July 2002 | by danflingSee all my reviews

This show, the first half-hour soap opera, had the classic soap opera setting - a suburb with two families who were good friends. Three and later four or five generations of these families were featured. The two families were the Hughes (middle-class) and the wealthier Lowell family. Chris and Nancy Hughes had a more secure marriage than did Jim and Claire Lowell. In fact, Chris's sister had an affair with Jim, who later divorced and was killed. The show was the first to offer the teen romance of Penny and Jeff. Penny's friend Ellen, after being rejected by Don Hughes, had an affair with a married, older doctor and bore an illegitimate son The Hughes family's storylines were more conventional and less plot driven, but those of the Lowell family were daring for their time. Penny and Jeff eloped, but the marriage was annulled. Later, they had a grand wedding to which the viewers were actually invited to attend at the end of the program. The show moved very slowly in the early days. The ratings were not the greatest, but eventually this show became the number one rated soap opera. 1960 proved to be a good year for the show. Don Hastings, Henderson Forsythe, Patricia Bruder, and Eileen Fulton all joined the show that year. Ms. Fulton, as Lisa, was the first great bad lady who was hated by the public. The role was originally intended to be a minor, short role, but the performances of Ms. Fulton insured that the audience would immediately notice the character. In 1965, the production company and network spun-off Lisa to a twice-a-week primetime soap opera called Our Private World. Irna Phillips, the show's creator and headwriter, left the show in the late 1960s. The show struggled creatively. Eventually Ms. Phillips returned, but the ratings had suffered. Ms. Phillips killed off a lot of the Lowell relatives during a short period of time. She was eventually fired from the show herself. Two other headwriting teams (Robert Sonderberg and Edith Sommer, Ralph Ellis and Eugenie Hunt) were able to keep the show interesting. (Others had failed.) But, later, a former actor from the show, Douglas Marland, became the headwriter on two occasions. By the time of his second term, the show had lost so many of the previous characters and had failed to add any new, interesting ones that the show seemed lost. Mr. Marland allowed the unthinkable to happen when the sister-in-law of the show's leading physician (Kim) who had once had an affair with the doctor, was allowed to marry him after the death of her sister. The show continued its downward slide while Mr. Marland and his successors wrote the show. Helen Wagner (Nancy), Don Hastings (Bob), and Eileen Fulton (Lisa) continue on the program today. And the show lights up whenever these performers are given occasionally good storylines or even scenes. But the show has continued to stray away from the core families - always a bad sign for a soap opera.

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Release Date:

2 April 1956 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


| (1956-1975) | (1975-)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (1999-)| Mono (1956-1987)| Stereo (1987-1999)


Black and White (1956-1967)| Color (1967-)

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1.33 : 1
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