The longest series

The series so captivated our lives that it will be difficult to find a person who has never watched any of the multi-series movies. Only here very few people know, what serial is the longest for all history of the film industry.

Almost all of our compatriots are sure that this is “Santa Barbara”. This series was on television in the country in the 90’s. It turned out to be so long that it became a real example of “soap operas”. In fact, not this tape was the longest in the history of cinema.

On the series of record-holders will be described below. It is worth noting that they gave a push in the big cinema to the future stars of Hollywood, and sometimes there were filmed and invited celebrities.

The longest series

“Directing light”.

This series became the longest in the history of cinema. In total, 15762 series were shot. At first, the “Guide Light” was published in the form of a radio show since the 1930s. For the first time the tape was released on screens in 1952 and remained on television until September 18, 2009. At that time, the series simply was left without funding. To view all the episodes of this tape, you must watch it without interruption for 164 days 4 hours and 30 minutes. In total, this amounts to 236,430 minutes. If you try to stretch the “pleasure” and watch 8 episodes a day (this is about 6 hours), then it takes 2 years of life to find out what ended the matter. It was the “Guiding Light” that took the place in the Guinness Book of Records, as the longest tape on television. The series tells about a priest who is in a suburb of Chicago. At his window the monk left a lighted lamp. This meant that there would always be light for the stray souls, they would be helped in the house. The plot revolves around a multitude of families whose fates intertwined fancifully. During the show, he was 375 times nominated for various awards, 98 awards were received. In “Directing Light”, such well-known actors as Christopher Walken, Joanne Collins, Kevin Bacon, Mira Sorvino were involved.

The longest series

“How the world revolves.”

This series took an honorable second place. It began to be published since 1956 and stopped broadcasting only recently, on September 17, 2010. A total of 13858 series were shown. Until the last moment, there was a hope that someone at the CBS channel would buy the rights to the legendary series and update the record. However, there were no interested people. The total time of the filmed series is 573 days 11 hours. This is an 825,780 minute time. If every day to watch 9 hours of the series, then a full scan of it will take a full year and a half. The series was an innovation in its time. For the first time, the series began to be shown for half an hour, and not for 15 minutes, as was done before. And in 1975 the series became an hour long. The plot tells about the life of the provincial town of Oakdale. Life there flows slowly, the focus is on several families, in which the professionals live. The series tells about doctors, policemen, lawyers and other people. The style of the story is unhurried, there are many conversations. An important place is given to people’s emotions. The series got fame rather conservative, for a long time social problems were bypassed. In addition, “How the world is spinning” all this time was filmed in the same city – New York. The series also starred a lot of stars – Martin Sheen, Meg Ryan, Courtney Cox, Helen Wagner. “All my children.”

This series also came to an end just recently. The first series was shown back in the 1970s. In all, 42 seasons and 10712 series were photographed. Each series first lasted 25 minutes, and from 1977 it was extended to 45 minutes. The total time of the series was 430 days 13 hours. The plot narrates about ordinary people living in the Pine Valley in Pennsylvania. The series first described the love of young people, seeking to attract a young audience. His ratings were constantly growing. It was “All my children” that for the first time the topic of the war in Vietnam was widely discussed. In the series, for the first time, one of the heroines abortion was illustrated.Here they showed and discussed the results of plastic surgery. In 1983, the series raised the issues of drugs and AIDS. As a result, the series survived the stages of frenzied popularity in the 70’s and 80’s, and in 1998 he was named the worst soap opera of the year. But it was decorated with real stars, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Misha Barton, Lauren Holly and Christian Slater. One life to live. “

The longest series

” One life to live. ”

The life of this series turned out to be quite long. He left in 1968, and according to the ABC channel, the final series will be shown on January 20, 2012. A total of 10625 series were shot. The total time of the series was 221 days 8 hours 30 minutes or 318750 minutes. The series became a landmark, because it was he who first raised the problem of drug addiction and racism. Prior to this, they preferred not to talk about such phenomena on television. The plot is common for soap operas – it talks about ordinary people living in some fictional town of Lanview. In the series, a lot of famous actors were shot. You can mention the names of Tommy Lee Jones, Amanda Pete, Lawrence Fishburn, Ryan Phillip and Tom Berenger. The main character of the tape was Erica Slezak. She starred in 1971 and won six Emmy awards for her role. The same prize in 2002 was awarded to “One Life” herself in the nomination “Best Dramatic TV Series”.

The longest series

“Young and Daring”.

