Goede tijden, slechte tijden
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|Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden|
|Created by||Reg Watson|
|Written by||Rohan Gottschalk (Head writer)|
|No. of seasons||26|
|No. of episodes||5290 (as of 22 January 2016)|
|Executive producer(s)||Peter Römer|
|Running time||23 min. w/o commercials
30 min. w/ commercials
|Original release||October 1, 1990– present|
Goede tijden, slechte tijden (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌ ɣudə ˈtɛidən ˌslɛxtə ˈtɛidən], English: Good times, bad times), also known as GTST or simply Goede Tijden, is the longest-running Dutch soap opera, which began on 1 October 1990 on RTL4. The programme was the first daily soap in the Netherlands. The soap is produced by Joop van den Ende and to date over 5,000 episodes have been broadcast. It was inspired by the Australian soap The Restless Years, although it started following its own course during the third season. GTST is broadcast Monday to Friday at 20:00. Around 1.5 million viewers watch each episode. It is the highest rated soap opera in the Netherlands.
The soap mainly revolves around the lives of the families Alberts, Sanders, De Jong, Van Houten and Bouwhuis. It all takes place in the fictional town of Meerdijk. Like any other soap, marriage, divorce, kidnapping and business are a few of the ingredients of GTST, although in recent years, GTST has become known for writing and producing more controversial storylines. GTST is also known for having a summer break each year, ending a season sometime in June with a cliffhanger, only to resume three months later in September. Although the early cliffhangers often revolved around family drama, later cliffhangers have often revolved around disasters and unexpected twists.
Many former actors who once were part of the cast are now well known in the Netherlands and Europe, such as Katja Schuurman, Reinout Oerlemans and Antonie Kamerling (who, in spite of a successful career as an actor, committed suicide in 2010 suffering from chronic depression).
In 2016 the show got a spin-off called Nieuwe Tijden (English: New Times) which follows some of the younger characters from GTST and some new characters.
|Gaby Blaaser||Sacha Kramer||2014–|
|Caroline De Bruijn||Janine Elschot||1992–|
|Ruud Feltkamp||Noud Alberts||2006–|
|Stijn Fransen||Sam Dekker||2015–|
|Everon Jackson Hooi||Bing Mauricius||2005–|
|Marjolein Keuning||Maxime Sanders||2008–|
|Miro Kloosterman||Thijs Kramer||2014–|
|Jord Knotter||Job Zonneveld||2016–|
|Robin Martens||Rikki de Jong||2010–|
|Jette van der Meij||Laura Selmhorst||1990–|
|Inge Schrama||Sjors Langeveld||2003–|
|Joep Sertons||Anton Bouwhuis||2010–|
|Barbara Sloesen||Anna Brandt||2014–|
|Ferri Somogyi||Rik de Jong||1995–2004, 2007–|
|Guido Spek||Sjoerd Bouwhuis||2010–|
|Buddy Vedder||Rover Dekker||2015–|
|Babette van Veen||Linda Dekker||1990–98, 2005–06, 2015–|
|Marly van der Velden||Nina Sanders||2005–|
|Erik Vogel||Ludo Sanders||1996–|
|Dilan Yurdakul||Aysen Baydar||2012–|
|Holly Mae Brood||Amy Kortenaer||2016–|
|Wilbert Gieske||Robert Alberts||1990–2008, 2015–|
|Soy Kroon||Sil Selmhorst||2016–|
|Bart Peerenboom||Marcel Boeve||2000–|
|Michael de Roos||Alex de Boer||2014–|
Original cast members
|Antonie Kamerling||Peter Kelder||1990–93, 1995|
|Reinout Oerlemans||Arnie Alberts||1990–96|
|Joost Buitenweg||Rien Hoogendoorn||1990–92|
|Frédérique Huydts||Annette Dekker-van Thijn||1990–92|
|Babette van Veen||Linda Dekker||1990–98, 2005–06, 2015–|
|Isa Hoes||Myriam van der Pol||1990–94|
|Ingeborg Wieten||Suzanne Balk Carpenter||1990–2000|
|Marlous Fluitsma||Helen Helmink (#1)||1990–91|
|Rick Engelkes||Simon Dekker||1990–94, 1997–98, 2003|
|Jette van der Meij||Laura Selmhorst||1990–|
|Wilbert Gieske||Robert Alberts||1990–2008, 2015–16|
|Wim Zomer||Daniel Daniel||1990–99|
|Inge Ipenburg||Martine Hafkamp||1990–94, 2003–05|
|Hein van Beem||Nico Stenders||1990–91|
|Antoinette van Belle||Stephanie Stenders-Kreeft||1990–94|
|Dieter Jansen||Jan van Ede||1990–91|
|Djuna Hougee||Petra van Ede||1990–91|
|Carola Gijsbers van Wijk||Wil de Smet||1990–98|
Controversial storylines and scenes
The death of Frits van Houten
Businessman Frits van Houten was introduced in the second season and the residents of Meerdijk soon found he was a ruthless man who was willing to go very far to get what he wanted. He didn't have any friends, but the women seemed to throw themselves at his feet, resulting in many affairs and one-night stands, although he only married one, his true love Dian Alberts. Throughout the years, Frits had received many death threats, but he never took them seriously. One night, he was at his house taking a bath when a person unknown to the audience showed up. After Frits spoke a few lines, indicating he knew whoever it was, he or she removed his TV from the table and threw it into Frits' bathtub, electrocuting and killing him instantly. He still had a glass of champagne in his hand which he crushed while being electrocuted. This has remained the most significant scene from GTST. The murderer was revealed to be his secretary and once one-night stand Hannie van der Kroeft, who had been infuriated by his behavior towards her. However, more than ten years later, it was discovered by Frits' now adult daughter and son that Frits had a twin brother, who was the one who killed Frits that night.
