The Romance of Helen Trent

11:30-11:45 AM

This soap opera remained one of the most popular shows throughout the era, running for 27 years. Produced by Frank and Anne Hummert and featuring actressses such as Virginia Clark, Julie Stevens, and Mary Jane Higby (as a villain), the show split the world into clear-cut good and bad sides, with Helen as the height of purity. Helen tried to find love in a world full of calamity, danger, and evil. Death, through various melodramatic means, was a staple of the show, and the series ended with Helen's own demise just before her most beloved suitor returned to her. Helen's romantic adventures intrigued audiences for 7,222 episodes before finally ending June 24, 1960.