SOAPnet to Encore 50 Hour Marathon of 51 Classic Episodes of ABC’s ‘General Hospital’


After what must have been a very successful marathon of classic episodes of ABC’s “” this past weekend, has announced that it plans to re-run the marathon again this weekend beginning Friday, April 5 at 10:00 PM ET/PT and running through Monday, April 8 at 12:00 AM ET/PT (Sunday night/Monday morning).

Disney/ABC Television Group
Disney/ABC Television Group

A SOAPnet representative has confirmed to Soap Opera Network that the episodes will air in the exact order in which they aired this past weekend. For a breakdown of the episodes and their airing times, click here.

via Press Release




(April 1, 2013, Burbank, CA) – In honor of “General Hospital’s” 50th anniversary week, SOAPnet will encore its 50-hour marathon of classic episodes starting Friday, April 5th at 10pm ET/PT and running through Monday, April 8 at 12:00am ET/PT (Sunday night/Monday morning). The marathon kicks off with the very first episode from 1963, and will include shows from every decade. For a complete list of episodes, check out

The marathon will cover all your favorite characters, couples and storylines with such themes as romance (Luke & Laura’s wedding, Frisco & Felicia’s wedding, Luke & Laura’s dance at Wyndham’s, Lucky & Liz’s first kiss), heartbreak (Stone dies, Sonny leaves Brenda at the altar, BJ dies/Maxie’s heart transplant), action-adventure (Ice Princess, the Hostage Crisis, the Hotel Fire,) and shocking bombshells (Elizabeth finds Carly in the panic room, AJ discovers he’s Michael’s father, Jason’s car accident) plus many more surprises and appearances by fan favorites (Elizabeth Taylor as Helena Cassadine, John Stamos as Blackie, Ricky Martin as Miguel, Rick Springfield as Noah). It is an extraordinary marathon, 50 years in the making.

“General Hospital,” the most honored show of the 2012 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, is celebrating its golden anniversary today, April 1, 2013. After 50 historic years on ABC, “General Hospital” is the longest running American soap opera currently in production and the third longest-running drama in American television history. “General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer. Ron Carlivati is the head writer. “General Hospital” airs 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET; 1:00 p.m. PT/CT on the ABC Television Network and 9:00PM ET/PT-with an encore at 12:00AM ET/PT-on SOAPnet.

SOAPnet owns the world of character-driven soapy drama. The network features same-day episodes of popular daytime dramas “,” “General Hospital” and “” as well as classic episodes of “” and “.” Plus favorite primetime series “Gilmore Girls,” “One Tree Hill,” “Veronica Mars,” “Brothers & Sisters” and “Beverly Hills 90210.” Wrapped in a 24-hour environment, SOAPnet is the one destination for stories focused on real emotions and revealing truths about intriguing yet flawed characters.

  • Tammy K

    Now you decide this? I only had 5 hrs avsil for taping, so I literally had to tape a few, watch them & tape more, repeat….lol

    • Here’s a suggestion. I planned very super ahead for this occasion. Go to either Walgreens or Rite Aid and buy as many Maxell T-180 videos as you can find. The T-180’s are 9 hours long so, when the tape reaches 9 hours and a few more minutes, PAUSE and then REWIND the cable so that you can do the same thing until you get every single hour. And be sure to start recording 2-3 minutes before the marathon starts and 3 minutes when you reach the end of the tape; like from 9:57-7:04am then 7-4:04pm, 4-1:04am, 1-10;04am, 10-7:04pm, and 7-2:05am. Like I said, Pause at the end of the tape, Rewind the cable, Record 1 minute prior to the next episode and do not stop until 4 minutes after the next “Set” reaches the end of the tape.

      • Tammy K

        I have a Dish DVR, & Tivo, both full. I have hundreds of VCR tapes but it does no good when the VCR is not compatible with digital TV’s! Don’t you think I already thought of that? Lol

  • Thank you for rerunning the marathon. Here’s to the next 50 years!!

  • Dave

    Since Soapnet has been removed from so many cable systems how about putting this on ABC family channel or soemthing like that so we can all see this.

  • I must agree with Dave about Soapnet being remove from so many cable system. It would be a great idea about using ABC family channel or used the extra channel that some cable system as extra when there is so many sport team that schedule at the time. ex NY Ranger,NY Islanders and NJ Devil.

  • I do not like General Hospital. Got over it long, long ago. I pay extra for Soapnet to get All My Children, not GH. I turned it on tonite, fully expecting my 5th night of All My Children and there, once again, was General Hospital. I resent having to pay extra on my cable bill, hard-earned money I might add, to be shorted on the 5th night of All My Children. That is what I signed on for, that is the soap I love and I resent Soapnet assuming that all of us AMC fans out there will have to tolerate yet another weekend of GH!!!

  • dubay25

    Did anyone else have trouble with Tivo taping GH on Soapnet this weekend? Mine taped but the status bar says 0:00 and I can’t fast forward. This happened on every episode I taped of GH but no other shows.