The Edge of Night

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Name: The Edge of Night
Creator: Irving Vendig
Date(s): CBS (1956–1975)
ABC (1975–1984)
Medium: Television
Country of Origin: USA
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The Edge of Night is an American television mystery crime drama series and soap opera, created by Irving Vendig and produced by Procter & Gamble Productions.

The show was first broadcast on Black-and-white (1956–1967), then on Color (1967–1984).

It debuted on CBS on April 2, 1956, and ran as a live broadcast on that network for most of its run until November 28, 1975. The series then moved to ABC, where it aired from December 1, 1975, until December 28, 1984.[1] 7,420 episodes were produced, of which some 1,800 are available for syndication.

It is said that the writer P.G. Wodehouse,[2] actress Bette Davis, actress Tallulah Bankhead,[3] first lady Eleanor Roosevelt,[3] impressionist Rich Little and songwriter Cole Porter were all devoted fans.


Set in the mythical Midwestern city of Monticello, the series revolved around dedicated crime fighter Mike Karr, his family, his friends, his associates, and a seemingly endless stream of colorful villains. The series departed in many ways from the typical daytime soap opera. It was the first soap to debut in the half hour format and the first to fully utilize television as a visual medium by incorporating physical action, location shooting, and a brisker directorial style than the generally static soap operas of its era.


Throughout its 28 year run, it developed a cult audience that most notably included an unusually high percentage of male viewers. With intriguing mysteries, engaging characters, stellar cast, and superior direction, The Edge of Night continues to draw interest from old and new fans alike.

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  1. ^ Waggett, Gerard J. (November 1997). "The Edge of Night". The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. Harper Paperbacks. pp. 254–266. ISBN 0-06-101157-6.
  2. ^ Wodehouse, P. G. (4 February 2013). P. G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393089875 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b "This Time There's No Doubt Whodunit as ABC Turns Out the Lights on the Long-Running Soap Edge of Night". Archived from the original on 2018-09-24.