History YMMV / GeneralHospital

16th Jul '17 8:51:52 PM DrOO7
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* RetroactiveRecognition: As is par for the course with soaps, many of the show's actors have gone on to fame in primetime or even in film, some of whom have even reappeared on the show despite their newfound success.
1st Jun '17 2:12:04 AM ajitter89
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* AuthorsSavingThrow: After the incredibly unpopular decision to have Luke assert that Tracy is the love of his life and not Laura, as in legendary love story [[{{Supercouple}} Luke and Laura]]. However when Anthony Geary decided to end his contract, Luke leaves messages to all his loved ones, including Tracy, before leaving Port Charles. However, the final word he utters on the show is a quite, wistful yet forlorn "Laura," as she stares off into the distance from her apartment, before Luke vanishes into the mist. Seems the writers wised up and ensured the fandom that the most famous pairing in daytime really were each others great loves.
8th May '17 2:43:13 PM TheAwesomeRan
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* SpecialEffectsFailure: Look closely at a few of the gun play shootouts you will notice smoke rings coming off the guns as they are being fired and sometimes before.
7th Feb '17 4:39:01 PM ajitter89
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* SignatureScene: Luke and Laura's Wedding, the most viewed hour in Daytime history, 30.0 Million people tuned in.
26th Jul '16 8:47:12 AM GunarmDyne
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* HilariousInHindsight - Three days after Ryan Carnes left the show and the role of Lucas Jones was given to Ben Hogestyn, the character came out of the closet. If Ryan had stayed on the show for another three days, he would have played his third gay character ''in a row''. Ironically he left to play a character on ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' - who is also gay.

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Three days after Ryan Carnes left the show and the role of Lucas Jones was given to Ben Hogestyn, the character came out of the closet. If Ryan had stayed on the show for another three days, he would have played his third gay character ''in a row''. Ironically he left to play a character on ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' - who is also gay.gay.
** During his run on ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' Joseph C. Phillips's character was excited at the prospect of meeting BB King but did not get to[[note]]Within that episode at least. King later made an appearance as his InUniverse equivalent, Riley Jackson.[[/note]]. His character got to meet King in an appearance in this series years later.
22nd Dec '15 7:07:28 PM MagBas
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* BlackHoleSue - [[VillainSue Sonny]], [[GodModeSue Jason]], and [[JerkSue Carly]].
* BrokenBase - Bob Guza's third and longest run as head writer from 2002 to 2011 (with at different points a couple of co-head writers), which is arguably the most controversial run by a head writer in American soap history besides James E. Reilly for Series/DaysOfOurLives. It has its vocal defenders, especially among fans of Jason, Sam, and Sonny, but others - mostly longtime fans who at least started watching the show in the '90s - criticized it for shifting the focus of the show toward the mob, killing off (and violently, at that) members of the longtime Quartermaine and Jones families while ignoring or writing out well-established characters, and for more than a few blatant cases of BlackHoleSue and CreatorsPet. Whether or not you defend Guza, it's really telling that with the radical regime change in showrunners in 2012 and with the fear of cancellation overhead, all the mob-oriented characters except Sonny have been [[PutontheBus killed or sent to prison]] (although more mob characters have appeared or returned since), ''many'' established characters written off years ago have returned, and the Quartermaines have been made a strong center of the show again.

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* BlackHoleSue - [[VillainSue Sonny]], [[GodModeSue Jason]], and [[JerkSue Carly]].
* BrokenBase - Bob Guza's third and longest run as head writer from 2002 to 2011 (with at different points a couple of co-head writers), which is arguably the most controversial run by a head writer in American soap history besides James E. Reilly for Series/DaysOfOurLives. It has its vocal defenders, especially among fans of Jason, Sam, and Sonny, but others - mostly longtime fans who at least started watching the show in the '90s - criticized it for shifting the focus of the show toward the mob, killing off (and violently, at that) members of the longtime Quartermaine and Jones families while ignoring or writing out well-established characters, and for more than a few blatant cases of BlackHoleSue and CreatorsPet. Whether or not you defend Guza, it's really telling that with the radical regime change in showrunners in 2012 and with the fear of cancellation overhead, all the mob-oriented characters except Sonny have been [[PutontheBus killed or sent to prison]] (although more mob characters have appeared or returned since), ''many'' established characters written off years ago have returned, and the Quartermaines have been made a strong center of the show again.



* PuritySue - Jason, before ''and'' after the accident.
** The irony of this is that Jason's portrayer, Steve Burton, actually asked for the radical change in personality, as he was tired of playing such a PuritySue character--straight-A pre-med student, steady girlfriend, varsity athlete, community activist, etc. Only to have Jason Morgan, a mobster's errand boy/hitman, be essentially viewed the same way by the writers and other characters alike.
13th Apr '15 10:09:21 AM nombretomado
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* HilariousInHindsight - Three days after Ryan Carnes left the show and the role of Lucas Jones was given to Ben Hogestyn, the character came out of the closet. If Ryan had stayed on the show for another three days, he would have played his third gay character ''in a row''. Ironically he left to play a character on DesperateHousewives - who is also gay.

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* HilariousInHindsight - Three days after Ryan Carnes left the show and the role of Lucas Jones was given to Ben Hogestyn, the character came out of the closet. If Ryan had stayed on the show for another three days, he would have played his third gay character ''in a row''. Ironically he left to play a character on DesperateHousewives ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' - who is also gay.
26th Mar '15 10:41:37 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: Fluke, [[spoiler:though he's clearly just an alternate personality of Luke's mind akin to the Yang]], has no remorse or caring for anyone in Port Charles. Though he is openly connected to some people, it is only as a means of getting what he wants or furthering his own agenda. Anyone who gets in the way or can do nothing for him is either a threat or dispensable. Nothing matters to him but what he wants and he only sees people as enemies or stepping stones to his insatiable appetite for power.
26th Mar '15 10:07:18 AM futuremoviewriter
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* CompleteMonster: Fluke, [[spoiler:though he's clearly just an alternate personality of Luke's mind akin to the Yang]], has no remorse or caring for anyone in Port Charles. Though who he is openly connected to some people, it is only as a means of getting what he wants or furthering his own agenda. Anyone who gets in the way or can do nothing for him is either a threat or dispensable. Nothing matters to him but what he wants and he only sees people as enemies or stepping stones to his insatiable appetite for power.

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* CompleteMonster: Fluke, [[spoiler:though he's clearly just an alternate personality of Luke's mind akin to the Yang]], has no remorse or caring for anyone in Port Charles. Though who he is openly connected to some people, it is only as a means of getting what he wants or furthering his own agenda. Anyone who gets in the way or can do nothing for him is either a threat or dispensable. Nothing matters to him but what he wants and he only sees people as enemies or stepping stones to his insatiable appetite for power.
26th Mar '15 10:04:53 AM futuremoviewriter
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* CompleteMonster: Fluke, [[spoiler:though he's clearly just an alternate personality of Luke's mind akin to the Yang]], has no remorse or caring for anyone in Port Charles. Though who he is openly connected to some people, it is only as a means of getting what he wants or furthering his own agenda. Anyone who gets in the way or can do nothing for him is either a threat or dispensable. Nothing matters to him but what he wants and he only sees people as enemies or stepping stones to his insatiable appetite for power.
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