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General Hospital's 50th Anniversary Opening Sequence! – Which Was Your Favorite Of All-Time?

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This coming Monday, April 1st and Tuesday, April 2nd to honor General Hospital’s 50th anniversary over these two special episodes, ABC will air a very special version of the opening credits with a composite of the show opens from the 50 years history of this iconic show!

ET Online had the first look preview yesterday, and now everyone is checking out one of the surprises that GH has in store for long time fans!

For many watching these sequences, it brings us back to a time and a place in our lives and in the historic history of General Hospital! Whether it be the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000, and on, GH has survived more than its fare share of cancellation threats to bring you over the course of 5 decades, characters you love, and unforgettable stories!

Stroll down memory lane when watching the clip after the jump, and then let us know, which is your favorite General Hospital opening of all-time? 

 

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heidi
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heidi

Very cool!!! I like it!

lisa
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lisa

2 and 3 rd combined, like the Michael Easton/Kelly Monaco in the last one too!!

Marcia
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Marcia

Yes…I like it too!

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

My favorite GH moment of all time will always be when Tracy withholds Edward’s heart medicine.

ces
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ces

that was an Awesome episode!!

Michele
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Michele

The ambulance is my fav!

ces
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ces

me too! It actually gives me chills when I hear it watching these old eppies.

Andrew
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Andrew

The ambulance is GH, that is always what I think of no matter how they change it.

liz
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liz

I love-love-love it …the ambulance – the old background of GH – Dr. Hardy and the theme song!!! Really what were they thinking of changing the theme – it’s like changing the music (ALS) when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. The original theme song is something fans all over the world know and share regardless of language. I’m 62 and I have watched GH since day 1. Love what the new folks in charge are doing but go back to the orig. theme. The shorter opening does nothing but allow for more advertising.

Ces
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Ces

I totally agree Liz, would love it if from here on out they used the original theme. Wouldn’t that be awesome?? Then they wouldn’t have to change all the pictures of actors that are gone all the time. That original theme sends chills down my spine because it takes me back to 78′ when I started watching the show!
I appreciate how DAYS kept their original hourglass and only enhanced it. GH Should do the same from here on out.

susan M.
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susan M.

The ambulance is my favorite also!

jim
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jim

Couldnt get video to work…but i always liked the part were it shows the ambulance rushing up to the hospital…always thought it made the show feel more dramatic!

jim
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jim

The current opening is my second favorite

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with you jim.

ray schichtel
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ray schichtel

The first one is always the best but once they added the faces with Dave Koz music.. I thought they nailed it with that..

Gillian
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Gillian

I agree with you. #1, 2,3 & 5 are great. 4 is my least favorite. Still miss the Dave Koz music, though.

Heath
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Heath

Faces of the heart

Phil
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Phil

I like the last two!

Amber
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Amber

Don’t like how they have it now. Would rather have any of the ones before !!!!!

Lisa
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Lisa

agreed

10261991des
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10261991des

TSecound and Third one..The new one…Not so much 🙁

gloria
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gloria

I love them all!

Jake
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Jake

The original is what I remember as a kid…the current opening is the best

Lin
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Lin

I liked the one with the Dave Koz music. Both the music and the pictures etc. It put me into the perfect mood to enjoy the show. I never liked any other music they put with the GH opening. The futuristic opening they have now is too cold. I like the combo opening, but I think they should go back to the Dave koz opening and show people from different times of GH (like Steve and Jessie, and Lila and Edward, etc.) for the rest of the year. Keep the dave koz music always.

Jared
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Jared

Faces of the Heart, no contest. I wish they would bring that one back.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

There were 1 or 2 earlier openings, I seem to recall when I was a kid.
The new one would be better if it was longer.

Michael
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Michael

Wow- they should keep if for the year. Can’t get over how good GH is. Two years ago it was barely watchable. It’s amazing what two guys- Frank & Ron- can do, simply because they love the soap opera medium. Think of the ratings that ABC could have garnered over the yeas if they had done something like this years ago. btw- Kristina Wagner looks amazing. While all my favorite vets look a little bit worse for the wear (but I stil love ’em), Wagner looks like time stood still. Awesome.

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

I like the second one the most, Dave Koz’s Faces of the Heart with the orange hue. I don’t like the Faces of the Heart in blue hue version, during the Sonny&Jason era. The last one is my second favorite,,, just wish they would introduce the characters one by one instead of grouping them

curacaoman
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curacaoman

I thought Michael Easton was not allowed to appear on GH. This says it all, hehehehhe

Susan
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Susan

Yep noticed that too with ME and KM luv it!!

andrea proscia
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andrea proscia

Rick Springfield got me into gh and Luke.Laura so happy

Lisa
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Lisa

well, i like it better than the new one its nice. Just should have added the ambulance sirens from the 70’s.

