The title card used from 1980 to 1982.
|Created by||Orvin Tovrov|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. A soap opera is an ongoing episodic work of Fiction, usually broadcast on Television or Radio. James Pritchett (born October 27, 1922 in Lenoir North Carolina) is an American Actor, best known for his role as Dr Elizabeth Hubbard (born December 22, 1933) is an American Soap opera actress. Ann Williams ( May 18 1932 – December 13 1985) was an American Soap opera actress. For the footballer see David O'Brien (footballer David O'Brien (b The United States of America —commonly referred to as the of episodes||5280|
|Running time||30 Minutes|
|Original run||April 1, 1963 – December 31, 1982|
The Doctors was a soap opera which aired on NBC from April 1, 1963 to December 31, 1982. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Events 527 - Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne Year 1963 ( MCMLXIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 406 – Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gallia. Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) A soap opera is an ongoing episodic work of Fiction, usually broadcast on Television or Radio. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Events 527 - Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne Year 1963 ( MCMLXIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 406 – Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gallia. Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) There were 5280 episodes produced, with the 5000th episode airing in November 1981. The series was set in Hope Memorial Hospital in the fictional "Madison", located somewhere in New England. History See also History of New England New England's earliest inhabitants were Algonquian -speaking Native Americans including the
Originally, The Doctors was not supposed to be a conventional soap opera. It first aired in 1963 for a trial run as an anthology series with self-contained episodes about medical emergencies. When the show was brought back in 1964, the show adopted a serial form of storytelling. Serials in Television and Radio are series often in a weekly Prime time slot that rely on a continuing plot that unfolds in a serial fashion For most of the series, storylines revolved around Chief of Staff Matthew Powers (played by James Pritchett). James Pritchett (born October 27, 1922 in Lenoir North Carolina) is an American Actor, best known for his role as Dr
The Doctors was considered to be more risqué in storyline choices than its rival, General Hospital (which premiered on the same day). General Hospital (commonly abbreviated GH) is an American Soap opera broadcast on the ABC television network during the While the doctors on General Hospital worked in harmony with one another for the most part and in some cases were intimate friends, the physicians on The Doctors were much more cutthroat.
For example, Dr. Powers was put on trial for murder, was forced to rescind his Chief of Staff position, and became very depressed. Another doctor took over Powers's spot and immediately schemed to remove his allies, such as Dr. Althea Davis, from positions of influence in the hospital. In another storyline, one doctor's nurse found out that he killed his rival and made it look like suicide. When he discovered that she knew the truth, he tormented her every day at work until she committed suicide herself, allowing him to get away with the murder.
In 1972 and 1974, the serial received a Daytime Emmy for Best Drama. The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New York -based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles -based Academy In the years following, announcer Mel Brandt would inform the audience at the beginning of each episode: And now, The Doctors: The (Emmy-award winning) program dedicated to the brotherhood of healing. Mel Brandt (born June 18, 1919, Brooklyn, New York was an Actor and NBC staff announcer
For most of its run, The Doctors was packaged and sponsored by the Colgate-Palmolive company through its Channelex division; in 1980, NBC took over production in-house. Colgate-Palmolive Company ( is an American diversified Multinational corporation focused on the production distribution and provision of household health care The year 1980 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1980.
Recently, SFM Entertainment reached an agreement with Colgate-Palmolive and the Hallmark Channel, by which SFM would assume syndication rights to the show. SFM Entertainment (formerly known as SFM Media Corporation and SFM Media Service Corporation) is an American television syndicator established in 1968 The Hallmark Channel is a Cable television network that broadcasts in over 100 countries
The Doctors became very popular in the late 1960s when it was featured in advertisements for NBC's 90-minute serial bloc. This page indexes the individual year in Television The show flourished when it was placed in the timeslot of 2:30 p. m. Eastern/1:30 Central, in between Days of Our Lives and Another World, two highly rated shows. Days of Our Lives is an American Soap opera, which has aired nearly every weekday since November 8 1965 on the NBC network in the United Another World is a television Soap opera that ran on the NBC network from May 4 1964 to June 25 1999. Upon its 1963 debut, The Doctors succeeded an 18-month-long early effort by entertainment mogul Merv Griffin to establish a daytime talk show. Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin Jr ( July 6, 1925 &ndash August 12, 2007) was an American Television host and It spent nearly 16 years in that timeslot, an extraordinary feat for daytime shows of its day, especially when it is considered that among its victims in the ratings were long-running favorites such as CBS' House Party with Art Linkletter and, later, ABC's Dating Game. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. Mainly in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, United States and Canada the term house party refers Art Linkletter (born Gordon Arthur Kelly on July 17 1912 in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, Canada) was the host of two of the longest-running The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. The Dating Game is an ABC television show that first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Broadcasting's longest-running soap opera, CBS' The Guiding Light, went up against it more than once as well. Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975 or simply GL) is an Emmy award winning American Television
From the late 1960s until the mid-1970s, The Doctors was among the higher-rated soap operas of the day. The decade of the 1970s saw significant changes in television programming in both the United Kingdom and the United States. In 1973-74 the show peaked at fourth place, behind CBS' As The World Turns and fellow NBC serial Days and the soap opera Another World. The year 1973 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1973. The year 1974 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1974. As the World Turns ( ATWT) is an American television Soap opera that airs each weekday on CBS.
However, after 1975, the show's popularity went into terminal decline: eighth place in 1975-76 and 11th place from 1976 through 1980, before falling to the bottom of the pack by 1982. The year 1975 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of television-related events in 1975 The year 1976 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1976 The year 1980 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1980. The year 1982 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1982. This can be traced in part to ABC's expansion of One Life to Live in 1976 and CBS' promotion of Guiding Light to an hour in length in late 1977. One Life to Live ( OLTL) is an American Soap opera which has been broadcast on the ABC television network since July 15 1968 The year 1977 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1977. However, its own network, NBC, inflated the adjacent Another World to 90 minutes in March 1979, bumping The Doctors ahead to 2 p. m. /1 Central, alienating many longtime followers. A year and a half later, in August 1980, Procter and Gamble spun off Texas from Another World, requiring The Doctors to move again, this time to 12:30 p. Procter & Gamble Co ( P&G,) is a Fortune 500, American global corporation based in Cincinnati Ohio, that manufactures a wide Texas (sometimes called Another World in Texas and later Texas The New Generation) was a daytime Soap opera which aired on NBC from m. /11:30 a. m. Central.
As if facing the youth-oriented Ryan's Hope on ABC and the stalwart Search for Tomorrow on CBS were not enough, in March 1982, NBC essentially left the show out to pasture at 12 Noon/11 Central, where daytime's most popular game, Family Feud, ran on ABC, and where CBS stations in the Central Time Zone ran the first half of The Young and the Restless, by this time a major phenomenon in its own right. This page is about the television program For the rock band of the same name see Ryan's Hope (band. Search for Tomorrow is a Soap opera which started airing on Monday September 3, 1951 on CBS. Family Feud is a popular Television Game show that pits two families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type The Young and the Restless is a 39 time Emmy Award winning American Television Soap opera, first broadcast on CBS on March 26 This proved the fatal blow to the The Doctors, as it fell into the single digits in the Nielsens, and NBC had no choice except to cancel a show that fell a mere three months shy of its 20th anniversary. Nielsen Ratings are audience measurement systems developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the Audience size and composition of television
The five core characters during the series' run were:
Several well-known actors and actresses had roles on The Doctors throughout its long run: