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As the World Turns 

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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Irna Phillips
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Colleen Zenk ...  Barbara Ryan / ... 1,594 episodes, 1964-2010
Kelly Menighan ...  Emily Stewart / ... 1,588 episodes, 1992-2010
Don Hastings Don Hastings ...  Bob Hughes / ... 1,571 episodes, 1960-2010
Jon Hensley Jon Hensley ...  Holden Snyder / ... 1,548 episodes, 1985-2010
Eileen Fulton Eileen Fulton ...  Lisa / ... 1,540 episodes, 1960-2010
Elizabeth Hubbard Elizabeth Hubbard ...  Lucinda Walsh / ... 1,537 episodes, 1984-2010
Ellen Dolan ...  Margo Hughes / ... 1,526 episodes, 1964-2010
Kathryn Hays Kathryn Hays ...  Kim Hughes / ... 1,514 episodes, 1972-2010
Marie Masters Marie Masters ...  Susan Stewart / ... 1,505 episodes, 1968-2010
Scott Holmes Scott Holmes ...  Tom Hughes 1,472 episodes, 1965-2010
Helen Wagner ...  Nancy Hughes / ... 1,458 episodes, 1956-2010
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ...  Emma Snyder 1,453 episodes, 1985-2010
Terri Conn ...  Katie Peretti / ... 1,373 episodes, 1998-2010
Tamara Tunie ...  Jessica Griffin / ... 1,218 episodes, 1987-2009
Larry Bryggman ...  Dr. John Dixon / ... 1,138 episodes, 1969-2010
Maura West ...  Carly Tenney / ... 847 episodes, 1995-2010
Michael Park ...  Jack Snyder / ... 841 episodes, 1997-2010
Roger Howarth ...  Paul Ryan / ... 724 episodes, 2003-2010
Marie Wilson ...  Meg Snyder / ... 642 episodes, 2005-2010
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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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Così gira il mondo See more »

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Runtime:

| (1956-1975) | (1975-)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first CBS soap opera to expand to one hour (1 December 1975) and the third soap opera to expand to one hour in television history. The first was Another World (1964) and the second was Days of Our Lives (1965). 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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[Reid is having a panic attack]
Luke Snyder: Alright, um, Dr. Oliver, you-you need to focus. Um... think about some place that you like, some place that makes you feel safe.
Dr. Reid Oliver: Where'd you pick up this load of crap, magazines at your dentist's office?
Luke Snyder: Well, does it matter if it works?
Dr. Reid Oliver: Yeah, it's just a bogus pop psychology.
Luke Snyder: Well, do you have anything better to do, like put your fist through the wall and ruin your career forever?
Dr. Reid Oliver: Yeah, not to mention ruin your mom's elevator.
Luke Snyder: Oh, don't worry. You'd get the bill....
[...]
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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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Best Writing Winner, and deservedly so
21 July 2004 | by modhatterSee all my reviews

I am an aspiring soap writer, and I have watched most of the shows on the air as research. Somewhere along the way, I discovered As The World Turns. When I first caught glimpses of it, Carly was just home from The Spa, found in a carnival fun house after Hal was brainwashed by James Stenbeck. Emily was being kept in a trunk. Bonnie was a duchess. Molly's family was being threatened by an evil babysitter, eventually resulting in Jake's death and the near-death of Oakdale's neighbor, Bay City. It was sort of weird and awful at first, but I would tune in just to see the Oakdale hunks, especially Jack Snyder. Woof!

I can't remember when the tides really turned with this show. All I know for sure is, I discovered Ben Harris when Bonnie finally came home. Not only Grade A prime soap beef, but he and Jessica were electric on the screen. These were clearly two people who deserved much more screen time, and eventually got it. Margo, a staple character for years according to the ATWT scrapbook, got to be on the front burner for a week or two when she discovered she had hepatitis, contracted during a rape she was now being forced to relive. It would take a while, but eventually she moved back to the front burner again as well. In short, this show has an incredible pool of talented actors, and the writing team, receiving back to back Emmys for their work, have a knack for utilizing the vast talents of their cast.

It's not always perfect. The Oakdale 3 were awful. But from that terrible plot we eventually got a (somewhat) reformed Allison, who is now one of my favorite characters on the show. And, as with most shows, an emergency rewrite for a departing or pregnant actor can yield some substandard plots. Of course, I blame a lot of that on the soap fans, who can be pretty unwelcoming of temporary recasts (and that means you especially, Passions fans!) But As The World Turns is honestly the best soap on TV, and that includes the primetime dramas, and reality shows which are nothing more than soaps with real people for characters. I would love to see another attempt at Our Private World, a primetime spin-off featuring the amazing Eileen Fulton, following Lisa Hughes as she moved from Oakdale to Chicago. Imagine a revamped Another World, where Molly goes back to Bay City to fight for her daughters Bridget and Michelle. With enough shared writers, I'd watch both series faithfully. In the meantime, I will have to settle for the five hours a week of ATWT I have now and hope a few other writing teams can tune in and take a few notes.


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