As The World Turns debuted in April 2, 1956 as the first ever half-hour long soap opera. As the story unfolded during the late fifties, the plot centered around the Hughes family. As story lines progressed, several new families came into the picture, including the Lowells, Munsons, and Snyders.
As The World Turns aired 13,858 episodes, airing their last episode on September 17, 2010.
As The World Turns won 4 Daytime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Drama Series", 4 "Outstanding Writing Team" Emmys, and over a dozen Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Actor/Actress categories.