General Hospital is the longest running daytime drama.
Who would have thought when it premiered on April 1, 1963, General Hospital would still be on the air fifty-five years later? It obviously had the right prescription to keep viewers checking into the hospital day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year. There are many multi generational families still watching the happenings in the fictional city of Port Charles.
I began watching General Hospital in 1979 as a fourteen year old high school student. The Hardys, Quartermaines, Webbers and Baldwins were the families that took center stage at the time. With the arrival of the Cassadines, a story line involving a diamond called The Ice Princess brought the soap into action/adventure territory. We met an anti hero named Lucas Lorenzo Spencer who fell in love with town sweetheart Laura Webber Baldwin. Their 1981 wedding remains one of the most watched episodes of all time. The 1980s was the heyday of excitement on General Hospital for me: Frisco and Felicia, Anna and Duke, Robert Scorpio and the WSB were just few of the stories that kept me glued to the television. The mob came to the waterfront with Frank Smith, followed by the Jeromes and Corinthos.
The core families grew older but their children had interesting lives as well. Elizabeth Webber, Lulu Falconeri (nee Spencer), Maxie Jones and Michael Corinthos have picked up the mantle from their famous parents. But don’t count the older characters out. There’s plenty of intrigue still coming from Anna Devane, Carly and Sonny Corinthos, Julian Jerome, Alexis Davis and Ned Quartermaine to name a few. Plus returning favorites like Jason Morgan and new characters like Drew Cain, the Asfords keep the legacy of General Hospital thriving.
Congratulations General Hospital…here’s to the next 14,000 episodes!
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