Pick a decade to review characters and storylines from General Hospital's past.
It was, in actuality, on April 1, 1963, some fifteen years earlier, that the audience, mostly housewives in those days, caught their first glimpses of nurse Jessie Brewer and Dr. Steve Hardy ministering to the sick and sick at heart on the famous seventh floor (internal medicine) of General Hospital. The only young people seen were the orderlies, and a mere four or five actors carried the intensely personal melodramas in sets that were drabber than most. It was meant to mirror the highly successful medical shows then being aired at nighttime, such as Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey.
The first black-and-white show took an excruciating twenty-two hours to tape, as producer-director Jim Young nervously set up artful camera shots while the sponsors watched him work. The shows that followed were nearly as exhausting. Five years after GH began, it became the top-rated soap and put ABC's daytime lineup on the map.
- Some of the writing is rather choppy and poorly edited.
- Storylines don't always appear in exact chronological order.
- There may be some factual errors. I tried to correct these as I found them. If you find any more, please let me know!
- Many seemingly important storylines and characters are briefly glossed over
or not mentioned at all. For example, Amy Vining has been a fixture on the show
for over 15 years, but you won't find her mentioned here.