A TV show that has had remarkable endurance is broadcasting its 8,000th episode today, Friday, Jan. 4. The show is the CBS daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
CBS says the show, which is currently in its 32nd season, is the most-watched daily dramatic serial in the world.
“It’s astonishing to look at the script we’re working on today and see episode 8,000. We’re grateful that you’ve allowed us into your homes for over 30 years,” said the show’s executive producer and head writer Bradley P. Bell. “The 8,000th episode is classic ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ drama. The story centers around an event so profound, it sends shockwaves throughout the lives of the Forresters, Spencers, Avants, Spectras and Logans for years to come.”
While 8,000 episodes is quite a milestone, it’s only the 4th longest-running soap opera still on TV, according to Wikipedia. ABC’s “General Hospital,” which debuted in 1963, is No. 1, with over 14,000 episodes so far. It’s followed in longevity by NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” which premiered in 1965, and “The Young and the Restless,” which first aired in 1973 and is currently on Pop. “The Bold and the Beautiful” debuted in 1987.
CBS released the following statistics about “The Bold and the Beautiful” in honor of the 8,000th episode:
35 million — Approximate number of viewers who watch every day in over 100 countries.
4,000 — Number of hours of television produced by ‘The Bold and the Beautiful.”
360,000 — Number of pages of dialogue memorized by cast members.
19 — Number of babies born on-screen.
90 — Number of weddings that have taken place.
2 — Number of actors who have been on the show since the first episode. John McCook and Katherine Kelly Lang are original cast members!
3 — Number of actresses whose real-life babies/children portray their fictional children. Those actresses are Katherine Kelly Lang, Lauren Koslow and Heather Tom.
“The Bold and the Beautiful” is a Bell-Phillip Television production.