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Goede tijden, slechte tijden, also known as GTST, is the longest-running Dutch soap opera, which began on 1 October 1990 on RTL4. The programme was the first daily soap in the Netherlands. The soap is produced by Joop van den Ende and to date over 4,000 episodes have been broadcast. It was inspired by the Australian soap The Restless Years, although it started following its own course during the third season. GTST is broadcast Monday to Friday at 20:00. Around 1.5 million viewers watch each episode. It is the highest rated soap opera in the Netherlands.

The soap mainly revolves around the lives of the families Alberts, Sanders, De Jong, Van Houten and Bouwhuis. It all takes place in the fictional town of Meerdijk. Like any other soap, marriage, divorce, kidnapping and business are a few of the ingredients of GTST, although in recent years, GTST has become known for writing and producing more controversial storylines. GTST is also known for having a summer break each year, ending a season sometime in June with a cliffhanger, only to resume three months later in September. Although the early cliffhangers often revolved around family drama, later cliffhangers have often revolved around disasters and unexpected twists.

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Series Cast

  1. Marly van der Velden

    Nina Sanders

    1025 Episodes

  2. Ferry Doedens

    Lucas Sanders

    1020 Episodes

  3. Tanneke Hartzuiker

    Mary Verstraete

    1020 Episodes

  4. Carolien Spoor

    Carolien Spoor

    Florien Fischer

    1020 Episodes

  5. Emiel Sandtke

    Dex Huygens

    1020 Episodes

  6. Genelva Lo-Kioeng-Shioe

    Desi Overweg

    1020 Episodes

  7. Jan Kooijman

    Jan Kooijman

    Danny de Jong

    1020 Episodes

  8. Alexandra Dahlström

    Alexandra Dahlström

    Skylar Nilson

    1020 Episodes

  9. Pip Pellens

    Wiet van Houten

    1020 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 26

2015 | 5 Episodes

Season 26 of Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden premiered on August 31, 2015.

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Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden
Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden


Status Returning Series


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Type Scripted

Original Language Dutch; Flemish


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