Back to the Bay.
For more than three decades, this Irna Phillips and William J. Bell classic focused less on the drama of everyday life that other soap operas focused on at the time, and more on the major drama that existed between the families of different classes and philosophies. Phillips conceived it as a spinoff for "As The World Turns," but CBS did not have room so she sold it to NBC and removed all references to the "ATWT."
Run dates: (May 4, 1964-June 25, 1999)
The families: Many diverse families call Midwestern Bay City home, including the Matthews, Randolphs, Harrisons, Davises, Gregorys, Burrells, Corys, Frames, Winthrops, Loves and Hudsons.
Steve Frame (George Reinholt) and Alice Matthews (Jacqueline Courtney)
Jenna Norris (Alla Korot) and Dean Frame (Ricky Paull Goldin)
Notable guest stars: The people who launched their careers on Another World is a laundry list of some of the most famous actors and actresses around. They include Christine Baranski (Beverly Tucker), Morgan Freeman (Roy Bingham), Kelsey Grammer (Dr. Canard), Amme Heche (Marley and Vicky Hudson), Ray Liotta (Joey Perrini), Lindsay Lohan (Alli Fowler), Luke Perry (Kenny), Jane Krakowski (Tonya), Brad Pitt (Chris), Ving Rhames (Czaja Carnek), Kyra Sedgwick (Julia Shearer), and Janine Turner (Patricia Krikland) . Other incredible cameos came from Chris Noth, Ed O’Neill, Dick Cavett, Crystal Gayle, Liberace, Joan Rivers, Al Roker and Betty White.
The story: The first episode of "Another World" revolved around the aftermath of the funeral of wealthy William Matthews. His widow Liz (Audra Lindley) did not like his low-brow family, especially his brother Jim (Shepperd Strudwick), and fights between the two kicked off the series. As the '60s went on, the lives and loves of Jim's children (Russ, Alice, and Pat) took center-stage. Soon businessman Steve Frame was introduced and he became close with Alice – as well as the daughter of hairdresser Ada Davis (Constance Ford), scheming Rachel (Robin Strasser.) Their triangle, plus the addition of Rachel’s husband Mac (Douglass Watson) fueled the beginnings of "AW." By the end of its 35 year run, many families came and went, but had always kept the focus on family drama and relationships.