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42 April 1st, 2015 General Hospital Celebrates Its 52nd Anniversary Today!

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ABC’s General Hospital is celebrating its 52nd anniversary! The show which debuted on April 1, 1963 just received 28 Daytime Emmy nominations yesterday leading the pack of any other series on daytime television.

The doctors, nurses, mobsters, and characters that have inhabited Port Charles over the decades have kept many long time fans coming back for more drama each day, while garnering new fans along the way.

To mark the anniversary today, the long running series has a very special episode on tap where we turn back the clock to 1963 and watch the original GH character of Dr. Steve Hardy, Nurse Jessie Brewer, and Intern Phil Brewer as played by today’s current cast members of Daytime Emmy nominee Jason Thompson (Patrick), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) and Ryan Carnes (Lucas).  Their scenes will be seen in black and white.   And today is the day fans have been promised the reveal of what caused Luke’s (Anthony Geary) mind to splinter so badly, and the harrowing secret that somewhere resides in the Spencer’s old home.

Share your congrats to GH today  in the comments section below for their 52-year run continuing to make it the longest running soap on television in the comment section below!

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  1. carol says:

    I would have preferred to see clips of the original cast members (if available) rather than current actors.

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    Patricio replied

    I agree Carol. I’ve been watching since the late 60s and remember Jessie and Steve and Audrey so well being the heart and soul of General Hospital.

    With that said – bravo for the bow to these great characters.

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  2. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    GHs best episode in a long time, and su i didnt even turn off my tv set and read a book…lol…guess the bomb just blew up the basement—rest of the house looks ok—Tims skeleton shouldve craweled up the basement stairs and terrorized them all and then shouts at the audience ‘April Fool’…young Luke and young Patricia were a lot better acting then the regular cast members—young Patricia shouldve played Kiki…lol…Luke accidentally killed mommy like someone predicted—i did say Tims body was buried in the basement but i thought Aunt Ruby was goin to be the one to do—maybe theyll keep the house and open up a bed and breakfast inn—kidding—it is April Fools Day which is celebrated everyday on GH…lol

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I liked the flashbacks…wish they could have stayed in the past being it was GHs best written episode in a long time—RH looked a lot like Jessie Brewers—i miss nurses in white—many looked hot in those uniforms—today i couldnt tell a nurse from an avon lady—lol—all the actors were at their best—this is the episode they should summit for an emmy next year!!!

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    Jamesj75 replied

    jimh, you’re absolutely correct. I am often critical of GH for a variety of reasons. But I read about this special anniversary episode and was blown away! You and so many other posters here have echoed these same sentiments. This, indeed, was a great day in GH history.

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    Patricio replied

    Well written James. So much of GH has become HO-hum. Not there two episodes! A gift to us fans!

    Jamesj75 replied

    Thanks, Patricio! You’re so right. Take care.

  3. Mary SF says:

    Just finish watching the show– thought the way they chose to reveal everything, the tie in with the first show and the use of black and white, was all well done. One of the better anniversary shows I’ve seen on soaps. Now all they have to do tie up all the loose ends on the Fluke story and I’ll be happy.

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  4. Lou Piikes says:

    The writing and acting was superb. They deserve Emmy’s for their work. Heck, an Oscar wouldn’t hurt either.

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  5. jeremy says:

    Happy 52nd GH, my all time favorite Soap Opera :) again, Congrats to all Cast and Crew.

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  6. Christie says:

    Congrats to GH on 52 years, and hopefully many more to come! It’s truly an amazing run. And to think that a few years ago, many people (rightfully so) had doubts that it would survive. It’s fun to take a look back at what else aired on TV in 1963, both in daytime and primetime, in the days long before cable. Times sure have changed, but GH has always been a constant in being there to keep up with the times.

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  7. madluv4u says:

    The episode was excellent!!! Paid tribute to the past and the founding cast. Hopefully it will wrap up the Luke sl finally.

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  8. PGP says:

    Not sure who the girl was playing young Patricia, but they should have her come back and play Kiki. She is way better than the girl playing her now.

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    Jason Loves GH replied

    Amen. I agree 100%!

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    Timmm replied

    I agree, for these flashback scenes they really found some talented actors.

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  9. Linda says:

    Today’s GH was AWESOME! Congratulations Gh for 52 wonderful years. Congratulations to Frank and Ron for telling us Spencer story in such a intense, moving way. Congratulations to the entire ensemble for making us feel we are part of the story lines. The only negative remark goes to ABC7NY for interrupting the last minute today for non-breaking news. That showed nothing but disrespect for GH, it’s 52nd anniversary and the devoted fans.

