The focus in on the upper class Hughes and Stewart families plus their tribulations in Midwest Oakdale. The Stewarts fade away eventually to be replaced by the rural Snyders and wealthy Lucinda Walsh with her many intrigues.
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Series cast summary:
Elizabeth Hubbard Elizabeth Hubbard ...  Lucinda Walsh / ... 1,731 episodes, 1984-2010
Don Hastings Don Hastings ...  Bob Hughes / ... 1,724 episodes, 1960-2010
Colleen Zenk ...  Barbara Ryan / ... 1,717 episodes, 1978-2010
Jon Hensley Jon Hensley ...  Holden Snyder 1,699 episodes, 1985-2010
Kathryn Hays ...  Kim Hughes / ... 1,662 episodes, 1972-2010
Eileen Fulton Eileen Fulton ...  Lisa / ... 1,661 episodes, 1960-2010
Scott Holmes ...  Tom Hughes 1,619 episodes, 1987-2010
Kelley Menighan ...  Emily Stewart / ... 1,615 episodes, 1991-2010
Ellen Dolan ...  Margo Hughes / ... 1,604 episodes, 1988-2010
Marie Masters Marie Masters ...  Susan Stewart / ... 1,572 episodes, 1968-2010
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ...  Emma Snyder / ... 1,534 episodes, 1985-2010
Helen Wagner ...  Nancy Hughes / ... 1,514 episodes, 1956-2010
Terri Conn ...  Katie Peretti / ... 1,366 episodes, 1998-2010
Larry Bryggman ...  Dr. John Dixon / ... 1,304 episodes, 1969-2010
Tamara Tunie ...  Jessica Griffin / ... 1,275 episodes, 1987-2009
Michael Park ...  Jack Snyder / ... 849 episodes, 1997-2010
Maura West ...  Carly Tenney / ... 847 episodes, 1995-2010
Roger Howarth ...  Paul Ryan / ... 713 episodes, 2001-2010


The focus in on the upper class Hughes and Stewart families plus their tribulations in Midwest Oakdale. The Stewarts fade away eventually to be replaced by the rural Snyders and wealthy Lucinda Walsh with her many intrigues.

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The pivotal character in the early run of the show was the free-spirited and liberated Edith Hughes, portrayed by former motion picture actress, Ruth Warrick. Her adulterous affair with Jim Lowell caused much emotional upheaval for the Hughes and Lowell family. See more »


When Rose is in a Spa in Switzerland and escapes, she ends up in Belgium and Belgian farmers tell her she is in 's-Hertogenbosch. From Switzerland to Belgium is approximately 700 Kilometers/435 Miles. On top on that, 's Hertogenbosch isn't even located in Belgium. It's a town in the Netherlands, adding roughly 100 kilometers/62 miles to her travels on foot. See more »


Emily Stewart: Face it, Emily. Shooting your fiance is a definite turnoff.
Henry Coleman: Yeah, you know what? One would think, but obviously not.
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Alternate Versions

A 1986 episode re-aired on CBS for Thanksgiving of 2001. Unfortunately, the original sponsor plugs were cut, as were the announcer's remarks during the closing credits. See more »


Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #3.13 (1970) See more »

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It's good again...
4 November 2001 | by BigDaveFurnaceSee all my reviews

I just started watching ATWT again. It's nice to see an even mix with the cast. In 1996, after watching off and on all my live (to give you an idea of how long, my earliest memory is the first color globe. I was actually alive when they used the organ)I quit watching because it got stupid. The 40th anniversary episode was a joke. Forward to this year. Hogan Scheffer and Chris Goutman breathed new life into ATWT. If they find the one missing element, ATWT could be number one again. BTW: The current title has to go. Here is my idea for ATWT visuals...

OPENING: Begin with the black and white globe and the original theme on organ. As the globe is centered and the title appears, a globe swishes across the screen from right to left. As this happens, a new version of the Charles Paul theme (original) begins. This takes us to cast shots. Start with Bob and Kim (always). Then a few more shots. We go to the first color globe with the title zooming out... a few more cast shots, then the 81-93 globe with the title entering from off camera... more cast shots, then the 93 globe with the title entering... a few more cast shots, then Nancy. The globe swishes from right to center and moves back to complete the logo. My logo is similar to the current one (with the globe as the "O" in "WORLD"), but as it is completed, the three spotlight beams shoot out from the globe. An announcer says: "AS THE WORLD TURNS... This portion brought to you today by ____________." The globe is like a photo image of the earth. The revamped theme is played on tenor sax. The cast shots go at a quick clip since this title features the globes.

MIDBREAK: Both have the logo in place with the globe as the "O" in "WORLD". The first half uses a revamped "Simple Melody" by Charles Paul. The announcer says: "Stay tuned for part two of AS THE WORLD TURNS in just a moment." The second half uses the solo piano version (circa 1981) as the announcer says: "And now, part two of AS THE WORLD TURNS."

CLOSING: The globe is centered on the screen and the logo is also full screen. We use the Charles Paul orchestral theme in C Major. The credits go as follows:

Writers, Directors, Executive Producer, Other above the line personnel,

Bob Hughes, Kim Hughes, John Dixon, Tom Hughes, Margo Hughes,,

All contract players in ABC order, All bit part players in ABC order,

Starring Helen Wagner as Nancy Hughes

and Eileen Fulton as Lisa

All production personnel,

Original theme by Charles Paul, Titles by..., Executive in Charge of Production... Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, Created by Irna Philips,

Title with copyright notice fades up.

ANNOUNCER: Join us again tomorrow/Monday for AS THE WORLD TURNS

PGP ident logo.

The 81 and 93 themes would be used as alternates during the week, with the Paul theme in its entirety on Friday.

Just an idea.

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2 April 1956 (USA) See more »

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