Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, this long-running serial focuses on the relationships and difficulties of its inhabitants.

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Irna Phillips
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Colleen Zenk ...  Barbara Ryan / ... 1,577 episodes, 1978-2010
Kelly Menighan ...  Emily Stewart / ... 1,576 episodes, 1992-2010
Don Hastings Don Hastings ...  Bob Hughes / ... 1,556 episodes, 1960-2010
Jon Hensley ...  Holden Snyder / ... 1,534 episodes, 1985-2010
Eileen Fulton Eileen Fulton ...  Lisa / ... 1,520 episodes, 1960-2010
Elizabeth Hubbard Elizabeth Hubbard ...  Lucinda Walsh / ... 1,519 episodes, 1984-2010
Ellen Dolan ...  Margo Hughes / ... 1,513 episodes, 1988-2010
Kathryn Hays Kathryn Hays ...  Kim Hughes / ... 1,499 episodes, 1972-2010
Marie Masters Marie Masters ...  Susan Stewart 1,492 episodes, 1968-2010
Scott Holmes ...  Tom Hughes 1,458 episodes, 1987-2010
Helen Wagner ...  Nancy Hughes / ... 1,445 episodes, 1956-2010
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ...  Emma Snyder 1,444 episodes, 1985-2010
Terri Conn ...  Katie Peretti / ... 1,367 episodes, 1998-2010
Tamara Tunie ...  Jessica Griffin / ... 1,218 episodes, 1987-2009
Larry Bryggman ...  Dr. John Dixon / ... 1,133 episodes, 1969-2010
Maura West ...  Carly Tenney / ... 826 episodes, 1995-2010
Michael Park ...  Jack Snyder / ... 817 episodes, 1997-2010
Roger Howarth ...  Paul Ryan / ... 715 episodes, 2003-2010
Marie Wilson ...  Meg Snyder / ... 639 episodes, 2005-2010
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Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, this long-running serial focuses on the relationships and difficulties of its inhabitants.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

CBS | SoapCity Official Site

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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Technical Specs

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 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 »

Goofs

On the episode that aired 1-4-05, Julia refers to Holden (Jon Hensley) as "Jon" in an emotional scene at the Lakeview Lounge while talking to Lisa. See more »

Quotes

Luke Snyder: [Sitting after walking in on an awkward moment between Zack and Noah] ... Okay. What was that about?
Noah Mayer: Zac kissed me.
Luke Snyder: ...What?
Noah Mayer: Zac kissed me, don't worry, it was harmless.
Luke Snyder: [Exasperated] Are you serious?
Noah Mayer: It came out of the blue. It's not going to happen again, he got no encouragement. None!
Luke Snyder: [sighing] Oh, man, I knew he had a thing for you.
Noah Mayer: It was no big deal!
Luke Snyder: No big deal? The last time you saw someone kiss me you punched him in the face!
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Also available in a computer colorized version. 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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