The Edge of Night premiered April 2, 1956 on CBS-TV and, along with As the World Turns, were the first two half hour soap opera since all soaps at the time ran for 15 minutes with commercials. In its first year on TV, EDGE ended up being most popular half-hour melodrama/crime drama over World Turns due to its faster pace, action and intrigue. The long-running soap opera created by Irving Vendig was focused more on police detection, district attorneys, lawyers and courtroom drama rather than domestic and romantic entanglements. Based on Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason novels and radio series of detective stories, EDGE's lead characters were Mike Karr and Sara Lane in lieu of Perry Mason and Della Street.
THE EDGE OF NIGHT THEME SONG