Top Ten Best Daytime Soap Operas

The Top Ten
1 General Hospital

The show is always changing, sometimes much too slowly, but I enjoy it. Except for right now with the Drew/Jason fiasco. Many fans are upset, and it is a no-win situation. No matter what they do, they will lose fans.

I watched the old soaps with my mom when she was living, but you have taken most of them off the air. I realize times change, but when soaps try to shove new lifestyles down consumers' throats, they lose viewers. Hopefully, GH will be more tactful with the remainder of their time on air.

2 Days of Our Lives

I have been watching Days since Susan Hayes (Julie) was a young girl. I would watch after I got out of school. My favorite part was Christmas at the Hortons' and how each member of the family had their own ornament with their name on it. It united them as a family. Julie at that time had a thing for David Banning, if I remember correctly. I believe that was back in 1965-66. Love the soap!

I have been watching this show since I was a little girl with my grandma, who has seen even the first one ever! Never a dull moment, always some new story going on whether it's twisted, creepy, or just a good storyline. It has good acting and is my favorite soap opera!

3 The Young and the Restless

Just started watching this as I can't get into the other two on TV. Victor Newman and Jack Abbott use their families to get at each other and try to be better than the other. Great storylines, although I do miss Billy Miller as Billy Abbott. He had the face of someone who was always getting into trouble, whereas the new Billy character is more mature in features.

Love all the capers and escapades of all the characters. The storyline with the plane crash, the killer who has killed two and framed Sharon, as well as the real-life exposure of issues that present themselves to many people - cancer, DWI accidents, etc., are important in making the soap realistic. Love the show.

4 All My Children

This is the only one I watched. Totally devastated it's no longer on.

Most iconic character, most videotaped show in history, ratings, and Emmys.

5 As the World Turns As the World Turns is an American television soap opera that aired on CBS for 54 years from April 2, 1956, to September 17, 2010. Irna Phillips created As the World Turns as a sister show to her other soap opera Guiding Light.
6 Guiding Light

I grew up watching this show with my mother and her friends. I continued to watch it through college.

I was so sad when Guiding Light went off the air!

7 One Life to Live

My mother used to watch this until they took it off the air.

8 Dark Shadows

My absolute favorite show of all time!

9 The Bold and the Beautiful

What I love about this show is it's character-driven. That is always the best route to go. Regardless of how annoying some stories might be, you still care about what happens to the characters, which is the key to any soap fan.

I like how the characters are portrayed. Each and every one has a special feature and characteristic.

It perfectly reflects our day-to-day lives. Great show!

10 Passions

This show is awesome! I wish it were still on regular cable.

The Contenders
11 Santa Barbara

Loved watching Jed Allen in a spin-off forming the head of his family on Santa Barbara. Lasted a few years but was good and interesting while it was on.

The humor on Santa Barbara and the super couples and action made this my all-time favorite soap.

12 Coronation Street Coronation Street is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 9 December 1960. The programme centres on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on inner-city Salford.

A captivating and always interesting soap opera with real-life problems resolved over time on one British street. This show is highly addictive and always leaves you wondering what's going to happen next.

Great storylines based on interesting characters, sharing their daily lives with us on a street in Manchester.

13 Another World

Loved watching Another World when Rachel first met Steve, who was eventually killed in an accident. Ada, who played her mother, was a down-to-earth middle-class lady, while Rachel was looking for something more, which is why she married the doctor. After divorcing him, she met Steve and moved on up.

14 Port Charles
15 Fifteen
16 House of Anubis House of Anubis is a mystery television series developed for Nickelodeon based on the Dutch-Belgian television series Het Huis Anubis.
17 Hotel Cæsar
18 Spyder Games
19 Ryan's Hope
20 Empire
21 The Doctors

The Doctors was on when I was in high school. It revolved around the hospital where Dr. Aldrich worked. Susan Flannery, who appeared in The Bold and the Beautiful for many years, starred on The Doctors as the love interest of one of the doctors. It seems like a lifetime ago.

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