Billy Crystal plays one of the first openly gay characters in a recurring role on a prime time television show in Soap.
Despite the ract that they had not seen the pilot, religious organizations began to quickly mobilize against Soap. ABC received 32,000 letters and all but nine of them against the show.
When Soap premiered, 18 out of 195 ABC affiliates refused to air the program with others choosing to broadcast it after 11 PM. By its second week on the air, two more affiliates dropped out, bringing the boycott to 20 stations.
The final episode aired on April 20, 1981.