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General Hospital Celebrates Its 52nd Anniversary Today!

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ABC’s General Hospital is celebrating its 52nd anniversary! The show which debuted on April 1, 1963 just received 28 Daytime Emmy nominations yesterday leading the pack of any other series on daytime television.

The doctors, nurses, mobsters, and characters that have inhabited Port Charles over the decades have kept many long time fans coming back for more drama each day, while garnering new fans along the way.

To mark the anniversary today, the long running series has a very special episode on tap where we turn back the clock to 1963 and watch the original GH character of Dr. Steve Hardy, Nurse Jessie Brewer, and Intern Phil Brewer as played by today’s current cast members of Daytime Emmy nominee Jason Thompson (Patrick), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) and Ryan Carnes (Lucas).  Their scenes will be seen in black and white.   And today is the day fans have been promised the reveal of what caused Luke’s (Anthony Geary) mind to splinter so badly, and the harrowing secret that somewhere resides in the Spencer’s old home.

Share your congrats to GH today  in the comments section below for their 52-year run continuing to make it the longest running soap on television in the comment section below!

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carol
carol

I would have preferred to see clips of the original cast members (if available) rather than current actors.

Patricio
Patricio

I agree Carol. I’ve been watching since the late 60s and remember Jessie and Steve and Audrey so well being the heart and soul of General Hospital.

With that said – bravo for the bow to these great characters.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

GHs best episode in a long time, and su i didnt even turn off my tv set and read a book…lol…guess the bomb just blew up the basement—rest of the house looks ok—Tims skeleton shouldve craweled up the basement stairs and terrorized them all and then shouts at the audience ‘April Fool’…young Luke and young Patricia were a lot better acting then the regular cast members—young Patricia shouldve played Kiki…lol…Luke accidentally killed mommy like someone predicted—i did say Tims body was buried in the basement but i thought Aunt Ruby was goin to be the one to do—maybe theyll keep the house and open up a bed and breakfast inn—kidding—it is April Fools Day which is celebrated everyday on GH…lol

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I liked the flashbacks…wish they could have stayed in the past being it was GHs best written episode in a long time—RH looked a lot like Jessie Brewers—i miss nurses in white—many looked hot in those uniforms—today i couldnt tell a nurse from an avon lady—lol—all the actors were at their best—this is the episode they should summit for an emmy next year!!!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

jimh, you’re absolutely correct. I am often critical of GH for a variety of reasons. But I read about this special anniversary episode and was blown away! You and so many other posters here have echoed these same sentiments. This, indeed, was a great day in GH history.

Patricio
Patricio

Well written James. So much of GH has become HO-hum. Not there two episodes! A gift to us fans!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks, Patricio! You’re so right. Take care.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Just finish watching the show– thought the way they chose to reveal everything, the tie in with the first show and the use of black and white, was all well done. One of the better anniversary shows I’ve seen on soaps. Now all they have to do tie up all the loose ends on the Fluke story and I’ll be happy.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

The writing and acting was superb. They deserve Emmy’s for their work. Heck, an Oscar wouldn’t hurt either.

jeremy
jeremy

Happy 52nd GH, my all time favorite Soap Opera 🙂 again, Congrats to all Cast and Crew.

Christie
Christie

Congrats to GH on 52 years, and hopefully many more to come! It’s truly an amazing run. And to think that a few years ago, many people (rightfully so) had doubts that it would survive. It’s fun to take a look back at what else aired on TV in 1963, both in daytime and primetime, in the days long before cable. Times sure have changed, but GH has always been a constant in being there to keep up with the times.

madluv4u
madluv4u

The episode was excellent!!! Paid tribute to the past and the founding cast. Hopefully it will wrap up the Luke sl finally.

PGP
PGP

Not sure who the girl was playing young Patricia, but they should have her come back and play Kiki. She is way better than the girl playing her now.

Jason Loves GH
Jason Loves GH

Amen. I agree 100%!

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, for these flashback scenes they really found some talented actors.

Linda
Linda

Today’s GH was AWESOME! Congratulations Gh for 52 wonderful years. Congratulations to Frank and Ron for telling us Spencer story in such a intense, moving way. Congratulations to the entire ensemble for making us feel we are part of the story lines. The only negative remark goes to ABC7NY for interrupting the last minute today for non-breaking news. That showed nothing but disrespect for GH, it’s 52nd anniversary and the devoted fans.

Robert
Robert

Congratulations on being on for generations, to enjoy a show that means so much to so many for decades. SPOILER ALERT DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE EPISODE. I am curious that Laura Wright played her own character’s grandmother. Are they saying Carlyle looked like Lena, if that is the case why haven’t it been mentioned before. I know ifSommer a relative who is a dead ringer(no pun intended) I would mention it to that relative. In my family , my maternal grandmother and her younger sister looked so much a like, even as a kid I use to do double takes, when they were in the same room.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

THAT was amazing. I was so over the Luke story, but it had me transfixed. Loved the way they paid homage to original GH in an organic way that made sense. And I was so moved by it all–by the amazing performances–especially of the young actors who played Patricia and Luke–by Laura Wright inhabiting a role that is the polar opposite of Carly–I cried at the end.

