Daytime and Nighttime TV Soap Operas

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1. Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel (1950–1955)

15 min | Drama

Life in small-town America during the 1950s. Broadcast live, some episodes survive as kinescopes.

Stars: Bernardine Flynn, Hugh Downs, Ros Twohey, Helen Bernie

Votes: 18

2. Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986)

30 min | Drama, Romance

Jo Gardner lived in Henderson where she wed many times. She was a motel owner, librarian, then a B&B owner with best pal Stu Bergman. Jo's daughter Patti and Janet Bergman were good friends. Stu married 1st Marge, then Ellie.

Stars: Mary Stuart, Sherry Mathis, Lisa Peluso, Larry Haines

Votes: 205

3. Love of Life (1951–1980)

25 min | Drama, Romance

Initially set in fictional Barrowsville, New York, this serial tells the story of extremely disparate siblings: long-suffering Vanessa Dale and her bitchy sister Meg. After Meg was written ... See full summary »

Stars: Audrey Peters, Ron Tomme, Peggy McCay, Jack Stamberger

Votes: 73

4. Guiding Light (1952–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

This show took place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield and centered on the middle class Bauer family.

Stars: Kim Zimmer, Beth Chamberlin, Maureen Garrett, Robert Newman

Votes: 1,443

5. The Secret Storm (1954–1974)

30 min | Drama, Romance

Family secrets and hidden passions are the hallmarks of this dark, moody serial. Set in the fictional community of Woodbridge, New York, The Secret Storm tells the story of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Hobbs, Jada Rowland, Eleanor Phelps, Lori March

Votes: 153

6. The Brighter Day (1954–1962)

25 min | Drama

"Our years are as the falling leaves. We live, we love, we dream, and then we go. But somehow, we keep hoping that our dreams come true on that brighter day." These words opened this ... See full summary »

Stars: Blair Davies, Mona Bruns, Mary Linn Beller, Hal Holbrook

Votes: 19

7. As the World Turns (1956–2010)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

The focus in on the upper class Hughes and Stewart families plus their tribulations in Midwest Oakdale. The Stewarts fade away eventually to be replaced by the rural Snyders and wealthy Lucinda Walsh with her many intrigues.

Stars: Elizabeth Hubbard, Don Hastings, Colleen Zenk, Jon Hensley

Votes: 1,834

8. The Edge of Night (1956–1984)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In the city of Monticello, attorney Mike Karr and his colleagues are involved in solving crimes and intrigue which touch the lives of many citizens. Some such citizens include dowager ... See full summary »

Stars: Ann Flood, Forrest Compton, Donald May, Joel Crothers

Votes: 323

9. Young Dr. Malone (1958–1963)

30 min | Drama

Set in fictional Denison, Maryland, this daytime serial focused the on the father-and-son team of doctors Jerry and David Malone, who practiced at Valley Hospital. "Young Dr. Malone" was ... See full summary »

Stars: John Connell, William Prince, Patricia Bosworth, Virginia Dwyer

Votes: 16

10. From These Roots (1958–1961)

30 min | Drama

The fictional New England community of Strathfield was the setting for this remarkably well-written serial. The drama focused on the romantic exploits of newspaper journalist Liz Fraser, ... See full summary »

Stars: Vera Allen, Grant Code, Ann Flood, Sarah Handy

Votes: 10

11. General Hospital (1963– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Families, friends, enemies, and lovers experience life-changing events in the large upstate city of Port Charles, New York, which has a busy hospital, upscale hotel, cozy diner, and dangerous waterfront frequented by the criminal underworld.

Stars: Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Laura Wright, Kelly Monaco

Votes: 4,299

12. The Doctors (1963–1982)

30 min | Drama, Romance

Dr. Matt Powers is head of Hope Memorial Hospital in the town of Madison, concerning himself with the staff and patients with their attending dramas. He is primarily supported by his wife ... See full summary »

Stars: James Pritchett, David O'Brien, Lydia Bruce, Elizabeth Hubbard

Votes: 154

13. Another World (1964–1999)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, Romance

The life in the Midwestern town of Bay City, and the love, loss, trials, and triumph of its residents, who come from different backgrounds and social circles.