Gillian
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Gillian

Why did they change from the Dave Koz music? Was it a cost cutting measure?

Rodd
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Rodd

I always love looking at the old openings and hearing the old themes. It shows what a rich depth of history the soaps have that no other tv show has. Viva GH!

Aria
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Aria

I can’t believe that the new one has grown on me. I remember hating it so much when it came out, but I like it now.

Tristan
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Tristan

Um, no! There is no tribute to GH’s early years. It DID, believe it or not, have not only an opening in the 1960s, but FANS, as well. Hate that the first decade of the series has been SO TOTALLY ignored. This montage should have segued from the first black and white opening through to the others. If GH had not prospered during its first pivotal decade, we would NOT be celebrating it now!!! All that being said, the ambulance opening is the most iconic, to me. But, come on, people. Don’t say you are celebrating 50 years of history… Read more »

jim
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jim

I couldnt agree more…they shouldve at least got Roy Thinnes(the original Phil Brewer) back for a cameo as a nod to the shows first decade. After the nurses ball he couldve played a janitor at the Metro Court who is seen cleaning up the ballrooms mess after everyone leaves. He finds an old photo of Jessie Brewer(the late Emily Mcloughlin) laying on the floor that Audrey accidentally dropped. And with a wink and a smile to the viewing audience, he puts the picture in his pocket, and without a word he walks off the set with GHs 1960s theme playing… Read more »

Georgia
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Georgia

I love the one with Kelly Monaco/Michael Easton

Maria
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Maria

My favorites: Sonny & Brenda holding hands, Sonny & Carly side by side in the credits, as well as Michael Easton & Kelly Monaco still together in the credits. 🙂

susan M.
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susan M.

Seeing Dr. Hardy & Audry ! Blast from the past!

susan M.
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susan M.

I also like the second one!

utah
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utah

i love autumn breeze which was the first one and of course faces of the heart!!! I wish they would have the ambulance siren and faces of the heart combined for the new shows coming up the theme they have now is not long enough and its not a theme its background music

Judith
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Judith

The ambulance takes me back to being in the 6th grade, poised at my homeroom desk with books and purse in hand, waiting for the dismissal bell then running all the way home not to miss a single minute of GH! Like all of the openings. It’s all good!

Charles E.
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Charles E.

The classic 1975-93 version. Much as I like “Faces of the Heart”, the classic entrance of the ambulance to the hospital gates is iconic, like DAYS’ hourglass, AMC’s album, and ATWT’s globe. BRING BACK the “Autumn Breeze” theme and classic intro- the current theme stinks by comparison and is a OLTL ripoff!

Darlene Ford
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Darlene Ford

#1 — The Ambulance opener. That IS the classic GH opener.

Heather Barnes
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Heather Barnes

I have to give GH creative team kudos. I loved the opening credits. Good job GH!!!!!!

Don
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Don

It’s a shame they don’t keep in from now on. I like that Jack Urbant theme from the early days. Hey, it only runs 33 secs. Surely it wouldn’t kill ABC to run that.

annette
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annette

I was so excited to see the new theme – how sad to hear it’s only for two days (albeit two glorious days!)
I would prefer this new theme to be the theme ongoing as it honors the past and present. My problem with the new theme was always that it felt too rushed, and, that the groupings were odd. Suddenly we have the hospital, families, action, passion, adventure, and characters…all fitting within the opening. What’s not to love!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Alex Is ‘Wicked’ To Anna; Franco Receives Devastating Diagnosis

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it a clever play on the Broadway smash hit musical, Wicked, but no there was no singing, instead we had the always brilliant Finola Hughes, playing the good witch and the bad witch, in the form of portraying twin sisters, Anna and Alex as Halloween night comes to Port Charles.

In story, Anna, who is dressed for Halloween in white as a good witch, reads the report in front of Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) that proves that Faison did not have the marker for RA (rheumatoid arthritis) which then proves that since she did not have it, nor Faison, that Alex is the biological mother of Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

All this time, as Anna says, she blamed herself for being with Faison only to find out that was a complete lie.  Anna becomes so incensed by all of Alex’s machinations that she smashes a glass just as the power goes out.  Valentin tells Anna he was also used by her sister where Peter was concerned.  Anna questions whether she should warn Peter, that Alex might be after him and his unborn child with Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Valentin is convinced they need to get rid of Alex, before she does something to them.

 

Anna does decide Peter should show know the truth, as Valentin leaves to find out Alex’s whereabouts.  When the lights come back on at Anna’s, she is clubbed over the head by Alex who is dressed in black as a bad witch. Later, when kids come to trick-or-treat at Anna’s, she has switched places with her sister offering the kid’s candy after stashing Anna away in the basement and most-likely locking her in there.

