The Best 1980s Soap Operas

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Vote up the best daytime soaps that aired new episodes between 1980 and 1989.

During the 1980s, there were more people watching soap operas than ever before. The big '80s soap operas like "General Hospital" were averaging 14 million viewers an episode at its peak. There were also more soap operas on the air than ever before, with as many as 15 daytime soaps airing during a week. The top soaps of the decade were General Hospital, All My Children, and One Life to Live. This list of the best daytime soap operas that aired during 1980-1989, has been voted on a ranked by your votes.

While many old soap operas continued to flourish during the 80s, some soaps saw their last years. Love of Life ended in 1980, Search for Tomorrow ended in 1982, and The Edge of Night ended in 1984, among many others. New soap operas also premiered, including Generations, Texas, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Santa Barbara. Although primetime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty were gaining popularity at this time, daytime soaps didn’t lose any of their status or popularity.

What are the best '80s soap operas? Did the daytime soaps you think were the best make this list? Vote up the 1980s soap operas you think are the best of the decade and see where the soaps you loved to watch during the '80s rank.

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