SOAPnet's 50-Hour GENERAL HOSPITAL Marathon Kicks Off With Very First Episode

In celebration of GENERAL HOSPITAL's 50th anniversary, SOAPnet is airing an unprecedented 50-hour marathon of classic episodes from the beloved series, starting Friday, March 29th at 10 p.m. ET/PT and running through Monday, April 1 at 12:00 a.m. ET/PT (Sunday night/Monday morning). The marathon kicks off with the very first episode from 1963, and will include shows from every decade. The stunt leads up to the very special 50th anniversary episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, airing on Monday, April 1 on ABC (2:00-3:00 p.m. ET//1:00 p.m. PT/CT) and SOAPnet (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, encore at 12:00 a.m. ET/PT).

The marathon will cover favorite characters, couples and storylines with such themes as romance (Luke & Laura’s wedding, Frisco & Felicia’s wedding, Luke & Laura’s dance at Wyndham’s, Lucky & Liz’s first kiss), heartbreak (Stone dies, Sonny leaves Brenda at the altar, BJ dies/Maxie’s heart transplant), action-adventure (Ice Princess, the Hostage Crisis, the Hotel Fire,) and shocking bombshells (Elizabeth finds Carly in the panic room, AJ discovers he’s Michael’s father, Jason’s car accident) plus many more surprises and appearances by fan favorites (Elizabeth Taylor as Helena Cassadine, John Stamos as Blackie, Ricky Martin as Miguel, Rick Springfield as Noah). It is an extraordinary marathon, 50 years in the making.

GENERAL HOSPITAL, the most honored show of the 2012 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, celebrates its golden anniversary on April 1, 2013. Approaching 50 historic years on ABC, GH is the longest running American soap opera currently in production and the third longest-running drama in American television history. GENERAL HOSPITAL was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.

Schedule:

