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Farewell to ATWT

It has been a hard day for me today as I said good-bye to the characters in the town of Oakdale, Illinois. As The World Turns went off the air today September 17, 2010. I write the date down just to mark it in TV history, because another of television’s longest running soaps is gone after 54 years of memorable stories and characters. We will miss the romance of the super couples like Betsy and Steve, Craig and Sierra. Holden and Lily, Carly and Jack, and Lisa and her many husbands. The show also had one villain that never died until the end, James Stenbeck played masterfully by Anthony Herrera.

I started watching  As The World Turns in the 1980’s, stopped for a while in the early 1990’s, but quickly came back to it and watched it until the end. I think the reason I loved it so much was because it seemed more realistic than other shows. They seemed like real families with real problems that anyone has, and I loved watching how they dealt with their problems. I got hooked in the 1980’s by the Holden, Lily, Dusty triangle that was just great to watch. I also loved the Betsy Steve love story. I will admit that at times As the World Turns has struggled with writing and stories, because there have been writers who have ignored the show’s rich history of core families and core characters, but all in all it has been wonderful storytelling. The best times of the show were when Douglas Marland was at the helm of the show. It made a comeback when after many head writers, Hogan Sheffer became head writer. During those days, I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to my favorite characters and how they would get out of their latest crisis.

As The World Turns had great romance but also dealt with important social issues, like alcoholism with the characters of Susan Stewart and Andy Dixon being the stories that stand out in my mind. Colleen Zenk’s real life battle with oral cancer was written into a story for Barbara and was handled beautifully. Margo’s rape, which led to a possibility of her having AIDS also comes to mind. One of the most powerful to me was when Lyla’s husband Casey Paretti wanted to die with dignity, so he asked his stepdaughter Margo to turn off the machines for him if he could no longer be himself and live a productive life.

I enjoyed the ending today. I think it gave fans a sense of closure that their favorite characters were finally happy after all the ups and downs in their lives. I applaud As the World Turns for giving us drama, love and laugher until the end which were the three things that characterize the show for me. Today I say goodnight to As The World Turns and thank all the actors that have been on the show for their wonderful work. If you want to see a wonderful collection of clips go to YouTube and watch a four-part farewell tribute by a lady named Amy.

Part 1 ~ The Weddings
Part 2 ~ In Loving Memory
Part 3 ~ The Vets
Part 4 ~ The Couples

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Page updated 9/17/10

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