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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 ...
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • UPC: 043396259560
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 36:01:00
  • Format: DVD

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Disc #1 -- Soap: The Complete Series
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      Episode 1
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      Episode 4
      Episode 5
      Episode 6
      Episode 7
      Episode 8
      Episode 9
      Episode 10
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      Episode 13
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      Episode 15
      Episode 16
      Episode 17
      Episode 18
      Episode 19
      Episode 20
Disc #3 -- Soap: The Complete Series
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      Episode 23
   Trailers
      America's Sweethearts
      Hollywood Homicide
      TV Action Favorites
      TV Comedy Favorites
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Disc #6 -- Soap: The Complete Series
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   Special Features
      The Creators Come Clean
      Encore Bonus Episode: Season 1 Pilot
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         Classic Comedy TV
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      Episode 19
      Episode 20
      Episode 21
      Episode 22
   Previews
      Classic Comedy TV
      Contemporary TV
      Original Programming TV
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      Episode 13
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      Episode 15
      Episode 16
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      Episode 20
      Episode 21
      Episode 22
   Previews
      Seinfeld
      Classic Comedy TV
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      Episode 15
Disc #12 -- Soap: The Complete Series
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    did not get much funnier than this...

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic Series

    The show was cutting edge for the 70's, hilarious and timeless! A definate great buy as a package.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Soap, The title says it all

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Among the most valued of all my DVDs

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good content. Terrible packaging.

    Just as funny as when first aired.
    However, cheesy, low-quality packaging is a great disappointment.

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