Soap operas have been in vogue ever since the time of its evolution in our lives!! Bringing amusement and entertainment in the day to day routines of many individuals, the soap operas have ben loved and adored by many and especially the house wives. It is basically a television series that is put to broadcast after the noon time and with the passing days, they are followed by the experiences of the different in the enormous world of fiction. The primary focus of attention in the soap operas are the emotional relationships and the interactions among the characters that play the significant roles in the same and lay an intensified impact on the target audience. Interwining of some of the story lines is common and eventually there comes an unambiguous end to the storyline.
Antiquity of soap operas
In the historic year of 1993, the very first soap opera was brought into the picture and ever since it gained immense populace by the target audience. A fifteen minutes airtime was purchased by Proctor and Gamble respectively who are the US soap manufacturers. From the total fifteen minutes, twelve of them were brought into usage for a specific radio drama series and the remaining three were highlighted as an advertisement for the exquisite soap brand that is none other the Oxydol.
The derivation of the name soap opera has evolved from the well-known American soap opera. For the first time these specific broadcasts were accomplished on the radio and the sponsorship was managed by the soap manufacturers who were in favour of listening or watching the same. In past two decades, the phenomenon of soap opera has been in the trend as there are many televisions channels which magnanimously broadcast the same and have managed to captivate the attention of the audience efficiently.
Here in this piece of brief annotation, we would like to draw your attention towards the longest running and likeable dutch opera that was introduced on 1st October 1990 on the platform of RTL4 namely Good times Bad times GTST. The engaging script of the two seasons on the very first note finds its basis from the Australian series that is typically referred to as the Restless years. The derivation of the main characters was engraved from the same series and they gained populace immensely. It became a remarkable success and managed to engross the attention of the audience for a long span of time. From the year 1991 to 1995, GTST, Good Times, Bad Ties was given the prestige to be nominated for a renowned award that is Gouden Televizier Ring and fortunately in 1995, it won this prominent award and mounted high on the charts of popularity.
Ever since its launch in the television world, the show has commenced a new season every year after the super smashing summer break. At the very end of the month August, A live event of GTST is held where a platform is provisioned to the fans of the opera in order to let them meet their favourite actors and also excitingly get a glimpse of what all is happening behind the scenes. It is also a great platform to watch the most awaited first episode of the refreshing new season even before it is put on the broadcast session at the television.
What is GTST all about?
Synonymous to the series of the famous The Restless Years, in GTST, the first four seasons shifts its focus to the group of lively young people who have just completed their graduation. Each one of them in the youth have their own specific and peculiar issues and certain emotional stories that undoubtedly touch the hearts of the audience as the they deal with the elements of career, success, failure and the most complicated love. As the meaningful title says, the viewers get an invite to get a peek through the on-going good as well as the bad times throughout the lives of the characters. Interestingly but also coming as a twist, the focus shifted to the family of Albert since majority of the actors of the show were prominent members of that particular family.
Mounting high on the charts of popularity!
In Netherlands, GTST has gained much populace with a phenomenal number of over 2 million viewers who really love to watch the opera with their family or beloved ones. Even after the successful run of 25 episodes, the specific 2500th episode that was on air on 23 March 2003 and with an overwhelming response, it is the most watched and liked episode with a phenomenal number of over 2.7 million viewers. Considering the fact that Netherlands depicted only a population of 16 million at that particular time, 2.7 million was a significant number. Unfortunately in the year 2008, the prominent show hit the bottom rocks as the audience was not able to make a connection with the personages in the soap opera GTST and therefore they came up with the idea to make it more original and realistic and subsequently it worked for good and managed to engage the attention of the audience to a greater level. Bringing joy and appreciation to the creators, in the year 2012, the flourishing show had its ever possible rating ever since the time of its introduction in the past six years
Overview of the Good Times and Bad times
The soap has its prime focus on the lives of the prominent families of Alberts, De Jong, Sanders, Bouwhuis and Van Houten. All the functional aspects of the show have taken place in the specific fictional town of Meerdijk. Akin to any other soap series, the prominent ingredients of the show are love, marriage, divorce, business, kidnapping and a lot more which makes the game even more interesting and fascinating. Although, it has been noticed in the recent years, the soap opera of GTST has shifted to further controversial storylines that appeal to the target audience of today.
With a lot of twists and turns, the show has managed to win the heart of the audience and gain their praise and appreciation to a phenomenal level.