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Days of our Lives

Days of our Lives

"Like sands through the hourglass so are the Days of our Lives..."

Those immortal words are spoken by the one and only Macdonald Carey (Tom Horton), who played the role from the first day until his death in 1994. It has become one of the most iconic opening scenes in television history, and has remained virtually unchanged since 1965.

This show is a daily soap opera that has recently celebrated its 48th anniversary and has aired over 12,000 episodes. Set in the fictional town of Salem from the beginning, the characters have faced several problems such as kidnapping, love triangles, presumed deaths, and several divorces and breakups.

During the 1980s, the soap opera super-couple phenomenon spread to Days, which created Bo and Hope, Steve and Kayla, and Jack and Jennifer.

Since its debut in 1965, it has played a big role in American pop culture and was even satirized on the popular sitcom, Friends.

To hear the theme and opening narration click here.
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Episode Info

Next: 49x183 -- Ep. #12391 (Aug/01/2014)

Sami drops a bomb on Jordan; Clyde warns Ben; Eve turns to Maggie for help; Daniel turns the tables on Kristen.

Prev: 49x182 -- Ep. #12390 (Jul/31/2014)

Abigail and Sami face off; Victor's revelation stuns E.J.; Kristen uses force to get what she wants; Rafe catches Jordan with Clyde.

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Available Episodes

Ep. #12392
Aug 04, 2014
Season 49 episode 184

Ep. #12391
Aug 01, 2014
Season 49 episode 183

Ep. #12390
Jul 31, 2014
Season 49 episode 182

Ep. #12389
Jul 30, 2014
Season 49 episode 181

Ep. #12388
Jul 29, 2014
Season 49 episode 180

Ep. #12387
Jul 28, 2014
Season 49 episode 179

Ep. #12386
Jul 25, 2014
Season 49 episode 178

Suzanne RogersSuzanne Rogers
As Maggie Kiriakis (1973-1984, 1985-2003, 2004-present)
Peggy McCayPeggy McCay
As Caroline Brady (1982-1983; 1985-2003; 2004-present)
James ReynoldsJames Reynolds
As Abe Carver (1981-1990, 1991-2003, 2004-present)
Alison SweeneyAlison Sweeney
As Samantha DiMera (1993-present /Colleen Brady2007-2008)
Kristian AlfonsoKristian Alfonso
As Hope Brady (1983-1987; 1990; 1994-present)
Lauren KoslowLauren Koslow
As Kate Roberts (1996-present)
Josh TaylorJosh Taylor
As Roman Brady (1997-2004, 2004-present/Chris Kositchek 1977-1987)
James ScottJames Scott
As E.J. DiMera (2006-present /Santo DiMera 2007-2008)
Shawn ChristianShawn Christian
As Daniel Jonas (2008-present)
Arianne ZuckerArianne Zucker
As Nicole Walker (1998-2006, 2008-present)



Reviews: 57
One of My Favorite Soap OperasRating: 3 likes, 0 dislikes

I've been watching Days for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I watched it with my grandmother and have been watching it on and off ever since. Luckily, as with any soap, it's easy to miss a week or so but catch back up in a matter of episodes. Read more

Review posted on Monday, August 27th 2007 at 2:23 pm


Reviews: 1
i love daysRating: 3 likes, 0 dislikes

i just wanted to say that i love days i had to look into voting for the show since i heard that ratings had gone down , cause i have always enjoyed watching days that is 1 hour of the day i tryt o make free to set and watch days and thats pretty hard when you have a husband and 5 kids and home to take care of but as long as i can remember i set with my grandmother and mom to watch days and i have always been a big fan , and right now it has been extremely interesting now that the dimmeras are back and with that gorgeus EJ Wells and his intrest or shall i say now obsession with his dear sammantha the show has became extra interesting i think it would be good for the show if samis baby does belong to EJ ,maybe even her have twins one belonging some how to EJ one belonging to lucas and there be a good twin eveil twin thing going on down the road but that is just my opinoin and i think it is great that sami finally got married but man with her sceaming past she should have married Ej but lucas and her have such a past so thats my veiw of it and i hope that days will stay on air cause it is my fav to watch signed charity c from texas Read more

