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  • General Hospital Now Longest Running US Soap

    Today, General Hospital passes The Guiding Light to become the US Soap Opera with the longest timespan on television: 20900 days. *

    *assuming they ever make another episode
    Title Start Date End Date Episodes Days
    General Hospital 04/01/1963 06/19/2020 14588 20900
    Guiding Light 06/30/1952 09/18/2009 14437** 20900
    Days of Our Lives 11/08/1965 06/19/2020 13882 19948
    As the World Turns 04/02/1956 09/17/2010 13858 19892
    The Young and the Restless 03/26/1973 06/19/2020 11930 17253
    One Life to Live 07/15/1968 01/13/2012 11105 15888
    All My Children 01/05/1970 09/23/2011 10712 15237
    Search for Tomorrow 09/03/1951 12/26/1986 9130 12899
    Another World 05/04/1964 06/25/1999 8891 12836
    The Bold and the Beautiful 03/23/1987 06/19/2020 8336 12143
    **estimate
    Last edited by mlauenstein; June 20, 2020, 07:41 PM.

  • #2
    I wonder how accurate these numbers are for GH, Y&R and B&B since none of them are airing new episodes as of April and May 2020. DAYS is the only soap whose episode count should be increasing, since they're still airing new episodes.

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    • Blonde One
      Blonde One commented
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      It seems to be based on how long since first air date, not number of episodes, so that wouldn’t be a factor.

  • #3
    I know this thread is about years on television, but it can never truly be overlooked that Guilding Light started on radio back in 1937. There's something just so great that Guilding will always hold a record that no one else can and that is the longest running scripted show to span both communications media. But kudos to GH too.

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    • #4
      Always ♥ General Hospital ~ after all these years, it's like a faithful and familiar old friend.

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      • #5
        Same! I grew up watching GH with my mom, and it's always been strictly ABC soaps for me (except for a very brief time in high school when I watched Y&R). GH was and always be my must-watch, only missed during periods that I was working or otherwise unable to watch. OLTL I'd definitely watch if I could, and AMC to a lesser degree off and on if a particular storyline was interesting, but wasn't a priority. I

        Now, my BIG lifelong ABC soap obsession is Dark Shadows! I just put it in a category to itself, as it's so unique and special, while still an ABC soap. Grew up running home from school to watch it, and maintained that love for the show and its beloved characters long after it went off the air, still remaining a huge fan to this day. Went to a couple of the annual fan conventions, have the big coffin box complete series DVD set, and made some incredible friends through this fandom!

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        • #6
          Originally posted by soapgirl9 View Post
          I wonder how accurate these numbers are for GH, Y&R and B&B since none of them are airing new episodes as of April and May 2020. DAYS is the only soap whose episode count should be increasing, since they're still airing new episodes.
          Good point. I actually FORGOT to add 40 days to the Days count since I did these calculations for my previous post on April 24, 2020 when Days passed As the World Turns.

          If it lets me edit, I'll change the Days Episode count from 13842 to 13882.

          And General Hospital apparently aired another 16 new episodes, so I'll change from 14572 to 14588.
          Last edited by mlauenstein; June 20, 2020, 07:40 PM.

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          • soapgirl9
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            It's ok, I didn't realize you had put the chart together yourself. I thought it was from a Wikipedia page or something.

        • #7
          Congratulations to our show!!

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