Programming: Ship of Ghouls

The old radio soap operas liked to pretend that Portia really faced Life.

But only since television has the soaper got right down to the nubby-grubby of everyday existence — suicide attempts (The Doctors), incestuous desires (Days of Our Lives) and various physical com plaints, such as "uterine inertia" (An other World). The trouble with such contemporary traumas is that no one does much about them onscreen; the folks just sit around talking about their problems and drinking black coffee in the kitchen. The only time there is any live action in...

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