Back to basics? (Soaps.com)

Still going strong.

Today marks the 48th anniversary of “General Hospital.” Currently the longest running soap on the air, the show was created by Frank and Doris Hursley, who first introduced us to the Hardy, Brewer and Baldwin families. Over the years, fans have met the now familiar Webber, Quartermaine, Jones, Corinthos, Scorpio, Spencer, Cassadine, Davis, Jacks and Zacchara families, as well as others along the way.

With the introduction of some of these clans, the main focus of the show has been taken off the hospital, which has been a criticism of many fans and critics over the years. While some site Sonny Corinthos and his mob activities as taking the spotlight off the hospital, the ABC soap has long been home to the criminal element, as Frank Smith and the Cassadines tormented the citizens of Port Charles way before Sonny opened up his strip club. Many adventures were also had, taking some characters across the globe, as the Scorpios and Spencers were often seen saving the world and battling the bad guys in the 1980s.

In between the danger and intrigue, there have been many love stories, most famously that of Luke and Laura. Other notable supercouples included Alan and Monica, Robert and Anna, Frisco and Felicia, Robin and Stone, Sonny and Brenda, and Robin and Patrick, among others.