Soap - The Complete Series

Soap - The Complete Series



Once the syndicated series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman had created a market for satirical soap operas, the networks rushed to the post with comical continuing "dramas" of their own. The most successful product of this genre -- and one of the most controversial -- was the weekly, half-hour ABC series Soap, which debuted September 13, 1977. Put simply, Soap was the sexy saga of two families, the wealthy Tates and the not-so-wealthy Campbells. Ditzy Jessica Tate (Katherine Helmond), the wife of philandering businessman Chester Tate (Robert Mandan), is the sister of Mary Dallas Campbell, who lived with her second husband, blue-collar worker Burt Campbell (Richard Mulligan). Jessica and Chester's children included the sexy, libidinous Corrine (Diana Canova), who ended up marrying defrocked priest Father Timothy Flotsky (Sal Viscusco); strait-laced Eunice (Jennifer Salt), later the wife of convicted murderer Dutch (Donnelly Rhodes), who had escaped from prison with Chester after the latter had confessed to the murder of Jessica's paramour, tennis pro Peter (Robert Urich) (who happened to be the son of Burt Campbell!); and young son Billy Tate (Jimmy Baio), a typical hormone-driven teenager who would "mature" to the extent that he was stalked by a scorned lover.

The Campbell children included Mary's sons by her first marriage: Danny Dallas (Ted Wass), a young mobster, and Jodie Dallas (Billy Crystal), a homosexual who nonetheless enjoyed several heterosexual relationships, one of which produced a daughter. Among the many other characters were Jessica Tate's father, "The Major" (Arthur Pierson), a senile, shell-shocked WW2 veteran; the Tates' snide, sneering butler Benson (Robert Guillaume, who later starred as this character in his own sitcom); Detective Donahue (John Byner), who fell in love with Jessica while searching for the fugitive Chester; Mafia daughter Elaine Lefkowitz (Dinah Manoff), who, before being kidnapped and bumped off, forced Danny into a romantic relationship; Carol David (Rebecca Balding), the conniving mother of Jodie's baby; and "El Puerco" (Gregory Sierra), a South American revolutionary who became enamored of Jessica. The various and sundry plots and subplots wending their way through Soap's four seasons are far too multitudinous and complex to explain here. Suffice to say that the storylines incorporated false murder charges, amnesia, suicidal lesbians, interracial marriage, religious cults (in this case a group called the "Sunnies"), UFO abductions, extraterrestrial clones, satanic possessions, and banana-republic firing squads. In other words, Soap was just your average, typical soap opera, but with a laugh track. Even before the series debuted, Soap was under attack from a vast array of "clean up TV" brigades, religious organizations, and self-styled social arbiters. On the other hand, the series had scores of high-profile defenders who recognized Soap for what it truly was: A pungent lampoon of modern manners and mores, served up in a humorous and exaggerated fashion with no malice intended. The series ended on April 20, 1981, with its traditional season-ending "cliffhanger" -- which in this instance would not be resolved the following season.

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Release Date: 06/10/2008
UPC: 0043396259560
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Time: 36:01:00

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Soap - The Complete Series 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Bumper930 More than 1 year ago
Bob bewildering Danny and Bert with his ability to "see" objects while blindfolded was broadcast about thirty years ago, I still have not laughed at anything I've seen on television since as loud and as long as I laughed at that. This series was filled with some of the greatest comedy moments in television but had some heartbreaking scenes along the way as well. What a great piece of television this series was. I was a fan back then and am still a fan today.
iriegnome More than 1 year ago
The series that makes fun of everything. This makes me laugh just thinking about everything that went on with the Cambles and the Tates! Burt dissappearing in the bathtub, to Corrine having the devil child, to Benson asking "Should I get that", Billy, Danny, Jody, Peter, The Major, and on and on. This was and still is the kind of program that is just plain funny time and time again
PGCT More than 1 year ago
The show was cutting edge for the 70's, hilarious and timeless! A definate great buy as a package.
sidarthur More than 1 year ago
There was so much happening in a really short time with high humor and sadness thrown in. I too was swept along by the current of life beyond the usual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure hilarity
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Just as funny as when first aired. However, cheesy, low-quality packaging is a great disappointment.
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