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A hilarious 1970s sitcom that parodied the absurdities and intricacies of soap operas, Soap followed the over-the-top exploits of two sisters and their respective families. Jessica Tate (Kathryn Helmond) is the head of the aristocratic Tate family, while Mary Campbell (Cathryn Damon) and her husband Burt are blue collar, with ties to the mob.

Nothing is unheard of and everything is melodramatic, with pimples assuming the same importance as alien abduction and frequent murder. Everyone sleeps with everyone, and the characters' relationships are nebulous.

The show also had a great deal of topical prescience, addressing issues like racism and homosexuality, and featuring the first openly gay character on television. In season four, Jessica recovers from her coma and dumps all her suitors, Leslie (Marla Pennington) continues her efforts to kill Billy (Jimmy Baio), Eunice (Jennifer Salt) and Dutch (Donnelly Rhodes) get engaged, and El Puerco plans his revolution.


Episode Info

Final: 4x21 -- Episode 90 (May/25/1981)



Cast
Allan Miller (1)Allan Miller (1)
As Dr. Alan Posner
Diana CanovaDiana Canova
As Corinne Tate Flotsky (S01-S03)
Edward WinterEdward Winter
As Congressman Walter McCallum (1977-1979)
Jay JohnsonJay Johnson
As Chuck/Bob Campbell
Jimmy BaioJimmy Baio
As Billy Tate
Rebecca BaldingRebecca Balding
As Carol David
Richard MulliganRichard Mulligan
As Burt Campbell
Robert GuillaumeRobert Guillaume
As Benson DuBois (S01-S02)
Robert MandanRobert Mandan
As Chester Tate
Rod RoddyRod Roddy
voiced Announcer

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Reviews

cindy

Reviews: 4
Fun NostalgiaRating: 1 likes, 1 dislikes

Soap gives a glimpse of two families struggling through the typical soap opera fare...divorce, infidelity, homosexuality, alien abduction, demon possession - but Soap is a brilliant parody of the classic nighttime dramas of the late 1970's. Read more

Review posted on Sunday, November 5th 2006 at 10:02 am

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Crew

Creator: Susan Harris
Executive Producer: Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas
Supervising Producer: Susan Harris
Producer: Dick Clair, Jenna McMahon, Stu Silver
Associate Producer: Harry Waterson, Andrew J. Selig, Marsha Posner Williams
Production Designer: Edward Stephenson

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Recurring Guests

Charles Lane as Judge Anthony Petrillo (7 eps)
Hamilton Camp as Elmore Tibbs (2 eps)
Ralph Manza as Digger (2 eps)
Ron Rifkin as Dr Kanter (2 eps)
Barbara Goodson as Nurse (2 eps)
Michael Fairman as Lon (2 eps)
Judith-Marie Bergan as Marilyn McCallam (2 eps)
Jay Garner as Gene (2 eps)

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Warning: Soap guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy | Soaps
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 13, 1977
Ended: May 25, 1981
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