One the most popular “General Hospital” episodes is the “Luke and Laura” wedding episode. According to The Los Angeles Times, the episode drew a record-setting 30 million viewers during its broadcast in 1981. A special collection of episodes featuring the wedding and other weddings from the show is available on Amazon.com. As of 2016, “General Hospital” has broadcast over 13,000 episodes since its release in 1963.
According to About.com, another top moment in “General Hospital" history is the death of B.J. Jones. Jones became brain-dead after a collision between her school van and a drunk driver. Dr. Tony Jones, her father, made the decision to donate her organs, and her heart went to her cousin Maxine. After the transplant, her father went into Maxine’s room to place his head on her chest to hear his daughter’s beating heart. The scenes from the event became praised as some of the best acting in the show’s history.
“General Hospital” is a daytime television medical drama and is one of the longest-running series in the United States, as of 2016. The show has won several awards, including over 10 Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series. ABC’s official website allows users to legally stream some free episodes of the show, but most are recently broadcast episodes.