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The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas

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List RulesDaytime 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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  • 1
    Another World is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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
    Ryan's Hope is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Ryan's Hope

    Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett

    Premiered1975

    Ryan's Hope is an American soap opera created by Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 3
    All My Children is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    All My Children

    Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight

    Premiered1970

    All My Children is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC for 41 years, from... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The Edge of Night is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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
  • 5
    One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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
  • 6
    General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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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  • 7
    Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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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  • 8
    Days of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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
  • 9
    Search for Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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
    Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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
  • 11
    As the World Turns is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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
  • 12
    Somerset is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Somerset

    Sigourney Weaver, Ted Danson

    Premiered1970

    Somerset is an American television soap opera which ran on NBC from March 30, 1970, until... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 13
    Love of Life is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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

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  • 14
    The Young and the Restless is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    The Young and the Restless

    Eva Longoria, Shemar Moore

    Premiered1973

    The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    The Secret Storm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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
  • 16
    The Doctors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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

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  • 17
    Return to Peyton Place is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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
    Love Is a Many Splendored Thin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    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
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    A World Apart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    A World Apart

    Susan Sarandon, Susan Sullivan

    Premiered1970

    A World Apart is an American daytime drama which ran from March 30, 1970 to June 25, 1971 on... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    How to Survive a Marriage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    How to Survive a Marriage

    Armand Assante, Ken Kercheval

    Premiered1974

    How to Survive a Marriage is an American soap opera which aired on the NBC television network... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Where the Heart Is is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Where the Heart Is

    Rue McClanahan, Marsha Mason

    Premiered1969

    Where the Heart Is is an American soap opera telecast on the CBS television network from... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Best Of Everything is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    The Best Of Everything

    Susan Sullivan, Geraldine Fitzgerald

    Premiered1970

    The Best of Everything is an American daytime soap opera which aired on ABC from March 30,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Bright Promise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 70s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Bright Promise

    Dabney Coleman, Coleen Gray

    Premiered1969

    Bright Promise is an American daytime soap opera that ran on NBC from September 29, 1969 to... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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