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General Hospital 

Families, friends, enemies, and lovers experience life-changing events in the large upstate city of Port Charles, New York, which has a busy hospital, upscale hotel, cozy diner, and dangerous waterfront frequented by the criminal underworld.
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Series cast summary:
Maurice Benard ...  Sonny Corinthos / ... 2,555 episodes, 1993-2020
Steve Burton ...  Jason Morgan / ... 2,038 episodes, 1991-2020
Laura Wright ...  Carly Jacks / ... 1,954 episodes, 2005-2020
Kelly Monaco ...  Sam McCall / ... 1,924 episodes, 2003-2020
Rebecca Herbst ...  Elizabeth Webber / ... 1,885 episodes, 1997-2020
Nancy Lee Grahn ...  Alexis Davis / ... 1,616 episodes, 1996-2020
Kirsten Storms ...  Maxie Jones / ... 1,246 episodes, 2005-2020
Ingo Rademacher ...  Jasper 'Jax' Jacks / ... 1,180 episodes, 1996-2020
Jason Thompson ...  Dr. Patrick Drake / ... 1,132 episodes, 2005-2016
Tyler Christopher ...  Nikolas Cassadine / ... 1,132 episodes, 1996-2016
Julie Berman ...  Lulu Spencer / ... 1,077 episodes, 2005-2013
Dominic Zamprogna ...  Dante Falconeri / ... 1,052 episodes, 2009-2019
Chad Duell ...  Michael Corinthos / ... 1,042 episodes, 2010-2020
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Events in this daytime drama are centered in Port Charles, a community on the coast in upper New York. On-going plots are centered around the people who work in General Hospital, people who work in the business community (most notably for the Quartermaines' company E.L.Q.), and some sort of international intrigue involving former Agents of the W.S.B. (World Security Bureau). Big plots of the past include Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura's (Genie Francis') wedding and Mikkos Cassadine's (John Colicos') evil weather machine. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The song "Elizabeth", which Lucas "Lucky" Lorenzo Spencer, Jr. sang to Elizabeth Webber on various occasions, was actually written by the original Lucky, Jonathan Jackson. ABC made him sell the rights of the song to them, which is why subsequent Luckys have been able to sing the song to Elizabeth. See more »


Jason Morgan: I'm trying to do what's best for this child.
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Jason Morgan: No one's forgetting that, Sonny.
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Jason Morgan: OK. But, you know, children are dependent on the adults who are with them. Decisions are going to have to be made around the clock. You know that.
Sonny Corinthos: You just come over and ask me, then.
Samantha McCall: Sonny, you won't be there when she takes her first step or says her first word or gets sick or needs a ride to a play date because you can't be there. You ...
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Referenced in Kate & Allie: General Hospital (1986) See more »


Written and Performed by Dave Koz
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The show is going downhill so fast it is in the toilet
7 June 2003 | by Kellyann-1See all my reviews

Back in September, I thought GH was finally starting to improve but sadly that was a brief improvement and it is now downhill. Soap Operas have similar storylines sometimes but General Hospital only has the same recycled storylines. The show is predictable and boring. General Hospital has a large and wonderful cast including Robin Christopher, Nancy Lee Grahn, Tony Geary, Rebecca Herbst, Leslie Charleson, Billy Warlock, Stuart Damon, Chad Brannon and so many others. Yet General Hospital seems to waste this large ensemble cast and only use them to prop up four characters, known as the drab four (Sonny,Carly,Jason and Courtney) by some fans. General Hospital has turned into a wanna be Sopranos. They hardly ever showcase the hospital or the families. They have backburned older characters or gotten rid of them, like original cast member Rachel Ames (Audrey Hardy). The show now puts down the police and strong women like Alexis, Elizabeth, Monica and Carly. The writing is god awful and the pairings lack chemistry and are forced, especially the pairing of Jason and Courtney. Alicia Leigh Willis's Courtney showed promise in the beginning but without Billy Warlock's AJ the character and actress is a disaster. Nancy Lee Grahn's Alexis was once a strong independent lawyer who is now reduced to dressing like a man to see her daughter. General Hospital is now the worst show. It is appalling.

General Hospital needs to write better for it's women, for the police and for all it's characters. They need storylines about family, love, adventure and storylines that are not about the mob. They need couples with actual chemistry that sizzle like Steve Burton and Rebecca Herbst's Jason and Liz, Zander and Emily or Alexis with either Luke, Ned, or Cameron. Ted King's return as Lorenzo Alcazar is a great move but GH does not need more characters. It needs balance, and great writing.

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1 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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| (1963-1976) | (1976-1977) | (1978-)

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