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G is for General Hospital

They just don’t make ‘em like they used to.

Soap Operas, that is.

From as long as I can remember, I watched soaps with the ladies in my family. Typically, we watched the ones on ABC—All My Children, One Life to Live, and my favorite—General Hospital. In high school, I stopped watching AMC (I got home from school too late and this was the pre-DVR era), and after I joined the Air Force, I somehow got sucked into Days of Our Lives. (Probably because it came on during my lunch hour.)

Demon possession, aliens disguised as intrepid reporters searching for missing crystals, an evil plot to control the weather, split personalities, resurrections from the dead, vampires, characters who go upstairs to polish their skis and don’t come back for ten years—yeah, those were the good ol’ days.

GHCasey

Casey the Alien from the planet Lumina, aka Shep Casey, landed in Port Charles in search of some special crystals.

Now, while there may be some well-done, socially-relevant storylines, it seems much of the fun has gone out of the soaps. Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten older and more resistant to change, but I’ve lost interest in my favorites. When GeneralHospital spun off Port Charles and the kids of my favorite characters grew up (sometimes magically), I tuned out. I prefer to remember Felicia as a young Aztec princess and Frisco as a brash rock-star-cum-spy, Duke and Anna passionately in love, and Luke and Laura heading off into the sunset to live happily ever after (or mostly, at least). I love the old Lucy Coe and the sweet friendship she had with Scotty that was in stark contrast to the manipulative witch she really was. And who could forget Sean and Tiffany, Robert and Holly? Not me.

Maxie receives her cousin BJs heart after a fatal bus crash. "Not B.J's heart," Felicia cried. "Not Barbara Jean's!" Saddest. Moment. Ever.

Maxie receives her cousin BJs heart after a fatal bus crash. “Not B.J’s heart,” Felicia (Maxie’s mom) cried. “Not Barbara Jean’s!” Saddest. Moment. Ever.

April 1st marked GH’s 50th Anniversary, and like any good fanatic, I purchased the $10 People special and I’ve been watching my old favorites return. I know this sounds silly and perhaps trite, but seeing the old characters (even if just in glimpses, as Alan Quartermaine’s and Rick Webber’s cameos were) is sort of like coming home again. When Frisco got up at the Nurse’s Ball and sang to Felicia, All I Need, I nearly wept. (Even though I don’t think he deserves her and she belongs once and for all with Mac.) If I could have, I would have called into work today just so I could watch Rick Springfield (RICK SPRINGFIELD!!!!!) perform this afternoon. Now I (and my 10-year-old and 5-year-old, who are both big Rick fans) will have to wait until tomorrow to catch it online. Woe to anyone who interrupts us during that hour!

Did you have favorite soaps, or were they just not your cup of tea? Still watch any?

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About Cate Tayler

Mom, Wife, Writer, Catholic, Thinker, Reader, Amateur Gourmand, 'Phins Fan, Superwoman--not always in that order. Fueled by passion and too much caffeine. Lost my cape--it's buried somewhere under that mountain of laundry. Once I find it, look out world!

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11 thoughts on “G is for General Hospital

  1. the only soap I ever got into was All My Children. I watched it in the late 70’s, when Cliff and Nina were the hot couple. 🙂 He was so cute. Once my kids were a bit older, I lost interest. Now days, soaps are going by the wayside. I think women are just not home much w/ their children anymore.
    from The Dugout

    Posted by Mare | April 8, 2013, 12:43
  2. I must admit when my TV Guide arrived over the weekend with the title General hospital turns 50 i was amazed. i thought all the soaps but Days of our Lives were gone. I know those who are devoted will watch as long as the networks stay loyal.

    Posted by Joe Owens | April 8, 2013, 14:52
  3. I’ve never really watched soaps, but I am a big fan of ‘Supernatural’, which, let’s face it, is basically a soap opera. Who cares? I love crying into my tea when Sam and Dean do something bromantic.

    Posted by Nickie Anderson | April 8, 2013, 15:49
  4. Great “G”word, although I was not a big soap fan, love your resume of some of the stories. Happy A-Z ing!!

    Posted by Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice | April 8, 2013, 16:08
  5. It’s been years since I’ve watched General Hospital. My grandma had been a fan, and I watched it with her. My favorite character was Scorpio, and I nearly stopped watching when they “killed” him off. I watched it on and off through High School, but lost interest.
    Fel Wetzig at The Peasants Revolt

    Posted by Fel Wetzig | April 8, 2013, 17:11

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