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The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas

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List RulesDaytime soap operas that aired on television during the 1960s

Although television was still relatively new and still finding its groove, soap operas were extremely popular in the 60s. There were anywhere between 9 and 17 soap operas on at the same time, delivering entertainment to large audiences every day. The biggest soap operas of the 60s were "As the World Turns," "Guiding Light," and "Search for Tomorrow." This list of the best daytime soap operas that aired between 1960-1969, has been voted on and ranked by the community.

Many of the most popular daytime soap operas of all time were introduced in the 1960s. "General Hospital" debuted in 1963, while "Days of Our Lives" first aired in 1965. Both soaps went on to live long lives on television, still airing new episodes today.

While these popular soap operas made their debuts during the 1960s, there were also quite a few flops. Many of the new soap operas of the 60s only lasted one or two seasons, such as "Morning Star," "Paradise Bay," and "Never Too Young."

What are the best daytime soap operas of the 1960s? Vote up the soap operas from the 60s you think were the absolute best.

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  • 1
    Another World
    143
    49

    Another World

    Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford

    Premiered1964

    Another World is an American television soap opera that ran on NBC for 35 years from May 4,... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    The Edge of Night
    148
    71

    The Edge of Night

    Martin Sheen, Marcia Cross

    Premiered1956

    The Edge of Night is an American television mystery series/soap opera produced by Procter &... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 3
    Dark Shadows
    157
    79

    Dark Shadows

    Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall

    Premiered1966

    Dark Shadows is an American gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Days of Our Lives
    112
    76

    Days of Our Lives

    Kristian Alfonso, Matthew Ashford

    Premiered1965

    Days of Our Lives (NBC, 1965) is an American daytime soap opera created by Ted and Betty... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Guiding Light
    103
    70

    Guiding Light

    Hayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer

    Premiered1937

    Guiding Light is an American television soap opera that is listed in Guinness World Records as... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    As the World Turns
    97
    73

    As the World Turns

    Julianne Moore, Sarah Hyland

    Premiered1956

    As the World Turns is an American television soap opera that aired on CBS for 54 years from... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    One Life to Live
    85
    65

    One Life to Live

    Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian

    Premiered1968

    One Life to Live is an American soap opera broadcast on the ABC television network for more... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    General Hospital
    78
    60

    General Hospital

    Eva Longoria, James Franco

    Premiered1963

    General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama that is listed in Guinness... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Search for Tomorrow
    69
    68

    Search for Tomorrow

    Susan Sarandon, Viggo Mortensen

    Premiered1951

    Search for Tomorrow is an American soap opera that aired on CBS from September 3, 1951 to... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    The Secret Storm
    60
    67

    The Secret Storm

    Joan Crawford, Roy Scheider

    Premiered1954

    The Secret Storm is a soap opera which the CBS television network transmitted from February 1,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 11
    Love of Life
    55
    66

    Love of Life

    Dana Delany, Christopher Reeve

    Premiered1951

    Love of Life is an American soap opera which aired on CBS from September 24, 1951, to February... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 12
    The Doctors
    34
    73

    The Doctors

    Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner

    Premiered1963

    The Doctors is an American television soap opera which aired on NBC Daytime from April 1,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
    26
    66

    Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

    Susan Lucci, Donna Mills

    Premiered1967

    Love Is a Many Splendored Thing is an American daytime soap opera which aired on CBS from... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 14
    Young Doctor Malone
    22
    62

    Young Doctor Malone

    Dick Van Patten, Louis Edmonds

    Premiered1958

    Young Doctor Malone is an American soap opera, created by Irna Phillips, which had a long run... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 15
    Never Too Young
    26
    71

    Never Too Young

    Dack Rambo, Tony Dow

    Premiered1965

    Never Too Young is an American teen soap opera that aired on ABC from September 27, 1965 to... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 16
    Our Five Daughters
    21
    63

    Our Five Daughters

    Esther Ralston, Jacqueline Courtney

    Premiered1962

    Our Five Daughters is a daytime soap opera that ran on NBC from January 2, 1962, until... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 17
    Return to Peyton Place
    22
    71

    Return to Peyton Place

    Mary Frann, John Hoyt

    Premiered1972

    Return to Peyton Place is an American daytime serial which aired on NBC from April 3, 1972 to... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 18
    From These Roots
    20
    66

    From These Roots

    Audra Lindley, Robert Mandan

    Premiered1958

    From These Roots is an American soap opera that aired from June 30, 1958, to December 29,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 19
    The Clear Horizon
    20
    70

    The Clear Horizon

    Lee Meriwether, Beau Bridges

    Premiered1960

    The Clear Horizon is an American soap opera which ran on CBS Daytime from July 11, 1960 to... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 20
    A Flame in the Wind
    17
    58

    A Flame in the Wind

    Richard Thomas, Margaret Ladd

    Premiered1964

    A Flame in the Wind is an American soap opera that aired on ABC Daytime from December 28, 1964... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 21
    The Brighter Day
    18
    66

    The Brighter Day

    Hal Holbrook, Patty Duke

    Premiered1954

    The Brighter Day is an American daytime soap opera which aired on CBS from January 4, 1954 to... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 22
    A Time for Us
    10
    48

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  • 23
    Ben Jerrod
    12
    64

    Ben Jerrod

    Peter Hansen, Lyle Talbot

    Premiered1963

    Ben Jerrod is an American soap opera which ran from April 1, 1963 to June 28, 1963. The series... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 24
    The Nurses
    12
    69

    The Nurses

    Dustin Hoffman, Martin Sheen

    Premiered1962

    The Nurses is a serialized primetime medical drama that was broadcast in the USA on CBS from... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 25
    The Young Marrieds
    14
    78

    The Young Marrieds

    Lee Meriwether, Charles Grodin

    Premiered1964

    The Young Marrieds is an American daytime soap opera which aired on ABC from October 5, 1964... more on Wikipedia