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1995 30th Anniversary Issue Days Of Our Lives The Complete Family Album by Lorraine Zenka
1995 30th Anniversary Issue Days Of Our Lives The Complete Family Album by Lorraine Zenka Days of our Lives is an American soap opera which has aired nearly every weekday since November 8, 1965 on the NBC network in the United States, and has since been syndicated to many countries around the world.It also broadcasts on SOAPnet weeknights at 6PM and 11PM ET/PT. The series was created by husband-and-wife team Ted Corday and Betty Corday along with Irna Phillips in 1964,and many of the first stories were written by William J. Bell. As NBC's flagship soap opera, it is the network's sole remaining serial daytime drama series and the only daytime program other than Today and Early Today, both NBC News productions.
Days of our Lives is currently the third longest-running soap opera in the United States. Among episodic programs worldwide, it stands fourth in total episode count, and has the most surviving episodes, with its entire broadcast run intact on either kinescope or videotape. (Although the British soap Coronation Street has aired since 1960 and is also intact, it has aired more than 4,000 fewer episodes than Days.)
The Cordays and Bell combined the "hospital soap" idea with the tradition of centering a series on a family, by making the show about a family of doctors, including one who worked in a mental hospital. Storylines in the show follow the lives of middle and upper-class professionals in Salem, a middle-America town, with the usual threads of love, marriage, divorce, and family life, plus the medical storylines and character studies of individuals with psychological problems. Former executive producer Al Rabin took pride in the characters' passion, saying that the characters were not shy about "sharing what's in their gut."

Critics originally praised the show for its non-reliance on nostalgia (in contrast to shows such as As the World Turns) and its portrayal of "real American contemporary families." By the 1970s, critics deemed Days to be the most daring daytime drama, leading the way in using themes other shows of the period would not dare touch, such as artificial insemination and interracial romance.The January 12, 1976 cover of Time magazine featured Days of our Lives's Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, the first daytime actors to ever appear on its cover.The Hayeses themselves were a couple whose onscreen and real-life romance (they met on the series in 1970 and married in 1974) was widely covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press.

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