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Happy 56th Anniversary To General Hospital

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April 1st marks the 56th anniversary of ABC’s General Hospital.  The daytime drama series is currently the longest running soap opera still on the air.  It debuted back on April 1st, 1963.

The series plans to air a very special episode tomorrow on the Tuesday, April 2nd episode to pay homage to the milestone and the late Susan Brown and her character of Gail Baldwin.

On Monday, several GH cast members past and present commented on this retro video posted by Silver Age TV (see below) which harkens back to the very beginning of GH.

Chloe Lanier (Nelle Benson) shared: “Four years ago, I had the privilege of playing daughter on GH. (Pre Carly/Nelle of course)  And 56 years ago, premiered and is still going strong. Happy Anniversary GH!”

Laura Wright (Carly) shared: “The Best !!!! Soo grateful

Steve Burton (Jason) added: “Honored and blessed to be a part of it! Thank you to all of the GH and Daytime veterans for paving the way for all of us. Thank you. 56 more!

Maurice Benard (Sonny) added: “Happy anniversary General Hospital how many TV shows in history can say 56 years, I was a fan before I came on, and I will always be a fan.”

Kimberly McCullough (Robin) posted: “So proud to be a part of history. I love my TV family so much. So may years of innovation and hard work. Can’t wait to to watch!”

Now,  check out John Beradino (Dr, Steve Hardy) Roy Thinnes (Phil Brewer) and Emily McLaughlin (Nurse Jessie Brewer) in the clips below from Silver Age TV.

Then share your Happy 56 anniversary well-wishes to the cast and crew of GH via the comment section below.  And if GH is your favorite soap of all, tell us why it means so much to you and has kept you watching for years.

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I watched the debut episode and was instantly hooked. I have such fond memories of salt of the earth Jessie Brewer, kind and wise Dr. Steve Hardy, no good Phil Brewer and stern but lovable Lucille March. May Emily McLaughlin, John Beradino and Lucille Wall rest in peace. Roy Thinnes is very much alive. I hope he’s happy and healthy.

Though I stopped watching in 2005, sincere congratulations of the very hard working cast and crew on their 56th anniversary.

Harry
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Harry

Oh how I love this picture. I feel like every time I come in here to post a comment, it’s a negative comment! So, I need to stress the fact that I adore this picture of the old beloved vets.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Harry, your feelings on the photo as well as your habit of posting “negative” comments on GH mirror those of mine. For me, this picture is terrific, not only because it showcases beloved veterans, but also because it excludes the actor and actress who play mob boss and his moll. Absolutely satisfying!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Can’t believe I’ve spent more than half of my life watching GH. Stopped for a few years,when I went back to work, until the old VCR’s arrival. How I loved Dr.Tom Hardy, Jessie, her husbands, Audrey, the Baldwins, Webbers, etc. It was truely about GH, not just a place they go to these days for G.S wounds, etc. The SL’s were about GH people, and not about gangsters and politicians running the city, as they do now. I know we have to evolve, go with the flow, as times change, but I do so miss the old GH days.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

My God. If this show ended, my heart would shatter. I have been watching since 1982. I hate how the genre has fallen apart but grateful that GH still marches on.

Laverne
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Laverne

I’ve been watching GH I was 16 so about 47 years. almost from the beginning. I have always loved the show. I started watching it when my children were small to keep my sanity. lol

aria
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aria

GH is my fave soap of all times, when I was younger I watched other soaps but GH was always #1, I started watching during the summer when Luke and Laura exploded and went on the run, and I’ve been hooked ever since thanks to Frisco and Felicia, holly and Robert and Anna Devane, the cool spy who could kick ass, the quatormaines, cassadines, Tiffany, Sean, and crazy Lucy. thanks to todays technology I don’t worry about missing an episode and I’m so happy its still going strong at 56. love todays cast, miss a few who have left recently… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

I really enjoyed the clip. Don’t think I’ve ever seen this one. Happy Anniversary to GH! Here’s to 56 more! I have watched soaps (DOOL) since I was in kindergarten, believe it or not. All but one of my shows have been taken off the air. After “Another World” was cancelled, I took up with “As the World Turns” and continued watching “Guiding Light”. When they were cancelled, I switched over to “One Live to Live” and “General Hospital”. Now, it’s just “Days of Our Lives” and “General Hospital”. I am thrilled to still be able to get my soap… Read more »

Ruth Claessens
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Ruth Claessens

What was the name of the song they played at the end of today’s 56th anniversary show?

