One Life To Live Pushed The Boundaries Of U.S. TV

In 1968, the landscape of U.S. TV was extremely one dimensional, particularly the world of daytime soap operas. ‘One Life To Live’ arrived on the TV screens of viewers in a lineup that also included the cult soap ‘Dark Shadows’; however, the position of the two soap operas in the schedules highlighted the new approach to TV drama the creators of ‘One Life To Live’ were embarking upon. The development of the fictional suburb of Llanview included a range of characters from all walks of life and social backgrounds, which differed from most daytime drama productions which remained rooted in affluent and upper class characters.

‘One Life To Live’ could be seen as the forerunner of the modern age of TV drama taking place in the 21st century, particularly as the plot developments chosen by the writers took on many difficult issues. Wrapped in a soap opera aura of sensationalism the character of Stacy Morasco, played by Crystal Hunt, highlights the many difficult plots the character was involved in. Amongst the plots Crystal Hunt’s character was involved in were those involving the use of stem cells to treat medical conditions and issues of paternity.

The role of Stacy Morasco has increased the profile and social media presence of Crystal Hunt in the 21st century, despite her only playing the character from 2009 to 2010 before returning to the role for a series of guest appearances. Since leaving the role Hunt has looked to develop a more varied career that often plays upon her career as a soap opera star; reality TV performances have included the development of a new soap opera with many former daytime drama icons.  She can be found on Facebook, if you want to know what she’s up to next.

‘One Life To Live’ was one of the first major TV shows to portray regular people on the screen in an era when this was not a fashionable way to produce television drama.