Set your DVR’s or call in sick because “General Hospital” celebrates another milestone when the historic daytime drama airs its 13,000th episode on Monday, February 24 (2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT/CT) on the ABC Television Network.
Wow, can you believe it? It is their 13,000th episode! In the 1980’s and 1990’s I went to my Nona’s house everyday after school. I sat and watched “General Hospital” with her almost every day. Of course, she had already been watching it for many years before I came along and she was happy that I would sit and watch it with her.
Like many of you, we were among the 30 million who were glued to the TV to watch Luke and Laura get married. That was one of my favorite story lines of “General Hospital”. I also liked it when Luke and Laura were trapped in Wyndham’s department store and spent the night there. They ran through all the different departments of the store and it was a lot of fun to watch.
The 1980’s and 1990’s story lines bring back so many memories of being with my Nona, her favorite character was Lila Quartermaine. When Lila would enter the scene my Nona would always say “give ’em hell Lila” On the weekends my Nona and I would talk on the phone about what we thought was going to happen on “General Hospital” next week.
Watching clips from the story lines of the 1980’s and 1990’s era remind me so much of my Nona. I feel like I am sitting in her front room and she is sitting in her rocking chair while we watch her ‘story’. During my Nona’s last few years of life she still watched “General Hospital” from her nursing home bed. I would visit her everyday and many times I would sit and watch it with her. My Nona would be so proud that her ‘story’ was still going strong and celebrating it’s 13,000th episode.
Not only does a show like “General Hospital” provide entertainment for many people, but for others it can great provide a generational bond.
Take a look at the behind the Scenes’ of “General Hospital’s” 13,000 episode courtesy of Parade.com’s YouTube Channel.
“General Hospital” was created by husband-and-wife soap writers Frank and Doris Hursley and premiered on April 1, 1963. In 1978, Gloria Monty was brought in as executive producer and is credited with the creation of the first supercouple, characters Luke Spencer and Laura Webber. Their 1981 wedding brought in 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history. General Hospital takes place in a fictional town of Port Charles in upstate New York.
What is your favorite storyline? How about your favorite character? Take a walk down memory lane with this timeline of General Hospital .
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