It is this series has every chance to move up in the ranking. After all, he’s been filming so far. The first series was released in 1973. In total, more than 9700 series were shot, the total duration of the tape was more than 195 days. The action takes place in the fictional town of Genoa City, Wisconsin. At first the story revolves around two families of the city – rich Brooks and poor Foster. However, after numerous changes in the cast, the plot switched to a new family, Newmen and Abbots. Now the series has focused on their corporate rivalry in the fashion world. At the moment, this drama is the most rating in the daily broadcast of American television. In this nomination, the series even won 6 Emmy awards. However, social issues there preferred not to be affected at all. The problems of abortion, homelessness and AIDS have been mitigated. When the series appeared homosexual topic, the ratings crawled down and the producers decided to remove it. The series is released in many countries – in Australia, France, India, Turkey, Romania. Among the famous actors, Paul Walker, Robert Costanzo, Tom Selleke were shot here. The real long-lived serial of the series is 83-year-old Jeanne Cooper. It is involved from the very first series. And her face lift in the 80’s was inscribed in the plot and caused a lively discussion of the audience.

The longest series

“Another world.”

Among all the series of long-livers, this is considered the greatest loser. He went out from 1964 to 1999. A total of 8891 series were shown. Their total duration was more than 370 days. The action takes place in the fictional city of Bay City. The plot here as usual simple. The narrative is about ordinary joys and troubles of various people, as well as about emerging unusual situations. And in 1964 this tape was the first to raise the issue of abortion, which was then considered to be taboo. This doomed the picture to a commercial failure. It was noted “Another World” and the fact that here for the first time appeared a story, echoing with another series. Mike Bauer moved to Bay City from Springfield’s TV series “Directing Light.” It was “Another World” that first increased the duration of the series to an hour, there was an attempt to even make it a length of 90 minutes. This tape has spawned and several other side serials. Here, a lot of stars were shot – Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Eric Roberts, Ray Liotta, Joe Morton, Ann Heche. “On the eve of the night.”

This series is one of the very first long-running soap operas. He appeared on the screens from 1956 to 1984. In total, 7420 series were shot, each of which lasts 25 minutes. The total time of the series was more than 130 days.”On the eve of the night” differs from most of his serial brothers in that the plot is based not on the relationship of heroes, but on the investigation of crimes. In 1980, the tape even received a special award from the writers of the US detectives. And he ended with another unsolved mystery. “On the eve of the night” was demonstrated in Russia. On the 5th channel of St. Petersburg, only 200 series were shown from the 1980-1981 seasons. The series featured such famous actors as Julianne Moore, Roy Schneider, Martin Sheen, Marcia Cross, Hector Elisondo and Scott Glen.

The longest series


This soap opera was filmed in Australia. It was first released in 1985. Since then, it has been withdrawn already 6255 series, the duration of each of them is 22 minutes. The total duration of the series has already exceeded 90 days. The plot is clear from the title. It’s about neighbors and relationships between people. The creators of the series decided to tell about real stories of adults and teenagers who openly discuss their problems. They all live in the fictional suburb of Melbourne – Erinsborough. The focus is on three families who are constantly confronting each other, involving in their disassembly and other residents. The series is so popular in the country that residents of the South Vermont area in Melbourne gladly allow you to shoot episodes at home and in the courtyard. In the series, famous people such as Russell Crowe, Kylie Minogue, Natalie Imbruglia, Guy Pearce and Rada Mitchell were involved.

The longest series

“Bold and beautiful.”

This successful project started in 1987. Since then, it has already been shown that more than 6150 series lasting 22 minutes each. The total duration of the series exceeds 120 days. The CBS channel shows the show and does not plan to stop doing it. The action takes place in Los Angeles and revolves around the Forrester family. They own their own model house. The series is different in that it even comes out in the US with a translation into Spanish for the respective residents of the country. A feature of “Daring and beautiful” is the fact that it is very popular in the world. He is well known in Italy, Australia. The TNT, DTV and REN TV channels also showed this tape in Russia. The series starred as the winner of four Emmy Susan Flannery and Asher.

The longest series

“Santa Barbara”.

The most famous soap opera in our spaces is only the tenth place in the list of the longest series. In total, 2137 series with a duration of 45 minutes were shot. This is a whole 66 days from 18 hours. It is necessary to spend 96165 minutes to see all the series of “Santa Barbara”. It was filmed from 1984 to 1993. The plot revolves around four families living in the town of Santa Barbara, California. All of them belong to different social strata. The Capwells are rich and prosperous, Lockridges are slightly less fortunate competitors who have lost their strength in the fight against the leaders. Perkins are ordinary employees, and Andrade is the Spanish-speaking inhabitants of the town. In Russia, the show was not fully shown, the action began only with the 217 series, and the 2040th ended. “Santa Barbara” was marked by intricate plot lines and relations of heroes, there are murders, rapes, treason and betrayal. It was the name of this tape that became in Russia a common name for soap operas. But there were filmed many famous actors – Leonardo DiCaprio, Tim Robbins, Theo Leoni, Charles Bateman.

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