Soap opera about two families, one black and one white.



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Series cast summary:
Kelly Rutherford ...  Sam Whitmore 246 episodes, 1989-1991
Kristoff St. John ...  Adam Marshall 208 episodes, 1989-1991
Joan Pringle ...  Ruth Marshall 197 episodes, 1989-1991
Jonelle Allen ...  Doreen Jackson 182 episodes, 1989-1991
Nancy Sorel ...  Monique McCallum 162 episodes, 1989-1991
Robert Torti ...  Lt. Kyle Masters 149 episodes, 1989-1991
Anthony Addabbo ...  Jason Craig 142 episodes, 1989-1991
Lynn Hamilton ...  Vivian Potter 132 episodes, 1989-1991
Rick Fitts ...  Martin Jackson 120 episodes, 1989-1990
Linda Gibboney Linda Gibboney ...  Jessica Gardner #2 119 episodes, 1989-1991
George DelHoyo ...  Rob Donnelly 115 episodes, 1989-1990
Vivica A. Fox ...  Maya Reubens 110 episodes, 1989-1991
Taurean Blacque ...  Henry Marshall #1 102 episodes, 1989-1990
Gail Ramsey Gail Ramsey ...  Laura Whitmore McCallum 99 episodes, 1989-1990


Soap opera about two families, one black and one white.

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6 March 1989 (USA) See more »

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Hayat Ağacı See more »

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The First and Foremost
13 September 2002 | by raysondSee all my reviews

First of all,"Generations" ran on NBC-TV from 1989-1991. Second,this soap opera was the first daytime serial to feature an all multiracial cast which centered mainly on the African-American characters and the first to do so on any major network. It was also to featured not only the first interracial relationships,but the first to show an interracial marriage. The whole storyline of Generations chronicles the sequences of the proud African-American family The Marshalls who owned one of the Chicago's exclusive Ice Cream empire and had the luxury house on Chicago's lakeshore resort. It was like any other soap,and it had the same twist and turns within the complexity of the characters. However,the show had several actors who went big after this show went off the air like Vivica Fox,Kristoff St. John,Kelly Rutherford,Joanelle Allen,and Christopher Duncan(basically all of the actors mention were making a name from themselves before they went big time)and not to mention a very young looking Halle Berry who only came on in the first season of the series.

After it was cancelled after 22 months,but it clearly excelled over its competition,but the sad thing was it was on the lowest-rated network(in daytime ratings anyway)since the network put it on a sorry time slot. However,after it was cancelled in 1991 it reappear on cable's BET network in all new episodes but it was yank off the airwaves again in 1993. Since it was seen only in prime time. After all,the show was making in the history by bringing African-Americans into the light.

The first and foremost show that made soap opera history.

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