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General Hospital

General Hospital

  • Premiered: 
    April 1, 1963
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Frank Hursley & Doris Hursley 
  • Subject Matter: Serial
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Plot Synopsis

GENERAL HOSPITAL follows the passion, intrigue and adventure that takes place in the fictional town of Port Charles in upstate New York. On Monday, April 1, 2013 at 2pm ET/3pm PT, GENERAL HOSPITAL celebrated its Golden Anniversary as the longest running American soap opera currently in production and the longest running scripted drama on television currently in production. As part of its 50th Anniversary celebration, SOAPnet aired a 50-hour marathon of classic episodes, starting Friday, March 29th at 10pm ET/PT and running through midnight Sunday, March 31st. Plus, on its 50th Anniversary, GH reprised the immensely popular Nurses Ball, a fictional charity event complete with musical performances from the illustrious citizens of Port Charles dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness. This event marks the first time the Nurses Ball was linked to a non-fictional charity, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
On Friday, February 13, 2015 at 2pm ET/3pm PT, ABC premiered a special Valentine's Day episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, featuring guest appearances by: Melissa Peterman, who plays an old friend of Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst; Cristela Alonzo, who plays ADA Natalia Rodriguez, asking some questions for Det. Nathan West regarding a recent break-in; and Derek Theler, who plays a colleague of Dr. Patrick Drake.


Other Titles

  • Previously known as Emergency Hospital

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Selmur Productions
  • In association with ABC Television Network


  • General Hospital - Port Charles, New York USA

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • November 16, 1981: Most watched daytime TV show. (more than 30 million viewers watched Luke and Laura get married.)
  • February 26, 1988: First interracial couple to be married on daytime TV.
  • November 14, 1995: First soap opera character (Robin Scorpio) to be HIV-positive.
  • December 31, 2013: Last broadcast by 'SOAPnet.'

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • February 5, 1965: Audrey March and Steve Hardy are married
  • February 13, 1976: Caroline Chandler and Lee Baldwin are married
  • November 24, 1976: Audrey Baldwin and Steve Hardy are married
  • August 26, 1977: Audrey Baldwin and Steve Hardy are married
  • November 16, 1981: Laura Baldwin and Luke Spencer are married
  • February 7, 1983: Holly Sutton and Robert Scorpio are married
  • June 6, 1983: Celia Quartermaine and Dr. Grant Putnam are married
  • June 20, 1986: Felicia Cummings and Frisco Jones are married
  • October 6, 1986: Barbara Jean 'BJ' Jones is born
  • October 16, 1987: Anna Devane and Duke Lavery are married
  • February 26, 1988: Simone Ravelle and Thomas Steven Hardy Sr. are married
  • December 28, 1988: Tiffany Hill and Sean Donely are married
  • June 15, 1989: Felicia Jones and Colton Shore are married
  • October 13, 1989: Barbara Jean Spencer and Anthony Jones are married
  • April 26, 1990: Lucy Jones and Alan Quartermaine are married
  • June 28, 1991: Anna Lavery and Robert Scorpio are married
  • October 25, 1991: Tracy Quartermaine and Paul Hornsby are married
  • February 21, 1992: Jenny Eckert and Edward (Ned) Ashton are married
  • February 15, 1993: Dominique Stanton and Scott Baldwin are married
  • November 16, 2006: Laura Baldwin and Luke Spencer are remarried