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  10. Robert says:

    Congratulations on being on for generations, to enjoy a show that means so much to so many for decades. SPOILER ALERT DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE EPISODE. I am curious that Laura Wright played her own character’s grandmother. Are they saying Carlyle looked like Lena, if that is the case why haven’t it been mentioned before. I know ifSommer a relative who is a dead ringer(no pun intended) I would mention it to that relative. In my family , my maternal grandmother and her younger sister looked so much a like, even as a kid I use to do double takes, when they were in the same room.

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  11. Lucy D. says:

    THAT was amazing. I was so over the Luke story, but it had me transfixed. Loved the way they paid homage to original GH in an organic way that made sense. And I was so moved by it all–by the amazing performances–especially of the young actors who played Patricia and Luke–by Laura Wright inhabiting a role that is the polar opposite of Carly–I cried at the end.

    Well done all around.

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    Patricio replied

    Right on Lucy! This show has so much potential!

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  12. Jeremy says:

    For me, on a whole…I wasn’t all that impressed with this special episode.

    And, it would be cool if GH borrowed Guy Wilson (from DAYS) to portray young-Luke once again.

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  13. BillyMillerIsJason says:

    Phenomenal show today. I know this this was centered around Luke and Geary did a awesome job, but my god, Laura Wright’s portrayal of Lena Spencer was outstanding. There was no traces of Carly anywhere. She was the best thing about this episode to me. Now, the actors who played young Luke and Patricia, I want them on contract right now. Summer is coming up. I say we soras all the babies, (Joss, Cameron, Spencer, Emma)
    As for the big reveal, I knew where the writers were going. It was predictable, but I didn’t care. What a fabulous episode. Adding Bill into the mix was perfect. If only GH was like this every week. I’d take stuff like this over the usual crap any day.

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    Patricio replied

    I’m with you guy! I too was hoping Laura would not be overlooked. These family storylines go so deep . I can’t take these gangster stories. They are ALL. Dead ends.

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  14. Fanny says:

    Complete unravelment as Luke faces his past sins with his sisters by his side.
    Did not see that ONE coming!!! And then to have him take on the personality of Bill
    the man who long ago protected him,only to reveal the truth to him as he lay dying.
    Telling him to forgive himself for what happened to his mother, NO wonder Luke lost
    it.

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  15. Colleen says:

    This is why I watch GH. This reminds me of the good old days. Frank and Ron have done a fabulous job since taking over from Jill years ago. The campy stuff is fine from time to time, but it’s wonderful to see actual dramatic storylines from time to time. I can’t say enough of how well Jane, Jackie, Dee, Emme, Dominic, the younger versions of Luke, Bobbie and Pat, Laura and especially Tony have done. An A++++ episode!

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  16. k/kay says:

    Very well done episode today ! Kudos !

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  17. Dan says:

    Just watched it on my dvr and it was a really great episode. Very well done. Great tribute to the past. The acting was very good by all. And the young Spencer actors did a great job. Really enjoyed it! And I actually cared about Luke again!

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  18. fginaspy says:

    Bravo! A wonderful episode.

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  19. William Hall says:

    Wow. Today was powerful. Brought back some not so great personal memories / feelings. Emmys for TG, LW and whoever played young Luke.

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  20. Timmm says:

    If they got 28 nominations this year they should get 128 for next year for this RETRO GH! EVERYONE involved should be applauded. My God, where to start? The casting of the Spencer kids were phenomenal! They mixed history, black and white and the current story masterfully. Tony Geary as Tim Spencer was off the charts. To see Luke watching [Remembering] what had happened as this talented cast plays out the Spencer history is unlike anything I have EVER seen on TV, day or night. Watching Tony as Tim really makes you wonder why the hell hasnt this guy done any other acting besides GH in such a long time. I won’t spoil the ending for Wednesdays show but watching Luke at the end as the puzzle pieces finally fit, well, its a Daytime Lifetime Achievement Award Performance. Thank you Mr. Geay!

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  21. Jimmy says:

    This was a very good episode! It was well acted, well written, and FINALLY revealed the truth about what caused Luke’s split. We finally got the answer, and it’s a lot more grim than I initially thought. My theory was that Tim was sexually abusing Patricia and Bobbie and Luke killed him to protect his sisters. But I feel like the way things actually happened has a much larger affect on Luke, having killed both his parents in one night. I’m happy we finally got some closure with this story. One thing though, for anyone who watched GH back when Bill Eckert was on, did he actually say those words to Luke when he died about forgiving himself for what he did to his mother? That’s the one area I was a bit unsure about.

    Also kudos to the two actors who played young Patricia and Luke, they were great, especially the actress. And that showdown between Tony Geary as Tim and young Luke was SO good! I also really enjoyed seeing Patrick, Elizabeth and Lucas playing Steve, Jessie and Phil. Great nod to history and a great episode for the show’s 52nd!

