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Days of our Lives is an American soap opera which has aired nearly every weekday since November 8, 1965 on the NBC network in the United States, and has since been syndicated to many countries around the world. It also broadcasts on SOAPnet weeknights at 11PM ET/PT. The series was created by husband-and-wife team Ted Corday and Betty Corday along with Irna Phillips in 1964, and many of the first stories were written by William J. Bell.

Days is the only remaining serial on NBC's daytime schedule, and the only daytime program other than the Today Show and Early Today, both NBC News productions.

With the cancellation of Guiding Light which aired its scheduled final episode on CBS on September 18, 2009, Days of our Lives became the third longest-running soap opera in the United States, after General Hospital, which premiered April 1, 1963 followed by As the World Turns, which premiered on April 2, 1956.

The Cordays and Bell combined the "hospital soap" idea with the tradition of centering a series on a family, by making the show about a family of doctors, including one who worked in a mental hospital.[9] Storylines in the show follow the lives of middle and upper-class professionals in Salem, a middle-America town, with the usual threads of love, marriage, divorce, and family life, plus the medical storylines and character studies of individuals with psychological problems. Former executive producer Al Rabin took pride in the characters' passion, saying that the characters were not shy about "sharing what's in their gut."

Critics originally praised the show for its non-reliance on nostalgia (in contrast to shows such as As the World Turns) and its portrayal of "real American contemporary families."By the 1970s, critics deemed Days to be the most daring daytime drama, leading the way in using themes other shows of the period would not dare touch, such as artificial insemination and interracial romance.[13] The January 12, 1976 cover of Time magazine featured Days of our Lives's Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, the first daytime actors to ever appear on its cover. The Hayeses themselves were a couple whose onscreen and real-life romance (they met on the series in 1970 and married in 1974) was widely covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press.

In the 1990s, the show branched out into supernatural storylines, which critics immediately panned, as it was seen as a departure from more realistic storylines for which the show had originally become known. In 2006, when asked about his character, Jack Deveraux, "coming back from the dead"—for the third time—actor Matthew Ashford responded, "It is hard to play that because at a certain point it becomes too unreal...actors look at that and think, 'What is this — the Cartoon Network'?"

Days, in addition to receiving critical acclaim in print journalism, has won a number of awards, including a Daytime Emmy for Best Drama in 1978 and a Writers Guild of America, East Award for Best Drama in 2000. Days actors have also won awards: Macdonald Carey (Dr. Tom Horton) won Best Actor in 1974 and 1975, Susan Flannery (Laura Horton) won Best Actress in 1975,[24] Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton), Leann Hunley (Anna DiMera), and Tamara Braun (Ava Vitali) won Best Supporting Actress for respectively 1979, 1986, and 2009 and Billy Warlock (Frankie Brady) won Best Younger Actor for 1988.. In 2009, Darin Brooks (Max Brady) took home the Emmy for Best Younger Actor, and Tamara Braun (Ava Vitali) won for Best Supporting Actress the show's first acting victories in over 21 and 23 years, respectively

As with other soap operas, Days ratings have declined since the 1990s. In January 2007 it was suggested by NBC that the show "is unlikely to continue [on NBC] past 2009." In November 2008, in an eleventh-hour decision, it was announced the show had been renewed and now will be on the air through September 2010. The 18-month renewal was down from its previous renewal, which was for five years. The show has made somewhat of a come back in 2009, with ratings increases that have continued as the year progressed.

Alternate titles Days, DOOL, (acronym) or Cruise of Deception: Days of our Lives

Creator(s) Ted Corday

Betty Corday[2]

Senior cast member(s) Frances Reid

Language(s) English

No. of episodes 11,211 (as of November 18, 2009)[3]

Production

Executive producer(s) Ken Corday and Gary Tomlin

Head writer(s) Dena Higley and Christopher Whitesell

Distributor Corday Productions, Inc.

