The Best 1970s Soap Operas

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Vote up the best daytime soaps that aired new episodes between 1970 and 1979.

In the 1970s, television was filled to the brim with some of the top soap operas to ever air. Old '70s soap operas like As the World Turns, Another World, and Guiding Light were the highest-rated soap operas of the decade, not only continuing their success after decades of being on the air, but later continuing into the new millennium. This list of the best daytime soap operas that aired from 1970 to 1979 has been voted on and ranked by your votes.

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. Other 1970s soap operas didn’t enjoy the same level of success, including Bright Promise, Somerset, A World Apart and How to Survive a Marriage. The series 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 of the 1970s saw about 10 million viewers an episode.

What are the best '70s soap operas? Did the daytime soaps you think were the best make this list? Vote up the 1970s soap operas you think are the best of the decade and see where the soaps you loved to watch during the '70s rank.



  • All My Children
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    • Actors: Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew
    • Premiered: January 5, 1970
    • Actors: Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian, Marcia Cross, Melissa Archer, Melissa Fumero
    • Premiered: July 15, 1968
  • Another World
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    • Actors: Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe
    • Premiered: May 4, 1964
  • Ryan's Hope
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    • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Mary-Louise Parker, Dana Delany, Yasmine Bleeth
    • Premiered: July 7, 1975