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  22. Max Daddee says:

    Happy 52nd GH! Nice acting by Jason, Rebecca and Ryan in playing the roles of some of the original GH cornerstones. Good reenactment of what happened with Luke and family when he was a child. But, with as long as this was drawn out, I was expecting a more complex situation behind it all. Not to understate the impact killing both of one’s parents can have on someone, but somehow the multiple personality we’ve been seeing with Fluke as one who is so violent, just doesn’t seem to fit well with what really happened.

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  23. rachie says:

    It was a good show except the writers screwed up so bad. Did anyone remember that the house was blown up a few weeks ago with Dante and Det. West barely making it out. Apparently the writers didn’t because there was the whole clan there and the furniture was even unaffected by the explosion Hmm real dumb. Should have been standing by the charred remains of the house.

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  24. GH52-ME46 says:

    In a word – it was simply A M A Z I N G !!!

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  25. Aria says:

    Loving GH, happy anniversary! Looking forward to many more years.

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  26. Laurie says:

    1st thing I noticed was Elizabeth Korte wrote the episode solo! Squeal! She’s usually the breakdown writer, but I so loved her scripts from 90′s & 2000′s! She’s done it all. I was instantly felt my 90′s GH feels-noticed the depth immediately! I was dropping tears at 10 mins in. To see this episode was going to exceed my greatest expectations was overwhelming paired w/GH’s 28 Emmy noms. This is when I realized how much the GH hate & bashing it receives does wear me out.

    I’m no poet like the other posters. Just loved how they tied the mom’s trip to GH to the premiere date! Young Bobbie Spencer screaming April Fool’s. Luke’s expressions as the story unfolded. Young Luke and especially Young Pat-sign them on as new young characters immediately-tie them in w/vets. Lila Rae? Mary Tyler Moore comment. Loved that Spencer girl Carly being weaved in as Luke’s mom-stellar job! The last minute twist-Luke accidentally hit his mom w/bat: wow! Patricia was so much more than I expected. She’s warm & soft, not harsh & campy like I feared. She bounced beautifully off of all the Spencer clan, esp Luke. More Dee Wallace please.
    Jason Thompson nailing Dr. Steve Hardy’s rigid, absolute, compassionate spirit. This man studies his craft. Becky & Ryan C’s were both perfection. Loved the black & white. The old GH opening: ambulance & shot of GH! Miss that.
    Congrats to the cast and crew for the hard work, love & care they handled this show with. I can’t recall in any of my 45 yrs ever seeing the stunning & staggering compliments all over social media. This is bigger, stronger than Hallowedding Sweeps, any GH sweeps thus far-it’s not even sweeps. GH/ABC advertised this in primetime many times. What’s going on here? GH is no longer the red-headed stepchild. Even the diehard, hardcore social media whiners are conceding the show rocks. Only a straggler here & there whining they didn’t like. If 1 can’t grasp what this was today, soaps are NOT for you! This was dark but soapy as HELL.
    All that was missing was Lucky and Laura-I refuse to give up-we still have tomorrow.
    Let’s use this as a template writers and reach for this each day! Now that I know you can Cartini, I expect you to!

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  27. Sly says:

    EXCELLENT…
    Congratulations to everyone on and off screen.
    You all did an excellent job.
    I sincerely enjoyed it.

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  28. Rodd says:

    It was a fantastic and powerful show. I really enjoyed the black and white stuff. Great job by all involved.

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  29. Llanviewer717 says:

    I watched GH’s debut on April 1, 1963 and was a regular viewer until 2005. I decided to watch this episode because of the salute to the past. Jason Thompson nailed Dr. Hardy. And, Elizabeth Herbst nailed the beloved Jessie Brewer. Both performances brought tears to my eye. How I loved those wonderful characters. Hats off to Laura Wright. She gave a very moving performance as the abused wife. As always, superb work by Anthony Geary.

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  30. mgb357 says:

    That show was fantastic – except that my Comcast had a blank screen for the first 28 minutes. So I missed alot – please show it again – as a flashback, or something so we can experience the whole show.

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  31. Vi says:

    Loved this episode and how they used a statement from 20 years that Bill made to Luke and brought it back almost like it was a set up for this, way back then. I wish when the writers touch on something from past they would run with it, think out of the box, like last year and Aztec Treasure I think they blew what could have been an exciting story line by having pieces of the treasure resurface, I loved those can’t wait to get home to see what happens stories. Happy 52nd GH!

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  32. su0000 says:

    I was blown away!!!
    I have never seen anything as GH’s 52nd show on any other soap..
    GH is indeed phenomenal..
    The writers, actors crew do bring us their best..
    I LOVED IT !!!

    ……….. watched it twice !! .. it deserved a second viewing..

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  33. Patricio says:

    Hand over next years EMMYs now.
    What a joy to see drama and strohrytelling in a way ONLY long term soaps can do.

    GH would return to its heyday ibis they could drop the mob and focus on family. They added years to OLTL VALENT-tini and their team can do it!

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