Generations (1989)

NBC (ended 1991)



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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
George DelHoyo

George DelHoyo

Rob Donnelly (1989-1990)

Robert Gentry

Robert Gentry

Jordan Hale

Taurean Blacque

Taurean Blacque

Henry Marshall

Antony Ponzini

Antony Ponzini

Capt. Corelli (1990)

Dorothy Lyman

Dorothy Lyman

Rebecca Whitmore (#2) (1991)

Pat Crowley

Pat Crowley

Rebecca Whitmore

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  • A wonderful soap opera that changed the face of daytime forever!

    Let me start this review by saying that I'm a huge fan of soap operas, both daytime and primetime, but GENERATIONS is by far my all-time fave. Not only was it daytime's first integrated soap opera, but it was also an early breeding ground for such fresh new talent as Vivica A. Fox, Kristoff St. John, Kelly Rutherford and Robert Torti. Mixed with established stars like Richard Roundtree, Debbi Morgan, Jonelle Allen, James Reynolds and Joan Pringle, both young and old stars blended together seamlessly to form an allstar cast. GEN's storylines were interesting, family oriented and fast moving. Storyline's not only focused on younger characters, but characters of all ages. The soap was also the first to feature a core black family from it's very first episode. The African-American Marshall family and the white Whitmore family shared a past that went back several generations. My fave character was Kelly Rutherford as Sam Whitmore, who fell inlove with a sexy detective named Kyle Masters. Jonelle Allen was also a hoot as over-the-top pill-poppin' Doreen Jackson, who became pregnant with her husband Martin's business partners Henry and Ruth Marshall's son Adam's baby. Unfortunately, lingering racisim lead to the soap's early cancellation, but it's brief run forever changed the face of daytime television. A special show, that will always have a special place in my heart.moreless
  • I can see how some people say that there are problems with Generations but I personally think that it is still very enjoyable.

    I can see how some people say that there are problems with Generations but I personally think that it is still very enjoyable. It's nowhere near some of the other shows that I've watched lately but it's just because those were particularly good not that Generations was particularly bad. Recommended if you have time to spare.
  • Had potential but something was missing

    I watched this show for its entire 2 year run, but something was missing and I have never been able to put my finger on it. It just left me cold. I liked most of the characters, but it just seemed to have no heart. Most soaps have one character who is the moral compass of the show, but there didn't seem to be one here. Most of the original cast was replaced or dropped to recurring status by the end. Even so, I am sorry this show wasn't given a longer run.moreless
  • Needs to resurface!

    I loved this show, it had a great cast of characters & excellent storylines, the opening & closing ragtime theme were ingenious & fitting to the serial's core.

    I'm amazed there are no other posts for this show, it seems to be all but forgotten & that is a grave injustice, this show addressed controversial issues & boasted a fine number of performers, like Richard Roundtree, Kelly Rutherford & Antony Ponzini, for example.

    I found the pace to be farly fluid & the storylines to be riveting & pulsating!

    I give this soap two thumbs up & a gold star & hope that other fans out there who feel as I do cast their vote to have this show surface on DVD. It's a classic & should be long remembered & preserved.

    Cast your vote for Generations on DVD