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15 August 28th, 2014 Retro TV Announces Launch Date For THE DOCTORS Of September 29th!


Look for the NBC classic soap The Doctors to join Retro TV’s afternoon lineup starting September 29th.  Fans of the Emmy-winning series will find two episodes airing back-to- back every weekday at 12PM E/P.

Set in Hope Memorial Hospital in the fictional New England city of Madison, The Doctors‘ storylines center on the hospital’s Chief of Staff Dr. Matthew Powers (James Pritchett) and his dedicated team. The soap opera ran for 19 years, spanned 5,280 episodes and won several Daytime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series (1971, 1972 and 1974), Lead Actor (James Pritchett, 1978) and Lead Actress (Elizabeth Hubbard, 1974).

Several well-known actors and actresses passed through the halls of Hope Memorial during its run, including Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (Misery), Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), Emmy Award winner Ted Danson (Cheers), Emmy Award winner Terry O’Quinn (Lost) and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married).

Emily Bronze, Luken’s Director of Affiliate Relations, said “The positive feedback we’ve received since Retro TV’s initial announcement of The Doctors has been phenomenal. Classic soap fans are excited about Retro TV and we look forward to expanding our offerings with this genre and audience.”

Luken Communications is a Chattanooga, TN-based broadcast group with networks including Retro TV, The Heartland Network, The Family Channel, PBJ, Frost Great Outdoors and TUFF TV. Luken Communications offers diverse, family-friendly programming on its networks reaching approximately 80 percent of all U.S. households via a blend of over-the-air, cable and satellite television. For more information about Retro TV, please visit or

Excited to finally learn the launch date of classic episodes of The Doctors? Let us know!

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  1. Lou Piikes says:

    Yippee!!! I am doing the happy dance. I just need to remember to watch it everyday because I don’t have a DVR or VCR hooked up to my television in my bedroom.


  2. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Why didnt soapnet stick around a little longer and air it…a channel more viewers get…its rare for a soap to have all its episodes before 1975…wouldv’e loved to see it again…one of my classic favorites…soap viewers who werent around back then who get Retro should check it out and see how great soaps used to be…


    JeffyJC replied

    Not everyone has cable, they have added 5 affiliates in the last few months. If I know my soap fans someone will put it on Youtube or Dailymotion


    su0000 replied

    Retro is an over air/antenna channel..
    Cable companies only pick it up if its offered by air..
    He it shown in your area you will see it via rabbit ears..

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I hope some will end up on youtube…it was real good in the late 60s to around 1978…one of my many favorite soaps!!!

    CeeCee replied

    I wish I could, Jimh, I’d love that. I have to check this out…Retro.


  3. su0000 says:

    Comcast use to carry Retro TV, but no longer carries it..
    So, guess won’t be seeing it here :)


    JeffyJC replied

    Comcast didn’t carry it, they carried your affiliate it aired on, either you lost the affiliate or Comcast removed their affiliate


  4. Mo says:

    Will watch when I can, which won’t be often as I work and Days is moving to noon.


  5. MBmomof3 says:

    I don’t have this channel


  6. Avatar610 says:

    I’m just hoping someone smart will tape the episodes and post them to YouTube! ;)


  7. Rob says:

    this airs no where near NYC unfortunately, love old soaps.


  8. KateA says:

    I hope someone will post YouTube. I have Comcast and live in the 4th largest city and can’t get it. I am still looking to see if I can find an indoor antennae that works!


  9. dzzdee says:

    how do we obtain this channel, someone said air/ant. What is air/antenna, I change from Dish to Direct, they don’t carry any thing good or like. Help I missing out. I want to see!


    Lou Piikes replied

    air/antenna a.k.a. rabbit ears. I bought a digital antenna from radio shack for the TV in my bedroom. That is the only way I can watch retro tv because time warner does not carry the channel on cable.


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