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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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Series cast summary:
Frances Reid ...  Alice Horton 3,631 episodes, 1965-2018
John Clarke ...  Mickey Horton 3,558 episodes, 1965-2010
Macdonald Carey ...  Dr. Tom Horton / ... 3,484 episodes, 1965-2018
Josh Taylor ...  Roman Brady / ... 3,312 episodes, 1979-2019
Suzanne Rogers ...  Maggie Horton / ... 3,031 episodes, 1973-2019
Deidre Hall ...  Dr. Marlena Evans Black / ... 3,008 episodes, 1976-2019
John Aniston ...  Victor Kiriakis 2,819 episodes, 1985-2019
Bryan Dattilo ...  Lucas Roberts / ... 2,590 episodes, 1993-2019
Bill Hayes ...  Doug Williams / ... 2,330 episodes, 1972-2019
Susan Seaforth Hayes ...  Julie Williams / ... 2,322 episodes, 1968-2019
Matthew Ashford ...  Jack Deveraux / ... 2,315 episodes, 1988-2019
Kristian Alfonso ...  Hope Brady / ... 2,167 episodes, 1983-2019
Lauren Koslow ...  Kate Roberts / ... 2,138 episodes, 1996-2019
Alison Sweeney ...  Sami Brady / ... 1,992 episodes, 1993-2019
James Scott ...  E.J. DiMera / ... 1,838 episodes, 2006-2014
Joseph Mascolo ...  Stefano DiMera / ... 1,759 episodes, 1982-2016
Arianne Zucker ...  Nicole Walker / ... 1,736 episodes, 1998-2019
Thaao Penghlis ...  Tony DiMera / ... 1,654 episodes, 1981-2019
Drake Hogestyn ...  John Black / ... 1,653 episodes, 1986-2019
Peter Reckell ...  Bo Brady 1,618 episodes, 1983-2016
Eric Martsolf ...  Brady Black 1,596 episodes, 2008-2019
Galen Gering ...  Rafe Hernandez / ... 1,556 episodes, 2008-2019
Darin Brooks ...  Max Brady 1,484 episodes, 2005-2011
Kyle Lowder ...  Brady Black / ... 1,472 episodes, 2000-2019
Melissa Reeves ...  Jennifer Horton / ... 1,462 episodes, 1985-2019
Denise Alexander ...  Susan Hunter Martin / ... 1,454 episodes, 1966-1973


"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:

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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 »


Philip Kiriakis: Thanks for letting us fly with you, John.
John Black: Don't thank me. It wasn't my idea.
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Referenced in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) See more »


Days of Our Lives
Written and Performed by Ted Corday, Tommy Boyce, and Bobby Hart (1965 to present)
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User Reviews

People endure the romantic and hard trials of life in a small town called Salem.
3 August 2004 | by darkromanwineSee all my reviews

Out of the current 9 soap operas on still television, Days of Our Lives remains my top favorite. I love the rich history of this show that's 38 years old and still going! You can't beat supercouples like John & Marlena, Bo & Hope, and Jack & Jennifer who are fan-favorites and have been since the great 80's. What I love most about the show is the great sense of family that I get when watching it. Shawn & Belle, the two most endearing younger characters on daytime, also form one of the most endearing younger couple's in daytime history. Sadly, though, Belle's portrayer, the beautiful and talented Kirsten Storms is no longer with the show and it is no longer quite the same without her.

I have many praises for this show - I've been watching it on and off for about 7 years, but I must say that in these last couple of months it has lost it's magic. It's become quite boring - what happened to "Miss a DAYS, miss A LOT!"? Without the REAL Shawn and Belle on the show, and many of my other favorite couples torn apart (some of which are mentioned above), I don't know how much longer I'll be able to stick with the show, without needing to take a break.

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