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List Rules Drama! Vote up the best daytime soap operas that have ever aired on television.

The soap opera was among the first genres of television to gain traction with audiences, since the birth of TV in the late 1940s. The first daytime soap opera was "Faraway Hill," which premiered in 1946. Since then, soap operas have been a pivotal part of televised entertainment. Daytime soaps differ from primetime television because there’s a new episode every weekday, instead of once a week. Some daytime soap operas began as radio broadcasts and then went on to span many decades on the television airways. This list of the best daytime soap operas has been voted on and ranked by the community.

"Guiding Light" holds the Guinness World Record for longest-running TV drama, with 57 seasons under its belt. Other programs, like "General Hospital" and "Days of Our Lives" have also lasted many decades.

These days there are only 4 soap operas still on the air, although some shows have continued their life on through internet webisodes. Although many of the daytime soaps on this list didn’t last decades, they made a lasting impressionon those who watched.

What are the best daytime soaps of all time? Vote up the daytime soap operas you think are the best of all time below and see where the soaps you think are great rank.

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Days of our Lives is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Days of our Lives Pamela Anderson, Shelley Hennig, Melinda Clarke

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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Dark Shadows Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles

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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
One Life to Live Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian, Marcia Cross

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As the World Turns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
As the World Turns Julianne Moore, Sarah Hyland, Ming-Na Wen

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Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Guiding Light Hayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer, Brittany Snow

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The Bold and the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
The Bold and the Beautiful Usher, Katherine Kelly Lang, Hunter Tylo

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The Young and the Restless is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
The Young and the Restless Eva Longoria, Shemar Moore, Tatyana Ali

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All My Children is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
All My Children Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew

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Search for Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Search for Tomorrow Susan Sarandon, Viggo Mortensen, Kevin Bacon

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The Edge of Night is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
The Edge of Night Martin Sheen, Marcia Cross, Lori Loughlin

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The Secret Storm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
The Secret Storm Joan Crawford, Roy Scheider, Audrey Landers

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Capitol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Capitol Teri Hatcher, Kelly Preston, Carol Alt

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Peyton Place is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Peyton Place Mia Farrow, Leslie Nielsen, Ryan O'Neal

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Generations is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Generations Amy Yasbeck, Kelly Rutherford, Richard Roundtree

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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
General Hospital Eva Longoria, James Franco, Kelly Monaco

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Another World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Another World Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe

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Love of Life is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Love of Life Dana Delany, Christopher Reeve, Roy Scheider

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Faraway Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Faraway Hill Mel Brandt

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The Brighter Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
The Brighter Day Hal Holbrook, Patty Duke, Lois Nettleton

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Port Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Port Charles Kelly Monaco, Amy Weber, Linda Purl

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Ryan's Hope is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Ryan's Hope Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Mary-Louise Parker

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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Santa Barbara Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Wright, Judith Anderson

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Passions is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Passions Lindsay Hartley, McKenzie Westmore, Galen Gering

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A World Apart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
A World Apart Susan Sarandon, Susan Sullivan, David Birney

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The Doctors is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
The Doctors Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Terry O'Quinn

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Hawkins Falls, Population 6200 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Hawkins Falls, Population 6200 Tom Poston, Jim Bannon, Hope Summers

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Return to Peyton Place is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Return to Peyton Place Mary Frann, John Hoyt, Frank Ferguson

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Loving is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Loving Julie Bowen, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Mitchell

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Love Is a Many Splendored Thin... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing Susan Lucci, Donna Mills, Paul Michael Glaser

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The Nurses is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas
The Nurses Dustin Hoffman, Martin Sheen, Alan Alda