DateTime Episode # Synopsis
3/29 10:00:00 p.m. 1963-00001 In the very first episode of General Hospital, Angie is distraught about the damage to her face from the accident; Peggy is frustrated when hospital business ruins a night out on the town with her fiancĂ©, Steve Hardy; the tension continues to grow in Jessie and Phil’s marriage.
3/29 10:30:00 p.m. 1981-00209 Luke and Laura prepare for their nuptials
3/29 11:30:00 p.m. 1981-00210 Luke and Laura are finally married – but how long will their happiness last after Elizabeth Taylor’s Helena Cassadine puts a curse on them and Laura’s ex, Scotty, shows up to catch the bouquet?
3/30 12:30:00 a.m. 1993-07833 Just as their raft is headed over the falls, Luke and Laura are saved by a helicopter; Jason and Brenda feel guilty when they realize the truth about Karen.
3/30 01:30:00 a.m. 1994-07913 Luke and Laura tell Lucky he’s going to be a big brother; Steve and Audrey help Miguel get a job at the Outback; Robin and Stone are excited to learn they’re both in Jagger and Karen’s wedding party; Brenda and Sonny flirt at Kelly’s.
3/30 02:30:00 a.m. 2006-11164 After awaking from her coma, Laura has an emotional reunion with her family; Ric devises a plan to falsify evidence and frame Sam; Alexis agrees to let Sonny and Carly take care of her kids while she’s in the hospital.
3/30 03:30:00 a.m. 1963-00017 Doctors Hardy and Brewer work on a difficult case; Peggy tells Jessie about her difficult break-up with Dr. Hardy and Jessie confides in Peggy that she’s insecure about the age difference between herself and her younger husband, Phil Brewer.
3/30 04:00:00 a.m. 1979-00237 As Lesley struggles to help Monica give birth at home, Monica blurts out that Rick is the father of her baby; Alan and Rick rush through a storm to try and save Monica and her son; Edward and Tracy fear for the worst.
3/30 05:00:00 a.m. 1980-00088 Rick and Lesley are both hurting on the day of their divorce; Jennifer invites Laura and Scotty for a day of sailing with her and Luke; Dan is frustrated with Jessie’s continued refusal to marry him; Jeff wonders about his future with Anne.
3/30 06:00:00 a.m. 1980-00112 Monica gets a blood test to try and prove that Alan is her baby’s father; Luke storms over to confront his boss, Frank Smith, for lying and leaves Bobbie and Ruby afraid for their futures; a.m.y tells Alan she’ll keep his secrets.
3/30 07:00:00 a.m. 1980-00124 At the Fourth of July party, Scotty and Laura make plans for their first anniversary; Bobbie covers for Luke so he can search Frank Smith’s office for the black book; Monica wants Alan to admit he tried to kill her and Rick.
3/30 08:00:00 a.m. 1980-00146 On the run from Frank Smith, Luke and Laura take time out to spend a romantic night together dancing in Wyndham’s Department store unaware that Hutch is there too.
3/30 09:00:00 a.m. 1981-00021 Heather sneaks out of the sanitarium and prepares to kill Diana; Jeff is furious with Diana when she finally tells him that PJ is Steven Lars; Alan shows Susan the new love nest he’s bought for her.
3/30 10:00:00 a.m. 1981-00142 Luke, Laura, and Robert make themselves comfortable on the island – until they discover that the Cassadines are directly underground; Tiffany is furious that Victor and Mikkos won’t allow her outside; Hutch and Rose grow closer; Jessie and Dan offer their support to Rick and Lesley.
3/30 11:00:00 a.m. 1981-00171 As zero hour approaches, will Luke be able to crack the code for the weather machine and save Port Charles? Laura and Robert convince Victor to help their cause; Noah, Anne and Rose attend to those in need at Kelly’s Diner.
3/30 12:00:00 p.m. 1981-00211 Luke and Laura arrive at the Whitakers’ farm for their honeymoon; Scotty continues to rage about Luke and Laura, much to Lee and Gail’s dismay; Robert is hesitant to commit to Tiffany.
3/30 01:00:00 p.m. 1983-00014 Holly agrees to marry Robert so she won’t be deported; Luke recovers from surgery; Susan is outraged when she discovers Scotty’s interference with baby Jason’s investments; Blackie finds a place to hide Lou.
3/30 02:00:00 p.m. 1983-00084 Luke and Holly have a confrontation when he returns to Port Charles and learns she’s now married to Robert; Blackie and Lou are relieved when Rose is legally named as Lou’s guardian.
3/30 03:00:00 p.m. 1984-00160 Frisco pulls the hat off the thief in his apartment and reveals Felicia; Jimmy Lee is convinced that Beatrice was murdered and the Quartermaines are involved; Robert questions Holly hoping to gain some inside information.
