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

Certificate:

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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With the episode aired August 17, 2007, As the World Turns became the first U.S. daytime soap ever to show a romantic kiss between two men (Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer). See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[Dusty is sitting on a bench. Lucinda approaches him eating ice cream]
Lucinda Walsh: Hey. Hey, buddy! That's my bench.
Dusty Donovan: Hey, I pay my taxes, and I was here first.
Lucinda Walsh: Now wait a minute! I had it first, I just got up for a seventh inning stretch. Okay?
Dusty Donovan: Well you didn't leave a sign so you're outta luck!
[Short pause]
Dusty Donovan: Okay, I'll share. C'mere.
Lucinda Walsh: [Reluctant] Okay. I'll share.
[Sits down]
Dusty Donovan: What have you got there?
[...]
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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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