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Goede tijden, slechte tijden (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌ ɣujə ˈtɛidə(n) ˌslɛxtə ˈtɛidə(n)], English: Good times, bad times), also known as GTST or simply Goede tijden, 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 and also in Europe. The soap is produced by Joop van den Ende and to date over 5,000 episodes[1] 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.

Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden
GenreSoap opera
Created byReg Watson
Written byRohan Gottschalk (Head writer)
StarringPresent cast
No. of seasons29
No. of episodes6,030 (as of May 17, 2019)
Executive producer(s)Peter Römer
Running time23 min. w/o commercials
30 min. w/ commercials
Original networkRTL4
Original release1 October 1990 (1990-10-01) –
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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.

Many former actors who once were part of the cast are now well known in the Netherlands and Europe, such as Katja Schuurman, Reinout Oerlemans and Antonie Kamerling.

In 2014 a gay marriage took place in the soap opera, this was the first time this happened on the Dutch television.[2]

In 2016 the show got a spin-off called Nieuwe Tijden (English: New Times), which follows some of the younger characters from GTST and some new characters as they go off to college.



Present charactersEdit

Actor Character Duration
Faye Bezemer Lana Langeveld 2017–
Dorian Bindels Daan Stern 2018–
Floris Bosma Rover Dekker 2018–
Caroline de Bruijn Janine Elschot 1992–
Alkan Coklu Amir Nazar 2017–
Roel Dirven Flo Wagenaar 2018–
Ferry Doedens Lucas Sanders 2009–
Brechtje Heins Sjors Bouwhuis–Langeveld 2015-2017,2019
Stephanie van Eer JoJo Abrams 2018–
Everon Jackson Hooi Bing Mauricius 2005–
Anouk Maas Zoë Xander 2017–
Jette van der Meij Laura Selmhorst 1990–
Lone van Roosendaal Billy de Palma 2018–
Joep Sertons Anton Bouwhuis 2010–
Britt Scholte Kimberly Sanders 2016–
Ferri Somogyi Tim Bouwhuis Langveld 2009-2014,2015-
Babette van Veen Linda Bouwhuis–Dekker 1990–1998, 2005–2006, 2015–
Marly van der Velden Nina Mauricius–Sanders 2005–
Vincent Visser Valentijn Sanders 2019–
Erik de Vogel Ludo Sanders 1996–
Henny Tammer Laura Alberts-Selmhorst 2009-2016,2018-
Dilan Yurdakul Aysen Baydar 2012–

Recurring castEdit

Actor Character Duration
Various child actors Nola Sanders 2013–
Various child actors Manu Mauricius 2015–
Various child actors Max Mauricius 2018–
Jop de Vries Rob Bekkers 2019–

Original cast membersEdit

Actor Character Duration
Antonie Kamerling Peter Kelder 1990–93, 1995
Reinout Oerlemans Arnie Alberts 1990–96
Joost Buitenweg Rien Hoogendoorn 1990–92
Frédérique Huydts Annette van Thijn Dekker 1990–92
Babette van Veen Linda Dekker 1990–98, 2005–06, 2015–
Isa Hoes Myriam van der Pol 1990–94
Ingeborg Wieten Suzanne Balk Carpenter 1990–2000
Marlous Fluitsma Helen Helmink (#1) 1990–91
Rick Engelkes Simon Dekker 1990–94, 1997–98, 2003
Jette van der Meij Laura Selmhorst 1990–
Wilbert Gieske Robert Alberts 1990–2008, 2015–16
Wim Zomer Daniel Daniel 1990–99
Inge Ipenburg Martine Hafkamp 1990–94, 2003–05, 2017
Hein van Beem Nico Stenders 1990–91
Antoinette van Belle Stephanie Kreeft Stenders 1990–94
Dieter Jansen Jan van Ede 1990–91
Djuna Hougee Petra van Ede 1990–91
Carola Gijsbers van Wijk Wil de Smet 1990–98

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Press Release: 5000ste aflevering: 'GTST' trakteert kijker op gelijktijdige, extra aflevering via second screen app".
  2. ^ "Dutch television show to feature first ever same-sex marriage and the Backstreet Boys - PinkNews · PinkNews". Retrieved 2019-02-22.

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