Well done all around.

Patricio
Patricio

Right on Lucy! This show has so much potential!

Jeremy
Jeremy

For me, on a whole…I wasn’t all that impressed with this special episode.

And, it would be cool if GH borrowed Guy Wilson (from DAYS) to portray young-Luke once again.

BillyMillerIsJason
BillyMillerIsJason

Phenomenal show today. I know this this was centered around Luke and Geary did a awesome job, but my god, Laura Wright’s portrayal of Lena Spencer was outstanding. There was no traces of Carly anywhere. She was the best thing about this episode to me. Now, the actors who played young Luke and Patricia, I want them on contract right now. Summer is coming up. I say we soras all the babies, (Joss, Cameron, Spencer, Emma)
As for the big reveal, I knew where the writers were going. It was predictable, but I didn’t care. What a fabulous episode. Adding Bill into the mix was perfect. If only GH was like this every week. I’d take stuff like this over the usual crap any day.

Patricio
Patricio

I’m with you guy! I too was hoping Laura would not be overlooked. These family storylines go so deep . I can’t take these gangster stories. They are ALL. Dead ends.

Fanny
Fanny

Complete unravelment as Luke faces his past sins with his sisters by his side.
Did not see that ONE coming!!! And then to have him take on the personality of Bill
the man who long ago protected him,only to reveal the truth to him as he lay dying.
Telling him to forgive himself for what happened to his mother, NO wonder Luke lost
it.

Colleen
Colleen

This is why I watch GH. This reminds me of the good old days. Frank and Ron have done a fabulous job since taking over from Jill years ago. The campy stuff is fine from time to time, but it’s wonderful to see actual dramatic storylines from time to time. I can’t say enough of how well Jane, Jackie, Dee, Emme, Dominic, the younger versions of Luke, Bobbie and Pat, Laura and especially Tony have done. An A++++ episode!

k/kay
k/kay

Very well done episode today ! Kudos !

Dan
Dan

Just watched it on my dvr and it was a really great episode. Very well done. Great tribute to the past. The acting was very good by all. And the young Spencer actors did a great job. Really enjoyed it! And I actually cared about Luke again!

fginaspy
fginaspy

Bravo! A wonderful episode.

William Hall
William Hall

Wow. Today was powerful. Brought back some not so great personal memories / feelings. Emmys for TG, LW and whoever played young Luke.

Timmm
Timmm

If they got 28 nominations this year they should get 128 for next year for this RETRO GH! EVERYONE involved should be applauded. My God, where to start? The casting of the Spencer kids were phenomenal! They mixed history, black and white and the current story masterfully. Tony Geary as Tim Spencer was off the charts. To see Luke watching [Remembering] what had happened as this talented cast plays out the Spencer history is unlike anything I have EVER seen on TV, day or night. Watching Tony as Tim really makes you wonder why the hell hasnt this guy done any other acting besides GH in such a long time. I won’t spoil the ending for Wednesdays show but watching Luke at the end as the puzzle pieces finally fit, well, its a Daytime Lifetime Achievement Award Performance. Thank you Mr. Geay!

Jimmy
Jimmy

This was a very good episode! It was well acted, well written, and FINALLY revealed the truth about what caused Luke’s split. We finally got the answer, and it’s a lot more grim than I initially thought. My theory was that Tim was sexually abusing Patricia and Bobbie and Luke killed him to protect his sisters. But I feel like the way things actually happened has a much larger affect on Luke, having killed both his parents in one night. I’m happy we finally got some closure with this story. One thing though, for anyone who watched GH back when Bill Eckert was on, did he actually say those words to Luke when he died about forgiving himself for what he did to his mother? That’s the one area I was a bit unsure about.

Also kudos to the two actors who played young Patricia and Luke, they were great, especially the actress. And that showdown between Tony Geary as Tim and young Luke was SO good! I also really enjoyed seeing Patrick, Elizabeth and Lucas playing Steve, Jessie and Phil. Great nod to history and a great episode for the show’s 52nd!

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Happy 52nd GH! Nice acting by Jason, Rebecca and Ryan in playing the roles of some of the original GH cornerstones. Good reenactment of what happened with Luke and family when he was a child. But, with as long as this was drawn out, I was expecting a more complex situation behind it all. Not to understate the impact killing both of one’s parents can have on someone, but somehow the multiple personality we’ve been seeing with Fluke as one who is so violent, just doesn’t seem to fit well with what really happened.

rachie
rachie

It was a good show except the writers screwed up so bad. Did anyone remember that the house was blown up a few weeks ago with Dante and Det. West barely making it out. Apparently the writers didn’t because there was the whole clan there and the furniture was even unaffected by the explosion Hmm real dumb. Should have been standing by the charred remains of the house.

