The soap opera General Hospital is the longest-running American soap opera and the world's second-longest soap opera currently in production.
Created by Frank and Doris Hursley in 1963, the show originally took place in a hospital in an unnamed city. In 1976, the name of the city, Port Charles, was mentioned for the first time. General Hospital originally revolved around Dr. Steve Handy and nurse Jessie Brewer, who was married to a much-young husband, Dr. Phil Brewer.
In the late 1970s, General Hospital introduced Luke and Laura (played by Anthony Geary and Genie Francis), who quickly became a TV "super couple." Their wedding on November 17, 1981, was the most-watched event in daytime serial history.
Over the years, General Hospital has covered many social issues including HIV/AIDS, organ donation, and cancer. The show has also had several celebrity guests over the years including Elizabeth Taylor and James Franco.
The show celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and has aired over 14,000 episodes. In 2015, a companion web series called General Hospital Now! was launched. In 2021, Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) was fired from General Hospital for failing to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
First Episode Date: April 1, 1963
- John Beradino (Dr. Steve Handy)
- Emily McLaughlin (Jessie Brewer)
- Roy Thinnes (Dr. Phil Brewer)
- Jana Taylor (Angie Costello)
- Ralph Manza (Mike Costello)
- Simon Scott (Fred Fleming)
- Ruth Phillips (Janet Fleming)
- Carolyn Craig (Cynthia Allison)
- Robert Clarke (Roy Lansing)
- Allison Hayes (Priscilla Longworth)
- Hunt Powers (Dr. Ken Martin)
- K.T. Stevens (Peggy Mercer)
- Neil Hamilton (Philip Mercer)
- Lenore Kingston (Mrs. Weeks)
- Tom Brown (Al Weeks)
- Craig Curtis (Eddie Weeks)
- Maurice Bernard (Sonny Corinthos)
- Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos)
- Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall)
- Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber-Baldwin)
- Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones)
- Ingo Rademacher (Jasper Jacks)
- Nancy Lee Grahan (Alexis Davis)
- Finola Hughes (Anna Devane)
- Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos)
- Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri)
- Genie Francis (Laura Collins)
- Maura West (Ava Jerome)
- Roger Howarth (Austin Gailtin-Holt)
- Eden McCoy (Josslyn Jacks)
- Sofia Mattsson (Sasha Gilmore)
- Michael Eaton (Hamilton Finn)
- Donnell Turner (Custis Ashford)
- Josh Swickard (Harrison Chase)
- Sean Blakemore (Shawn Butler)
- Inga Cadranel (Harmony Miller)
- Nicholas Chavez (Spencer Cassadine)
- Marcus Coloma (Nikolas Cassadine)
- Brook Kerr (Portia Robinson)
- Katelyn MacMullen (Willow Tait)
- Cameron Mathison (Drew Cain)
- Avery Kristen Pohl (Esme Prince)
- Wes Ramsey (Peter August)
- Amanda Setton (Brook Lynn Quartermaine)
- Charles Shaughnessy (Victor Cassadine)
- Kelly Thiebaud (Britt Westbourne)
- Johnny Wactor (Brando Corbin)
- Kristina Wagner (Felicia Jones)
- Cynthia Watros (Nina Reeves)
Where to Watch: Hulu
Latest General Hospital News and Updates
Why Did Marcus Coloma Leave ‘General Hospital’? DetailsWhy did Marcus Coloma leave ‘General Hospital’? The Prince Nikolas Cassadine actor's last episode aired on Jan. 26, 2023. What happened?
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Steve Burton Says His Wife, Sheree, Is Pregnant With Someone Else's BabySheree Burton pregnancy: Steve Burton revealed on Instagram on May 4, 2022, that Sheree is expecting a baby with another man. Read on for more.
Tanisha Harper Makes Her Debut as the New Jordan Ashford on 'General Hospital'What happened to Jordan on 'General Hospital'? Tanisha Harper made her debut in Jordan's role on March 2, 2022. Read on to find out more.
Sofia Mattsson Was Replaced by Her Sister in a Recent Episode of 'General Hospital'Actress Sofia Mattsson didn't appear in the 'General Hospital' episode airing on Feb. 17, 2022. What happened to her?
