Soap Operas The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas  

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List Rules Daytime soap operas that aired on television during the 1980s

During the 80s, there were more people watching soap operas than ever before. Soaps 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 MyChildren," 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 the community.

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 daytime soap operas from the 80s? Vote up the best 1980s daytime soap operas below and see where the soaps you loved to watch during the 80s rank.

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Days of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s 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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The Young and the Restless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s 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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128 95
Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s 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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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s 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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As the World Turns is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s 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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123 98
All My Children is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s 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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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s 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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110 95
The Bold and the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Usher, Katherine Kelly Lang, Hunter Tylo The Bold and the Beautiful is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. It premiered on March 23, 1987 as a sister show to the Bells' other soap ...more

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Another World is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s 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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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Wright, Judith Anderson Santa Barbara is an American television soap opera, first broadcast in the United States on NBC on July 30, 1984, and last aired on January 15, 1993. The show revolves around the eventful lives ...more

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The Edge of Night is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s 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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Ryan's Hope is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s 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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48 94
Search for Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s 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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Generations is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Amy Yasbeck, Kelly Rutherford, Richard Roundtree Generations is an American soap opera that aired on NBC from March 27, 1989, to January 25, 1991. The show was groundbreaking in that it was the first soap opera to feature from its inception an ...more

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Capitol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Teri Hatcher, Kelly Preston, Carol Alt Capitol is an American soap opera which aired on CBS from March 29, 1982 to March 20, 1987 for 1,270 episodes. As its name suggests, the storyline usually revolves around the political intrigues ...more

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Love of Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s 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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Texas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Texas is an American daytime soap opera which aired on NBC from August 4, 1980, until December 31, 1982, sponsored and produced by Procter & Gamble Productions at NBC Studios in Brooklyn, ...more

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The Doctors is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s 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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Loving is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Daytime Soap Operas
Julie Bowen, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Mitchell Loving is an American television soap opera that ran on ABC from June 26, 1983, to November 10, 1995, a total of 3,169 episodes. The serial, set in the fictional town of Corinth, Pennsylvania, ...more