Entertainment 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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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s 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
2
100 45
All My Children is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s 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
3
116 61
Days of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s 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
4
99 55
General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s 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
5
80 47
Another World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s 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
6
78 51
Sunset Beach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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
7
81 54
Passions is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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
8
72 63
The Bold and the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s 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
9
64 75
The Young and the Restless is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s 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
10
41 51
Loving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s 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
11
35 47
Generations is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s 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
12
53 75
Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s 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
13
46 70
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s 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
14
48 80
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
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
15
26 71
Port Charles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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
16
9 38
Dangerous Women is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Maximilian Spartacus added 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
17
13 70
The City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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
18
4 43
Swans Crossing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Maximilian Spartacus added 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.
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2 36
Capitol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s 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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0 28
Family Affairs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
Sasha Pieterse, Cyril Nri, Antony Booth
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