Luke Spencer's Supposed Passing Has Garnered Mixed Responses from 'General Hospital' FansDid Luke from 'General Hospital' die? A recent episode of 'General Hospital' garnered mixed responses from loyal fans of the show. Did Luke die?
Actress Scarlett Fernandez Confirms Via Instagram That She Exited 'General Hospital'What happened to Charlotte in 'General Hospital'? Valentin Cassadine's daughter debuted a brand new appearance in a recent episode. What's going on?
Steve Burton Has Confirmed He Left 'General Hospital' Because of His Vaccination StatusIs Steve Burton leaving 'General Hospital'? There have been rumors that he's leaving for some time and that it may be because of the COVID vaccine.
Ingo Rademacher Departed From His Role on 'General Hospital' After Making Controversial CommentsIngo Rademacher's departure from 'General Hospital' has been a fixture of a lot of attention as of late, but why did he leave? Details.
General Hospital’s Bloody Cliffhanger Gave Trina Her Own ‘Carrie’ MomentWhat happened to Trina on ‘General Hospital’? Read about the high schooler’s run-in with Ava’s stalker in the ABC soap opera's July 1 episode.
Don't Worry 'General Hospital' Fans, Harrison Chase Isn't Going AnywhereSince 2018, Josh Swickard (Harrison Chase) has been a mainstay on 'General Hospital,' but is he now leaving the show? The situation explained.
Alexis Is in Prison on 'General Hospital' — Is She Leaving the Show for Good?In a recent episode of 'General Hospital,' fans watched Alexis get sentenced to three years in prison. Is she leaving 'General Hospital'?
Franco's Fate on 'General Hospital' Explained (SPOILERS!)With how much has been happening on the show as of late, is Franco really dead on 'General Hospital'? What we know of the developments as a whole.
This Instagram Post Made 'General Hospital' Fans Think Wes Ramsey Was LeavingA cryptic Instagram post made 'General Hospital' fans believe Wes Ramsey would be leaving the show soon, but is he really? Behind the post.
'General Hospital' Star Explains Why Her Character Jordan Has a New Face'General Hospital' fans were shocked when they saw a new face on the soap opera which left them wondering: What happened to Jordan?
Is Sonny Leaving 'General Hospital'? Fans Question Mobster's Fate After Shocking CliffhangerIs Sonny leaving 'General Hospital'? The mobster's fate has been questioned after fans watched him fall through a bridge. Will he survive?
'General Hospital' Fans Can Relax Because Jason Morgan Isn't Going AnywhereFans of soap operas are very involved in their shows and the characters that follow. Is Jason Morgan leaving 'General Hospital'? Here's what we know.
This Is the Unexpected Reason Lulu Is Leaving 'General Hospital'Rumors last month hinted that Lulu is leaving ‘General Hospital,’ but we’re still wondering why Lulu, portrayed by Emme Rylan, is leaving ‘General Hospital.’
Emme Rylan and William deVry Are Reportedly About to Leave 'General Hospital'Is Emme Rylan leaving 'GH’? The actress made her debut on the show in 2013. She has become practically synonymous with Lulu Spencer's character.
Emotional Funeral Scene Marks Max Gail's Last Appearance on 'General Hospital'Why is Max Gail leaving 'General Hospital’? The 77-year-old actor played Mike Corbin, a character who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Was Dr. Neil Byrne Really Killed off on ‘General Hospital’?Joe Flanigan joined the ‘General Hospital’ cast in 2019, and his character was just found dead. Find out if it’s the end for Joe’s run on the show.
Kelly Monaco's Health Issues Prevented Her From Returning to 'General Hospital'When new episodes of 'General Hospital' began airing, fans of the series wondered whether Kelly Monaco hadn't returned because she was sick.
Sorry ‘General Hospital’ Fans — You’ll Be Stuck in Rerun Purgatory for a While‘General Hospital’ has been airing reruns for a few weeks, and it doesn’t look like that will change soon. Why is ‘General Hospital’ showing reruns?
Fans Are Still Hoping to See Dante Return to 'General Hospital'Fans are still asking: Is Dante coming back to 'General Hospital'? Could it be true that the show is hinting at a return? Here's what we know.
Kendra Lennon Is Stirring Up New Drama on 'General Hospital'You may have noticed a new character on the show, and you're probably wondering: Who is the new girl on 'General Hospital'? Here's what we know.