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General Hospital 

Families, friends, enemies and lovers experience life-changing events in the large upstate New York city of Port Charles, which has a busy hospital, upscale hotel, cozy diner and dangerous waterfront frequented by the criminal underworld.
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Series cast summary:
...  Sonny Corinthos 2,288 episodes, 1993-2018
...  Jason Morgan / ... 1,776 episodes, 1991-2018
...  Carly Jacks / ... 1,717 episodes, 2005-2018
...  Sam McCall / ... 1,714 episodes, 2003-2018
...  Elizabeth Webber / ... 1,695 episodes, 1997-2018
...  Alexis Davis / ... 1,447 episodes, 1996-2018
...  Nikolas Cassadine / ... 1,129 episodes, 1996-2016
...  Dr. Patrick Drake / ... 1,124 episodes, 2005-2016
...  Maxie Jones / ... 1,091 episodes, 2005-2018
...  Jasper 'Jax' Jacks / ... 1,072 episodes, 1996-2017
...  Lulu Spencer / ... 1,071 episodes, 2005-2013
...  Dante Falconeri / ... 1,040 episodes, 2009-2018
...  Damien Spinelli 993 episodes, 2006-2018
...  Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake / ... 928 episodes, 1985-2018
...  Luke Spencer / ... 916 episodes, 1978-2018
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Events in this daytime drama are centred in Port Charles, a community on the coast in upper New York. Ongoing plots are centred around the people who work in General Hospital, people who work in the business community (most notably for the Quartermaines' company ELQ), and some sort of international intrigue involving former agents of the WSB (World Security Bureau). Big plots of the past include Luke and Laura's wedding and Mikkos Cassadine's evil weather machine. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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ABC [United States]

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1 April 1963 (USA)  »

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Hospital General  »

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| (1963-1976) | (1976-1977) | (1978-)

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| (1963-1966)| (1966-)

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1.33 : 1
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There was a point where Emma Samms was torn between her roles on this show and on Dynasty. She was playing a dual role on both shows, dying her hair red for one and back to brown for another. Eventually the Dynasty job won. See more »

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Helena Cassadine: Oh, go ahead. Defy my wishes. Marry. Embrace happiness when and where you can because your joy is fleeting. My curse is upon you, Nikolas and Emily. Your joy will bring nothing but pain and sorrow to you and yours for as long as you both shall live.
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This USED to be a GREAT show. Now...?
18 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

General Hospital used to be a great show. Back in the late-70's and early 80's..it was THE SOAP to watch.

In the early 90's, when Claire and Matthew Labine took over head writing duties, General Hospital spotlighted so many fantastic, heartwrenching, and honest stories. I mean, what fan of this show will EVER forget Stone and Robin's love story. Stone, dying of AIDS-blind due to it...takes his last glimpse of his love, Robin by a window and hapilly says "I can see you"...then passes away. Or will the forget the Breast Cancer storyline, when Monica cuts her bandages off to see that she has no breast, and she just begins to cry uncontrollably. Or, the revolutionary and GUTSY storyline when young Maxie is dying from a heart condition, and is need of a transplant. At the same time...her cousin Barbara Jean (B.J.) is rendered brain dead in a school bus accident. Tony and Bobbie decide to donate her organs. Meanwhile Felicia (Maxie's mom), gets the news that a donor heart has been found. So she goes to Bobbie happy that they have found a heart for her daughter. Her happiness turns to horror when she finds Bobbie crying. Instantly, Felicia knows...

"Noooo. Not Barbara Jean. Not Barbara Jean's heart."

And she collapses to the floor, crying. I cry now as I think about it, and this was ten years ago. And then the scene where Tony hovers over Maxie, as she recovers from the transplant. And he leans down and places his ear over her chest to hear the beating heart that belonged to his deceased daughter. Oh man...

This was OUTSTANDING TELEVISION!

Sadly, GH has regressed so much under the watch of Bob Guza, Jr. I don't care what anyone says....it's BLASPHEMY to put a Spencer with a Cassadine!!! To me...this show is long gone. With the loss of some of my favorite actors (Johnathan Jackson, Amber Tamblyn, Kimberly McCullough, Sarah Brown), and some truly horiffic writing, storylines and pairings....I can never watch this show with the same enthusiasm as I did ten and twenty years ago. For me though...there are few saving graces for this show. The Quartermaines': John Ingle...whom not only has filled the shoes of David Lewis' "Edward Quartermaine" character...but has greatly improved on the original (and this is saying A LOT, as David Lewis was FANTASTIC as Edward), Leslie Charleson, Stuart Damon, Anna Lee, Jane Eliot (always a good watch when she returns from time to time), and Robin Christopher (GREAT). Maurice Benard as "Sonny" still delivers the goods. And of course, Tony Geary as "Luke Spenser". I just wish the material was better. Sadly, unless the Labines come back, or someone can be the second coming of Gloria Monty...I'll just be a viewer on occasion.


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