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Days of Our Lives 

A chronicle of the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of Salem.
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Frances Reid ...  Alice Horton 3,506 episodes, 1965-2018
John Clarke John Clarke ...  Mickey Horton 3,471 episodes, 1965-2010
Macdonald Carey ...  Dr. Tom Horton / ... 3,446 episodes, 1965-2018
Josh Taylor ...  Roman Brady / ... 3,240 episodes, 1979-2019
Suzanne Rogers ...  Maggie Horton / ... 2,920 episodes, 1973-2019
Deidre Hall ...  Dr. Marlena Evans Black / ... 2,794 episodes, 1976-2019
John Aniston ...  Victor Kiriakis 2,619 episodes, 1985-2019
Bryan Dattilo ...  Lucas Roberts / ... 2,565 episodes, 1993-2018
Bill Hayes ...  Doug Williams / ... 2,298 episodes, 1972-2019
Susan Seaforth Hayes ...  Julie Williams / ... 2,240 episodes, 1968-2019
Matthew Ashford ...  Jack Deveraux / ... 2,124 episodes, 1989-2019
Lauren Koslow ...  Kate Roberts / ... 1,996 episodes, 1996-2019
Kristian Alfonso ...  Hope Brady / ... 1,926 episodes, 1983-2019
Alison Sweeney ...  Sami Brady / ... 1,868 episodes, 1993-2018
James Scott ...  E.J. DiMera / ... 1,838 episodes, 2006-2014
Joseph Mascolo ...  Stefano DiMera / ... 1,637 episodes, 1982-2016
Arianne Zucker ...  Nicole Walker / ... 1,628 episodes, 1998-2019
Thaao Penghlis ...  Tony DiMera / ... 1,596 episodes, 1981-2019
Eric Martsolf ...  Brady Black 1,534 episodes, 2008-2019
Galen Gering ...  Rafe Hernandez / ... 1,520 episodes, 2008-2019
Darin Brooks ...  Max Brady 1,484 episodes, 2005-2011
Denise Alexander Denise Alexander ...  Susan Hunter Martin / ... 1,454 episodes, 1966-1973
Peter Reckell ...  Bo Brady 1,450 episodes, 1983-2016
Blake Berris ...  Nick Fallon 1,449 episodes, 2006-2014
Kyle Lowder ...  Brady Black / ... 1,446 episodes, 2000-2019
Shawn Christian ...  Dr. Daniel Jonas / ... 1,445 episodes, 2008-2017


"Like sands through the hourglass... so are the Days of Our Lives." These words, spoken by late cast member Macdonald Carey, open every episode of this daytime drama, chronicaling the trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of Salem. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Release Date:

8 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

DOOL See more »

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Technical Specs


| (1965-1975) | (1975-)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


John Shrum designed the pilot's stage sets, salvaging set elements from the former "soap" designed by Spencer Davies. Shrum integrated stair, door, window, fireplace mantle units. Building the Horton House set, the living room was spread open like a book, the central arch in front of the main house door, a "y" hallway leading to the rest of the house. John selected a neutral color pallet of "putty" grays for all the scenery. This color scheme was a common pattern in color television set design. Early transmission electronic signals had problems with backgrounds with intense hues, as reds, yellows, oranges, because these background colors reflective color values affected actors' skin tones. Blue hues were the most compatible, and for this reason, the hospital's corridors, nurse stations and lounges, rooms, were established in the pale blue color. After the pilot sold as a series in 1965, John Shrum continued as Art Director, acting as supervising Art Director, allowing novice Assistants to helm the art direction duties. Hub Braden Art Directed the summer of 1968. Ed Flesh, from NBC-NY, replaced Hub and was Art Director from 1968 through 1974. During this period, Studio 9 was built to move the series to it's own stage, freeing up the main NBC Stages 2, 4, 1 & 3 for Specials and for host-variety series (Andy Williams, Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson). In mid 1969, Gloria Monte developed a new day-time series "Bright Promise" with Hub Braden as Production Designer. This program moved in and was set-up on the other half of Stage 9. This combination of shows utilized the stage facility full time. "Return to Peyton Place" replaced "B.P." in 1971-1973, until the show was canceled. Milt Altman, NBC-Art Department Director, moved Ed Flesh from the "Days" show responsibilities assigned to work on game show pilots. Hub Braden took over "Days" from 1973-1975. Milt Altman then assigned Braden to the new game show series, "Wheel of Fortune" (pilot set designed by Ed Flesh), NBC practice was to use one person as the art director, expected to decorate the sets. Replacing Hub, Milt Altman assigned Scott Rittenhour as Art Director to "Days" production staff. Scott demanded an assistant art director. Milt assigned (a newly hired) Mary Ann Biddle as Scott's assistant, who was expected to decorate the sets. See more »


One episode from 1993 incorrectly credited Frances Reid as "Francis Reid". See more »


Gretta: Nicole first of all you are the most immature coward and secondly if I believed I was ANYthing like you, in ANYway, I would slit my wrist.
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Referenced in House: Gut Check (2012) See more »


Days of Our Lives
Written and Performed by Ted Corday, Tommy Boyce, and Bobby Hart (1965 to present)
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DOOL was a must-see soapie that I couldn't miss an eppy....
6 October 2003 | by catostingersSee all my reviews

From the year of 1989...I had spent a lot of time at a friendis house, who was and STILL is a DOOL fan, she managed to get me hooked on DOOL within days of introducing me to the show. In the beginning, I took it very seriously...then after a while -- it started to look different and had more boost of comedy in a drama soap series. I loved it! Especially when Eileen Davidson - who played quite a number of roles -- such as Kristen Blake, Susan Banks, Sister Mary Moira and Penelope Kent! It was hysterical watching the funny scenes, Eileen certainly did her best performance of her life! :) Unfortunately, I stopped watching DOOL in 1998 when I moved out to Australia from California...DOOL's about 4 years behind USA's current storylines and NO captions for the Deaf/hearing impaired! I'm Deaf, by the way. If captions were started here on DOOL, then I'll be the faithful fan again. :)

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