Patrick
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Patrick

Dr. Steve Hardy : Born Giovanni Berardino May 1, 1917 This Man, bar none left an indelible mark… just exemplary , on what any Man would ascribe I did not know… he was a former MLB ( Major League Baseball ) player 1939 – 1952.. having WON… WON .. a world series championship with the Cleveland Indians AND went on to serve his country in the midst of his professional baseball career ( 1942-1945 ) astonishingly, after serving his country he goes back to MLB AND WINS a world series, 1948. WOW and Mr. WOAH ( I love love love… Read more »

su000
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su000

Hi Patrick, I, and friends were in total- ”who?” ”what?” ”huh?” We did not know of anyone they were talking about. The entire episode was a big zero to us. Not everyone has watched GH since day one and the episode was for the ol’ timers,only. That woman in the black dress, walking around talking to people, hadn’t a clue as to she was not until much later on when Laura called her mother. Amber mentioned; well, we don’t know those characters actors because we probably weren’t yet born or were toddlers or kids.. Nawww that couldn’t be right, could… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m easily, adding; Lucy and Scotty … easy PLAY

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rose
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rose

Patrick…So glad you added Lucy and Scotty. Down deep both have good hearts, so glad to see they are still adding their sometimes mischievous, disruptive, and even endearing personalities without killing anyone to an otherwise fairly boring Port Charles (at least for me). Love what Lucy has done for the Nurses Ball. Wish tptb would give her a bigger budget to bring in a couple of past stars…like Ricky Martin. And did like her apology to Monica the the day.

rose
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rose

P.S…And Lucy could also invite Michael Fairman as an entertainer at the Nurses Ball. Or emcee on the “Red Carpet.”

Sue
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Sue

Does anyone know the name of the song that played at the end of this episode 4/2/2019

Timmm
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Timmm

THAT was the WORST anniversary show EVER!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

So, I thought the episode itself was excellent, despite the presence of mob boss and moll… There was otherwise so much to enjoy: Lesley; Monica; Lesley calling Monica a slut (some things never change); the always radiant Laura; the always mischievous Bobbie; Scotty unveiling the picture of Gail next to the picture of Lucille — although I would like to see that entire wall! What I found very entertaining was that, in the span of 1 hour, Scotty pulled off a “hat trick” of wistfully reminiscing with 3 former love interests: Laura, Bobbie, and Lucy. Now if Heather and Dominique… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Hello again, James!!! I must concur with much of what you have said in regard to the 56th anniversary episode. (Particularly the latter portion of the first sentence! Lol..) Whilst I wouldn’t go quite so far as to term the end result as “excellent,” it did provide some pleasant emotional touchstones that are generally missing on a daily basis in the show’s current incarnation. Due to that fact, a greater variety of video flashbacks accompanying the dialogue would have been desirable, because seeing is always more satisfying than simply reminiscing about any given event…even if we were fortunate to have… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I’m so elated to read your response, Shay! I appreciate all upon which we agree! As for those few perky areas of possible disagreement, let me try to present a meeting of the minds… For me, the episode was “excellent” because of the overriding presence of the beloved veterans and the many touching moments therein. Sure, as others have suggested, it would have been nice to have some flashbacks of Gail, rather than just her photo. It boggles my mind the way the writers/producers continue their never-ending quest to prop up Sonny. Having the saintly (in comparison) Laura tell Sonny,… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Gentleman James..Thank you! What a true delight your likewise response was! I do agree with you that relative to the present-day array of GH characters, the majority of those featured on the 56th anniversary episode constituted a most welcome and refreshing change of pace. I suppose it was my desire for more legacy players from the show’s glory days to be revisited—and the lack thereof—-which left me feeling somewhat letdown and dissatisfied. (For example, since Felicia was present, would it have killed the writers to have included a kind word for her ex-hubby Frisco when Bobbie and she discussed Tony?… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

P.S. That should read “people past!”

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello there, Shay! Thank you for your immersive, engaging reply! Quite enjoyable! All of what you’ve written makes perfect sense. My thoughts on some of your expert, analytical points follow: I agree that certain characters should have been mentioned. At some point, Laura and/or Bobbie should have mentioned Luke. At some point, Felicia should have mentioned Frisco. At some point, Bobbie should have mentioned Tony. Considering that Luke was (for TPTB) the franchise for decades, to omit him seems unseemly. Granted, I am not such a fan of the actor, given what later emerged about his relationship with Genie vis-a-vis… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

It was my pleasure, James! Whilst I’m not sure that the intention of my posts was necessarily to provide a rousing defense of GH’s Monica Q., as much as to suitably express how purely perplexed I was that she has been pegged as the eternal “hospital harlot” despite so many other truly deserving candidates for that dubious title! Lol…I thought that perhaps I had missed something along the way, considering that I was not present for the entire duration of Monica’s apparent “activities” which earned her so much damning “acclaim!” By the time I was a regular GH viewer, Leslie… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks for your kind words, Shay! Just a quick note. Your memory is quite good, particularly with soap history! And you remembered my basic GH tenure, so to speak. I did see the original Monica, Patsy Rahn, when she first arrived on GH, along with Jeff Weber (Richard Dean Anderson) as part of the new husband/wife intern program. You didn’t miss anything from Monica’s early history that would forever brand her the way Lesley forever brands her! Your idea for how Monica should have treated Lucy when presented with Alan’s handkerchief is brilliant! With regard to anniversary episodes in general,… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

