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The show was a spin off from the original 1955 20th Century Fox movie. The title of the show was sans the hyphen used in the movie's title.

The show focused on lives and loves in San Francisco. The opening sequence of the show, in fact, was the title of the show superimposed over a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge, with a slightly reworked organ music rendition of the movie's signature hit. Soap writer and creator Irna Phillips was hired to adapt the movie for television, picking up the story some years after the end of the film. In the beginning, the star of the show was Nancy Hsueh, but since her character was deemed too controversial, she was phased out within the first year. When the network censors balked at an interracial love story between a white man, Paul Bradley (and later, Dr. Jim Abbott) and an Amerasian woman (Mia Elliott, the daughter of Korean War veteran Mark Elliott and Dr. Han Suyin, and born out of their love affair from the original movie), Phillips quit the show.

This is not to say that the serial did not court controversy after Phillips' departure. One of the characters, Sister Laura Donnelly (played by Donna Mills), tried to fight off carnal desires she had for a man, a move that proved to be very controversial and ended up necessitating the woman to leave the church due to this conflict. Stars of the show included Donna Mills, David Birney, and Leslie Charleson. Mills and Charleson played sisters and their conflict over Birney brought the show strong fan devotion as well as a spike in ratings. Other actors who appeared on the series and would go on to greater fame in daytime or primetime included Beverlee McKinsey, David Groh, Ron Hale and Paul Michael Glaser.

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> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Mar 23, 1973
Premiere September 18, 1967
Episodes Unknown
Network CBS
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
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