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Two of the most recognized household names would be that of Susan Lucci and her character; Erica Kane. This recognition is thanks to the iconic daytime drama; All My Children. Little did anyone know that when the very first episode aired on ABC on January 5, 1970 that the show would run for an incredible 41 years or that it would develop such a following; however, that's just exactly what happened.

All My Children took place in the fictitious town of Pine Valley, a suburb of Pennsylvania near Philadelphia. While every town has its share of drama Pine Valley definitely experienced more than its fair share thanks to the catalytic lives of the characters. Phoebe Tyler a snobbish rich woman, played by Ruth Warrick, was the self proclaimed 'queen' of Pine Valley; Mona Kane, a single mother and her daughter, Erica; and the Martin family.

While other characters such as Adam Chandler and Palmer Courtland were added for a potentially villainous effect the original group managed to stay a focus for most of the story lines for the first decade of the show. However, as the 80's rolled around love became the watch word as we rooted for Cliff and Nina, Greg and Jenny, Jesse and Angie, Tad and Dixie and of course let's not forget Natalie and Trevor.

The show took the unique approach of showing the actual human factions of its characters as it showed both the good and the bad sides of everyone's nature. While there were some characters who you wanted to see get what they had coming to them it wasn't unusual to find yourself rooting for them at a later point in time. This trend worked both ways in the fact that you might find yourself shocked by the actions of the, so called, good guys.

The show also saw a wide range of superstars grace its stage. Here are just a few: Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Burnett, Amanda Seyfried, Christian Slater, Eva LaRue, and Kelley Rippa, just to name a few.

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4 Seasons, 81 Episodes - Canceled
January 5, 1970
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  • Three years after Judge Natalie Rodman's killer gets away, evidence in a new homicide suggests the killer may have resurfaced. The whole team reunites to finally closing the case.

  • After an explosion at a high-profile judge's home kills Angie's mentor, the team hunts for a sophisticated killer, who is an expert at covering their tracks.

  • The team investigates the death of a costumed woman who appears to have been killed with a medieval weapon.

  • When the team investigates the homicide of a young woman who's been nail-gunned to death, they discover the truth is stranger than fiction.

  • The murder of a visionary video game designer sends the team on a hunt through the past to find a killer.

  • When the murder of a British politician's son, draws the attention of Interpol, Angie finds herself navigating a new working relationship with an international Agent.

  • A soldier with a bomb takes the bullpen hostage, demanding justice for her son. Angie stays with the increasingly desperate mother as the rest of the team reinvestigates the son's case.

  • The team's investigation into the murder of a suburban mom takes a drastic turn when the victim's ill child is abducted.

  • A gruesome murder with the same signature as one of Paula's previous homicide cases could mean an innocent woman was convicted of a crime she didn't commit.

  • Angie and Paula find their personal boundaries tested when investigating the murder of an ex-con. Meanwhile, Vega also addresses boundary issues of his own with both Dr. Rogers and Lucas.

  • Angie and the team race against time to snag a killer who is inadvertently spreading a deadly pathogen across the city.

  • Angie temporarily steps in as Staff Sergeant as she investigates the murder of a football player'Ûªs wife.

  • Angie and newly minted Staff Sergeant Vega must adjust on the fly to their changed working dynamic, while dealing with the added pressure of bringing a cop killer to justice.

  • In the season finale, Flynn, Vega and Lucas are determined to prove that Neville Montgomery is behind the murder of Maria Snow.

  • Angie and Vega realize their prime suspect in the murder of an insurance adjuster, the victim's wife, may be a victim of foul play herself.

  • The detectives must find the common denominator in three separate homicides in order to catch a killer in the midst of a crime spree.

  • A plastic surgeon is the focus of Angie's investigation, the prime suspect is owner/operator of a recently renamed strip club.

  • A sleazy photographer is the prime suspect in the murder of his assistant; each of the detectives are interviewed about Angie's methods.

  • As Flynn, Vega and Lucas hunt for the killer of a free-spirited tarot card reader, Vega gets some unsettling news from the doctor.

  • While investigating an airline pilot who may be using his career to his murderous advantage, Angie copes with an increasingly distant Vega.

  • The team questions the grey zone between law and justice as they investigate the murder of a street artist by his own protege.

  • The murder of an armed robber leads the team to an unlikely killer - an unassuming florist. The team comes together to support Dr. Rogers.

  • The homicide of a man is compounded by the abduction of his daughter; Angie continues to secretly investigate the Neville Montgomery file.

  • Angie investigates the death of a civic urban planner and a part-time scuba diving instructor.

  • Angie struggles to accept Lucas'Ûªs new position as primary investigator in the murder of a high-end call girl.

  • After six months of self-imposed exile, Detective Angie Flynn returns to Homicide to investigate a sensitive high-profile case.

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Soap-Killing ABC Exec Announces His Departure

Still having trouble accepting that "All My Children" and "One Life To Live" are no longer with us? Have some consolation, on the house: the man who cancelled both will leave the network this January amid ABC's restructuring.

Final Disgrace for Soap Fans: 'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live' No Longer Going Online

For fans of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," it was bad enough that ABC pulled the shows that they (and in many cases, generations of their family members) had spent decades watching. But at least they could console themselves in the fact that the shows would be played online. Not any more.

Welcome Back To Daytime: Sarah Michelle Gellar Returns To 'All My Children'

Sarah Michelle Gellar will be back during the final episodes of "All My Children" reprising her role as Kendall Hart, daughter to Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). Gellar played Hart from 1993-1995, not long before she was cast as the titular "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" on The WB in 1997.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Returning to 'All My Children' After 15 Years

Back in 1993, a 16-year-old girl stepped onto the set of one of the biggest soap operas in town, "All My Children." For two years, she played the role of teenager Kendall, before departing the soap in 1995. Little did anyone know, her next move would be to appear in the cult-hit TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and launch a career in feature films just a few years later. Sarah Michelle Gellar will return to her roots for a guest role on "All My Children" this fall before it goes off the TV airwaves.

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