James, I hope this note finds you well and that you have duly waxed poetic and nostalgic on the 57th. Belated appreciation to both you and Shay for your contributions to this thread and for bringing my own fond remembrances to the fore—they were there somewhere, just in need of a little prompting!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello Reed! Your thoughtful note is most appreciated! Glad that Shay and I were able to spark some GH memories for you. Thankfully, I am doing well. I hope you and your loved ones are doing well, also. (Same goes for you, Shay, if you’re reading.) I haven’t posted in quite some time, but I had to reply to you, Friend. You have gone out of your way to send kind words to me here, not just today, but several times over the years, and it means more to me than I could express. So thank you again, and please… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

James, glad to hear you are doing well—by no means a given in the midst of the pandemic. Speaking of “kind words,” I’d like to remind you of your own (https://michaelfairmantv.com/general-hospital-oscar-dies-leaving-his-family-and-his-girlfriend-grief-stricken/2019/05/02/), another beautiful exchange—one that I almost felt I was intruding on by reading. I hope we haven’t lost you as a daily viewer—I believe I read you were more or less picking your spots on when to watch? It became a chore for me somewhere along the way too, hence why I’m six-plus months behind…or maybe that has more to do with my delay/avoid personality. Regardless, I still enjoy… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello Reed! Thank you for the link to earlier exchanges. I have saved links to certain threads/exchanges that have uplifted me, and those with you are among those. Despite my best efforts, I will admit that, at times, I have been long-winded, off-topic, too personal, judgmental, and perhaps offensive to some (when I discuss a certain GH character I do not like). I’m not looking for anyone to disagree with me here, as I know my own faults… As I’ve mentioned, my favorite GH days are in the rear-view mirror. Like Shay, I keep up with what’s going on, but… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

James, you are always a sought-after read, and the occasional rail never comes from a meanspirited place—passion and exasperation, yes, but never nasty or deliberately hurtful. No need for further self-examination, you long since earned Shay’s appellation of “Gentleman James,” or the lesser-known “Dean James” that I conferred, once upon a time. Disappointed that for both you and Shay your daily viewing is a thing of the (distant) past. If there’s time enough in your day—or room on your DVR—we welcome you back anytime! I’m not altogether sure my own viewing habits aren’t borne of OCD, more so than anything… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hey there, Reed! Okay, time for some “passion and exasperation”: You’re paying $110+/Mo to Comcast?!?!?! I am paying more than twice that! I need to talk with a customer service rep ASAP… I certainly do remember the “Dean” nickname. That was thoughtful of you. Again, I am not worthy… I haven’t embraced any of the extra streaming services as yet. Just Netflix briefly to catch the reboot (Season 1) of Lost in Space, my favorite TV show as a kid. I know there is a Season 2 available, but I am dragging my feet, awaiting DVD release (which happened with… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Gentleman James….Greetings, dear friend, and thank you for the gracious shout-out! Great minds really do think alike….after having been brought back to this “blast from the past” by Reed, I was also planning to send you a little hello following my response to him (which I’ve only just completed!) Sooo…here we are! I am doing fine, thank you for asking, actually busier than ever in “lockdown mode,” but that is a good thing! Even though my recent visits to MFTV have been fewer and far between than before, I still have very warm thoughts for the nice people I’ve been… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello Shay! Thanks so much for your letter! It has brightened my day immeasurably! I detailed my status of soap viewing in my response to Reed, just DOOL, for now… But more importantly, you have outlined the great and most satisfying thing about this site: the terrific people, the insightful commentary, and the exchanges with our “friends.” We have all had to make adjustments, to say the least, with the crisis. I consider myself lucky, but my heart aches for those who are not well, those who have lost so much (including loved ones), those who are less fortunate… So-called… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

It is likewise wonderful to hear from you, James!!!!! I’m glad to know that you are hanging in there and staying safe…I am also blessed, purely content to be observing social-distancing protocol whilst ensconced at home and enjoying life’s simple pleasures…quite frankly, I’m never bored…so much to do!!! (Including getting and staying in touch with nice people—like yourself!—in many different ways!) At this point, I fear my soap viewing days remain limited to the past…there are plenty of other available entertainment options for me at present and I’m spoiled for choice! Probably the only thing GH could do to get… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Shay, thanks a million for your reply! So gratified to hear that you are managing well and “enjoying life’s simple pleasures.” I think those “simple pleasures” are now at the forefront for many of us: one silver lining in all this madness. I’ve also enjoyed staying in touch with friends, including you and Reed here. I also care about other friends here, as I know you do. Re: DOOL Sonny. I may have been too harsh. He’s definitely a good guy, and I’d take him over the GH Sonny any day. (Of course, I would take ANYONE over the GH… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

Shay, after an absence of a year plus, I’m playing my usual catch-up (Did you hear Nikolas returned? Watching November episodes now, but never miss a one!) and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the exchanges between you and James on this thread. Such a passion and fondness for our show, both of you! I marvel at your recall—it allows me to remember as well, but only at your prompting.

