History Main / DramaticHalfHour

22nd Oct '15 2:26:08 AM PaulA
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* ''AlfredHitchcockPresents'' * ''AllMyChildren'' (until 1977)
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* ''AlfredHitchcockPresents'' ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' * ''AllMyChildren'' ''Series/AllMyChildren'' (until 1977)

* ''AsTheWorldTurns'' (until 1975)
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* ''AsTheWorldTurns'' ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' (until 1975)

* ''The Bold and the Beautiful'' * ''CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'' * ''CoronationStreet'' * ''Danger Man'' (season one only)
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* ''The Bold and the Beautiful'' ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'' * ''CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'' ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'' * ''CoronationStreet'' ''Series/CoronationStreet'' * ''Danger Man'' ''Series/DangerMan'' (season one only)

* ''{{Eastenders}}'' * ''TheEdgeOfNight'' * ''{{Emmerdale}}'' * ''Flight 29 Down''
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* ''{{Eastenders}}'' ''Series/{{Eastenders}}'' * ''TheEdgeOfNight'' ''Series/TheEdgeOfNight'' * ''{{Emmerdale}}'' ''Series/{{Emmerdale}}'' * ''Flight 29 Down''''Series/Flight29Down''

* ''GuidingLight'' (between 1968 and 1977, when it was extended to 60 minutes; before 1968 each episode was only 15 minutes long)
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* ''GuidingLight'' ''Series/GuidingLight'' (between 1968 and 1977, when it was extended to 60 minutes; before 1968 each episode was only 15 minutes long)

* ''OneLifeToLive'' (until 1976)
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* ''OneLifeToLive'' ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' (until 1976)

* ''The Rat Patrol'' * ''Series/Search for Tomorrow'' (expanded from 15 minutes in 1968)
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* ''The Rat Patrol'' ''Series/TheRatPatrol'' * ''Series/Search for Tomorrow'' ''Series/SearchForTomorrow'' (expanded from 15 minutes in 1968)

* ''Wanted: Dead or Alive'' * ''TheYoungAndTheRestless'' (until 1980)
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* ''Wanted: Dead or Alive'' ''Series/WantedDeadOrAlive'' * ''TheYoungAndTheRestless'' ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'' (until 1980)
17th Jun '15 8:13:32 AM allmyshadows
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* ''Series/AnotherWorld'' (until 1975)

* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (until 1975)

* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (until 1975)

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* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (until 1975)''TheEdgeOfNight''

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* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (until 1975)''Series/{{Loving}}''

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* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (until 1975)''Series/PortCharles''

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* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (until 1975)''Series/Search for Tomorrow'' (expanded from 15 minutes in 1968)

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* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' ''TheYoungAndTheRestless'' (until 1975)1980)
28th Apr '15 4:15:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''GeneralHospital'' (until 1976)
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* ''GeneralHospital'' ''Series/GeneralHospital'' (until 1976)
6th Jan '14 2:52:18 AM AgProv
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A dying trope?
This format was fairly common in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly for {{Soap Opera}}s, but has fallen out of use in favor for the DramaticHourLong. In the 1970s, most soaps in the United States switched to an hour-long format. The format was more common in the United Kingdom, and still is to a degree, probably because that half-hour doesn't get quite as severely whittled down by commercial breaks.
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This format was fairly common in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly for {{Soap Opera}}s, but has fallen out of use in favor for the DramaticHourLong. In the 1970s, most soaps in the United States switched to an hour-long format. The format was more common in the United Kingdom, and still is to a degree, probably because that half-hour doesn't get quite as severely whittled down by commercial breaks. breaks. This is now becoming something of a dead trope. Latterly, however, British sitcoms are deliberately trimmed to the 21 minute mark which is standard for North America, with one eye on lucrative American sales. Pre-producing them so American-length commercial breaks can be inserted without the need for obtrusive edits now appears to be standard. For domestic broadcast, this fits in with the BBC's obsessive need to broadcast trailers - effectively internal advertising - which bite into the half-hour slot as deeply as adverts do in the USA.
28th Dec '13 7:45:14 PM nombretomado
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* ''DaysOfOurLives'' (until 1975)
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* ''DaysOfOurLives'' ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (until 1975)
28th Dec '13 2:11:46 PM LongLiveHumour
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* ''TheTwilightZone'' (seasons 1, 2, 3 and 5. Season 3 of The Revival)
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* ''TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' (seasons 1, 2, 3 and 5. Season 3 of The Revival)
16th Nov '13 11:01:48 AM MacronNotes
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* ''TheBill'' (some seasons)
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* ''TheBill'' ''Series/TheBill'' (some seasons)
14th Oct '13 2:38:10 PM StFan
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* ''Series/HeroCorp'' (seasons 1 & 2)
2nd Jul '13 12:39:52 AM Tarlonniel
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* ''{{Dragnet}}''
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* ''{{Dragnet}}''''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''
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