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List Rules Daytime 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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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles
Dark Shadows is an American gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The series became hugely popular when vampire ...more
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Another World is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe
Another World is an American television soap opera that ran on NBC for 35 years from May 4, 1964 to June 25, 1999. It was created by Irna Phillips along with William J. Bell, and was produced by ...more
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The Edge of Night is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Martin Sheen, Marcia Cross, Lori Loughlin
The Edge of Night is an American television mystery series/soap opera produced by Procter & Gamble. It debuted on CBS on April 2, 1956, and ran as a live broadcast on that network for most ...more
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Days of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Pamela Anderson, Shelley Hennig, Melinda Clarke
Days of Our Lives is an American daytime soap opera broadcast on the NBC television network. It is one of the longest-running scripted television programs in the world, airing nearly every ...more
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89 58
Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Hayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer, Brittany Snow
Guiding Light is an American television soap opera that is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running drama in television in American history, broadcast on CBS for 57 years from ...more
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As the World Turns is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Julianne Moore, Sarah Hyland, Ming-Na Wen
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 ...more
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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian, Marcia Cross
One Life to Live is an American soap opera broadcast on the ABC television network for more than 43 years, from July 15, 1968, to January 13, 2012, and then on the internet as a web series on ...more
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Search for Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Susan Sarandon, Viggo Mortensen, Kevin Bacon
Search for Tomorrow is an American soap opera that aired on CBS from September 3, 1951 to March 26, 1982, and on NBC from March 29, 1982 to December 26, 1986. At the time of its final broadcast, ...more
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61 54
General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Eva Longoria, James Franco, Kelly Monaco
General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama that is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the third longest-running ...more
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The Secret Storm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Joan Crawford, Roy Scheider, Audrey Landers
The Secret Storm is a soap opera which the CBS television network transmitted from February 1, 1954, to February 8, 1974. It was created by Roy Winsor, who also created the long-running soap ...more
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Love of Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Dana Delany, Christopher Reeve, Roy Scheider
Love of Life is an American soap opera which aired on CBS from September 24, 1951, to February 1, 1980. It was created by Roy Winsor, whose previous creation Search for Tomorrow had premiered ...more
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The Doctors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Terry O'Quinn
The Doctors is an American television soap opera which aired on NBC Daytime from April 1, 1963, to December 31, 1982. There were 5280 episodes produced, with the 5000th episode airing in ...more
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Return to Peyton Place is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
diana-m-rivera-castillo added Mary Frann, John Hoyt, Frank Ferguson
Return to Peyton Place is an American daytime serial which aired on NBC from April 3, 1972 to January 4, 1974. The series was a spin-off of the primetime drama series Peyton Place rather than an ...more
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26 55
Love Is a Many Splendored Thin... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Susan Lucci, Donna Mills, Paul Michael Glaser
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing is an American daytime soap opera which aired on CBS from September 18, 1967 to March 23, 1973. The series was created by Irna Phillips, who served as the first ...more
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25 55
Never Too Young is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Dack Rambo, Tony Dow, John Lupton
Never Too Young is an American teen soap opera that aired on ABC from September 27, 1965 to June 24, 1966 and was the first soap opera geared towards a teen audience.
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From These Roots is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Audra Lindley, Robert Mandan, Frank Marth
From These Roots is an American soap opera that aired from June 30, 1958, to December 29, 1961. It was created and written by Frank Provo and John Pickard. The show was seen on NBC and was the ...more
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24 54
The Clear Horizon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Lee Meriwether, Beau Bridges, Michael Fox
The Clear Horizon is an American soap opera which ran on CBS Daytime from July 11, 1960 to March 10, 1961 and February 26 to June 11, 1962. The show was created and head written by Manya Starr.
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Our Five Daughters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Esther Ralston, Jacqueline Courtney
Our Five Daughters is a daytime soap opera that ran on NBC from January 2, 1962, until September 28, 1962. The show was written by Leonard Stadd and directed by Paul Lammers, and aired for a ...more
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22 52
The Brighter Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Hal Holbrook, Patty Duke, Lois Nettleton
The Brighter Day is an American daytime soap opera which aired on CBS from January 4, 1954 to September 28, 1962. Originally created for NBC radio by Irna Phillips in 1948, the radio and ...more
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A Flame in the Wind is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Richard Thomas, Margaret Ladd, Jane Elliot
A Flame in the Wind is an American soap opera that aired on ABC Daytime from December 28, 1964 to December 16, 1966. It was created by Raphael Hayes, co-author of the Cannes Film Festival winner ...more
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Young Doctor Malone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Dick Van Patten, Louis Edmonds, Diana Hyland
Young Doctor Malone is an American soap opera, created by Irna Phillips, which had a long run on radio and television from 1939 to 1963. The producer was Betty Corday, who also produced Pepper ...more
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14 53
Ben Jerrod is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Ben Jerrod Peter Hansen, Lyle Talbot, Addison Richards
Ben Jerrod is an American soap opera which ran from April 1, 1963 to June 28, 1963. The series is most notable for being the first soap to be regularly televised in color. The show debuted April ...more
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The Nurses is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Dustin Hoffman, Martin Sheen, Alan Alda
The Nurses is a serialized primetime medical drama that was broadcast in the USA on CBS from September 27, 1962, to May 11, 1965. It was originally called The Nurses; for the second season, the ...more
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The Young Marrieds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
Lee Meriwether, Charles Grodin, Ted Knight
The Young Marrieds is an American daytime soap opera which aired on ABC from October 5, 1964 to March 25, 1966. The program was created by James Elward and written by Elward with Frances ...more
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A Time for Us is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 60s Daytime Soap Operas
A Time for Us