Classic Soap Opera ‘The Doctors’ Returns to the Screen

NBC Universal
NBC Universal

Daytime fans who might be feeling a little nostalgic for the “good old days of soaps” now have something to smile about: Reruns of NBC’s former soap opera, “,” will soon be airing on Retro TV!

Luken Communications officially announced via a press release that the network will begin airing the sudser, which originally ran on NBC from 1963 to 1982, later this year. The series — which starred , (ex-Lucinda Walsh, “As the World Turns) and a host of others — revolved around Hope Memorial Hospital’s chief of staff and his dedicated employees.

Says , Luken’s Vice President of Production: “’The Doctors’ is one of the greatest examples of the soap opera format in its prime, loved by critics and audiences alike. We’re thrilled to return this classic series to the air, and bring its exciting, engaging storylines back to our audience’s daily lives.”

The series, which debuted on the same day as ABC’s “,” ran for 19 years, spanning 5,280 episodes and winning several Daytime Emmy awards, including Outstanding Drama Series (in 1971, 1972 and 1974), Lead Actor (Pritchett, 1978) and Lead Actress (Hubbard, 1974). In that time, several well known stars appeared on the show, including Academy Award nominee (“”), Academy Award Winner (“;” ex-Belle Bodelle, “”), Academy Award Winner (“”), Emmy Award Winner (“”), Emmy Award Winner Terry O’Quinn (“”), (“”), Acaademy Award nominee (“”), (ex-Reva Shayne, “”) and (ex-Nora Buchanan, “”).

Look for the Retro TV debut of “The Doctors” later this year. And to find out where Retro TV airs in your area, click here.

  • loyal fan

    They need to bring back more soaps. Guiding light and As the world turns were great soaps. They are really missed.

    • sands of time

      That will never happen on CBS. The CBS president butchered both shows, one so his wife Julie Chen could host.

  • Anna

    Yes I hope they add more classic soaps like ANOTHER WORLD! Fans are ready and waiting!

  • timsdale4ever

    This is fantastic news if only for the reason they could do more of this if it works. THIS is what I stupidly thought SOAPNET was gonna do when they launched in 2000. I will definitely sample some of the DOCTORS. Since the show ENDED in 1982 I’m somewhat surprised they even have the tapes available to do this, which is the problem for a lot of the other shows. I just hope they don’t air this at 3 in the morning.

    • Danny Hill

      though the ‘practice’ was to ‘wipe’ and reuse videotapes (supposedly ending in 1978), at least i know of two shows that were preserved in their entirety: Days of Our Lives and Dark Shadows..i don’t know how far back RTV can go w/The Doctors, but I hope it’s beyond the days when i started watching, in 1970..

      this is what SOAPnet could have done instead of endless reruns of such shows like Melrose and 90210..they only had the first 6 1/2 years of Ryan’s Hope – something to do with music-licensing issues kept them from airing the rest of the series..but it, too, has been preserved..this may also be the reason why other shows, preserved since the late 70s, have never popped up on networks like SOAPnet..hope this works, and i hope to see more shows from the time when these shows were worth watching…….