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A Trip Down Soap Lane

A Trip Down Soap Lane is the ultimate soap opera history podcast. Take a trip all the way back to the beginning of soap operas till the present day. This podcast explores all the amazing history, storylines and characters that have made soap operas so memorable over the years. The podcast includes special audio features, trivia, and so much more.

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Episode 6 – The Beginnings of General Hospital

This episode explores the beginnings of the America’s current longest running daytime TV soap opera, General Hospital. Moving into the 1960s, ABC finally decides to join the soap opera ratings battle to challenge the dominant CBS soap operas. The emergence of General Hospital would forever change the soap opera landscape, and would broaden the appeal of soap operas to other TV networks. Included in this episode are audio excerpts from the very first episode of General Hospital. As always, this episode includes trivia, ratings time, and much more. Enjoy another trip down soap lane! Listen to “Episode 6 – The Beginnings of General Hospital” .

43mins

29 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 16 – The Beginnings of All My Children

This episode explores the beginnings of All My Children. All My Children discussed the issues of the time in a way not yet seen before in the soap operas. All My Children would embrace controversy with bold, unafraid, thought provoking and socially conscious writing, matched with the acting of its brilliant cast. This episode examines the storylines at the beginning of the show. As always, this episode includes audio excerpts, ratings time, and much more. Enjoy another trip down soap lane! Listen to “Episode 16 – The Beginnings of All My Children” on Spreaker.

42mins

26 Nov 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 17 – The Beginnings of The Young and the Restless

This episode explores the beginnings of The Young and the Restless. CBS’s The Young and the Restless would emerge as a more than worthy successor to the pre-eminence once monopolized by CBS’s “Fantastic Four of the 50s”; ultimately emerging as the most successful soap opera of them all. The Young and the Restless revolutionized the soap opera landscape with the youngest cast in soap opera history. This episode spotlights the creation of the show and its early storylines, as it embarked upon its path to stardom. The episode spotlights the wild and not so smooth ride that the show had in its early days. As the show’s popularity rose, arguably the greatest soap opera rivalry would also emerge; a rivalry that would last for more than 30 years. As always, this episode includes audio excerpts, ratings time, and much more. Enjoy another trip down soap lane!Listen to “Episode 17 – The Beginnings of The Young and the Restless” on Spreaker.

34mins

5 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 4 – Fantastic Four of the 1950s: Part 3- The Rise of As The World Turns

This episode explores the beginnings of As the World Turns, as it emerged as one of the first 30-minute soap operas. As The World Turns would take the soap opera world by storm, and would ultimately be the #1 soap opera for 2 decades. The episode also discusses the core characters in its early years, and spotlights one of the biggest storylines that helped to catapult the show to #1. The episode also discusses As The World Turns role in how the nation found out about the tragic events of the JFK assassination. Included in this episode are audio excerpts from the As The World Turns episode from that day; with the breaking news bulletins included. As always, this episode includes trivia, ratings time, and much more. Listen to “Episode 4 – Fantastic Four of the 1950s: Part 3- The Rise of As The World Turns”.

35mins

3 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 3 – Fantastic Four of the 1950s: Part 2 – The Rise of the Guiding Light

This episode explores the beginnings of The Guiding Light, and how it transitioned from a radio success to one of the most popular daytime TV soap operas of the 1950s; indeed ultimately becoming the longest running soap opera in American history. The episode also discusses the core characters in its early TV years, and the storylines that captured the imagination of the nation. As always, this episode includes special audio features, trivia, and much more. Enjoy another trip down soap lane! Listen to “Episode 3 – Fantastic Four of the 1950s: Part 2 – The Rise of the Guiding Light”. Download available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spreaker.

36mins

28 Mar 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 5 – Fantastic Four of the 1950s: Part 4- The Edge of Night

This episode explores the beginnings of The Edge of Night, as it emerged as one of the first 30-minute soap operas. Using a unique, never before seen or duplicated, mystery drama style, The Edge of Night emerged as one of the most popular soap operas of the 1950s. The episode explores the wild world of drama that made this show a hit across both genders. As always, this episode includes trivia, ratings time, and much more. Enjoy another trip down soap lane!  Listen to “Episode 5 – Fantastic Four of the 1950s: Part 4 – The Edge of Night”.

39mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 19 – General Hospital’s Luke and Laura – Part 1: 1978-1980

This episode spotlights the most famous couple in soap opera history, General Hospital’s Luke and Laura. Their storylines would captivate the nation and change daytime soap operas forever. They will be the focus of a 3-part episode in-depth focus on this podcast. This episode (Part 1 of 3) will focus on the early history of Luke and Laura, particularly spotlighting the period from 1978 to 1980. I will discuss all the drama of their storylines, as well as the storyline controversies; including one of the most disturbing and shocking controversies in soap opera history. This episode also includes interesting and illuminating audio features. Enjoy another trip down soap lane! Listen to “Episode 19 – General Hospital's Luke and Laura – Part 1: 1978-1980” on Spreaker.

