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Ryan's Hope 

The trials and tribulations of The Ryans, an Irish-American family in New York City.
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Series cast summary:
Nancy Addison Nancy Addison ...  Jillian Coleridge / ... 1,095 episodes, 1975-1989
Michael Levin Michael Levin ...  Jack Fenelli / ... 1,075 episodes, 1975-1989
Helen Gallagher Helen Gallagher ...  Maeve Ryan / ... 957 episodes, 1975-1989
Ron Hale Ron Hale ...  Dr. Roger Coleridge 886 episodes, 1975-1989
Bernard Barrow Bernard Barrow ...  Johnny Ryan 845 episodes, 1975-1989
John Gabriel ...  Dr. Seneca Beaulac / ... 757 episodes, 1975-1989
Ilene Kristen ...  Delia Reid Ryan / ... 678 episodes, 1975-1989
Louise Shaffer Louise Shaffer ...  Rae Woodard 571 episodes, 1977-1989
Malcolm Groome Malcolm Groome ...  Dr. Patrick Ryan / ... 566 episodes, 1975-1989
Earl Hindman ...  Bob Reid / ... 494 episodes, 1975-1989
Daniel Hugh Kelly ...  Frank Ryan 491 episodes, 1978-1981
Karen Morris Gowdy Karen Morris Gowdy ...  Dr. Faith Coleridge 443 episodes, 1978-1989


Set in Riverside on the upper West Side of Manhattan, Ryan's Hope centered mostly on the working class Ryans, an Irish-American family headed by Maeve and Johnny Ryan. They owned Ryan's Bar, a pivotal location for character interaction. The Ryans' dreams and ambitions made up most of the stories. Written by Anonymous

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Elizabeth Perkins auditioned for a role. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gorgo (1998) See more »

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A Classic Soap Opera
19 August 2004 | by cheeruppSee all my reviews

Ryan's Hope is a true classic. There are many fine men on the show like Jack, Pat, Frank and Bucky but I love the women on this show.

Helen Gallagher plays loving matriarch, Maeve Ryan. She is sometimes blind to the faults of her grown children but is always there to support them and offers her profound wisdom.

Mary Ryan Fennelli, first played by Kate Mulgrew, is a self-righteous know-it-all but she is also a fiercely loyal wife, daughter and sister.

Jill Coleridge (Nancy Addison) is a brilliant lawyer who was a true liberated woman of the 1970's. Jill is sometimes a little too independent for her own good.

Dr. Faith Coleridge started out as a clingy daddy's girls when played by Faith Catlin but when Catherine Hicks took over the role Faith blossomed into a stronger, smarter yet still sensitive woman.

Delia Reid Ryan Ryan is the shows villain. Delia is highly manipulative and selfish. She simply refuses to deal with reality and has never shown the slightest remorse for what she does. Ilene Kristen plays the Delia you love to hate.

Rae Woodard (Louise Shaffer) is a woman who will use her power and money to get what she wants.

All the characters on Ryan's Hope are very well drawn and much more interesting than what you will find on today's soaps.

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Release Date:

7 July 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (1975-1984)| Stereo (1984-1989)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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