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

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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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The Final Season of the Unforgettable, Award-Winning Series! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Ausgeflippten 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

Casey Kasem was the narrator on the pilot episode, but left shortly afterwards, due to the adult themes of the show, and nervous they would hurt his family friendly reputation. Rod Roddy took his place and re-recorded the narration of the pilot. He continued with the show until the end. See more »

Quotes

[repeated lines]
Announcer: [after describing the often confusing plot line from the previous episode at the top of every show] Confused? You won't be after this episode of "Soap"!
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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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An honestly funny show
22 December 1998 | by pha-2See all my reviews

I watched the re-runs of this hilarious show when they came on on Comedy Central (which they may still, who knows) and loved it. The show actually has an ongoing plot, which carries from the first episode through the end of the series (which, btw, is rather sad). The characters all have their own quirks or

characteristics that make them unique. Mary and Corrine were my favorites :)


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