3/30 04:00:00 p.m. 1986-00114 Frisco serenades Felicia as they’re married at the brownstone; Sean arranges a special wedding night for the newlyweds; Alan tries to catch Sean and Monica having an affair; Anna is intrigued by Port Charles newcomer, Duke Lavery.
3/30 05:00:00 p.m. 1991-07133 Robert and Anna’s desire to exact revenge upon each other turns passionate; Frisco is amused when he has to set Robert free from Anna's trap; the protest against the ELQ ship goes awry; Robert is shocked to discover the man he's just rescued is his brother.
3/30 06:00:00 p.m. 1994-07967 When elated Frisco tells Tony they’ve found a heart donor for Maxie, Tony has to break the news that it’s BJ’s; Tony insists on being there for the procedure and shares a tearful goodbye with his daughter.
3/30 07:00:00 p.m. 1995-08152 Monica is uncomfortable with the idea of sex with Alan after her mastectomy; Mac is furious with Robin when she admits to having slept with Stone; Brenda gives advice to Stone.
3/30 08:00:00 p.m. 1995-08220 Luke and Sonny take out Scully’s men in a shootout at Luke’s house; Stone worries that his HIV positive blood has gotten on Robin; Brenda is scraped up and scared, but alive; Frisco and Felicia make love.
3/30 09:00:00 p.m. 1995-08361 Stone sees Robin one last time before he dies; Sonny offers his support; Lucy is convinced that Sigmund the duck is trying to tell her and Kevin that something is wrong.
3/30 10:00:00 p.m. 1995-08381 AJ fights with his family and storms off in a drunken rage; Jason tries to stop him from driving, but AJ won’t listen and the two end up in a fateful car crash; Brenda joins Robin and Sonny as they scatter Stone’s ashes.
3/30 11:00:00 p.m. 1996-08403 The Quartermaines are shocked at Jason’s hostility towards them after his accident; Robin tells Brenda she’s attending Sonny and Lily’s wedding; Lois is determined to find a way for Ned to still sing in the band.
3/31 12:00:00 a.m. 1996-08453 Jax distracts heartbroken Brenda with sunshine and shopping sprees, but she still dreams of Sonny; a mix-up has Ned and Lois rushing to the emergency room, each thinking the other is hurt; newcomer Carly Roberts arrives in Port Charles.
3/31 01:00:00 a.m. 1996-08491 Jax and Brenda are married on his yacht; Sonny and Lily’s joy over their baby announcement quickly turns to tragedy; Ned and Lois’ first anniversary celebration is interrupted by Edward.
3/31 02:00:00 a.m. 1996-08524 Lucky is furious at Laura when she admits that the stranger who saved Lulu’s life is actually his brother, Nikolas; the hospital staff reacts to the death of Steve Hardy; Jason manages to comfort both Carly and Robin.
3/31 03:00:00 a.m. 1996-08547 Robin convinces Jason she wants to be with him and the two spend a romantic night together in Montauk; Sonny celebrates Stone’s birthday; Nikolas and Stefan cause further conflict in Luke and Laura’s marriage.
3/31 04:00:30 a.m. 1996-08586 Bobbie finds Carly in bed with Tony, just as Luke discovers that Carly is Bobbie’s missing daughter, Caroline.
3/31 05:02:00 a.m. 1997-08688 Trapped in the cave thinking they’re going to die, Sonny and Brenda make love; Jax leads the search to find them; Stefan assures Bobbie that he married her for love; Laura says goodbye to an angry Nikolas.
3/31 06:00:00 a.m. 1997-08804 Carly carries out her plan, pouring vodka over a drugged AJ, then calling the Quartermaines to tell them he’s been drinking – thus ruining Alan and Monica’s anniversary celebration; charges are dropped against Sonny, Brenda, and Jax; Jason informs Sonny of his split with Robin, and convinces Sonny to re-hire him.
3/31 07:02:00 a.m. 1997-08829 Brenda is stunned when Sonny leaves her alone at the altar in front of friends and family on their wedding day; AJ wants to know if he is the father of Carly’s baby; Jax and V share a moment together.
3/31 08:00:00 a.m. 1997-08883 When Nikolas is seriously hurt in the shootout at Luke’s club, Jason’s past medical training kicks in and he saves him; Stefan thinks Luke was responsible for Nikolas’ injury.
3/31 09:00:00 a.m. 1998-08926 Carly shocks Bobbie with the news that she’s Bobbie’s daughter; Felicia decides who the real Mac is with a kiss; Robin urges Jason to tell AJ the truth about Michael.
3/31 10:00:00 a.m. 1998-08931 Lucky finds a bruised and battered Elizabeth in the bushes and brings her back to his house; Bobbie gives Elizabeth support and medical advice; Ned and Alexis celebrate Valentine’s Day and make love.
