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  • 1977
  • 4 Seasons
  • 8.2  (6,114)

Soap is a parody of all the popular soap opera shows on daytime TV. The show is overemphasizes the drama and pokes fun at the outrageous ways soap opera characters have affairs and end up related to each other. The show follows the story of a central couple known as Jessica and Chester Tate. The Tates have a lavish lifestyle where they reside in a beautiful mansion and have a servant named Benson. The Tates are mature adults who have grown children. Many of the stories revolve around the love interests of the Tates and their children, with both Jessica and Chester having several affairs. Jessica has a sister named Mary who is married to Burt. They have a modest lifestyle which balances out the wealth of the Tates. Jessica and Mary often spend time discussing their family problems, which include a son who walks around with a dummy he talks to and a daughter who falls in love with a priest. The stories are often far fetched with people being involved in the mob and a lot of scenes designed as pure comedy. Even the Tates' butler Benson shoots off wise cracks about all the strange members in the family. Relationships come and go and stories become intertwined to add interest to each episode. As with most daytime soap operas, soap is a show which runs a continuous story from one show to the next. Because there are so many different people on the show, each episode usually focuses on two or three stories. One story might be about how Mary suspects Burt of cheating on her when in fact he is involved in a plot with her son from a previous marriage. The stories also poke fun at different topics including religious cults and aliens. The show uses adult humor and is not intended to be taken seriously. From murder to adultery, every topic is approached from a lighthearted comedic point of view.

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Episode 89
19. Episode 89
May 11, 1981
During a round of golf, Burt receives an unexpected offer from the governor, while Danny's infatuation with his stepmother, Annie, erupts into a full-fledged affair.
Episode 88
18. Episode 88
May 4, 1981
Part 2 of Season 4: Episode 17.
Episode 87
17. Episode 87
April 27, 1981
Part 1 of 2. As sex with Jessica proves unsettling to El, the news that Chester and Annie are married provokes a confrontation; Jodie asks a psychiatrist to use hypnosis to help him with his indecision over marrying Maggie.
Episode 86
16. Episode 86
April 20, 1981
Part 2 of Season 4: Episode 15.
Episode 85
15. Episode 85
April 13, 1981
Part 1 of 2. As Mary accuses him of changing as a result of his newfound celebrity, Burt worries that Danny's plans to marry a hooker will damage his reputation.
Episode 84
14. Episode 84
March 23, 1981
Part 2 of Season 4: Episode 13.
Episode 83
13. Episode 83
March 16, 1981
Part 1 of 2. After telling Burt the truth about Danny's real father, Mary recalls the day that Jessica and Chester announced their engagement; meanwhile, awaiting their fate in the ninja dungeon, Jodie proposes to Maggie after they have sex.
Episode 82
12. Episode 82
March 9, 1981
The search for Wendy leads Jodie and Maggie to a martial arts compound; Burt struggles to explain his crackdown on a crime syndicate; and Danny learns that Chester is both his organ donor and his real father.
Episode 81
11. Episode 81
January 28, 1981
Mary shocks everyone with the identity of Danny's real father; Burt looks to avenge Danny's shooting by crashing a mob syndicate meeting; and Jessica's romance with El is threatened by a prostitute.
Episode 80
10. Episode 80
January 21, 1981
Romance and violence are equally a part of Jessica's homecoming as new couples begin to form and death stalks at least three of this extended family.
Episode 79
9. Episode 79
January 14, 1981
Adrift in a rowboat, Jessica and fleeing guerilla leader El Puerco face certain death until Billy puts in a hilarious appearance with the biggest fish story of all time; and call girl Gwen is under Danny's special brand of police protection.
Episode 78
8. Episode 78
January 7, 1981
Unable to bring himself to kill Burt, Danny goes into hiding from the mob; Bob, the ventriloquist's dummy, continues to make life horrible for the Campbells and Tates.
Episode 77
7. Episode 77
December 31, 1980
The Major kidnaps a neighbor; Claire fails to convince Jessica that Chester is cheating; Danny traps Burt in a cabin with intent to kill.
Episode 76
6. Episode 76
December 17, 1980
Corinne moves out of the Tate house; Burt announces the return of son Chuck, the ventriloquist; Danny gets one last chance to kill Burt.
Episode 75
5. Episode 75
December 10, 1980
There is chaos in the skies when Jessica, airbound for a tropical vacation, releases a condemned revolutionary from his chains, who then tells her that she will be joining his band of guerrillas; and Chester, ever the womanizer, disrupts Dutch.
Episode 74
4. Episode 74
December 3, 1980
Jessica comes home from the hospital to find her family's lives in hilarious chaos as Dutch and Eunice provoke Chester to mayhem by announcing marriage plans; and a shocked Mary reveals the scandalous photos she has found of Burt.
Episode 73
3. Episode 73
November 26, 1980
Jessica has startling news for all the men in her life; Danny receives some bad news from Polly; Corinne tells Jessica that she is leaving for California; and baby Wendy has been kidnapped.
Episode 72
2. Episode 72
November 19, 1980
Part 2 of Season 4: Episode 1.
Episode 71
1. Episode 71
November 12, 1980
Part 1 of 2. Billy's life is spared, but Saunders receives a surprise; Mary has her baby; Burt and Danny receive some startling photos; Eunice wins Dutch from Corinne; and a judge decides Jodie's custody case.
Description

Soap is a parody of all the popular soap opera shows on daytime TV. The show is overemphasizes the drama and pokes fun at the outrageous ways soap opera characters have affairs and end up related to each other. The show follows the story of a central couple known as Jessica and Chester Tate. The Tates have a lavish lifestyle where they reside in a beautiful mansion and have a servant named Benson. The Tates are mature adults who have grown children. Many of the stories revolve around the love interests of the Tates and their children, with both Jessica and Chester having several affairs.

Jessica has a sister named Mary who is married to Burt. They have a modest lifestyle which balances out the wealth of the Tates. Jessica and Mary often spend time discussing their family problems, which include a son who walks around with a dummy he talks to and a daughter who falls in love with a priest. The stories are often far fetched with people being involved in the mob and a lot of scenes designed as pure comedy. Even the Tates' butler Benson shoots off wise cracks about all the strange members in the family. Relationships come and go and stories become intertwined to add interest to each episode.

As with most daytime soap operas, soap is a show which runs a continuous story from one show to the next. Because there are so many different people on the show, each episode usually focuses on two or three stories. One story might be about how Mary suspects Burt of cheating on her when in fact he is involved in a plot with her son from a previous marriage. The stories also poke fun at different topics including religious cults and aliens. The show uses adult humor and is not intended to be taken seriously. From murder to adultery, every topic is approached from a lighthearted comedic point of view.

Soap is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (90 episodes). The series first aired on September 13, 1977.

Where to Watch Soap

Soap is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Soap on demand at FuboTV and Crackle.

  • Premiere Date
    September 13, 1977
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (6,114)