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General Hospital 

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Families, friends, enemies, and lovers experience life-changing events in the large upstate city of Port Charles, New York, which has a busy hospital, upscale hotel, cozy diner, and dangerous waterfront frequented by the criminal underworld.
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Series cast summary:
Maurice Benard ...  Sonny Corinthos / ... 2,684 episodes, 1993-2021
Steve Burton ...  Jason Morgan / ... 2,154 episodes, 1991-2021
Laura Wright ...  Carly Corinthos / ... 2,073 episodes, 2005-2021
Kelly Monaco ...  Sam McCall / ... 1,998 episodes, 2003-2021
Rebecca Herbst ...  Elizabeth Webber / ... 1,960 episodes, 1997-2021
Nancy Lee Grahn ...  Alexis Davis / ... 1,687 episodes, 1996-2021
Kirsten Storms ...  Maxie Jones / ... 1,313 episodes, 2005-2021
Ingo Rademacher ...  Jasper 'Jax' Jacks / ... 1,228 episodes, 1996-2021
Tyler Christopher ...  Nikolas Cassadine / ... 1,134 episodes, 1996-2016
Jason Thompson ...  Dr. Patrick Drake / ... 1,133 episodes, 2005-2016
Chad Duell ...  Michael Corinthos / ... 1,125 episodes, 2010-2021
Dominic Zamprogna ...  Dante Falconeri / ... 1,107 episodes, 2009-2021
Julie Berman ...  Lulu Spencer / ... 1,077 episodes, 2005-2013


Events in this daytime drama are centered in Port Charles, a community on the coast in upper New York. On-going plots are centered around the people who work in General Hospital, people who work in the business community (most notably for the Quartermaines' company E.L.Q.), and some sort of international intrigue involving former Agents of the W.S.B. (World Security Bureau). Big plots of the past include Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura's (Genie Francis') wedding and Mikkos Cassadine's (John Colicos') evil weather machine. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Crime | Drama | Romance


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The song "Elizabeth", which Lucas "Lucky" Lorenzo Spencer, Jr. sang to Elizabeth Webber on various occasions, was actually written by the original Lucky, Jonathan Jackson. ABC made him sell the rights of the song to them, which is why subsequent Luckys have been able to sing the song to Elizabeth. See more »


Samantha McCall: I didn't take Jason's bribe because I can't be bought.
Sonny Corinthos: That's a lot of cash.
Samantha McCall: I know. I want to be rich, but I'll do it on my own. I wouldn't let Jax pay my way, and I won't take a bribe from Jason to leave you alone.
Sonny Corinthos: I can respect that.
Samantha McCall: Well, that is nice to hear, but it really doesn't matter. The only opinion I respect is my own.
Sonny Corinthos: I'll remember that.
Samantha McCall: The way I see it is I'll be damned if I let anyone else mess up my life besides me.
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Written and Performed by Dave Koz
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About General Hospital
20 August 2001 | by Para8DiceSee all my reviews

In 1980, Gloria Monty along with other General Hospital writers decided to make a couple out of two actors that had amazing chemistry. Genie Francis and Tony Geary who have become the phenomenal Luke and Laura. Luke and Laura made General Hospital the unforgettable soap opera it is, and still today, Luke and Laura's though painful relationship, keeps viewers going through their fascinating characterization and never ending passion between them.

Alan and Monica, played by Leslie Charleson and Stuart Damon, Frisco and Felicia, played by Jack and Kristina Wagner, Robert and Holly, played by Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms, Sonny and Brenda, played by Maurice Bernard and Vanessa Marcil, and Luke and Laura have showed every other soap opera the definition of a "love story". Though never simple, always intense, always unforgettable.

General Hospital has also shown amazing technique in storylines that are not love stories. Such as Monica Quartermaine's heartwrenching breast cancer storyline in 1994, or the amazing storyline of two little girls dying, yet only one miracle came out of it. I could only be talking about Bobbie Spencer's and Tony Jones's daughter BJ giving her heart to Frisco and Felicia's daughter Maxie, in the last moments to save her life. These stories touched many viewers and there are so many more.

Some of the most precious moments on daytime television have occurred on General Hospital, and the highest rated moment on daytime television was Luke and Laura's wedding in 1981. It was said to be the only wedding ever to rival Princess Diana's. General Hospital has created feelings, storylines, and characters that go beyond words. I thank Genie and Tony who play Luke and Laura for bringing out the fantasy we all have about how love should be. Though they are General Hospital's greatest achievement, I don't think General Hospital's done with them yet! And we know that Luke and Laura are not the only life changing storyline they've come up with! Thank you General Hospital!

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