Tuesday night was all about the soap operas. The Story of Soaps, a two-hour joint production between ABC and PEOPLE, explored the rise and fall of daytime melodramas while managing to make an impression on some viewers in the process.
Starting back with soap opera's radio roots, The Story of Soaps looked at how they became a haven for female creatives in an era where that wasn't exactly common. It also spent a considerable amount of time directly refuting some of the stigmas that come associated with the particular subset of scripted shows, in turn reminding viewers throughout its runtime of their significant impact on TV through today.
The Story of Soaps included some heavyweights of the genre, including Erika Slezak, Maurice Benard, and, of course, Susan Lucci. They were joined by former soap actors like Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Bryan Cranston, Andy Cohen, Vivica A. Fox, Jon Hamm and Denise Richards. Former General Hospital star John Stamos even got his followers excited by sharing some throwback photos of his time on the medical drama.
The behind-the-scenes special looked at the long-standing influence of soap operas, from fueling America's need for constant entertainment to the birth of both the 24-hour news cycle and reality TV. While it gave viewers a lot to think about, it was also a memorable, sometimes bittersweet walk down memory lane.
"I'm still angry they took it off the air. Still angry. Susan Lucci rocks. Still rocks.." 😂🤣🙌
Carol is all of us.May 20, 2020
Carol Burnett is still angry about the cancellations. DON'T HURT CAROL BURNETT, Y'ALL, BRING 'EM BACK! #TheStoryofSoaps— Serial Drama (@SerialDrama) May 20, 2020
Can we bring back Soap Opera Festivals?! #TheStoryofSoaps— Kristina anderson (@krissy9326) May 20, 2020
The protestors shouting at networks to save their soaps and clogging up phone lines is fandom on twitter today commenting to shave their show whenever a network twitter tweets anything. #TheStoryofSoaps— Di (@TooBadDiane) May 20, 2020
#StoryofSoaps just made me sad for how far soaps have fallen and it's not due to the fans but the executives who dont care and have no vision and are willing to throw way something that is somewhat an American tradition! 😢😢😢— Kai Parker's witch bitch⁷⟭⟬ (@kimstagram_81) May 20, 2020
Soaps have some of the most hard working actors, directors, producers, and writers known to man. To be able to do new shows 5 days a week with hardly any breaks is amazing. Why stigma surrounds them amazes me. #StoryofSoaps— The Buzzcast (@BuzzWorthyRadio) May 19, 2020