Series / Loving

Soap Opera that aired on ABC from June 26, 1983 to November 10, 1995. The show was notably co-created by Agnes Nixon.

The show was created as a response to the action/adventure and intrigue storylines dominating soaps in the 1980s, most notably featured on General Hospital. Unlike its stablemates, Loving would be a traditional soap opera with a major focus on romance.

The show was never a huge hit, generally ranking in the bottom 3 soaps during its 12 year run. Nevertheless, the show engendered a Spin-Off upon its cancellation called The City that would move most of the remaining cast to New York's SOHO District

This show provides examples of: Supernatural Soap Opera in 1980s

  • Continuity Nod: Nearly two decades after "The Loving Murders", General Hospital's Luke and Holly found themselves in Corinth, in the abandoned Alden mansion, with several framed pictures of the victims, discussing the storyline.
  • Crossover: The show was established as part of the shared universe with the other soap operas airing on ABC. The most notable crossover was the addition of Debbi Martin's Angie Hubbard character from All My Children.
  • Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: Jacob, to Angie, looking exactly like her late husband Jesse.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Subverted. When Cooper confronts the woman who molested him as a child, she makes the excuse that she needed to feel loved, an excuse that no male predator could ever have gotten away with. That said, her actions are shown to be just as damaging.
  • Dramatic Half-Hour
  • Marital Rape License: Jared to Sydney, on The City.
  • Serial Killer:
    • In mid-to-late 1995, as part of plans for a massive overhaul, one of these stalked and killed nearly half of the cast members. Very tellingly, most of the victims were older and/or had been on the show for a long time with no further storyline opportunities. When the killer was revealed, it turned out the demented woman sincerely believed she was doing a good thing, believing that her victims had been in pain and she was in fact performing a Mercy Kill. The storyline ended with a friend doing this for her.
    • Then a year later, another one of these turned up on The City.
  • Transgender: The City was the first Soap Opera to tackle this topic, with the gorgeous model Azure C. being revealed to have been born a man. Unfortunately, negative fan reaction and the actress' poor performance nixed the storyline.