"The time frame for credits is determined by the amount of time left in the show. Once the amount
of time available is established the Associate Director and the Editor try to find the most interesting
portion of the show, and use that video. We recently decided to try to soften the look of the credits
by dissolving between the different scenes, and it has been well accepted. We (the Associate
Director and the Editor) try to find the prettiest, or most dramatic, or sometimes comical shots to
freeze on. Depending on how much time we have to fill the Associate Director will determine
which version [full or abbreviated] of the Procter & Gamble animation to use." (Karen Thomas,
AW Editor, for the AWHP, 1997)
End Credits always opened with a sponsor message before the crawl.
In the 1970s, end credits were original scenes, the continuation of
the last action before the shot dissolved: characters talking
or the set they had just walked out of. If the end credits were
lengthy, several scenes may have been used.
From 1980 to 1982, still frames from the episode were used during end credits. Sometimes there would a string of head
shots of each character, and sometimes highlights of the episode. This may have inspired the use of freeze-frame endings which started
on December 25, 1981.
From late 1982 to 1999, all end credits were outtakes from the show except for special episodes such as show anniversaries and star
memorials, and the following:
- October 24, 1988: Extra Felicia and Mitch wedding party footage.
- December 25, 1990: Rachel wishing the viewers a "Merry Christmas," with the Cory family standing behind her.
- May 9, 1996: The first part of a Cass and Frankie scene, picked up in the middle during the episode.
- August 4, 1997: The first part of a Lila scene, continued in the actual episode.
Starting on January 30, 1997, the Executive Producer was listed before the writers, a practice
followed by all P&G soaps. Starting on July 24, 1998, the director was listed after the EP and
before the writers.
Seniority dictated the order of actors' names, with the exception of Victoria Wyndham, who was
given lead billing by Executive Producer Paul Rauch.
End Credit Snafus
- Mitchell Dru spelled Mitchell Drew (1964).
- Carolyn Culliton spelled Carolyn Culletin (1980).
- Janet Stampfl spelled Janet Stampfel (1987).
- Missy Hughes spelled Miss Hughes (1987).
- Bridget Connell spelled Bridget Cornell (1987).
- B.J. Jefferson spelled D.J. Jefferson (1988).
- Luke Perry spelled Luke Perryt (1989).
- Valarie Pettiford spelled Valerie Pettiford (1989).
- Ricky Paull Goldin spelled Ricky Paul Goldin.
- Tomas spelled alternately Tomas and Toma's (1994, 1995).
- Maggie and Carl's entries repeated three times (1994).
- Seniority mixed up: Cass appeared before John.
- Brett Gardner spelled Brett Gardener (1994).
- Bridget played by Bridget Berjer (1995).
- Lorna Devon spelled Loren Devon (1995).
- Maggie Cory spelled Maggie Corry (1995).
- Kale Browne spelled Kale Brown (1987 and 1995).
- Cecile DePoulignac spelled Cecile de Poulonac (1995).
- Rafael Santiero spelled Raphael Santiero (1996).
- Bridget White spelled Briget White (1996).
- Cindy Brooke spelled Cindy Brook (1996-1997).
- Joanna Kosloff spelled Joanna Rosloff (1997).
- Etta Mae Burrell spelled Etta Mae Burrel (1997).
- Chris Ceraso (writer) spelled Chrs Ceraso (1997).
- Jensen Buchanan spelled Jenson Buchanan (1998).
- Troy Hall spelled Troy Hill (1998).
- Tito Banacek spelled Tito Banicek (1999).
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