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Soap trek: Top 5 classic ‘Star Trek’ guest stars who went on to soaps

The original Lieutenant Uhura herself, actress Nichelle Nichols, will appear on the 11,000th episode of The Young & the Restless on September 1, 2016.

But turnabout (intruder; bonus points if you get the ultra-geeky reference) is fair play. Keep reading for a list of our top 5 favorite original Star Trek guest stars who went on to play meaningful roles on soaps.

Michael Zaslow
Before he was the dastardly Roger Thorpe on Guiding Light — he who died several times (including once by falling off a massive cliff) before it finally stuck, the late Michael Zaslow had the distinction of being the first character killed off in the first episode of Star Trek — even without wearing a red shirt! (Technically, The Man Trap was not the first Star Trek episode filmed, but it was the first episode aired on NBC in 1966). Lieutenant He-Was-Expendable was done in by a creepy salt-sucking monster that passed itself off as a beautiful young woman. That was Roger’s weakness, too …. (Watch Zaslow in blue-shirted action as part of his tribute, below.)

Kathryn Hays
No one would deny that As the World Turns’ Kim Hughes was a pretty empathetic person. Once she got over the sleeping with her sister’s husband and bearing his child thing. But actress Kathryn Hays really dialed it up to 11 with her portrayal of a creature who was so empathetic, she literally took on other people’s pain — and ended up as the subject of an alien experiment to see how far she’d go to save someone else.

Marj Dusay
It is universally accepted as the worst Star Trek episode ever, as well as the source of the immortal line, “Brain and brain! What is brain?” Basically, a beautiful woman beams aboard the Enterprise and … steals Spock’s brain. And who might that thieving vixen be? None other than notorious soap-hopper Marj Dusay. (She was one on Roger’s many wives on GL, maybe she was looking for him.)

Louise Sorel
While Captain Kirk was famous for jumping into bed with many a nubile guest star (they didn’t even need to be human, just hot), he rarely fell in love. That is, until he met the (50-year-old spoiler alert) android Rayna. Then, apparently, his love for her was so deep and Spock decided that losing her was so painful, that the Vulcan decided to sneak into the sleeping Kirk’s brain and making him “forget” the doomed relationship. Which is no small task. Because, at least on soaps, Louise Sorel is anything but forgettable. On Santa Barbara, it was killing her daughter’s pet pigeon then serving the remains as finger foods, and on Days of Our Lives, burying Carly alive and taunting her through a two-way radio. Kirk should be grateful he dodged that bullet.

Joan Collins
On a series from the 1960s, set during the 2260s, when the crew goes back in time to the 1930s, Kirk falls in love with a woman, played by an actress who would reach her peak fame during the 1980s. Yes, that’s Dynasty’s Joan Collins (she also played Alexandra on GL in 2002) as noble do-gooder Edith Keeler, in an episode William Shatner describes as his all-time favorite.

Honorable Mention
It wasn’t the original series, but when discussing the soap/Star Trek connection, we’d be remiss not to mention that one of the key Star Trek Captains, Kathryn Janeway of Voyager, was played by an actress who got her start on daytime, when Kate Mulgrew appeared as Mary on Ryan’s Hope.

Who is your favorite soap opera/Star Trek guest-star?

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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