3/31 11:00:00 a.m. 1998-08999 At the Cassadines’ Bacchanalia Ball, Stefan and Katherine celebrate their engagement in grand style, while Brenda and Jax keep theirs a secret; Luke and Alexis plot Helena’s demise; Lucky and Elizabeth share a secret dance outside.
3/31 12:00:00 p.m. 1998-09080 Devastated over Brenda’s apparent death, Jax reflects on the highlights of their relationship; Elizabeth gives Lucky a meaningful gift and they share their first kiss.
3/31 01:00:00 p.m. 1999-09166 After Robin stuns AJ with the news that he’s Michael’s biological father, she rushes to tell Jason what she’s done; AJ confronts Carly; Emily is upset when she catches Nikolas and Katherine in bed together.
3/31 02:00:00 p.m. 1999-09232 In the aftermath of the fire, Lucky’s body is identified; Luke and Laura pay a traumatic visit to the morgue; Elizabeth mourns Lucky’s death; Laura breaks the news to Lulu.
3/31 03:00:00 p.m. 2003-10318 Elizabeth is stunned to find the panic room and Carly in it; Sonny starts to believe Jason that Ric is responsible for Carly’s disappearance; Dillon turns down Edward’s bail money when Edward insults Georgie; Nikolas and Zander tend to a fragile Emily.
3/31 04:00:00 p.m. 2004-10467 With the Port Charles Hotel on fire, Luke demands that they use a lottery system to organize who gets rescued by the helicopter first; Carly and Sonny fall through the hotel floor as it caves in; Emily is devastated to leave Nikolas behind in the burning building as she boards the helicopter.
3/31 05:00:00 p.m. 2004-10673 Nikolas and Emily wed knowing that Nikolas will soon be arrested for murder; Sam drunkenly kisses Jason; Luke plays along with Heather's delusion in the hope of locating Skye and Laura.
3/31 06:00:00 p.m. 2005-10912 When the trains collide, Robin is trapped; Jason is determined to rescue Sam; Alexis goes into labor; Elizabeth fears for injured Lucky’s life.
3/31 07:00:00 p.m. 2006-10979 Bobbie and Lucas are at Tony’s side as he succumbs to the virus; Patrick tells Emily it’s up to her whether Sonny or Nikolas should get the anecdote; Carly and Jason form a plan to rescue Lucky.
3/31 08:00:00 p.m. 2006-11177 In an extravagant celebration, Luke and Laura renew their vows on the 25th anniversary of their first wedding; Jason and Sam find some time for romance a.m.idst the danger that surrounds them and their new ally, Spinelli.
3/31 09:00:00 p.m. 2007-11240 In the aftermath of the hostage crisis, the victims are reunited with their loved ones; Elizabeth has a shocking revelation for Jason; the Quartermaines sit by Alan’s bedside as he fights for his life.
3/31 10:00:00 p.m. 2008-11677 Robin and Patrick introduce their family to newborn Emma Grace; Luke attempts to save Laura, who is trapped in Scotty’s car as it dangles over the edge of a cliff; Nikolas and Lulu break into Scotty’s hotel room.
3/31 11:00:00 p.m. 2012-12692 Ned and Skye return to town for Edward’s funeral; the Quartermaines reflect on their memories of Edward and then gather for a traditional Q Thanksgiving filled with fighting, family, and pizza.

9 comments:

  1. Well I know how I'm spending that weekend!

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  2. wish they would show Steve doing the Christmas show

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  3. That would be awesome. I loved when Steve told the Christmas story. I am super excited to see the GH marathon of shows. I am also looking forward to see the Nurses Ball, especialy if I get to see Frisco Jones sing a love song to Felecia. That would be so cool.

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  4. My cable network, Comcast, dropped Soapnet last year. I can't see any of it! DAMN!

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  5. will the marathon be played on soapnet

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  6. The marathon is being shown on SOAPnet, unfortunately, Comcast dropped SOAPnet from their lineup and there is no way to add it back on... I called yesterday and was told it was impossible for me to get it with Comcast... crappy ppl!

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  7. Thanks for the schedule... Soapnet doesn't even give one! (How much sense does that make??)

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  8. This is going to be incredible. Thanks gh...what a treat to see the first episode and decades evolve.

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  9. And I agree w j blaine...I was shocked I couldnt find it on soap net and had to google. Thanks We Love Soaps for the effort. Someone cares

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