Stars: Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe, Beverlee McKinsey

Votes: 819

14. Peyton Place (1964–1969)

30 min | Drama, Romance

The original primetime soap took place in the title town, which was founded by the Peyton family, whose members included the Harringtons. Some of the plots involved Rodney Harrington, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Nelson, Barbara Parkins, Warner Anderson, Dick Tufeld

Votes: 499

15. Days of Our Lives (1965– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of Salem.

Stars: Frances Reid, Deidre Hall, John Clarke, John Aniston

Votes: 6,087

16. Dark Shadows (1966–1971)

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The rich Collins family of Collinsport, Maine is tormented by strange occurrences.

Stars: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles, Nancy Barrett

Votes: 3,933

17. Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1967–1973)

30 min | Drama

A sort of sequel to the 1955 movie, "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" first involved Mia Elliot, a Korean immigrant who fell in love with Paul Bradley and Dr. Jim Abbott. These interracial ... See full summary »

Stars: Leslie Charleson, Robert Burr, Donna Mills, Judson Laire

Votes: 56

18. One Life to Live (1968–2013)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

One Life to Live centres takes place in the fictional town of Llanview, PA.around the wealthy Lord family, and the middle-class Woleks and Rileys.

Stars: Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 2,187

19. Bright Promise (1969–1972)

30 min | Drama

Trials, tribulations, affairs & heartbreaks of students, faculty & administration of fictitious Bancroft College.

Stars: Susan Brown, Paul Lukather, Dana Andrews, Susannah Darrow

Votes: 25

20. Where the Heart Is (1969–1973)

25 min | Drama

Set in Northcross, Connecticut, "Where the Heart Is" followed the dysfunctional lives of the Hathaway family and those near them. The problem of the Hathaway family was quite simple: ... See full summary »

Stars: James Mitchell, Diana Van der Vlis, Louise Shaffer, Gregory Abels

Votes: 17

21. All My Children (1970–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance, Mystery

Set in the fictional East Coast suburb Pine Valley, this show is the decades-old, risk-taking soap that centers around Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her long line of husbands.

Stars: Susan Lucci, David Canary, Michael E. Knight, Cameron Mathison

Votes: 2,526

22. Somerset (1970–1976)

30 min | Drama

Somerset debuted as a daytime drama, revolving around the powerful conglomerate Delaney Brands and its effect on the fictional community of Somerset, Illinois. Two years into its run, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Sparer, Georgann Johnson, Susan MacDonald, Joel Crothers

Votes: 59

23. The Young and the Restless (1973– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Set in Genoa City, this is the long-running soap that tells the story of the struggle behind the business, and sex-savvy Abbott and Newman clans.

Stars: Doug Davidson, Eric Braeden, Peter Bergman, Joshua Morrow

Votes: 5,609

24. Ryan's Hope (1975–1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Romance

The trials and tribulations of The Ryans, an Irish-American family in New York City.

Stars: Nancy Addison, Michael Levin, Helen Gallagher, Ron Hale

Votes: 391

25. Dallas (1978–1991)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

J.R. Ewing, a Texas oil baron, uses manipulation and blackmail to achieve his ambitions, both business and personal. He often comes into conflict with his brother Bobby, his arch-enemy Cliff Barnes and his long-suffering wife Sue Ellen.

Stars: Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray

Votes: 12,008

26. Knots Landing (1979–1993)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

The residents of Knots Landing, a coastal suburb of Los Angeles, deal with various issues such as infidelity, health scares, rape, murder, kidnapping, assassinations, drug smuggling, corporate intrigue and criminal investigations.

