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The Best 1990s Soap Operas

Updated May 25, 2021 2.8k votes 486 voters 43.9k views20 items

List RulesVote up the best daytime soaps that aired new episodes between 1990 and 1999.

For many soap opera fans, the 1990s are considered the pinnacle of quality soaps. The top '90s soap operas had some of their best seasons during that decade, 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 by your votes.

From 1990-1999, sixteen different soap operas were on the air. Shows like Guiding Light had been on since the early '50s and still maintained great ratings. Many old 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 are the best '90s soap operas? Did the daytime soaps you think were the best make this list? Vote up the 1990s soap operas you think are the best of the decade and see where the soaps you loved to watch during the '90s rank.

 

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