Shay
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Shay

Hello, Reed! Thank you for your kind response! Hope you are doing well, especially given the current circumstances. I have to admit that I was a bit mystified when I initially saw your reply from such an old thread in my inbox, but what a delightful surprise! Furthermore, I’m glad that “Gentleman James’ ” and my vivid recollections provided you so much enjoyment, although I must confess that many of my references came not so much from original “back in the day” viewing….My era was the ‘80’s! I actually caught up on many of those ‘70’s GH episodes online—(YouTube” is… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

Shay, see below (or above, not sure where it will end up). Intended to send you a note but I think I sent it to James instead. Out of practice. And while I have you here, kudos to you on the same 5/2/19 thread—the fact that it was not on bonded stationery made your exchanges no less elegant or personalized. The written word, a lost art to be sure! Now, if only the two of you could take Patrick aside and harness some of his mania. Kidding, he gets me every time with his expositions on “the dullards”—a term he… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

You did just fine, Reed…Message received! (And most appreciated!) I do vaguely recall mentioning my penchant for heavy-bond cream-colored stationery with embossed monogram—-Hmmmm…Is that too “Hyacinth Bou-quet?— even if I do not remember the specifics of said conversation. (I have enough trouble keeping up with the current threads….) But thank you for the kind words, just the same! As for our dear Patrick, I always enjoy his creatively idiosyncratic writings, most particularly when they are deliciously naughty!!! To say the least, his posts are usually quite thought-provoking and often highly-entertaining…hence I wouldn’t deign to change a thing!!! MFTV wouldn’t be… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I will never forget the first time I saw GH–I was a latch key kid and it was an early release day. I turned on ABC and there was jubilant Monica taunting jittery Leslie. Monica grinned manically as she said to Leslie,”Do you know Rick and I laugh at you while we are in bed? Yes, we laugh at you in bed! Bah ha ha ha ha!!!” I was hooked even though I didn’t understand the “in bed” part. I just thought that Monica and Rick had a sleep over and didn’t invite Leslie.

Shay
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Shay

@Harry…I cannot express to you how much your personal anecdotes add to this website! No matter the subject matter, your first person accounts always leave the reader with a wonderful sense of “being there!” To say that you are an immensely gifted raconteur is indeed an understatement! Thank you for sharing “HarryWorld” with us!

rose
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rose

Harry…”Oh,” to be so naive again, especially when looking at what kids are being exposed to now. And don’t forget Monica and Ned even had a time with each other. At least no one asks her for martial advice.

rose
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rose

jamesj75 & others…Can’t believe I missed this episode. Question…Did they also bring in in some of the “notable” GH nemesis like the Cassadin’s, Lila and Edward?

rose
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rose

Don’t mean that Edward and Lila were nemesis characters.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hi Rose! And thanks for your inquiry. No mention of the Cassadines or other nemeses. No mention of Luke… If I recall correctly, there was a glimpse of Lila’s picture on this infamous wall of past GH luminaries. I’m sure you can still see the episode. And, not to interject in another conversation, but with your comments to Harry about “to be so naive again” and “what kids are being exposed to now”: it’s shocking what kids are exposed to, and involved in, at earlier and earlier ages. They should be able to enjoy simply being children for as long… Read more »

rose
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rose

Jamesj75…I really wonder how well we have protected what we say is our most valuable thing…our kids. I will point to several things…”making sure their lives were equal to or better than ours” without the work involved on their part, way too many guns of all kinds, school not being a safe place of learning anymore, drugs, “playing” computer games indoors instead of playing outdoors, scheduled play dates, social media and addiction to all things tech and having the money for them. We helped make all of these possible. Something is really out of wack…sad and scary. Sorry for the… Read more »

Leslie Lu Smith
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Leslie Lu Smith

Please name the song played at the end of the episode.

DMRR
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DMRR

I always want more flashbacks. I loved the show, way back when. I’d like Ryan to come back for a final arc, and trim the fat (Parking Lot, Oscar, Kim).

Odilia Edge
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Odilia Edge

I want to know the name of the song.. it is a beautiful song and I want to know who sings it and the name of it.

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