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All My Children Beginnings

Updated on April 7, 2011

The History Of All My Children

All My Children first debuted on ABC on January 5, 1970. The baby of the soap opera's creator, Agnes Nixon, it originally aired as a half-hour daytime drama; much like its offspring, "Loving”, which she co-created. Because of its growing popularity in dealing with taboo 1970s topics such as the Vietnam War and abortion, All My Children was granted an extension from 30 minutes to running a full hour on April 25, 1977. Since then, the daytime drama has grown and continues to cover controversial subjects, such as trans-genders, homosexuality, single mothers, blindness, dabbled among its usual soap opera-esque psychotic, conspiracy, spoiled rich kid stories.

Characters have changed over the last 41 years, but the family ties have stayed very much intact. Patriarch Palmer (Pete Cooney) Cortlandt's ties remain as a new character, his nephew, Caleb (Cooney) Cortlandt and Caleb's son, Asher Pike, arrived in Pine Valley in 2010. Phoebe Wallingford has long since past, but her niece, Brooke English's ties to Adam Chandler and his son JR and daughter, Colby are still strong storylines. If you started watching "All My Children" when the drama began in 1970, or if you picked up on the Pine Valley suburbanites in the 1980s or 1990s and then for some reason or other stopped, jumping back into the series will not be too great a feat. Many of your old friends are still shuffling around (like Tad and Opal). You'll be up to speed in no time. Erica Kane is still single and looking for a husband!


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