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List Rules Daytime soap operas that aired on television during the 1970s

70s television was filled to the brim with some of the top soap operas to ever air on television. Shows like "As the World Turns," "Another World," and "Guiding Light" were the highest rated soap operas of the decade, continuing their success after decades of being on the air. This list of the best daytime soap operas that aired during 1970 to 1979 has been voted on and ranked by the community. 

The 70s saw the introduction of many new soap operas. Some of them became huge hits that lasted for many years, such as "The Young and the Restless," "Ryan’s Hope," and "All My Children." Others didn’t enjoy the same level of success, including "Bright Promise," "Somerset," "A World Apart" and "How to Survive a Marriage." "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" ended its run in 1973 after being on the air since the mid-60s. The top daytime soap operas saw about 10 million viewers an episode.

What are the best daytime soap operas from the 1970s? Vote up the best 70s soaps below.

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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Dark Shadows Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles

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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
One Life to Live Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian, Marcia Cross

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Days of our Lives is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Days of our Lives Pamela Anderson, Shelley Hennig, Melinda Clarke

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Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Guiding Light Hayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer, Brittany Snow

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Another World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Another World Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe

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The Edge of Night is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
The Edge of Night Martin Sheen, Marcia Cross, Lori Loughlin

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All My Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
All My Children Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew

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As the World Turns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
As the World Turns Julianne Moore, Sarah Hyland, Ming-Na Wen

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The Young and the Restless is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
The Young and the Restless Eva Longoria, Shemar Moore, Tatyana Ali

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Search for Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Search for Tomorrow Susan Sarandon, Viggo Mortensen, Kevin Bacon

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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
General Hospital Eva Longoria, James Franco, Kelly Monaco

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Ryan's Hope is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Ryan's Hope Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Mary-Louise Parker

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The Secret Storm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
The Secret Storm Joan Crawford, Roy Scheider, Audrey Landers

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Love of Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Love of Life Dana Delany, Christopher Reeve, Roy Scheider

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Somerset is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Somerset Sigourney Weaver, Ted Danson, JoBeth Williams

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Return to Peyton Place is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Return to Peyton Place Mary Frann, John Hoyt, Frank Ferguson

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The Doctors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
The Doctors Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Terry O'Quinn

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A World Apart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
A World Apart Susan Sarandon, Susan Sullivan, David Birney

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Love Is a Many Splendored Thin... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing Susan Lucci, Donna Mills, Paul Michael Glaser

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How to Survive a Marriage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
How to Survive a Marriage Armand Assante, Ken Kercheval, Allan Miller