Watch Another World
- 35 Seasons
For 35 years, the soap opera known as Another World treated NBC's daytime audience to unique drama and a number of stirring situations. The show, which was created by Ima Phillips and William J. Bell, was set in the fictional town of Bay City, and it followed the lives of a number of the town's characters throughout its long run. Although the program certainly followed most of the conventions associated with soap opera drama, it took a slightly different approach to the genre by focusing on the more idiosyncratic aspects of the relationships between the characters. As a result, Another World became a very popular program with a large number of enthusiastic and devoted fans. For nearly half of its amazing run on the air, Another World was NBC's highest rated soap opera. It captured the imaginations of viewers with its many unique story lines, but it gained a prominent place in the public's consciousness thanks to its willingness to break new ground in the medium of television. For instance, Another World was the first soap opera to feature a character crossover from a different program. This happened when the character of Mike Bauer moved to Bay City from the town of Springfield depicted on Guiding Light. Another World was also the first soap opera to extend its running time from a half hour to 60 minutes. This willingness to test the boundaries of television was a major reason why fans became so entranced by the show. For the most part, Another World's story lines focused on the relationships between the characters, which often included involvement in love triangles. One of the first successful such relationships depicted on the show was among the characters of Steve, Alice and Rachel. Steve and Rachel had a relationship that produced a child, but Steve decided to marry Alice, whom he thought would make a better wife. However, Steve only learns about his child when Rachel decides to crash the wedding. The drama among these three characters and their relationships would extend into later seasons of the show, and splinter off to involve a number of other important characters throughout the program's run. Another World was a groundbreaking program for a number of reasons, and many other soap operas have tried to imitate its style and tone. The show was one of the most successful daytime dramas in history thanks to its terrific writing, acting and direction, and it was able to capture the imaginations of fans everywhere. Though the show does not currently air new episodes, it lives on in the memories of fans and in repeat broadcasts.