Daytime TV Soap Operas (Past and Present)

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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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Valiant Lady (1953 TV Series)
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Helen Emerson was daytime's "valiant lady", a fortyish matron who was widowed in the serial's first year... (15 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.)
 
11.
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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The Clear Horizon (1960 TV Series)
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Space opera would be a more accurate description of this daytime serial, which focused on astronaut Roy Selby... (30 mins.)
Director: Hal Cooper
 
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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.)
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
Ben Jerrod (1963 TV Series)
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Like CBS-TV's "The Edge of Night", this serial focused on the legal exploits of a small-town attorney... (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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A Flame in the Wind (1964 TV Series)
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Drama centered in the town of Haviland with the focus on the Farrell, Reynolds, and Skreba/Driscoll families. Fellow citizen Kate Austen has written a book with the flawed characters based on people she knows. (25 mins.)
“ aka "A Time for Us" ” - tbell1826
 
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The Young Marrieds (1964 TV Series)
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"The Young Marrieds" centered around the difficulties in the lives of several newly-married couples... (30 mins.)
 
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Moment of Truth (1964 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
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The Nurses (1965 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
21.
Never Too Young (1965 TV Series)
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(25 mins.)
 
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Morning Star (1965 TV Series)
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A soap centered on aspiring fashion designer Katy Elliot living in New York, her Connecticut family, and other people in her orbit. (30 mins.)
 
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Paradise Bay (1965 TV Series)
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The California coastal community of Paradise Bay was the setting for this daytime soap. The serial focused... (30 mins.)
 
24.
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.)
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
Hidden Faces (1968 TV Series)
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Set in the law office of Masonesque attorney Arthur Adams, this crime/suspense serial attempted to emulate the success of CBS's "The Edge of Night"... (30 mins.)
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
Bright Promise (1969 TV Series)
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Trials, tribulations, affairs & heartbreaks of students, faculty & administration of fictitious Bancroft College. (30 mins.)
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
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 Best of Everything (1970 TV Series)
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Based on the novel and 1959 motion picture of the same name, this daytime soap focused on three career girls... (30 mins.)
 
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A World Apart (1969 TV Series)
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The disparity between generations, races, and genders (people who found themselves psychologically "a... (30 mins.)
 
35.
Return to Peyton Place (1972 TV Series)
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This daytime soap was a sequel of sorts to the primetime series Peyton Place, revolving around the lives of the citizens of that community... (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.)
 
37.
How to Survive a Marriage (1974 TV Series)
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Daily struggles of several female characters, some feminists, others more conservative, who deal with loss, divorce, individualism and love. (30 mins.)
 
38.
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.)
 
39.
For Richer, for Poorer (1977 TV Series)
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40.
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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Another Life (1981 TV Series)
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Another Life explored the lives, faith and loves of the people of the fictional town of Kingsley, centered around the Davidson family. (30 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
43.
The Catlins (1982 TV Series)
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The Catlins focused on the lives of two wealthy and feuding families. The Catlin family, a wealthy family who had their hands in diverse businesses... (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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Rituals (1984 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
47.
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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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.)
 
50.
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.)
 
51.
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.)