The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates.

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Susan Harris
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Katherine Helmond ...  Jessica Tate 88 episodes, 1977-1981
Rod Roddy Rod Roddy ...  Announcer 87 episodes, 1977-1981
Richard Mulligan ...  Burt Campbell 86 episodes, 1977-1981
Cathryn Damon ...  Mary Campbell 85 episodes, 1977-1981
Ted Wass ...  Danny Dallas 79 episodes, 1977-1981
Robert Mandan ...  Chester Tate 78 episodes, 1977-1981
Billy Crystal ...  Jodie Dallas / ... 77 episodes, 1977-1981
Jennifer Salt ...  Eunice Tate / ... 67 episodes, 1977-1981
Jimmy Baio ...  Billy Tate 66 episodes, 1977-1981
Arthur Peterson ...  The Major 62 episodes, 1977-1981
Diana Canova ...  Corinne Tate Flotsky / ... 61 episodes, 1977-1980
Jay Johnson ...  Bob Campbell / ... 61 episodes, 1977-1981
Robert Guillaume ...  Benson DuBois 51 episodes, 1977-1980
Donnelly Rhodes ...  Dutch Leitner 38 episodes, 1978-1981
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Storyline

Parody of television soap-operas--the show's humor relies on exaggerating soap-operas' characteristic plot implausibility and melodrama to ridiculous extremes, then adds a fair bit of the truly bizarre, including some remarkable characters. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soap See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(93 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Benson's last name was never mentioned on the series. The last name would be revealed to be DuBois after Benson was spun off into his own series. See more »

Quotes

[Jessica and Mary thumbing through a photo album]
Jessica Gatling Tate: Look, Mary.
Mary Gatling Dallas Campbell: Randolph.
Jessica Gatling Tate: That's right. Our brother. Our brother who fathered an illegitimate child with a Swedish maid and then disappeared into the wilds of Ecuador. Don't you find that a little peculiar?
Mary Gatling Dallas Campbell: Jessie, Randolph was peculiar. Any man who would go to Ecuador to sell wall-to-wall carpet is not all there.
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Crazy Credits

Original network broadcasts opened with an on-screen content warning. This was one of the first TV programs to include such a warning, though such disclaimers are now commonplace. See more »

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One of the later episodes mentions Cosmopolitan magazine. On the videotape collection from Columbia House, the name of the magazine is overdubbed with "Cosmopolitan" in reverse audio. See more »

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An hilariously funny show!
14 August 1999 | by Andy B-8See all my reviews

"Soap" is one of the funniest of America's exports to the U.K. It may have been considered risque back in the late seventies but all the hullaballu about the show's contents seems silly twenty-odd years on.

The programme has been shown in it's entirity a few times in the U.K. most recently on our Paramount comedy channel. It had the most outrageous storylines and the characters were played brilliantly by all concerned - especially Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan and Cathryn Damon - who really were the essence of the show! Chuck & Bob, Benson and The Major were always good for a laugh whenever they were on screen.

Susan Harris wrote the entire series which has made me a great admirer of her work ever since. Of course she scored big again in the eighties with the equally brilliant Golden Girls. Some might not be aware that Susan actually appeared in two episodes of Soap as a hooker, believe it or not! My favourite storylines included the murder of Peter and the subsequent trial of Jessica, the abduction of Burt by aliens, Corinne's possessed baby and Burt trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records when he thought he was dying!

The "unique" comedy series still holds up well by todays standards and is truly worthy of the label "cult classic".


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