PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The story of the fictional Philadelphia suburb of Pine Valley ended today with the final episode of the soap opera “All My Children.”

And after nearly 42 years on the air, many loyal viewers were sad to see the show end.

“I’ve been watching this so long, so long,” mused one fan at the Philadelphia Senior Center, at Broad and South Streets.

“A lot of people grew up with the people involved in the soap opera,” said another.

“When I wasn’t working, that was a show I watched,” said a third.

While some cast members came and went, viewers say they remember one prominent figure on the show:

(Fan #1:)  “Well of course, Erica!”

(Fan #2:)  “I was a steady fan with Erica.”

(Fan #3:)  “When I first started watching it many years ago, Erica (played by actress Susan Lucci) was a teenager and she was going with Jeff.”

And they say the show will be missed:  “It’s the end of an era, I guess.”

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060

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