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>
Robert Guillaume became the first black performer to win an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He won the award twice; once on Soap ; and once on Benson the spin-off series. The only other actors to win an Emmy for the same part on two different shows were Jackie Gleason and Ed Asner. Gleason won Emmys for playing Ralph Cramden on both The Jackie Gleason Show and the Honeymooners. Asner won Emmys for playing the character of Lou Grant on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Lou Grant. See more »
[on trying to establish alibi's for Peter's murder]
Where were you between midnight and 7am?
I was with Bob here.
Yes he was I can vouch for him.
O.K. I can cross you off my list... wait a minute suspect number ten.
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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 »
A 12-disc Region 1 DVD set is available. All 90 episodes are featured, but some scenes are not present. For example, when Jessica dies and goes to Heaven, she tells Mary she went there, and a still of her sitting on steps in Heaven is present in the next episode recap, but we never see the scene. See more »
"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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