GH52-ME46
GH52-ME46

In a word – it was simply A M A Z I N G !!!

Aria
Aria

Loving GH, happy anniversary! Looking forward to many more years.

Laurie
Laurie

1st thing I noticed was Elizabeth Korte wrote the episode solo! Squeal! She’s usually the breakdown writer, but I so loved her scripts from 90’s & 2000’s! She’s done it all. I was instantly felt my 90’s GH feels-noticed the depth immediately! I was dropping tears at 10 mins in. To see this episode was going to exceed my greatest expectations was overwhelming paired w/GH’s 28 Emmy noms. This is when I realized how much the GH hate & bashing it receives does wear me out.

I’m no poet like the other posters. Just loved how they tied the mom’s trip to GH to the premiere date! Young Bobbie Spencer screaming April Fool’s. Luke’s expressions as the story unfolded. Young Luke and especially Young Pat-sign them on as new young characters immediately-tie them in w/vets. Lila Rae? Mary Tyler Moore comment. Loved that Spencer girl Carly being weaved in as Luke’s mom-stellar job! The last minute twist-Luke accidentally hit his mom w/bat: wow! Patricia was so much more than I expected. She’s warm & soft, not harsh & campy like I feared. She bounced beautifully off of all the Spencer clan, esp Luke. More Dee Wallace please.
Jason Thompson nailing Dr. Steve Hardy’s rigid, absolute, compassionate spirit. This man studies his craft. Becky & Ryan C’s were both perfection. Loved the black & white. The old GH opening: ambulance & shot of GH! Miss that.
Congrats to the cast and crew for the hard work, love & care they handled this show with. I can’t recall in any of my 45 yrs ever seeing the stunning & staggering compliments all over social media. This is bigger, stronger than Hallowedding Sweeps, any GH sweeps thus far-it’s not even sweeps. GH/ABC advertised this in primetime many times. What’s going on here? GH is no longer the red-headed stepchild. Even the diehard, hardcore social media whiners are conceding the show rocks. Only a straggler here & there whining they didn’t like. If 1 can’t grasp what this was today, soaps are NOT for you! This was dark but soapy as HELL.
All that was missing was Lucky and Laura-I refuse to give up-we still have tomorrow.
Let’s use this as a template writers and reach for this each day! Now that I know you can Cartini, I expect you to!

Sly
Sly

EXCELLENT…
Congratulations to everyone on and off screen.
You all did an excellent job.
I sincerely enjoyed it.

Rodd
Rodd

It was a fantastic and powerful show. I really enjoyed the black and white stuff. Great job by all involved.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I watched GH’s debut on April 1, 1963 and was a regular viewer until 2005. I decided to watch this episode because of the salute to the past. Jason Thompson nailed Dr. Hardy. And, Elizabeth Herbst nailed the beloved Jessie Brewer. Both performances brought tears to my eye. How I loved those wonderful characters. Hats off to Laura Wright. She gave a very moving performance as the abused wife. As always, superb work by Anthony Geary.

mgb357
mgb357

That show was fantastic – except that my Comcast had a blank screen for the first 28 minutes. So I missed alot – please show it again – as a flashback, or something so we can experience the whole show.

Vi
Vi

Loved this episode and how they used a statement from 20 years that Bill made to Luke and brought it back almost like it was a set up for this, way back then. I wish when the writers touch on something from past they would run with it, think out of the box, like last year and Aztec Treasure I think they blew what could have been an exciting story line by having pieces of the treasure resurface, I loved those can’t wait to get home to see what happens stories. Happy 52nd GH!

su0000
su0000

I was blown away!!!
I have never seen anything as GH’s 52nd show on any other soap..
GH is indeed phenomenal..
The writers, actors crew do bring us their best..
I LOVED IT !!!

……….. watched it twice !! .. it deserved a second viewing..

Patricio
Patricio

Hand over next years EMMYs now.
What a joy to see drama and strohrytelling in a way ONLY long term soaps can do.

GH would return to its heyday ibis they could drop the mob and focus on family. They added years to OLTL VALENT-tini and their team can do it!

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A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

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Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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As fans of the soap genre know, Miller and Hendrickson also played former love interests on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott and Chloe Mitchell.

During Hendrickson’s first #AskGH live Twitter Q&A when asked: “Is your character connected to someone on the show?”  Elizabeth responded: “As of now Margaux is new to town … but you never know, there may be some connection that has not be revealed yet :)”

That tweet has left fans speculating if perhaps Margaux, has an ex in Port Charles, is tied to a major family in someway, or perhaps has some legal trouble past?

Recently on GH. when Chase (Josh Swickard) arrived on the scene as the new cop (following Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) untimely death), it was later revealed that he was actually the half-brother to Finn (Michael Easton).  And as we know in the soaps, connections are usually the key to more long term success in a role, rather than being just a standalone character, but there have been exceptions.

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So, who would you like to see Margaux have a connection to on GH?  What do you think will happen with her character? Comment below.

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