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Overview of General Hospital
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Hello I'm Jamal Andress for about.com and today we're profiling the longest running American soap opera still being produced, General Hospital.

General Hospital's Start

General Hospital was created by Frank and Doris Hursley, the first episode aired April 1, 1963. Many of the early episodes centered around Dr. Steve Hardy and Nurse Jessie Brewer with most of the episodes taking place in the General Hospital. The show takes place in the fictional city of Port Charles New York, although the location of the soap opera was unnamed until the 1970's.

The Super Couple

The show faced cancellation due to terrible ratings in the late 1970's but the 80's would prove to be the best decade in show history. Executive Producer, Gloria Monty is credited with creating the first “super couple” in soap opera history with Luke Spencer and Laura Webber. The wedding episode of the couple was the most watched event in soap opera history.

Daytime Domination

General Hospital would dominate the daytime series world throughout the 1980s with a less traditional focus on action and adventure rather than pure drama. However by the 1990's General Hospital slowly began to change their style to tackle social issues.

The 1990's to the present have shown a decline in ratings for General Hospital but no cancellation. In 2012 the show moved from a 3pm to a 2pm time slot.

Awards

Along with being the longest running soap opera of all time, General Hospital is also the most awarded. It holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 11 wins.

Thanks for watching our profile of the American Soap Opera General Hospital. I'm Jamal Andress, for more information please visit About.com.
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