The truth behind Stefano Sanders' paternity
Although a rewrite in paternity isn't unusual in soap operas, this one had been attached to a dirty little secret Stefano's presumed father Ludo was never meant to find out. Ludo had been married to Stefano's mother Sophia years ago and had always thought his wife and son died in a car explosion. It was later revealed that Stefano had survived and had been raised by an Italian mob family, and Ludo and Stefano were reunited with each other. Years later, Ludo's father Maximilliaan died and on his funeral, Sophia showed up, who had never even been in the car at the time and had assumed it was Ludo who had died that day. While trying to reconnect with his ex-wife, Ludo found her diaries and aware of her unstable mental state, Ludo started reading, and to his horror discovered that Sophia had been raped at a young age by his own father. Sophia admitted Stefano was not his son, he was Maximilliaan's, making Stefano his brother and not his son. Sophia was admitted to a mental institution and slit her wrists not long afterwards. Although both Ludo and Stefano needed time to process all this, they remained a part of each other's life and Stefano still refers to Ludo as his father.
Drugs and jail
Weeks before Rik de Jong would finally marry his true love Anita Dendermonde, he discovered that his teenage son Job was forced to smuggle drugs to Singapore. Refusing to let his son become a part of this, Rik made a deal with Job's boss and offered to smuggle the drugs to Singapore. Rik and Anita took off for their honeymoon, but at the airport in Singapore, Rik's bag was checked by security and he was taken into custody. He was transported to a prison nearby and became cellmates with another Dutch man, also a drugs smuggler. Anita tried to do everything she could to get Rik out, but his cellmate Jan told him he'd already been in jail for two years and he had only smuggled a very small amount of weed; Rik would never get out again. Devastated, a very pregnant Anita traveled back home to contact her lawyer while a fire was started in Rik's prison, leaving his cellmate deceased. Knowing he would not get out anytime soon and wanting Anita to move on with her life, Rik took on Jan's identity and Rik himself was declared dead. Anita tried to move on with her life, giving birth to a little girl whom she named Rikki. She soon ran into her first love Mickey and in a spur of the moment they decided to get married. Mickey however discovered Rik was alive, but kept this from Anita. On their wedding day, Rik was released from jail and returned home to find Anita about to marry Mickey. Rik and Anita soon reunited and decided to go to New Zealand with Rikki to join Job who had moved there months before.
At the end of season 19, the character Lucas Sanders returned to Meerdijk from New York and revealed that he was gay. This marked the first time in GTST's history that a major character was openly gay. During the course of season 20 it was implied that Lucas has frequent one night stands. He was gay bashed, which was witnessed by his sister's boyfriend, who took a long time to step forward. Most later story lines involving Lucas did not deal with his sexuality. On October 18, 2010 - shortly after the start of season 21 GTST introduced a new family, the Bouwhuis. One of their sons, Edwin, draws the attention of both Lucas and his best friend Wiet. Both try to win him over and he eventually starts a doomed relationship with Wiet, withdrawing from her whenever she wants to get close. Lucas suspects that Edwin is deep in the closet. During Lucas' 20th birthday party, Edwin kisses Lucas, but later insists that was a mistake. On the February 16th episode, Edwin tells Lucas that he intends to break up with Wiet as he is no longer in love with her, but with Lucas. The same night, Wiet overdoses on GHB. Edwin postpones the breakup. When Wiet is released from hospital, Edwin reveals to her that he is gay and has fallen in love with Lucas. He then visits Lucas. The two of them go to Lucas's bedroom and sleep with each other. The love scene between the two boys—who are seen with their shirts off and making out— prompted a wide reaction on social networks minutes after the initial broadcast. There was a pretty even split between negative and positive reactions. The Dutch gay rights organization COC noted that, alarmingly, many of the negative reactions came from younger viewers. Broadcasting network RTL and production company Endemol have defended the harmless scene as reflective of society and have indicated they won't back down on the storyline. After this Edwin and Lucas get a relationship, against the will of Edwin's father, Anton. When He finds his son and Lucas kissing in his doctor's practice, he beats Lucas up. lucas ends up in the hospital. After months of problems Anton accepts his son and boyfriend. After a shooting accident on the wedding of Lucas's sister Nina, he gets injured and ends up in coma. He is in this coma for months and Edwin is with him every day. After a few months Edwin falls in love with Lucas's doctor, Ron, the intern of Anton (who started working in the hospital of Meerdijk). When Lucas wakes up of his coma he breaks up with Edwin. In the meantime a deadly virus (ebola) is spreading through Meerdijk. Ron gets infected and dies in the arms of Edwin. After Ron's death, Lucas and Edwin get together again, but the virus is still spreading. After a while Edwin gets the virus too. He fights for his life, but eventually dies. It took months for Lucas to start to feel normal again.
A few seasons later he falls in love with a man called, Bilal, an Islamic. The relation didn't work out.
In season 24, Lucas meets a police officer called Menno Kuiper. The fall in love and after half a year get married. This was the first soap gay marriage ever and the whole world was talking about it. Because of this attention, the wedding episode was released with English subtitles. After a while Menno starts to beat Lucas and appears to have a trauma. Lucas tries to keep it a secret for his mother and sister, but after he ends up in the hospital he tells it. Together they do an intervention and Menno gets in therapy. Unfortunately, it didn't help and he leaves after an emotional goodbye with Lucas.
Later in the series, Wiet van Houten falls in love with a new character called Anna Brandt, who is revealed to be bisexual. They are in a relationship.