The Young Marrieds

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The Young Marrieds
Paul Picerni Peggy McCay The Young Marrieds.jpg
Paul Picerni and Peggy McCay in a scene from the show.
Format Soap opera
Created by James Elward
Written by James Elward
Frances Rickett
John Pascal
Francine Pascal
Starring Susan Brown
Brenda Benet
Les Brown Jr.
Norma Connolly
Floy Dean
Charles Grodin
Susan Seaforth Hayes
Ted Knight
Peggy McCay
Michael Mikler
Constance Moore
Paul Picerni
Pat Rossen
Barry Russo
Michael Stefani
Susan Seaforth
Irene Tedrow[1]
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 380
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Selmur Productions
Original channel ABC
Original run October 5, 1964 – March 25, 1966

The Young Marrieds is an American daytime soap opera which aired on ABC from October 5, 1964[1] to March 25, 1966.

The program was created by James Elward and written by Elward with Frances Rickett. Authors John Pascal and Francine Pascal also wrote for the series. It was produced in Hollywood by Selig Seligman through his production company Selmur Productions. Producers included Richard Dunn and Eugene Barr. The serial was directed by Frank Pacelli.

Mike Lawrence[disambiguation needed] was the series announcer.[2]


The Young Marrieds focused on the conflicts between three married couples in the suburban community of Queen's Point. (Queen's Point would later be revealed to be a suburb of Port Charles, the setting of General Hospital)[1] Dr. Dan Garrett and his wife Susan Garrett, commercial artist Walter Reynolds and his wife Ann Reynolds, and Matt Stevens and Liz Stevens, a young couple who were engaged and ready to begin their married life together.

Shortly into the soap's brief year-and-a-half run, the Stevenses were wed then written out of the storyline, which was refocused almost solely on the marital problems of the Garretts and the Reynolds. Susan Garrett struggled with the knowledge that she was the biological mother of 10 year old Jerry Karr, who had been adopted years before by Lena Gilroy, an actress. Susan wanted to gain custody of the boy, but Lena was unwilling to give him up. Meanwhile, the Garretts' neighbor Walter Reynolds saw his marriage unravel as wife Ann, his former model, embarked upon a career as manager of Halstead's, a successful local department store. Ann and Walter eventually agreed to divorce, but they secretly remained in love with one another, although circumstances continued to keep them apart.


The Young Marrieds aired immediately following General Hospital at 3:30ET/2:30 CT. Though it rated fairly well for fledgling ABC Daytime, the serial aired directly opposite The Edge of Night, a top-rated soap opera on CBS, and failed to maintain enough of General Hospital 's lead-in audience to make it viable. The final telecast on March 25, 1966 ended with a cliffhanger that would remain forever unresolved, as a despondent Walter, having learned he would go blind from a serious illness, locked himself in his studio with a loaded gun, apparently ready to commit suicide.

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  1. ^ a b c "The Young Marrieds on ABC". TV Guide. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ Schemering, Christopher. The Soap Opera Encyclopedia, January 1988, pg. 249, ISBN 0-345-35344-7 (Revised Edition).

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