General Hospital


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Launched in 1963, the first stories were mainly set at General Hospital in an unnamed mid-sized Eastern city (the name of the city, Port Charles, would not be mentioned until the 1970s), revolving around Dr. Steve Hardy (John Beradino) and his friend, Nurse Jessie Brewer (Emily McLaughlin). Steve was Chief of Internal Medicine on the hospital's seventh floor and dedicated his life to healing and caring for the sick, ably assisted by Nurse Jessie. Jessie's turbulent marriage to the much-younger Dr. Phil Brewer (originally portrayed by Roy Thinnes; lastly by Martin West) was the center of many early storylines.

The 1981 wedding of Luke and Laura, played by Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, was the most watched event in daytime serial history.

During the 1980s the series featured several high-profile action, adventure, and some science fiction based storylines.

In the 1990s, General Hospital entered a transitional phase as the action/adventure storylines of the 1980s became less popular. The show gained critical acclaim for its sensitive handling of social issues, most notable of which were the heart transplant storyline which involved the death of eight-year-old BJ Jones (daughter of Dr. Tony Jones and R.N. Bobbie Spencer) in a bus crash and the subsequent donation of her heart to her dying cousin Maxie Jones. Shortly afterwards, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) began a long battle with breast cancer, which led to her adopting Emily Quartermaine, a young girl who had been orphaned when her mother died of breast cancer. Her adopted daughter was later murdered by an unknown killer, leaving Dr. Monica Quartermanine heartbroken. GH was also praised for yet another storyline in the form of the beautiful but tragic love story of teenagers Stone Cates (Michael Sutton) and Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough). After a struggle that lasted throughout most of 1995, Stone died from AIDS at the age of 19 and his death was followed by storylines in which 17 year old Robin had to deal with being HIV-positive as a result of her and Stone's relationship. The storyline got Sutton a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor and won McCullough an Outstanding Younger Actress award.

On Saturday, December 14, 1996, General Hospital aired its one and only primetime episode, General Hospital: Twist of Fate, which picked up where that Friday's episode had left off. The special centered around Laura's supposed death at the hands of Stefan Cassadine.

The series' 11,000th episode aired on February 20, 2006.

On April 23, 2009, General Hospital became ABC's first regular daytime drama to be taped and broadcast in high definition, though the 2008 season of its primetime spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift was in high definition. This is the second daytime drama to move to high definition after CBS's The Young and the Restless.

On February 23, 2010, the series aired its 12,000th episode.

Creators

Frank and Doris Hursley

 

Senior cast members

Leslie Charleson

Anthony Geary

Jane Elliot

Kimberly McCullough

John J. York

John Ingle

Jacklyn Zeman

Rachel Ames

Denise Alexander

Steve Burton

 

Production

Executive producer(s) Gloria Monty (1978–1987, 1990–1992)

Wendy Riche (1992–2001)

Jill Farren Phelps (2001–present)

Running time 30 minutes (1963–1976)

45 minutes (1976–1977)

60 minutes (1977–present)

 

Original channel ABC

Original run April 1, 1963 – present

Highlights
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the wedding of "Luke and Laura" on General Hospital
05:23
Fred Silverman on making programming executive Jacqueline Smith head of daytime at ABC, who helped turn ABC's daytime schedule into the successful "love in the afternoon" all-serial format
03:39
H. Wesley Kenney on his experience producing General Hospital
05:55
Who talked about this show

Joe Behar

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Joe Behar on directing the pilot for General Hospital
02:57
Joe Behar on becoming a regular director for General Hospital in the 1990s
04:03
Joe Behar on shooting on location for General Hospital in the 1990s
00:33
Joe Behar on the premise of General Hospital and how the focus of the show has changed over the years
03:03
Joe Behar on working with the cast of General Hospital
04:37
Joe Behar on the sets, rehearsals, and production on General Hospital
05:33
Joe Behar on how much longer he thinks he'll work on General Hospital
01:08

Genie Francis

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Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the wedding of "Luke and Laura" on General Hospital
05:23
Genie Francis on joining the cast General Hospital; on her character Laura; on some of the storylines
13:51
Genie Francis on taping her first on-screen kiss (with Kin Shriner) on General Hospital
00:26
Genie Francis on the evolution of the Luke and Laura storylines on General Hospital
10:22
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the fan reactions to their General Hospital characters
02:54
Genie Francis on leaving General Hospital
03:07
Genie Francis on being forced to leave All My Children to make way for her return to General Hospital
01:54
Genie Francis on returning to General Hospital and some of the new storylines she had; on leaving the series in 2002
14:55
Genie Francis on her work after leaving General Hospital; on her return to the series in 2006
09:43
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on their working relationship on General Hospital
03:04
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the beginning of the "Luke and Laura" storyline phenomenon on General Hospital
06:13
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on their favorite storylines on General Hospital
02:04
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the remarriage of "Luke and Laura" for their 25th anniversary on General Hospital
00:48
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on their favorite General Hospital storylines and their final thoughts on working together
03:30

Anthony Geary

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Anthony Geary on joining the cast of General Hospital
05:00
Anthony Geary on some of his best-known storylines on General Hospital; on leaving the series in 1982, and returning in 1991
10:21
Anthony Geary on winning a Daytime Emmy Award
03:25
Anthony Geary on his General Hospital character "Luke Spencer"
19:52
Anthony Geary on the evolution of General Hospital's Luke and Laura "rape" storyline
10:08
Anthony Geary his General Hospital co-stars Jacklyn Zehman, Norma Connolly, and Kin Shriner
04:43
On the work environment at General Hospital; on Luke's love interests; on returning to the series in 1991; on the addition of Jonathan Jackson ("Lucky") to the cast
10:30

Monica Horan

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Monica Horan on her work on the Daytime series General Hospital
02:21

Kathryn Joosten

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Kathryn Joosten on her role on General Hospital
02:22

H. Wesley Kenney

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H. Wesley Kenney on his experience producing General Hospital
05:55
H. Wesley Kenney on how he came to produce General Hospital
04:56

Walter Koenig

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Walter Koenig on acting in the pilot of General Hospital
01:29

Michael Learned

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Michael Learned on appearing on General Hospital and The Young and the Restless
01:31

Randolph Mantooth

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Randolph Mantooth on appearing on General Hospital
05:07

Ann Marcus

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Ann Marcus on how she came to write for General Hospital
01:24

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on making programming executive Jacqueline Smith head of daytime at ABC, who helped turn ABC's daytime schedule into the successful "love in the afternoon" all-serial format
03:39

Alan Young

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Alan Young on guest starring on a soap opera (General Hospital)
01:15

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