Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: March 26, 1973 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Jeanne Cooper, Doug Davidson, Melody Thomas Scott, Eric Braeden, Eileen Davidson, Kate Linder, Jess Walton, Peter Bergman
TV show description:
This long-running soap begins by following the lives of the wealthy Brooks family and the less fortunate Foster family in Genoa City, Wisconsin. Since then, the show’s focus has shifted to follow the Abbott and Newman families as each owns and operates their own cosmetic companies.
Arrogant businessman Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) heads Newman Enterprises and his on-again off-again relationship with wife Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) is often a cause for drama. Their marriage has produced two children, Victoria (Heather Tom, later Sarah Aldrich and Amelia Heinle) and Nicholas (Joshua Morrow).
John Abbott (Brett Halsey, later Jerry Douglas) founded the rival Jabot Cosmetics company and his children, Jack (Terry Lester, later Peter Bergman) and Ashley (Eileen Davidson), work for the company in various capacities over the years. One of the soap’s longest running plotlines is the rivalry between Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) and Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton) which began when Jill’s affair with Katherine’s husband resulted in a son.
Other families impacting the never-ending drama include the African American Winters and Barbers.