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Soap operas have been a staple of the television world since they first gained traction in the 1950s. However, it wasn’t until the 80s that the primetime soap was born. While a daytime soap airs every weekday and are usually targeted to an audience of bored housewives and college students, primetime soaps only air once a week, during primetime hours. Primetime soaps also target a wider audience, so they tend to be more realistic. However, they still retain the drama and shocking plot twists that make soap operas so appealing. This list of the best primetime soap operas to ever air on television has been voted on and ranked by the community.

In the 80s, primetime soaps were all the rage, with "Dallas," "Dynasty, and "Knots Landing" as topics of conversation and can't miss viewing for every TV lover. When something exciting happened on one of these shows, such as the shooting of JR, everybody knew about it.

Although the primetime soap  died out for a few years, it reemerged once again when "Desperate Housewives" became a huge hit. Since then primetime soaps have continued to entertain television fans.

What are the best primetime soap operas in the history of television? Vote up the all time best primetime soaps below and see where the soap operas you love to watch rank.

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Dynasty John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins

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Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Knots Landing Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark

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Falcon Crest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Falcon Crest Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Chao Li Chi

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Melrose Place is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Melrose Place Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith

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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

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Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Beverly Hills, 90210 Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry

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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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Peyton Place is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Peyton Place Mia Farrow, Leslie Nielsen, Ryan O'Neal

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The Colbys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
The Colbys Charlton Heston, Barbara Stanwyck, Katharine Ross

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

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Melrose Place is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Melrose Place Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith

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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
The O.C. Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher

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Brothers and Sisters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Brothers and Sisters Mary Crosby, William Windom, Larry Anderson

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Flamingo Road is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Flamingo Road Mark Harmon, Morgan Fairchild, Stella Stevens

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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Savannah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Savannah George Eads, Jamie Luner, Robyn Lively

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Gossip Girl Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

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Models Inc. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Models Inc. Carrie-Anne Moss, Garcelle Beauvais, Emma Samms

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90210 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
90210 Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Nashville Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere

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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
One Tree Hill Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Dawson's Creek James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams

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Central Park West is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Central Park West Raquel Welch, John Barrowman, Lauren Hutton

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Titans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Titans Yasmine Bleeth, John Barrowman, Victoria Principal

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Hotel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Hotel James Brolin, Anne Baxter, Michelle Phillips

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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Nip/Tuck Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

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Felicity is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Felicity Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Scott Foley

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
St. Elsewhere Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel

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Footballers' Wives is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Footballers' Wives Gillian Taylforth, Zöe Lucker, Gary Lucy

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Ugly Betty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Ugly Betty America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana

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Pacific Palisades is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Pacific Palisades Joan Collins, Michelle Stafford, Finola Hughes

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Everwood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Everwood Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Emily VanCamp

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Sisters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Sisters Swoosie Kurtz, Patricia Kalember, Sela Ward

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Paper Dolls is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Paper Dolls Morgan Fairchild, Nicollette Sheridan, Alexandra Paul

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2000 Malibu Road is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
2000 Malibu Road Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Beals, Lisa Hartman Black

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Emerald Point N.A.S. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Emerald Point N.A.S. Sela Ward, Jill St. John, Susan Dey

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Bare Essence is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Bare Essence Ian McShane, Jennifer O'Neill, Jessica Walter

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Pasadena is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Pasadena Dana Delany, Philip Baker Hall, Alison Lohman

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Berrenger's is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Berrenger's Jonelle Allen, Laura Ashton, Claudia Christian

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The Monroes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
The Monroes Susan Sullivan, William Devane, Steven Eckholdt

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EastEnders is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
EastEnders Steve McFadden, Adam Woodyatt, Pam St. Clement

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Dirty Sexy Money is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Dirty Sexy Money Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin

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North Shore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
North Shore Shannen Doherty, Matt Bomer, Amanda Righetti

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Coronation Street is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Coronation Street Ian McKellen, Michelle Keegan, Helen Flanagan

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Emmerdale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Emmerdale Jenna Coleman, Patsy Kensit, Sammy Winward

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Degrassi: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Degrassi: The Next Generation Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar

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The Yellow Rose is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
The Yellow Rose Cybill Shepherd, Sam Elliott, Deborah Shelton

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Smash is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Smash Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee

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Hotel Babylon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Hotel Babylon Emma Pierson, Tamzin Outhwaite, Dexter Fletcher