Faraway Hill

Dumont (ended 1946)


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Faraway Hill was the first daytime soap opera to air on network television. TV's first soap premiered on October 2, 1946.

After losing her husband, widow Karen St.John left her life in New York City and began a new one in a small farm town, to be close to her relatives. There she met a man who had been adopted by her family, and with whom she fell in love. However, he was already engaged to another woman. Sophisticated Karen also clashed with her rural relatives.

Considered to be the first network soap, the show had no choice but to experiment with the form. Each episode had a budget of $300. The 30-minute soap was broadcast live, although filmed excerpts were interspersed, as well as a narration of Karen's thoughts and feelings of the new world around her.

For a years, many claimed that A WOMAN TO REMEMBER was network TV's first soap, but that serial didn't premiere until 1949.

When the soap failed to catch on, it was quickly canceled after only a few months on the air. The final episode aired December 18, 1946.