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The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas  

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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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Another World is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 70s 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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Ryan's Hope is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Mary-Louise Parker
Ryan's Hope is an American soap opera created by Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, originally airing for 13 years on ABC from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989. It revolves around the trials ...more
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The Edge of Night is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 70s 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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All My Children is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew
All My Children is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC for 41 years, from January 5, 1970, to September 23, 2011, and on The Online Network from April 29, 2013, to September 2, ...more
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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 70s 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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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 70s 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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Days of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 70s 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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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 70s 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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Search for Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 70s 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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Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 70s 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) 11 on the list The Best 70s 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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Love of Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 70s 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 Secret Storm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 70s 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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The Young and the Restless is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Eva Longoria, Shemar Moore, Tatyana Ali
The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. The show is set in a fictional Wisconsin town called Genoa City, which is ...more
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Somerset is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Sigourney Weaver, Ted Danson, JoBeth Williams
Somerset is an American television soap opera which ran on NBC from March 30, 1970, until December 31, 1976. The show was a spin-off of another NBC serial, Another World.
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The Doctors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 70s 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) 17 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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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Love Is a Many Splendored Thin... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 70s 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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A World Apart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Susan Sarandon, Susan Sullivan, David Birney
A World Apart is an American daytime drama which ran from March 30, 1970 to June 25, 1971 on the ABC television network.
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Where the Heart Is is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Rue McClanahan, Marsha Mason, James Mitchell
Where the Heart Is is an American soap opera telecast on the CBS television network from September 8, 1969 to March 23, 1973. Created by Lou Scofield and Margaret DePriest, the program ran for ...more
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How to Survive a Marriage is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Armand Assante, Ken Kercheval, Allan Miller
How to Survive a Marriage is an American soap opera which aired on the NBC television network from January 7, 1974 to April 17, 1975. The serial was created by Anne Howard Bailey, with much ...more
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Bright Promise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
Dabney Coleman, Coleen Gray, Anthony Geary
Bright Promise is an American daytime soap opera that ran on NBC from September 29, 1969 to March 31, 1972. It aired weekdays at 3:30 PM Eastern/2:30 PM Central.
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The Best Of Everything is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
The Best Of Everything Susan Sullivan, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Gale Sondergaard
The Best of Everything is an American daytime soap opera which aired on ABC from March 30, 1970 to September 25, 1970. The series was a spin-off of the 1959 film of the same name and the novel ...more