OLTL made its debut on July 15, 1968, created by the late daytime legend Agnes Nixon. In the beginning, the soap focused around the Lord family, especially Viki Lord, played by Emmy winner Erika Slezak. But over the decades expanded its scope to encompass all the diverse citizens of Llanview.
After AMC moved production to California in 2009, OLTL remained the last daytime soap still filmed in New York City. But after nearly 43 years on the air, ABC announced OLTL’s cancelation on April 14, 2011. Prospect Park purchased the rights and broadcast an online relaunch of OLTL starting on April 29, 2013 via iTunes and Hulu, but it was sadly short-lived.
Celebrate the glory days of this beloved daytime institution in our special flashback gallery below!
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Back row: Jeff Pomerantz (Peter), Doris Belack (Anna), Nat Polen (Jim)
Front row: Lee Patterson (Joe), Erika Slezak (Viki), Farley Granger (Will), Kathy Glass (Jenny), Nancy Pinkerton (Dorian)
Gerald Anthony (Marco) and Judith Light (Karen) in 1979
Robert S. Woods (Bo), Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint) in 1980
Jon Lopreno (Cord) and Marica Cross (Kate) on location in Argentina in 1987
Erika Slezak's Viki takes a memorable trip to heaven in 1987 where she is reunited with Lee Paterson's Joe among other familiar faces.
Chris McKenna (Joey), Kelly Cheston (Alana), and Ryan Phillippe (Billy) in 1992
Erika Slezak (Viki), Hayden Panettiere (Sarah), Tuc Watkins (David), Tyler Noyes (C.J.) and Krista Tesreau (Tina) in 1994
Nathan Fillion (Joey) and Robin Strasser (Dorian) in 1994
Roger Howarth (Todd) and Kassie DePaiva (Blair) with baby Starr
Nathaniel Marston (Michael) and Kathy Brier (Marcie) in 2006
Hillary B. Smith and Robert S. Woods dancing at Nora and Bo's 2010 wedding
Michael Easton (John) and Melissa Archer (Natalie) in 2010
Brandon Buddy (Cole), Kristen Alderson (Starr), Brittany Underwood (Langston) and Jason Tam (Markko) in 2009
The Cramer women circa 2010: Kristen Alderson (Starr), Gina Tognoni (Kelly), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Robin Strasser (Dorian), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie), Brittany Underwood (Langston) and Melissa Fumero (Adriana)
Scott Evans (Fish) and Brett Claywell (Kyle) in 2009
Florencia Lozano (Tea) and Kassie DePaiva (Blair) in 2009
The final cast and crew of OLTL posing for a holiday photo before taping the last episodes of the soap in 2011.