But the soap was so much more than simply a TV show where love interests clashed, and Susan Lucci always had something snippy to say.
The show's creator, Agnes Nixon, was determined to use the show as a vehicle to address a long list of social issues, from war to the aids epidemic, interracial dating, homosexuality and abortion.
We talked to some of the stars of the show recently. You can hear their stories in the report above.
Watch the finale of All My Children on Friday at 1:00 p.m. on Channel 7.
For a full list of events where you can meet cast members from All My Children, go to www.atributetopinevalley.com