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.
- Photo: Days of our LivesThe lives, loves, triumphs and tragedies of families in a Midwestern town.
- Actors: Suzanne Rogers, Lauren Koslow, Josh Taylor, James Reynolds, Galen Gering
- Premiered: November 8, 1965
- Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Fair useOne 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 Hulu and iTunes via The Online Network from April 29, 2013 to August 19, 2013. Created by Agnes Nixon, the series was the first daytime drama to primarily feature ethnically and socioeconomically diverse characters and consistently emphasize social issues. One Life to Live was expanded from 30 minutes to 45 minutes on July 26, 1976, and then to an hour on January 16, 1978. One Life to Live heavily focuses on the members and relationships of the Lord family. Actress Erika Slezak began portraying ...more
- Actors: Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian, Marcia Cross, Melissa Archer, Melissa Fumero
- Premiered: July 15, 1968
- Photo: General HospitalA soap opera set in a hospital and the surrounding city of Port Charles.
- Actors: Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Michael Easton, Genie Francis, Nancy Lee Grahn
- Premiered: April 1, 1963
- 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 June 30, 1952 until September 18, 2009, preceded by a 15-year broadcast on radio. Guiding Light stands as the fourth longest-running program in all of broadcast history; only the American country music radio program Grand Ole Opry, the BBC religious program The Daily Service, and the Norwegian children's radio program Lørdagsbarnetimen have been on the air longer. Guiding Light was created by Irna Phillips, and began as an NBC Radio serial on January 25, 1937. On June 2, 1947, the series was transferred ...more
- Actors: Hayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer, Brittany Snow, Nia Long, Paul Wesley
- Premiered: January 25, 1937