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

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hayat Ağacı See more »

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The demise of "Generations"
31 August 2002 | by budikavlanSee all my reviews

First of all, "Generations" was an NBC soap, not ABC. Second of all, as a prime time series, the tenure of "The Drew Carey Show" has no bearing on the decisions which determine the life or death of a daytime program. No matter how much a viewer loves a show, the show will die if the ratings aren't high enough, and "Generations" ranked far behind every other daytime drama for its entire run.

The concentration on African-American characters was both what made the show unique and a large part of the problem with it. The creator of the show evidently went out of her way to portray the characters as normal, down-to-earth, middle-class Americans. Unfortunately, it is "abnormal" characters which spice up the drama. The main family on "Generations" were the owners of an ice cream parlor. Much of the day-to-day action was mundane, even banal compared to that on other soaps of the period.

Even if "Generations" had clearly excelled over its competition, it would likely have lived a short life; it was on the lowest-rated network (in daytime ratings anyway), it had an iffy time slot, and it was a cold half-hour launch, in a time when virtually all of the shows were an hour. So it was doomed to end up an admirable but regrettably short-lived effort.


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