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General Hospital
2012 gh open
Current opening (2012-present)
Nicknames GH
Created by Frank and Doris Hursley
Written by Ron Carlivati (2012-present)
(and others)
Produced by Frank Valentini (2012-present)
(and others)
Broadcast
Starring (see below)
Original channel ABC
Also on SOAPnet (2000-13)
ABC.com (2009-present)[1]
Hulu.com (2009-present)[2]
Hulu Plus (2014-present)[3]
Running time 30 minutes (1963-76)
45 minutes (1976-78)
60 minutes (1978-present)
Original run April 1, 1963-present
Chronology
Spinoffs The Young Marrieds
Port Charles
General Hospital: Night Shift
Related shows All My Children
The City
Loving
One Life to Live
Ryan's Hope
What If...

General Hospital is the longest running American soap opera listed in Guinness World Records as the long running serial currently in production, and the sole remaining soap opera on ABC. It premiered on April 1, 1963 and still runs on the ABC network. April 1, 1963 was the same day as NBC's The Doctors, premiered. The Doctors was a medical soap opera set to rival General Hospital but unfortunately was canceled in 1982. General Hospital originally aired for a half-hour until the network expanded it to the unusual length of 45 minutes in 1976, and then, to a full hour in 1978. General Hospital is credited for starting several trends in the soap opera genre in the 1980s, most notably that of the fast-paced action-adventure plotlines that were remarkably different from the more traditional domestic and social issues that had been the sole focus of most soap operas during the previous decades. In 2003, when General Hospital was celebrating its 40th anniversary, TV Guide named it "The Greatest Soap Opera Of All Time." In addition, it was also named as one of TIME Magazine's "Top 100 Television Shows of All Time." Also, in a 2012 online poll conducted by ABC News and People, General Hospital was voted the best soap opera of all time, beating out All My Children, Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless and Dark Shadows.

On September 17, 2010, General Hospital became the oldest American soap opera when As the World Turns ended. On April 14, 2011, ABC announced the cancellation of All My Children (which ended September 23, 2011) and One Life to Live (which ended January 13, 2012), leaving General Hospital as the network's last remaining soap opera after January 16, 2012. The show celebrated its 50th Anniversary on April 1, 2013.

Background Edit

Launched in 1963, the shows' storylines revolve around the fictional city of Port Charles, New York, and the staff at its General Hospital. Initially focusing on the romances of the hospital staff, storylines branched out to cover relationships of various families such as the Hardys, the Webbers, the Spencers, the wealthy Quartermaines, and the noble Cassadines. General Hospital popularized the concept of the soap opera supercouple, with Luke and Laura. Their wedding was the most watched event in daytime serial history. Other storylines have followed an action-adventure format, with con artists and mafia bosses, spies and corporate intrigue, and travel to far-off lands, but nearly all stories have some connection to either an injury or illness at the Hospital, or one of the doctors or nurses who work there.

CastEdit

For a complete list of the current cast, see List of current General Hospital actors.

Dr. Silas Clay


played by Michael Easton
Ava Jerome


played by Maura West
Dante Falconeri


Lulu Spencer-Falconeri


played by Emme Rylan
Michael Quartermaine


played by Chad Duell
Nurse Sabrina Santiago


played by Teresa Castillo
Robert "Franco" Frank


played by Roger Howarth
Nina Clay


Alexis Davis


played by Nancy Lee Grahn
Julian Jerome


played by William deVry
Kiki Jerome


played by Hayley Erin
Morgan Corinthos


played by Bryan Craig
Carly Corinthos-Jacks


played by Laura Wright
Sonny Corinthos


played by Maurice Benard
Tracy Quartermaine


played by Jane Elliot
Luke Spencer


played by Anthony Geary

Exits July
Jason Morgan


played by Billy Miller


Nurse Elizabeth Webber


played by Rebecca Herbst
Olivia Falconeri


played by Lisa LoCicero
Nikolas Cassadine


T.J. Ashford


played by Tequan Richmond
Anna Devane


played by Finola Hughes
Jordan Ashford


played by Vinessa Antoine
Shawn Butler


played by Sean Blakemore

Exits June
Maxie Jones


played by Kirsten Storms
Nathan West


played by Ryan Paevey
Dr. Patrick Drake


played by Jason Thompson
Sam Morgan


played by Kelly Monaco
Valerie Spencer


played by Brytni Sarpy

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