Generations (1989)

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Generations (1989)

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This half-hour serial was promoted as television's first fully integrated daytime soap. It focused on the relationship between two Chicago families: the Whitmores and the Marshalls. Their association began several decades ago when Vivian Potter was housekeeper and nanny for Rebecca Whitmore and her three children: Laura, Stephanie (nicknamed Sam), and J.D. Vivian's young daughter, Ruth lived with her in the Whitmore mansion.

When Ruth grew up, she married Henry Marshall, who owned and operated five moderately successful ice cream parlors. With Ruth's urging, Henry enlisted the help of business mogul Martin Jackson, who marketed Marshall's ice cream nationwide. The move proved so successful that Ruth was able to buy the Whitmore mansion. Ruth and Henry had three children, Chantal, a lawyer, Jacquelyn Marshall Rhymes, a homemaker and mother, and Adam, a junior executive with the Hale Hotel chain. Living with the Marshalls was Ruth's mother, Vivian.

Like Ruth Marshall, Rebecca Whitmore also had a challenging past to overcome. Unknown to Rebecca, her ex-husband Peter stole her inheritance. Determined to move forward with her life, a middle-aged Rebecca enrolled in law school and succeeded in becoming one of the nation's leading attorneys. When the serial premiered, her daughter Laura was married to advertising executive Trevor McCallum. Realizing that Trevor was cheating on her, Laura ended the marriage. They had an adult daughter, Monique.

Although Rebecca was saddened by the break-up of her oldest daughter's marriage, she was happy to see her granddaughter, Monique, marry photographer Jason Craig. Soon after their marriage, Jason inherited a multimillion dollar fortune, making him a murder target. Rebecca's youngest daughter, Sam, accepted a position as model and spokesperson for the upscale Hale Hotel chain. Sam's boss, the dastardly Jordan Hale, expressed an interest in Sam that went beyond business. Police detective Kyle Masters was also wildly attracted to Sam.

Doreen Jackson, a recovering drug addict, was married to Martin Jackson. Following a brief fling with Adam Marshall, Doreen found herself pregnant. Before their daughter, Danielle, was born, the relationship died. Doreen next took up with her doctor, Daniel Reubens (SHAFT's Richard Roundtree). He resurfaced in Chicago in 1990 with his daughter, Maya Davis - alias Diana Reubens (KILL BILL VOL. 1's Vivica A. Fox)- after falsely being accused of killing his wife.

GEN was ranked last in the ratings for it's entire run, and NBC ended it just short of it's 2 year anniversary. After 22 months, and 470 episodes, the final episode was scheduled to air on January 25, 1991. However, the last episode, was not shown on NBC due to coverage of the Persian Gulf War. GEN found another life in syndication on the BET network, where the reruns of the soap ran until 1993. The last episode was finally seen on BET.

ORIGINAL CAST TONY ADDABO....................Jason Craig JONELLE ALLEN...............Doreen Jackson JACK BETTS....................Hugh Gardner TAUREAN BLACQUE..........Henry Marshall #1 SHARON BROWN...........Chantal Marshall #1 PATRICIA CROWLEY.......Rebecca Whitmore #1 GEORGE DELOY..................Rob Donnelly RICK FITTS..................Martin Jackson JAIME GOMEZ..........................Sonny LYNN HAMILTON................Vivian Potter PHILIP HOFFMAN................Murray Stein RICK LOHMAN...................Joel Resnick ANDREW MASSET..............Trevor McCallum JOAN PRINGLE.................Ruth Marshall GAIL RAMSEY.................Laura McCallum BARBARA RHOADES.........Jessica Gardner #1 RICHARD ROAT................Leonard Cooper KELLY RUTHERFORD..............Sam Whitmore NANCY SOREL...............Monique McCallum KRISTOFF ST.JOHN.............Adam Marshall MYLES THOROUGHGOOD...................Wallymoreless
Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox

Maia

Pat Crowley

Pat Crowley

Rebecca Whitmore

Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray

Phillip Webb

Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree

Dr. Daniel Reubens (1989-1991)

Barbara Rhoades

Barbara Rhoades

Jessica Gardner #1 (1989)

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