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As the World Turns 

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The focus in on the upper class Hughes and Stewart families plus their tribulations in Midwest Oakdale. The Stewarts fade away eventually to be replaced by the rural Snyders and wealthy Lucinda Walsh with her many intrigues.

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Irna Phillips
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Colleen Zenk ...  Barbara Ryan / ... 1,603 episodes, 1964-2010
Kelly Menighan ...  Emily Stewart / ... 1,589 episodes, 1992-2010
Don Hastings Don Hastings ...  Bob Hughes / ... 1,582 episodes, 1960-2010
Jon Hensley Jon Hensley ...  Holden Snyder / ... 1,555 episodes, 1985-2010
Eileen Fulton Eileen Fulton ...  Lisa / ... 1,554 episodes, 1960-2010
Elizabeth Hubbard Elizabeth Hubbard ...  Lucinda Walsh / ... 1,548 episodes, 1984-2010
Ellen Dolan ...  Margo Hughes / ... 1,527 episodes, 1964-2010
Kathryn Hays Kathryn Hays ...  Kim Hughes / ... 1,522 episodes, 1972-2010
Marie Masters Marie Masters ...  Susan Stewart / ... 1,508 episodes, 1968-2010
Scott Holmes ...  Tom Hughes 1,476 episodes, 1965-2010
Helen Wagner ...  Nancy Hughes / ... 1,463 episodes, 1956-2010
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ...  Emma Snyder 1,459 episodes, 1985-2010
Terri Conn Terri Conn ...  Katie Peretti / ... 1,373 episodes, 1998-2010
Tamara Tunie ...  Jessica Griffin / ... 1,221 episodes, 1987-2009
Larry Bryggman ...  Dr. John Dixon / ... 1,146 episodes, 1969-2010
Maura West ...  Carly Tenney / ... 847 episodes, 1995-2010
Michael Park ...  Jack Snyder / ... 841 episodes, 1997-2010
Roger Howarth ...  Paul Ryan / ... 724 episodes, 2003-2010
Marie Wilson ...  Meg Snyder / ... 642 episodes, 2005-2010
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The focus in on the upper class Hughes and Stewart families plus their tribulations in Midwest Oakdale. The Stewarts fade away eventually to be replaced by the rural Snyders and wealthy Lucinda Walsh with her many intrigues.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

CBS | SoapCity Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As the World Turns See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1956-1975) | (1975-)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (1999-)| Mono (1956-1987)| Stereo (1987-1999)

Color:

Black and White (1956-1967)| Color (1967-)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original soap opera was a different concept in daytime TV dramas when it debuted in 1956. Early television soaps were essentially kine-scope versions of radio programs. They were wordy, overly melodramatic fifteen-minute episodes that separated characters into neat piles of good and bad. The creator, Irna Phillips sensed this new medium could be more, and she fought for her project despite lukewarm response from Procter & Gamble. What was born was a brand new soap opera that ran from thirty minutes, not fifteen, per episode. It shifted the old focus on character in lieu of action with long conversations, more close-ups, flawed "good" characters and ambiguous dialogue. It was an approach perfectly suited for television. See more »

Goofs

When Rose is in a Spa in Switzerland and escapes, she ends up in Belgium and Belgian farmers tell her she is in 's-Hertogenbosch. From Switzerland to Belgium is approximately 700 Kilometers/435 Miles. On top on that, 's Hertogenbosch isn't even located in Belgium. It's a town in the Netherlands, adding roughly 100 kilometers/62 miles to her travels on foot. See more »

Quotes

Luke Snyder: And of course, it's so like you to go about this without even acknowledging what happened the other day.
Dr. Reid Oliver: ...Nothing happened between us the other day.
Luke Snyder: No, I know, I know, I know... I was talking about the guy at the Lakeview who said you murdered his daughter.
Dr. Reid Oliver: ...Oh. That.
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"As the World Turns" (1956)
9 October 1998 | by Star98See all my reviews

I've watched "As the World Turns" since 1957. It is my second favorite soap these day, "Guiding Light" is number one with me. " As the World Turns has held up over the years. It dropped from number one in my book after they lost their most terrific writer some years ago whose name escapes me. I thought this person was brilliant whom I believe wrote the best plot ever presented on daytime tv which ended at "Dreams End" It's not "As the World Turn's" fault that their shows plots do not have it's former brilliance, no-one in daytime soaps comes close to that writer's abilities. I've watched other soaps over the years & for one reason or another I've dropped them. I have never dropped "As the World Turns" and "The Guiding Light" I think they are the best soaps on tv, even if they don't get the ratings.


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