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All My Children

1 9 7 0 – 2 0 1 3 (USA)
3477 x 60 mibute episodes

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.

All My Children was the creation of prolific soap opera writer Agnes Nixon, who was also responsible for such hit daytime series’ as Another WorldSearch For Tomorrow and One Life To Live.

Dr Charles Tyler 
Hugh Franklin
Phoebe Tyler-Wallingford
Ruth Warrick
Ann Tyler
Dianna De Vegh (1)
Joanna Mills (2)
Judith Barcroft (3)
Lincoln Tyler
Peter White
Erica Kane Martin Brent Cudahy Chandler
Susan Lucci
Amy Parker Tyler 

Rosemary Prinz
Brooke English Cudahy Chandler Martin Martin
Julia Barr
Ruth Parker Brent Martin
Mary Fickett
Dr Joseph Joe Martin Sr
Ray MacDonnell
Kate Martin
Kay Campbell
Adam Chandler
David Canary
Stuart Chandler
David Canary
Sean Cudahy
Alan Dysert
Hector Santos
Raúl Dávila
Lenny Wlasuk/ Professor Langley Wallingford
Louis Edmonds
Stan ”Mr. U” Ulatowski 

Eugene J. Anthony
Thaddeus ”Tad the Cad” Gardner Martin

Matthew Anton
Les Baxter 

Antonio Fargas
Kurt Sanders

William Ferriter
Mitchell ”Mitch” Beck

Brian Fitzpatrick
Benjamin ”Benny/Bingo” Sago 

Larry Fleischman
Jeffrey Martin

Charles Frank
Dr Charles ”Chuck” Tyler II 

Jack Stauffer
Dr Jeffrey Martin

Christopher Wines
Tara Martin Tyler
Stephanie Braxton
Philip Brent
Nicholas Benedict
Tish Pridmore

Tina Louise
Polly

Gina Belafonte
Chairwoman Trannell 

Elizabeth Taylor
Kendall Hart Lang Henry

Sarah Michelle Gellar