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

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Series cast summary:
...  Jessica Tate 88 episodes, 1977-1981
Rod Roddy ...  Announcer 87 episodes, 1977-1981
...  Burt Campbell 86 episodes, 1977-1981
...  Mary Campbell 85 episodes, 1977-1981
...  Danny Dallas 79 episodes, 1977-1981
...  Chester Tate 78 episodes, 1977-1981
...  Jodie Dallas / ... 77 episodes, 1977-1981
...  Eunice Tate / ... 67 episodes, 1977-1981
Jimmy Baio ...  Billy Tate 66 episodes, 1977-1981
...  The Major 62 episodes, 1977-1981
...  Corinne Tate Flotsky / ... 61 episodes, 1977-1980
...  Bob Campbell / ... 61 episodes, 1977-1981
...  Benson DuBois 51 episodes, 1977-1980
...  Dutch Leitner 38 episodes, 1978-1981
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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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As of October 24, 2017 when Robert Guillaume died at the age of 89, Katherine Helmond became the oldest surviving cast member of Soap. See more »

Quotes

Jodie Dallas: Plato was gay.
Jessica Gatling Tate: Mickey Mouse's dog was gay?
Jodie Dallas: Goofy was his lover.
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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 »

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Still holds up
30 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I remember when this premiered on TV. I was in high school and this played at 9:30 at night. The original airings had a warning saying that "some material may not be suitable for younger viewers". Naturally every high school kid in the country tuned in! It was ahead of its time. It dealt with senility, racism, adultery, murder, sex...all in a funny manner! Also it had the first positive gay character on TV--Jodie played by Billy Crystal (in fact he said many gay men thanked him for how well he played it). Also it had a great cast--Katherine Helmond and Cathryn Damon especially (both won Emmys for their work on this).

I was unsure of seeing this again on DVD but--it still works! It's dated of course (especially in the clothes and hair styles) and it's nowhere near as shocking as it once was, but it's still very funny and the cast works exceptionally well together. The first three seasons are the best--it really started to fall apart during season four (it's last). However the dramatic parts never really worked--they didn't jell with the comedy well and were HORRIBLY written. Still the focus on the show was the comedy so it worked almost all of the time.

DVD: Season one is OK but the colors are faded and I've noticed bits and pieces missing from certain episodes. I assumed they got the originals but maybe not. The color got better with seasons 2 and 3. No extras on any of the discs--couldn't there have been a few little interviews with the surviving cast members? Still--I would rather have these than not. Recommended highly.


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