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On This Day In Soap History: One Life to Live Debuts on ABC

One Life to Live

On July 15th, 1968, One Life to Live debuted on ABC daytime. The show was set in the fictional town of Llanview, Pennsylvania and was the first daytime drama to center around a socioeconomically diverse cast of characters. The show increased from 30 to 45 minutes in 1976, and to an hour in 1978 until its untimely cancellation in January, 2012. 

Agnes Nixon created the daytime drama to be more than just rich vs. poor. She desired a show that was both ethnically and socioeconomically diverse - something more than just your standard daytime fare. 

Throughout its almost 44 years on the air, One Life to Live tackled such storylines as sexual abuse, physical abuse, rape, dissociative identity disorder, cult leaders, homosexuality, and deep dives into other worlds - y'all remember "Eterna"? 

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