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The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas 

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Updated October 17, 2019 2.6k votes 418 voters 34k views 20 items

List Rules Daytime soap operas that aired on television during the 1990s

For many soap opera fans, the 90s are considered the pinnacle of quality soaps. The top soap operas had some of their best seasons during the 90s, with weddings, deaths, and shocking twists that topped themselves year after year. During the 90s, The Young and the Restless, All My Children, and General Hospital reigned supreme as the highest rated soap operas of the decade. This list of the best daytime soap operas of the 1990s, has been voted on and ranked bythe community.

From 1990-1999, 16 different soap operas were on the air. Shows like Guiding Light had been on since the early 50s and still maintained great ratings. Many soap operas saw their last season in the 90s, including Another World, Generations, and Loving.

The City was a spin-off of Loving, but didn’t last long on the air, much like Passions, Port Charles, and Sunset Beach. These soaps all debuted during the 90s, although they didn’t gain high viewership or last long.

What were the best daytime soap operas that aired during the 90s? Vote up the best 1990s daytime soaps below and see how the soap operas you loved to watch during the 90s rank.

 

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Days of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Kristian Alfonso, Matthew Ashford, Mary Beth Evans

Premiered: 1965

Days of Our Lives (NBC, 1965) is an American daytime soap opera created by Ted and Betty Corday. A chronicle of the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of ...more

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All My Children is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew

Premiered: 1970

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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#250 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #20 of 60 The Best Daytime TV Showslisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian, Marcia Cross

Premiered: 1968

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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#19 of 60 The Best Daytime TV Shows #11 of 222 The Greatest Soap Operas of All Timelisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Eva Longoria, James Franco, Kelly Monaco

Premiered: 1963

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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The Best General Hospital Characters #3 of 60 The Best Daytime TV Showslisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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Passions is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Lindsay Hartley, McKenzie Westmore, Galen Gering

Premiered: 1999

Passions is an American soap opera which aired on NBC from July 5, 1999 to September 7, 2007 and on The 101 Network from September 17, 2007 to August 7, 2008. Passions follows the lives and ...more

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#398 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #43 of 60 The Best Daytime TV Showslisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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Sunset Beach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Sunset Beach Kelly Hu, Susan Ward, Laura Harring

Premiered: 1997

Sunset Beach is an American television soap opera that aired on NBC from January 6, 1997 to December 31, 1999. The show follows the loves and lives of the people living in the Orange County ...more

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Another World is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe

Premiered: 1964

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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The Bold and the Beautif... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
John McCook, Katherine Kelly Lang, Matthew Atkinson

Premiered: 1987

The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS, 1987) is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. The saga of high fashion glamour, honor, romance, passion, and most ...more

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#18 of 60 The Best Daytime TV Shows #14 of 222 The Greatest Soap Operas of All Timelisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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The Young and the Restle... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Eva Longoria, Shemar Moore, Tatyana Ali

Premiered: 1973

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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#4 of 60 The Best Daytime TV Shows #6 of 222 The Greatest Soap Operas of All Timelisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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Loving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Julie Bowen, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Mitchell

Premiered: 1983

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

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#22 of 60 The Best Daytime TV Shows #23 of 222 The Greatest Soap Operas of All Timelisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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Generations is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Amy Yasbeck, Kelly Rutherford, Richard Roundtree

Premiered: 1989

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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#55 of 222 The Greatest Soap Operas of All Time #20 of 31 The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operaslisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Hayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer, Brittany Snow

Premiered: 1937

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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#17 of 60 The Best Daytime TV Shows #8 of 222 The Greatest Soap Operas of All Timelisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Wright, Judith Anderson

Premiered: 1984

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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#21 of 60 The Best Daytime TV Shows #18 of 222 The Greatest Soap Operas of All Timelisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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As the World Turns is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Julianne Moore, Sarah Hyland, Ming-Na Wen

Premiered: 1956

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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#34 of 60 The Best Daytime TV Shows #13 of 222 The Greatest Soap Operas of All Timelisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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Port Charles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Kelly Monaco, Amy Weber, Linda Purl

Premiered: 1997

Port Charles is an American television soap opera which aired on ABC from June 1, 1997 to October 3, 2003. It is a spin-off of the serial General Hospital, which had been running since 1963 and ...more

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The City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Jennifer Esposito, Morgan Fairchild, Michael Weatherly

Premiered: 1995

The City is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC from November 13, 1995 to March 28, 1997. The show follows the loves and lives of the survivors of the Corinth Serial Killer as ...more
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Dangerous Women is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Maximilian Spartacus added Lynn Hamilton, Katherine Justice, Melanie Vincz

Premiered: 1991

Dangerous Women is a syndicated nighttime American soap opera about a group of women who served time in prison together. It was created and written by Reg Watson and produced by Reg Grundy ...more

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Capitol is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Teri Hatcher, Kelly Preston, Carol Alt

Premiered: 1982

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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#35 of 222 The Greatest Soap Operas of All Time #18 of 31 The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operaslisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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Swans Crossing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Maximilian Spartacus added Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brittany Daniel, Eddie Robinson

Premiered: 1992

Swans Crossing is an American teen drama series that aired for thirteen weeks in syndication from June 29 to September 25, 1992.
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Family Affairs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Sasha Pieterse, Cyril Nri, Antony Booth

Premiered: 1997

Family Affairs was a British soap opera that was aired on Channel 5. It debuted 30 March 1997 and screened as five thirty minute episodes each week. The series never achieved high ratings, so ...more

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