42mins

20 May 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 21 – General Hospital’s Luke and Laura – Part 3: 1980-1981

This episode spotlights the most famous couple in soap opera history, General Hospital’s Luke and Laura. Their storylines had saved a show on the verge of cancelation to now being the undisputed #1 daytime soap opera in the country. This episode (Part 3 of 3) focuses on the 1980-1981 period, as Luke and Laura help lead General Hospital to heights never experienced before or since; culminating in the most watched episode in daytime soap opera history. That day in November 1981, is one of the proudest days in soap opera history, as the genre had come a long way from its humble beginnings. General Hospital would gain such popularity that there was even a major celebrity cameo along the way. Once again Luke and Laura face many twists and turns. First in the Ice Princess saga, as Luke and Laura face their most dangerous challenge yet, then its subsequent aftermath and the legendary Luke and Laura wedding. This episode also includes interesting and illuminating audio features. Enjoy another trip down soap lane! Listen to “Episode 21 – General Hospital's Luke and Laura – Part 3: 1980-1981” on Spreaker.

1hr 2mins

2 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 15 – The Beginnings of One Life to Live

This episode explores the beginnings of One Life to Live; the second longest running soap opera in ABC history. One Life to Live emerged as one of the legendary soap operas of its time. It was a fearless show with a groundbreaking cast, willing to highlight social issues and not shy away from controversy. This episode examines the storylines at the beginning of the show, including one of the most controversial storylines in soap opera history. As always, this episode includes audio excerpts, trivia, ratings time, and much more. Enjoy another trip down soap lane! Listen to “Episode 15 – The Beginnings of One Life to Live” on Spreaker.

57mins

18 Oct 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 24 – The Beginnings of Santa Barbara

This episode explores the beginnings of Santa Barbara. NBC’s Santa Barbara was one of the most well-known and iconic soap operas. It is a show of many contradictions – a show with one of the largest international followings in history but yet struggled in the ratings. A soap opera that lasted less than a decade, but yet won more Daytime Emmy’s for Best Soap Opera than soap operas that lasted for 3 or 4 decades. Indeed, Santa Barbara was the first to win the award 3 years in a row. This episode spotlights the creation of the show and its early storylines. This show had it all – tremendous drama, great personalities, great acting from great actors such as Robin Wright before she was on ‘The Princess Bride’ & ‘Forrest Gump’, and other phenomenal actors like Lane Davies, Jed Allen, A Martinez, Marcy Walker, to name just a few. As always, this episode includes audio excerpts, ratings time, and much more. Enjoy another trip down soap lane! Listen to “Episode 24 – The Beginnings of Santa Barbara” on Spreaker.

53mins

25 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 27 – Storyline Focus – All My Children’s Pine Valley Gaslighting – Part 1- 1988-1989

This episode spotlights one of the wildest storylines in All my Children history – the Pine Valley Gaslighting storyline! This is one of the most brilliantly written, as well as disturbing storylines in soap opera history. This is a story about when one’s hopes and dreams, encounter psychological manipulation, unmitigated deception and gaslighting at its most extreme. All My Children was one of the top soap operas of the 1980s, and it finished off the decade with a bang with this storyline; one that gripped the nation in late 1988 and throughout 1989. In Part 1 of the multi-part lookback at this storyline, I will discuss the foundational events of the storyline and the wild events that ensued. This episode also includes interesting and illuminating audio features. Enjoy another trip down soap lane! Listen to “Episode 27 – Storyline Focus – All My Children's Pine Valley Gaslighting – Part 1- 1988-1989” on Spreaker.

1hr 18mins

18 Apr 2020

Rank #11

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Episode 23 – Storyline Focus: The Hostage Crisis – Another World 1981 – Part 2

This episode spotlights Part 2, the conclusion of the Another World hostage crisis of 1981; one of the most suspense filled storylines of the 1980s. The storyline features intense, edge of your seat drama that mesmerized the soap opera world. This episode provides an in-depth look of the continuation of the hostage storyline and all of its suspense-filled drama. The episode also features a prominent role for Ed O’Neill prior to his days as the iconic Al Bundy on Married with Children. As always, this episode has some very interesting audio features that help relive the classic storyline. Enjoy another trip down soap lane! Listen to “Episode 23 – Storyline Focus: The Hostage Crisis – Another World 1981 – Part 2” on Spreaker.

48mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 7 – The Beginnings of Days of Our Lives

This episode explores the beginnings of Days of our Lives. This show will emerge as NBC’s longest running daytime soap opera. This episode discusses the Horton family and life in Salem at the start of the show.  Included in this episode are audio excerpts from the very first episode of Days of Our Lives. As always, this episode includes trivia, ratings time, and much more. Enjoy another trip down soap lane! Listen to “Episode 7 – The Beginnings of Days of Our Lives”.

23mins

15 May 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 8 – Days of Our Lives 1965-1966

This episode spotlights the first couple years of Days of Our Lives. The episode discusses the show’s earliest storylines, including courtroom dramas and intriguing cliffhangers. Included in this episode are audio excerpts from the early episodes of Days of Our Lives. As always, this episode includes trivia time, ratings time, and much more. Enjoy another trip down soap lane! Listen to “Episode 8 – Days of Our Lives 1965-1966”.

37mins

4 Jul 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 18 – Storyline Focus: Drama at the Willows – As The World Turns 1979

This episode spotlights one of the greatest mystery storylines in soap opera history. Throughout 1979, the soap opera world was gripped by this classic As the World Turns storyline – The Drama at the Willows. The storyline has it all – intrigue, mystery, danger, and quite a few twists and turns. This episode provides an in-depth look at the storyline, along with very interesting audio features. Enjoy another trip down soap lane! Listen to “Episode 18 – Storyline Focus: Drama at the Willows – As The World Turns 1979” on Spreaker.

1hr 3mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #15