Soap (1977–1981)
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The Tate family are rich and have many secrets to hide. The Campbell family are working class with many personal problems to tackle.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jimmy Baio ...
Billy Tate
Corinne Tate
Jodie Dallas
Mary Campbell
Jessica Tate
Burt Campbell
The Major
Eunice Tate
Peter 'The Tennis Player'
Danny Dallas
Rod Roddy ...
Announcer (voice)


In the pilot of this TV soap opera spoof, we meet the two families of sisters Jessica Tate and May Campbell. Jessica's lives in her home with hubby Chester,who's having an adulterer. She doesn't accept it,when they imply this about him. Daughter Eunice is dating a married Senator. Her sister Corrine sleeps around. The Major (Jess's dad) is still in World War II in his mind and young Billy Tate's discovering girls. Benson the Butler thinks they're all crazy. Mary's Campbell,a widow & housewife,is now married to Burt,her 2nd husband. Burt is in construction and he & Mary's son Danny loathe each-other. Her other son Jody is gay,which Danny laughs off. Essentially,they all have many secrets and problems,with which to reveal and deal with. Written by happipuppi13

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Comedy | Romance




Release Date:

13 September 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Chester Tate: [after tasting his coffee] Benson! Did you put sugar in this?
Benson DuBois: Is it sweet?
Chester Tate: Very!
Benson DuBois: Then I guess I did.
Chester Tate: Benson, how many times do I have to tell you? I'm a diabetic, I can't have sugar.
Benson DuBois: Oh, I keep thinking it's salt you can't have.
Chester Tate: I can't have salt either, Benson.
Benson DuBois: [pointing at the coffee cup] Ain't no salt in there.
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Where it all began-the very first episode of "Soap"
11 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

When ABC first promoed this show way back in 1977, I was nearly 10 and when the announcer said "Parental Discretion is Advised" at the end of that promo, my mom said it was a lousy show and that was probably enough for me and perhaps my brother and sisters from watching during that time. When Chicago station WGN reran the eps during 1983 when I was a teen, my curiosity got the best of me and I started watching during the middle run of the first season it was showing. I eventually watched the pilot some time after that having already known what would happen to the characters but still curious about how it all began. Some notes worth taking about this first ep: Butler Benson considers young Tate son Billy only one worth a damn but as the series goes on, he seems more fond of matriarch Jessica whose sweetness makes her scatterbrained demeanor appealing even this early in the run and which shows even during their (and the program's) first scene. That chemistry between Robert Guillaume and Katherine Helmond remained through their final performance with each other as those iconic characters on the spin-off "Benson" years later. Also, this wasn't the only series Robert Urich was in during this season-he was also in the "Bewitched" sequel "Tabitha" with Lisa Hartman which only ran several months. All I'll say now is this was a great beginning for this controversial yet hilarious series that was conceived-and mostly written-by Susan Harris whose Norman Lear roots are evident by the way she treats such topics as homosexuality and impotence with such humor and depth. I'll discuss much of the actual plot in the second episode...

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