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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.

Episode Info

Next: 50x34 -- Ep. #12494 (Dec/29/2014)

After his secret is discovered, Rafe is fired from the police force; Melanie visits Gabi in prison; Will blasts Sonny for not consulting him before taking money out of their joint bank account; Paul gets devastating news.

Prev: 50x33 -- Ep. #12493 (Dec/26/2014)

John returns for the holidays; the Horton's continue a holiday tradition; JJ breaks things off with Paige; Kayla issues Hope a warning.

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)
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)
Shawn ChristianShawn Christian
As Daniel Jonas (2008-present)
Arianne ZuckerArianne Zucker
As Nicole Walker (1998-2006, 2008-present)
Joseph MascoloJoseph Mascolo
As Stefano DiMera (1982-1985; 1988; 1993-1996; 1997-2001, 2007-2008; 2008-present)
Galen GeringGalen Gering
As Rafe Hernandez (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

3 reviews available
50x30: Ep. #12490 recap: Melanie arrives at Serena's room to pick up a gift Serena had picked up for Melanie in Europe and Melanie catches Nicole. Nicole tries to cover telling Melanie she was just leaving an orchid for Serena. Nicole even has the bellhop back up her story but Melanie isn't so sure she believes Nicole. Daniel is suspicious of what Melanie needed from Serena's room and worries she is still in trouble. Turns out Melanie had picked up a photo album and had it engraved for Daniel... read more.

50x29: Ep. #12489 recap: Rafe visits Gabi in prison and is upset to learn that Will hasn't brought Arianna to see Gabi since they have been back in Salem. Sonny tricks Will into coming home so they can take Ari to see Gabi. They arrive at the prison and Ari and Gabi are reunited... read more.

50x27: Ep. #12487 recap: Eve and Kimberly get the good news that Shane is going to be fine. Kimberly leaves and informs Paige but Eve manipulates the doctor into lying to Paige about Shane... read more.

50x26: Ep. #12486 recap: Melanie confronts Theresa about faking a pregnancy to trap Brady and the two get into another physical confrontation. Brady has to break the two of them up and warns Melanie to say away from Theresa... read more.

50x25: Ep. #12485 recap: Aiden is upset when Hope has believed Bree over him even if for just a short time and prepares to leave. Hope stops him and the two kiss and eventually make love. Afterwards, Hope promises to not take anymore calls from Bree. When Hope leaves, Aiden calls Bree and threatens her if she ever tries to make contact with Hope again... read more.
Recurring Guests

John Aniston as Victor Kiriakis (628 eps)
Aloma Wright as Maxine (227 eps)
Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis (207 eps)
Aaron Kunitz as Johnny DiMera (201 eps)
Griffin Kunitz as Johnny DiMera (201 eps)
Lauren Boles as Ciara Brady (187 eps)
Judi Evans as Adrienne Kiriakis (172 eps)
Hailey Sinnema as Sydney DiMera (171 eps)
Lauren Sinnema as Sydney DiMera (171 eps)
Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Johnson (166 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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