Daytime and Nighttime TV Soap Operas

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Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel (1950 TV Series)
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Life in small-town America during the 1950s. Broadcast live, some episodes survive as kinescopes. (15 mins.)
Director: Ben Park
 
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Search for Tomorrow (1951 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
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Love of Life (1951 TV Series)
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Initially set in fictional Barrowsville, New York, this serial tells the story of extremely disparate... (25 mins.)
 
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Guiding Light (1952 TV Series)
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Guiding Light takes place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield. In its early years the stories centered on the middle class Bauer family... (60 mins.)
 
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The Secret Storm (1954 TV Series)
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Family secrets and hidden passions are the hallmarks of this dark, moody serial. Set in the fictional community of Woodbridge... (30 mins.)
 
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The Brighter Day (1954 TV Series)
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"Our years are as the falling leaves. We live, we love, we dream, and then we go. But somehow, we keep... (25 mins.)
 
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As the World Turns (1956 TV Series)
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Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, this long-running serial focuses on the relationships and difficulties of its inhabitants. (60 mins.)
 
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The Edge of Night (1956 TV Series)
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In the fictional city of Monticello, attorney Mike Karr and his colleagues are involved in solving crimes... (30 mins.)
 
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Young Dr. Malone (1958 TV Series)
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Set in fictional Denison, Maryland, this daytime serial focused the on the father-and-son team of doctors Jerry and David Malone... (30 mins.)
 
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From These Roots (1958 TV Series)
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The fictional New England community of Strathfield was the setting for this remarkably well-written serial... (30 mins.)
 
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General Hospital (1963 TV Series)
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Families, friends, enemies and lovers experience life-changing events in the large upstate New York city of Port Charles, which has a busy hospital, upscale hotel, cozy diner and dangerous waterfront frequented by the criminal underworld. (60 mins.)
 
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The Doctors (1963 TV Series)
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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... (30 mins.)
 
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Another World (1964 TV Series)
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The continuing story of life in the Midwestern town of Bay City, and the love, loss, trials, and triumph of its residents... (90 mins.)
 
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Peyton Place (1964 TV Series)
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The original primetime soap took place in the title town, which was founded by the Peyton family, whose members included the Harringtons... (30 mins.)
 
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Days of Our Lives (1965 TV Series)
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A chronicle of the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of Salem. (60 mins.)
 
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Dark Shadows (1966 TV Series)
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The rich Collins family of Collinsport, Maine is tormented by strange occurrences. (30 mins.)
 
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Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1967 TV Series)
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A sort of sequel to the 1955 movie, "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" first involved Mia Elliot, a Korean... (30 mins.)
 
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One Life to Live (1968 TV Series)
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One Life to Live premiered in 1968, centering on the lives of the citizens of the fictional town of Llanview... (60 mins.)
 
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Bright Promise (1969 TV Series)
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Trials, tribulations, affairs & heartbreaks of students, faculty & administration of fictitious Bancroft College. (30 mins.)
 
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Where the Heart Is (1969 TV Series)
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Set in Northcross, Connecticut, "Where the Heart Is" followed the dysfunctional lives of the Hathaway family and those near them... (25 mins.)
 
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All My Children (1970 TV Series)
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Set in the fictional East Coast suburb Pine Valley, All My Children is the decades-old, risk-taking soap that centers around Erica Kane and her long line of husbands. (60 mins.)
 
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Somerset (1970 TV Series)
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Somerset debuted as another pedestrian daytime drama, revolving around the powerful conglomerate Delaney... (30 mins.)
 
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The Young and the Restless (1973 TV Series)
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Set in Genoa City, Y&R is the long-running soap that tells the story of the struggle behind the business- and sex-savvy Abbott and Newman clans. (60 mins.)
 
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Ryan's Hope (1975 TV Series)
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Set in Riverside on the upper West Side of Manhattan, Ryan's Hope centered mostly on the working class Ryans... (30 mins.)
 
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Dallas (1978 TV Series)
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The soapy, backstabbing machinations of Dallas oil magnate J.R. Ewing and his family. (60 mins.)
 
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Knots Landing (1979 TV Series)
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Gary and Valene Ewing, relatives of the Ewing clan of Dallas, arrive in Knots Landing to make a new home for themselves. However, scheming Abby Fairgate-Cunningham later breaks up their marriage when she seduces Gary. (60 mins.)
 
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Texas (1980 TV Series)
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Daytime Drama, spun off from "Another World," which followed Iris Carrington from Bay City as she rediscovered Alex Wheeler... (60 mins.)
 
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Dynasty (1981 TV Series)
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The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, both oil rich families in Denver, Colorado. (60 mins.)
 
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Falcon Crest (1981 TV Series)
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Set in the vineyards of California, this prime-time soap opera featured the conflict within the powerful Gioberti family... (60 mins.)
Director: Jeff Freilich
 
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Capitol (1982 TV Series)
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This daytime serial dramatized the power struggles and personal machinations between two feuding political... (30 mins.)
 
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Loving (1983 TV Series)
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"Loving" takes place in the fictional town of Corinth, PA, centering around the lives of the wealthy Alden family... (30 mins.)
 
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Santa Barbara (1984 TV Series)
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In Santa Barbara, California, the fascinating and tumultuous life of the rich Capwells around who gravitate other families... (45 mins.)
 
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The Colbys (1985 TV Series)
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This night time spin-off from the then top-rated series "Dynasty" featured the adventures of Jeff and Fallon Colby in California. (60 mins.)
 
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The Bold and the Beautiful (1987 TV Series)
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The saga of high fashion glamour, honor, romance, passion, and most importantly, family. (30 mins.)
 
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Generations (1989 TV Series)
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Soap opera about two families, one black and one white. (30 mins.)
 
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Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990 TV Series)
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Follows a group of friends living in Beverly Hills, California, from their school days and into adulthood. (44 mins.)
 
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Melrose Place (1992 TV Series)
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The lives and loves of a group of young adults living in "Melrose Place" in California. Each with their own dreams and drives... (60 mins.)
Director: Paul Wales
 
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The City (1995 TV Series)
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"The City" picks up where "Loving" left off. After a rash of serial killings, several of Corinth, Pennsylvania's... (30 mins.)
 
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Sunset Beach (1997 TV Series)
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Having discovered her fianc Tim Truman kissing another woman, Meg Cummings leaves her home in Kansas... (60 mins.)
 
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Port Charles (1997 TV Series)
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Spin-off of "General Hospital" focusing on the professional and personal lives of the first year interns at Port Charles' General Hospital... (30 mins.)
 
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Passions (1999 TV Series)
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In the world of power and money, the wealthy and powerful Crane family rule the town of Harmony from their mansion on Raven Hill... (60 mins.)