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First airing on Monday 5 January 1970, this long-running ABC soap concerned itself with the lives of the Chandler family, the Tyler family and the Martin family.
By the 1980s, the Martin family had become history (they were to reappear years later) while the Tyler family became the show’s primary set of characters.
Set in the fictional town of Pine Valley, not far from New York City, the show has never been afraid to tackle the odd controversial subject in its time and was the first daytime soap to air the issue of abortion.
Without question, the most popular character to appear on All My Children is the infamous femme fatale, Erica Kane, played by Susan Lucci. Erica became the woman viewers loved to hate – a self-centred, ambitious woman who, during the course of the show, was married no less than 11 times to eight different men in 24 years.
Her chain of inter-personal relationships and marriages was so frequent and complex that she end up with a hyphenated surname longer than the average firm of lawyers: Erica Kane Martin Brent Cudahy Chandler.
By 1991, five of the original cast were still on the show; veteran film actress Ruth Warrick, Susan Lucci, Mary Fickett, Frances Heflin and Ray MacDonnell.
Over the years, hundreds of performers have played regular running roles on the series. They include such familiar names as Anne Meara, Ann Flood, Kelly Rippa and Lauren Holly. Actress/comedienne Carol Burnett made a guest appearance in 1976 playing a hospital patient, and she returned as a regular character for several episodes in 1983.
Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, who was a devoted fan of the series, played a walk-on role on the show, as she had done before on the General Hospital series.
In 1995, All My Children celebrated its 25th year on television with a week of special episodes that commemorated its successful, audience-pleasing past as one of television’s most popular daytime drama series.
As with most US daytime soaps, ratings declined in the 2010s and the final episode of All My Children aired in 2013.
Dr Charles Tyler
Dianna De Vegh (1)
Joanna Mills (2)
Judith Barcroft (3)
Erica Kane Martin Brent Cudahy Chandler
Amy Parker Tyler
Brooke English Cudahy Chandler Martin Martin
Ruth Parker Brent Martin
Dr Joseph Joe Martin Sr
Lenny Wlasuk/ Professor Langley Wallingford
Stan ”Mr. U” Ulatowski
Eugene J. Anthony
Thaddeus ”Tad the Cad” Gardner Martin
Mitchell ”Mitch” Beck
Benjamin ”Benny/Bingo” Sago
Dr Charles ”Chuck” Tyler II
Dr Jeffrey Martin
Tara Martin Tyler
Kendall Hart Lang Henry
Sarah Michelle Gellar