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Ryan's Hope

Ryans Hope
NameRyan's Hope
FormatSoap opera
Created byClaire Labine
Paul Avila Mayer
StarringHelen Gallagher
Bernard Barrow
Michael Levin
Kate Mulgrew
Ron Hale
Nancy Addison Altman
John Gabriel
Louise Shaffer
Earl Hindman
Michael Corbett
Hannibal Penney, Jr., et al.
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes3515
Running time30 minutes
Original channelABC
First airedJuly 7, 1975
Last airedJanuary 13, 1989

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'Ryan's Hope' is an American soap opera, revolving around 13 years of trials and tribulations within a large Irish American family in the Riverside district of New York City. It aired from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989 on ABC. A total of 3,515 30-minute episodes were broadcast.

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From Ryan's Hope, 1989.
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Intro from "Ryan's Hope" circa 1984.
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From Ryan's Hope, 1981, with Roscoe Born.
2.07 min. | 4.81 user rating
We continue our tribute to James Wlcek as Ben Shelby on the soap opera Ryan's Hope
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James Wlcek as Ben Shelby on the soap opera Ryan's Hope
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Mary has her baby. Jack gets drunk and wants to be there. The nurse won't let Jack in under his condition. The reference to the water comes from Mary causing Jack to fall in the river on the first week of the show.
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The final version of the opening to Ryan's Hope, from a November 1988 broadcast. The late, and beloved, ABC soap ended its run two months later on January 13, 1989. The younger supporting cast featured some soon-to-be-famous names as the show was ending. Appearing at this time were Yasmine Bleeth as Ryan Fenelli, Jimmy Wlcek as Ben Shelby (ironically, both Bleeth and Wlcek defect over to One Life to Live, as different characters, soon after the cancellation of RH), Tichina Arnold as Zena Brown, and Danny Tamberelli as Sean Novak (son of Siobhan) - who, over a year after the show ended, began appearing on a series of Nickelodeon comedy shorts as one of two brothers named "Pete". If you're a child of the '90s, you know how the rest goes..
0.47 min. | 4.88 user rating
A simulated closing credits sequence for Ryan's Hope, put together by a soap trader who began doing business with some people (including me). He put these together when credit pieces of soap material were missing from his master tapes. This was included, and made for, a July 1987 episode of RH. Nearly all cast & crew members included here appeared at that time, except for a few put in erroneously: Diana Van der Vlis and Karen Morris-Gowdy did not appear in these RH episodes (nor were they on the show at all in '87), and two different actors are listed as playing John Ryan (one as Little John and the other as John Reid Ryan). Jason Adams (who now goes by Ash Adams - the creator listed him as Ash in the credits, but he wouldn't use that name professionally until 1996), not Jason LELAND Adams, had the role in this episode. In the later years of Ryan's Hope, there would be no network voiceovers heard over the credits, only when the show was carried on an ABC affiliate that aired RH at 11:30 AM before the 12PM news. A mistake that ended up killing the show by 1989, ABC kept RH at the official network time of 12PM, but since most stations were airing local news in that slot by the mid '80s, stations either aired the soap late in the morning, in the wee hours of the morning the next day, or not at all. Usually, if RH was aired over network transmission, v/o announcements previewing Loving and primetime programming would be heard.
1.33 min. | 4.33 user rating
This is the opening credits from the early 1980s for the soap opera Ryan's Hope.
0.53 min. | 4.76 user rating
Major league pitcher Nolan Ryan made a guest appearance on Ryan's Hope in 1975.
5.30 min. | 4.73 user rating

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Final storylines :
In its 13 years on the air, Ryan's Hope went through quite a few theme, visual, and credit revisions. However, the aspects that never changed were the title sequence's concept of showing scenes of New York City life and the theme song, credited to Carey Gold but according to lore written as "Here's to Us," with input by Claire Labine.

July 7, 1975 - February 29, 1980
The First Years

March 3, 1980 - March 1983
Post-Success Years

March 1983 - March 16, 1984
The New Direction of 1983 aka Recovery From "Kirkland's Hope"

March 19, 1984 - January 13, 1989
The Final Years

Final storylines :
Years Head writer(s)
July 1975 - July 1982 Claire Labine
Paul Avila Mayer
July 1982 Claire Labine
August 1982 - January 1983 Mary Ryan Munisteri
January 1983 - December 1983 Claire Labine
Paul Avila Mayer
December 1983 - July 1985 Pat Falken Smith
James E. Reilly
August 1985 - February 1987 Tom King
Millee Taggart
February 1987 - March 1988 Claire Labine
Eleanor Labine
March 1988 - September 1988 Claire Labine
Matthew Labine
September 1988 - January 13, 1989 Claire Labine
Matthew Labine
Eleanor Labine

Final storylines :
Years Executive Producers
1975 - 1982 Claire Labine
Paul Avila Mayer
1982 - April 1, 1983 Ellen Barrett
April 4, 1983 - June 17, 1988 Joseph Hardy
June 20, 1988 - January 13, 1989 Felicia Minei Behr

Final storylines :
Years Producers
1975 George Lefferts
1975 - 1978 Robert Costello
1978 - 1982 Ellen Barrett
1982 - April 1, 1983 None
April 4, 1983 - June 17, 1988 Felicia Minei Behr
June 20, 1988 - January 13, 1989 Nancy Horwich

Final storylines :
Years Associate Producers
July 7, 1975 - September 1978 Ellen Barrett
September 1978 - 1982, April 4, 1983 - June 17, 1988 Nancy Horwich
1982 - April 1, 1983 Nancy Horwich
Felicia Minei Behr
June 20, 1988 - January 13, 1989 Jean Dadario Burke

Final storylines :
Actor Character Year of Death Years On Ryan's Hope
Wesley Addy Bill Woodard 1996 1977 � 1978
Nancy Addison Altman Jillian Coleridge 2002 1975 � 1989
David Bailey Teddy Malcolm 2004 1988 � 1989
Bernard Barrow Johnny Ryan 1993 1975 � 1989
Nell Carter Ethel Green 2003 1978 � 1979
Nicolette Goulet Mary Ryan Fenelli #4 2008 1979
Peter Haskell Hollis Kirkland III 2010 1982 � 1983
Earl Hindman Bob Reid 2003 1975 � 1989
Frank Latimore Ed Coleridge 1998 1975 � 1976
Irving Allen Lee Evan Cooper 1992 1986 � 1989
Kenneth McMillan Charlie Ferris 1989 1975 � 1976
Anne Revere Marguerite Beaulac #2 1990 1977
Sylvia Sidney Sister Mary Joel 1999 1975 � 1976
Gale Sondergaard Marguerite Beaulac #1 1985 1976
Diana van der Vlis Nell Beaulac
Sherry Rowan
2001 1975 � 1976

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