Stars: Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark, Kevin Dobson

Votes: 2,303

27. Texas (1980–1982)

60 min | Drama, Romance

Daytime Drama, spun off from "Another World," which followed Iris Carrington from Bay City as she rediscovered Alex Wheeler, a former love, and moved to the Houston area. The stories ... See full summary »

Stars: Beverlee McKinsey, Carla Borelli, John McCafferty, Jerry Lanning

Votes: 85

28. Dynasty (1981–1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, both oil rich families in Denver, Colorado.

Stars: John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Gordon Thomson

Votes: 6,483

29. Falcon Crest (1981–1990)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Set in the vineyards of California, this primetime soap opera featured the conflict within the powerful Gioberti family, owners of the vast Falcon Crest Winery.

Stars: Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Chao Li Chi, David Selby

Votes: 3,258

30. Capitol (1982–1987)

30 min | Drama, Romance

This daytime serial dramatized the power struggles and personal machinations between two feuding political families the wealthy Cleggs and middle-class McCandlesses. Storylines developed ... See full summary »

Stars: Constance Towers, Debrah Farentino, Rory Calhoun, Carolyn Jones

Votes: 113

31. Loving (1983–1995)

30 min | Drama, Romance

"Loving" takes place in the fictional town of Corinth, PA, centering around the lives of the wealthy Alden family. Love and betrayal, along with the struggle for power, become the focus of ... See full summary »

Stars: Lisa Peluso, Robert Tyler, Laura Wright, Lauren-Marie Taylor

Votes: 283

32. Santa Barbara (1984–1993)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Romance

In Santa Barbara, California, the fascinating and tumultuous life of the rich Capwells around who gravitate other families, from the Lockridges, the rival family, to the Andrades or the ... See full summary »

Stars: A Martinez, Marcy Walker, Nancy Lee Grahn, Jed Allan

Votes: 2,300

33. The Colbys (1985–1987)

60 min | Drama

This spin-off of Dynasty (1981) featured the adventures of Jeff and Fallon Colby and Jeff's other wealthy relatives in California.

Stars: Charlton Heston, John James, Katharine Ross, Emma Samms

Votes: 847

34. The Bold and the Beautiful (1987– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama, Romance

The saga of high fashion glamour, honor, romance, passion, and most importantly, family.

Stars: Katherine Kelly Lang, Ronn Moss, Susan Flannery, John McCook

Votes: 7,033

35. Generations (1989–1991)

30 min | Drama

Soap opera about two families, one black and one white.

Stars: Kelly Rutherford, Kristoff St. John, Joan Pringle, Jonelle Allen

Votes: 344

36. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Romance

A group of friends living in Beverly Hills, California make their way through life from their school days into adulthood.

Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth

Votes: 31,212

37. Melrose Place (1992–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Classic serial drama around a group of friends living in Melrose Place, California.

Stars: Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Thomas Calabro

Votes: 11,026

38. The City (1995–1997)

30 min | Drama, Romance

"The City" picks up where "Loving" left off. After a rash of serial killings, several of Corinth, Pennsylvania's residents move to an apartment building in SoHo. These people have come to ... See full summary »

Stars: Joni Allen, Philip Brown, Roscoe Born, Debbi Morgan

Votes: 87

39. Sunset Beach (1997–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Having discovered her fiancé Tim Truman kissing another woman, Meg Cummings leaves her home in Kansas on their wedding day to start a new life in Sunset Beach, California. Her goal is to ... See full summary »

Stars: Lesley-Anne Down, Sam Behrens, Susan Ward, Clive Robertson

Votes: 2,262

40. Port Charles (1997–2003)

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama, Romance

Spin-off of "General Hospital" focusing on the professional and personal lives of the first year interns at Port Charles' General Hospital. Now residents at the hospital, the doctors and ... See full summary »

Stars: Julie Pinson, Jon Lindstrom, Lynn Herring, Jay Pickett

Votes: 409

41. Passions (1999–2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

In the world of power and money, the wealthy and powerful Crane family rule the town of Harmony from their mansion on Raven Hill.

Stars: Lindsay Hartley, McKenzie Westmore, Galen Gering, Juliet Mills

Votes: 3,088



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