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    I am wondering what others thought of it? I had very mixed feelings about it, which are quite jumbled. I felt the editing was too fast and it was too much to absorb – clips went flying past. It was definitely too much ABC and not enough NBC and CBS. For example we see Ryan Phillipe as Billy Douglas (btw, how on earth was he not nominated for Best Younger Actor for 1992-93?) but I didn’t see any Van Hansis as Luke or Chandler Massey as Will (if they were on it zipped by too quickly).

    I personally didn’t watch any of the O.J. Simpson trial, which is often cited as a critical moment when people stopped watching soaps.

    I found Andy Cohen irksome.

    Pedro Zamora was very important to me and seeing his clips brought up that whole entire period of my life vividly.

    I was upset there were so few clips from Another World and As the World Turns. Only the current soaps from NBC and CBS got much in the way of clips, yet defunct ABC soaps got a ton of clips (All My Children and One Life To Live in particular; were there any clips from Ryan’s Hope, only a few glimpses of The Edge Of Night, or other ABC soaps. With way too much time for General Hospital).

    Peyton Place was the first successful prime-time soap (1964-69 – on twice and three times a week during it’s five year run and it was broadcast all year long), not Dallas.

    Still there were terrific clips and it was enjoyable. Of course it was going to be incomplete but it’s still valid to criticize what was missing from it.

    Did others watch and what did you think of it?

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    It tried but I imagine it did what it could with the rights clearances it had. There was NOTHING from Santa Barbara or Passions so that sucked but I appreciated the effort. I would like to see a more expanded version on say Hulu or at the very least stick a label on the clips so I know the show and year because I couldn’t always place them and then we were on to the next clip.

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    I’ve so far only seen the first hour or so. I’ll have more complete thoughts when I see the rest of it, but already my feeling is that it’s just not enough time to cover this general history of soaps as they’re presenting it. I would love this as a 10 part series where they can really sink into the topics much more than they are so far.

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    A 10 hour series on PBS would be great because it would avoid a network bias that was prevalent on last night’s show.

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    I think they focused too much on reality shows. I could’ve done without that segment. They also didn’t touch more on African American viewers and the popular characters like Angie and Jesse and GH’s Tom and Simone.

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    I did appreciate the shoutout to Generations but not noting the amazing careers of Debbi Morgan, Shemar Moore, or Trevor St. John was criminal.

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