Soap Operas The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas  

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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
Days of Our Lives 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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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
One Life to Live 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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All My Children is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
All My Children 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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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
General Hospital 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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The Young and the Restless is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
The Young and the Restless 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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The Bold and the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
The Bold and the Beautiful 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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Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Guiding Light 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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As the World Turns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
As the World Turns 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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Sunset Beach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Sunset Beach Kelly Hu, Susan Ward, Laura Harring 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) 10 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Another World 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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Passions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Passions Lindsay Hartley, McKenzie Westmore, Galen Gering 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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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Santa Barbara 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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Dangerous Women is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Maximilian Spartacus added Dangerous Women Lynn Hamilton, Katherine Justice, Melanie Vincz 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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Port Charles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Port Charles Kelly Monaco, Amy Weber, Linda Purl 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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Loving is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Loving 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

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Generations is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Generations 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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The City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
The City Jennifer Esposito, Morgan Fairchild, Michael Weatherly 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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Swans Crossing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Maximilian Spartacus added Swans Crossing Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brittany Daniel, Eddie Robinson Swans Crossing is an American teen drama series that aired for thirteen weeks in syndication from June 29 to September 25, 1992.