Review posted on Sunday, May 13th 2007 at 4:09 pm


Reviews: 23
Worst soap opera in the history of TelevisionRating: 0 likes, 3 dislikes

I have my reasons why I don't like this show, It's just the same thing each episode boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy and girl have a baby, boy murders someone, I could go on and on but the list is long. If Days of our Lives was more realistic then I would probably like it because no one has as many babies in almost each episode and their is always has to have a conspiracy going on and I'm just discussed with that. If it were my choice this show would not have lasted past 1968. I don't know why so many people like this show but good for you because I don't. This show needs verity something different each episode something that you could enjoy. Read more

Review posted on Monday, January 21st 2008 at 10:27 am

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49x179: Ep. #12387 recap: Abe arrives at the Kiriakis mansion and informs Brady that the D.A. will not be pressing charges because of lack of evidence... read more.

49x178: Ep. #12386 recap: Victor and Maggie return to Salem from their vacation after hearing about John. Brady tells Maggie that he now realizes that he has a problem and is getting help. Victor gets Theresa alone and goes after her for getting Brady to marry her. Victor thinks this led to the fight between John and Brady. Theresa decides she needs to get out of town fast but Eve catches her trying to book a flight to LA and realizes that Theresa is in big trouble... read more.

49x177: Ep. #12385 recap: Ciara announces that she doesn't want to go on vacation to Mount Rushmore and would rather go to New Orleans. Hope agrees to change their plans since New Orleans was the last family vacation she and Ciara took with Bo (plus Hope and Bo's special memories of New Orleans). Ciara sees Chase and Aiden in the town square and invites them to join her and Hope on vacation. Hope is horrified over Ciara's invitation but Aiden is quick to turn it down. Later, Aiden upsets Chase when he refuses to go to the beach house that they used to go to with Aiden's late wife... read more.

49x176: Ep. #12384 recap: Sami finally admits to Caroline that E.J. has truly hurt her. Later, Allie returns home from camp with a scrapbook of E.J. and Sami's wedding she made for Sami... read more.

49x175: Ep. #12383 recap: E.J. is out of prison and returns to the mansion to find that Kate has now moved in. E.J. looks for Sami but she is at the hospital after learning about John. Sami holds off telling Marlena about E.J.'s affair with Abigail. Later, Sami returns home and E.J. attempts to get her to give up her revenge but the two just get into a screaming match when Caroline shows up and after making E.J. leave she asks Sami if she still has feelings for E.J... read more.
Recurring Guests

John Aniston as Victor Kiriakis (611 eps)
Aloma Wright as Maxine (214 eps)
Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis (207 eps)
Aaron Kunitz as Johnny DiMera (190 eps)
Griffin Kunitz as Johnny DiMera (190 eps)
Lauren Boles as Ciara Brady (182 eps)
Hailey Sinnema as Sydney DiMera (171 eps)
Lauren Sinnema as Sydney DiMera (171 eps)
Judi Evans as Adrienne Kiriakis (161 eps)
Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams (159 eps)

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Warning: Days of our Lives guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Soaps
Status: Returning Series
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 01:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: November 08, 1965
• Cruise of Deception: Days of Our Lives (Summer Title), (Used In USA)
• Days (Short Title), (Used In USA)
• De dingen des levens (Flanders Title), (Used In Netherlands)
• Des jours et des vies (Used In France)
• Dni naszego życia (Used In Poland)
• DOOL (Informal Short Title), (Used In USA)
• Horton-sagaen (Used In Denmark)
• I gode og onde dager (Used In Norway)
• Los días de nuestras vidas (Used In Venezuela)
• Meres agapis (Alternative Spelling), (Used In Greece)
• Päivien viemää (Used In Finland)
• Tak jde čas (Used In Czech Republic)
• Våra bästa år (Used In Sweden)
• Zeit der Sehnsucht (Used In Germany)
• Zile din viata noastra (Used In Romania)
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