Peter is in a whole heap of trouble as he keeps getting creepy phone calls from Helena saying they have “unfinished business”.  We later see a trap is being set by Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) in a secret location.  Sam is using a voice-alternating ‘Pro Tools’ like audio software program to simulate Helena’s voice to spook Peter and to set him up!

Back at the hospital, Terry (Cassandra James) delivers terrible news to Franco (Roger Howarth). His test results show he has a malignant tumor again on the front lobe of his brain, and that it is inoperable and cannot be removed through surgery.  She tells him she wants to run more tests to see what options they have.

When she asks Franco if he has developed any symptoms, he flashes back to the night at Wyndemere when Ava’s (Maura West) painting was revealed and ruined with C077x spray-painted across it and a haunting dream he had, but denies to Terry that he has had any problems as of now.  When she tells him they need to tell Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Franco says he does not want to tell her, or the boys, about this.  When Liz enters the room, Terry and Franco keep mum as to his condition, for now.

Roger Howarth showed once again why he can always be counted on to bring poignant moments to his scenes as Franco.  Be on the lookout for what happens with this story.  In a November sweeps preview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, GH head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor teased about the medical crisis that it “may hold the key to unlocking one of the biggest mysteries in Port Charles – something that has been in the works for years.”

So, what did you think will happen next in the Anna/Alex saga?  What do you think will ultimately happen to Franco? Will he become the ‘killer’ Franco again? What could be the mystery the co-head writers are referring to? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital To Air Special Election Episode In Honor of the Passing of the 19th Amendment & Women’s Right To Vote

On the Monday, November 2nd episode of General Hospital, just before election day here in the United States, the ABC daytime drama is airing a very special episode depicting and remembering the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.

The inspiring female cast will go back in time as Laura Wright takes on the role of Beatrice Eckert, a suffragist, who is more than ever, determined to get women to exercise their right to vote.

Key to the episode are Eden McCoy (Josslyn) and Sydney Miykala (Trina).  In the story, it marks Josslyn’s first time to be able to vote now that she has turned 18. At first, she isn’t very motivated to vote, but when she and Trina find themselves traveling back in time to 1920, things take a turn as Josslyn realizes just how important it is to exercise her right to have her voice heard and vote, as those women before her fought for their rights.

In the all female directed, written episode, also look for actresses: Maura West, Nancy Lee Grahn, Finola Hughes, Rebecca Herbst, Nicole Briana Henry, Brook Kerr, and more of the female cast to be on-screen.

The episode’s key messaging, “Voting isn’t just a right.. it’s a privilege.”   All that to say, remember, to get on vote come Tuesday.

Watch the promo below.

What do you think of GH producing and airing this special episode? Comment below.

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Emme Rylan Addresses Reports Of Her Exit From General Hospital & Update On Plans With Family

Several hours ago, Emme Rylan (Lulu) of General Hospital took to her Instagram story to talk directly to her followers, friends and fans about her rumored exit on the ABC daytime drama series, and to share some changes in where she and her family will be living.

At that time, Emme updated everyone that since the landlord sold the house she has been living in with partner Don Money and their three children, that they had not found a suitable home for them to live, in Los Angeles, after their extensive search.  So for now they were going to put their things in storage and go on an extended road trip with the entire family in tow … in a car… under Covid-19 safety protocols with her kids still distance-learning, and that she would be documenting the trip on her Instagram account,

After she shared her original update, she later went back to her Instagram story to clarify her earlier statements after many fans were following up with her asking her even more questions.

 

Rylan shared:  “I am getting a lot of questions that I cannot answer …  people are kind of being confused that maybe I chose to take a vacation or take time-off,  so the only thing I can say is “no, I did not choose this.”  I can’t say anything else.  There you go.   That’s all I am allowed to say.   So, this trip is us taking an unexpected turn of events and turning it into something positive and fun for our family. ”

Earlier on her IG story, Emme addressed the reports of her exit from Port Charles explaining: “I am not in a position to be able to comment on the work stuff, so in terms of General Hospital, I am going to keep that topic quiet. All you need to know is that I love everyone there, we all love each other, I’m okay, and all of your messages of love are amazing … I love you guys so much — but I just can’t talk about it. ”

Then as to her plans with her family she shared: “We, meaning my family and I, have decided to do something completely insane. I have never done anything like this in my entire adult life. We are currently packing up our entire house and putting it in a pod and putting it in storage here in Los Angeles, and with only our suitcases, we are going to go on a Covid-safe, epic road trip.  I have been working every single day, Monday through Friday on a soap opera since 2004?  I have only been in New York and L.A, and I have never really explored life outside of this bubble.”

So, what do you think about what Emme shared with her fans and followers? Comment below.

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