In Association With Sony Pictures Television (Columbia TriStar Television 2001 until 2002, Columbia Pictures Television 1974 to 2001, and Screen Gems until name change in 1974)

Running time 30 minutes (1965-1975)[4]

60 minutes (1975-present)

Highlights
Frances Reid on her 30-plus years on Days of Our Lives as matriarch "Alice Horton"; how the show was initially set up; on fellow castmembers
16:00
Elinor Donahue on her role as "Evil Nurse Hunnicut" on Days of Our Lives
06:12
Genie Francis on joining the cast of Days of Our Lives in 1987
07:27
Ken Corday on the Days of Our Lives legacy
03:37
Frances Reid on the production schedule and some notable storylines of Days of our Lives
13:19
Who talked about this show

Joe Behar

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Joe Behar on directing the Days of Our Lives pilot
00:57
Joe Behar on the premise of Days of Our Lives and working with star Macdonald Carey
01:35
Joe Behar on working with the producers of Days of Our Lives
00:56
Joe Behar on working with the cast of Days of Our Lives
05:16
Joe Behar on a typical production week on Days of Our Lives
02:12
Joe Behar on significant storylines on Days of Our Lives while he was directing the show
02:09
Joe Behar on directing Days of Our Lives and Let's Make a Deal during the same period
02:51

William Bell

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William Bell on taking over Days of Our Lives from Ted Corday and changes he brought to the show
12:42
William Bell on production on Days of Our Lives
03:27
William Bell on writing scripts and hiring writers for Days of Our Lives
04:24
William Bell on a memorable storyline involving "Laura Horton" on Days of Our Lives
03:32
William Bell on incorporating events of the Vietnam War into the storylines of Days of Our Lives
05:05
William Bell on famous feuds on Days of Our Lives
00:39
William Bell on not attending cast parties for Days of Our Lives
02:23
William Bell on Days of Our Lives transitioning from half-hour to an hour-long show (after he left); on leaving the show to start The Young and the Restless
05:15

Ken Corday

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Ken Corday on the Days of Our Lives legacy
03:37
Ken Corday on visiting the set of Days of Our Lives , a show created by his parents, long before he began working on the show as a producer
Ken Corday on how his parents got involved with Days of Our Lives
00:54
Ken Corday on the creation of and early days of Days of Our Lives
Ken Corday on how Days of Our Lives is different from other soap operas
01:01
Ken Corday on how he joined Days of Our Lives as a musical composer
04:49
Ken Corday on the Days of Our Lives cast
22:15
Ken Corday on Days of Our Lives storylines and supercouples 
27:54
Ken Corday on storylines and production of Days of Our Lives
28:14

Elinor Donahue

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Elinor Donahue on her role as "Evil Nurse Hunnicut" on Days of Our Lives
06:12
Elinor Donahue on a picture of her as "Nurse Hunnicut" on Days of Our Lives
00:16

Kevin Eubanks

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Kevin Eubanks on appearing on Days of Our Lives
01:08

Genie Francis

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Genie Francis on joining the cast of Days of Our Lives in 1987
07:27

H. Wesley Kenney

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H. Wesley Kenney on working with Betty Corday producing Days of Our Lives
03:36
H. Wesley Kenney on producing The Doctors and Days of Our Lives
06:07
H. Wesley Kenney on producing Days of Our Lives and working with creator/writer Irna Phillips and writer William Bell
04:13
H. Wesley Kenney on the ensemble cast of Days of Our Lives and casting the show
06:07
H. Wesley Kenney on a typical work week producing Days of Our Lives
08:23
H. Wesley Kenney on dealing with the budget as a producer of Days of Our Lives
03:43
H. Wesley Kenney on working with Days of Our Lives' writers William Bell and Ann Marcus
04:27
H. Wesley Kenney on the shift in the kinds of stories told on Days of Our Lives as time went on
01:59
H. Wesley Kenney on controversial Days of Our Lives storylines and dealing with Standards and Practices
03:37
H. Wesley Kenney on meeting his wife, Heather North, who appeared on Days of Our Lives while he was the producer
04:14
H. Wesley Kenney on Days of Our Lives and The Young and The Restless going from a half-hour to an hour-long format
11:02
H. Wesley Kenney on editing various shows he produced and the differences between them
03:48

Ann Marcus

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Ann Marcus on quitting Days of Our Lives over a controversial a story-line
02:03
Ann Marcus on writing for Days of Our Lives
01:24

Burt Metcalfe

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Burt Metcalfe on casting Days of Our Lives
04:49

Robert Mott

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Robert Mott on recording his own sound effects for shows like Days of Our Lives  and various other shows
06:17

Frances Reid

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Frances Reid on her 30-plus years on Days of Our Lives as matriarch "Alice Horton"; how the show was initially set up; on fellow castmembers
16:00
Frances Reid on the production schedule and some notable storylines of Days of our Lives
13:19

Hank Rieger

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Hank Rieger on publicity for Days of Our Lives
00:39

Doris Singleton

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Doris Singleton on her role on the soap opera Days of Our Lives
03:05

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