Set in the fictitious Midwest town in Salem, Days of Our Lives is a long-running American soap opera airing on NCS network and rebroadcasts on SOAPnet.
The story follows the triumphs and downfall of the suburban Horton, Brady and DiMera families. The series is originally led by the Horton patriarch Dr. Tom Horton and his homemaker wife Alice.
Over time, additional families were added to serve as springboards to the story line. Dr. Horton remained in character until the death of the portraying actor McDonald Carey in 1994 (who died from a lung cancer). The Horton matriarch Alice, played by Francis Reid, likewise starred in Days from its inception until her final performance in 1997. The actress died February 3, 2010, as the iconic show introductory goes, “Like sands through the hourglass so are the Days of our Lives…”
Tom was a prominent doctor who fathered five children, Tommy, Addie, Mickey, Bill and Marie. In the earlier series, Tom learned that his son Mickey was sterile. Laura (Mickey’s wife) was found out to be pregnant and confessed to him that Bill has raped her. Tom and Laura decided to keep it a secret to spare family feelings. Another love angle sparked the plot as singer Doug Williams, Addie, and Addie’s own daughter, Julie tangled up into one relationship. In the late 1970’s the Brady and DiMera families were introduced on screen which intensified the story even more. The series primarily focused on the traditional plots until the year 1990 when the production injected supernatural and sci-fi themed stories.
Throughout its long tenure, the series marks a historic milestone in the American television. Since it premiered on November 8, 1965, Days of Our Lives remains to be a fan favorite. It then plays a big role in the American pop culture. Originally a 30 minute soap series, the show has extended to a full hour viewing on April 21, 1975. Family stories intertwine to create a dynamic drama on television. Creators Ted and Betty Cordays and then-writer William Bell combined the hospital drama idea centering on the storyline of a family. The series depicts the lives of the upper and middle class professionals in Salem abound with love, drama and suspense. The series is also conspicuously known for its brainwashing tactics courtesy of the Brady family. On its 4th anniversary on November 8, 2010, the show was renewed for another two years, taking Days through 2013.
“Days”, being a prominent show over the years, has also gained international audience. The series is also being watched by high-profile personalities like Julia Roberts who even asked to be seated near the Days cast at the People’s Choice Awards on 2002 as well as on other awards shows; In 1979, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall would even call for a recess to catch Days on air, as reported by TIME magazine; Monica Lewinsky was also a passionate fan of Days that she even wrote a poem about the show in her high school yearbook.