Daytime Mystery Soaps - My Favorites

by Huntress_Dark_Knight | created - 12 Feb 2012 | updated - 13 Feb 2012 | Public

Often these soaps had mystery stories, whodunit stories, dramedy, suspense, secrets exploding. In mine and my families and few friends opinion they are the ultimate tv has ever put out.

Bold and Beautiful is not in this list because sadley it rarely ever had a mystery story, but you will find it under my Dramedy Serial List.

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1. 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

2. 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: 322

3. 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: 1,833

4. 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

5. 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: 817

6. 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: 6,078

7. 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: 3,919

8. 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: 2,523

9. 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: 5,602

10. 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: 390

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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: Alimi Ballard, Wesley Addy, Nancy Addison, Gwyn

Votes: 283

14. 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: 2,293

15. 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: 342

16. 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

17. 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: 2,260

18. 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: 3,080

20. 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: 408

21. 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: 4,293

22. 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: 2,184

23. 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



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