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The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas

Updated October 17, 2019 2.9k votes 441 voters 37.3k views20 items

List RulesDaytime 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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  • 1
    All My Children is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    All My Children

    Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight

    Premiered1970

    All My Children is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC for 41 years, from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    55

    One Life to Live

    Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian

    Premiered1968

    One Life to Live is an American soap opera broadcast on the ABC television network for more... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Days of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Days of Our Lives

    Kristian Alfonso, Matthew Ashford

    Premiered1965

    Days of Our Lives (NBC, 1965) is an American daytime soap opera created by Ted and Betty... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    General Hospital

    Eva Longoria, James Franco

    Premiered1963

    General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama that is listed in Guinness... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 5
    Passions is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Passions

    Lindsay Hartley, McKenzie Westmore

    Premiered1999

    Passions is an American soap opera which aired on NBC from July 5, 1999 to September 7, 2007... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Another World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Another World

    Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford

    Premiered1964

    Another World is an American television soap opera that ran on NBC for 35 years from May 4,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Sunset Beach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Sunset Beach

    Kelly Hu, Susan Ward

    Premiered1997

    Sunset Beach is an American television soap opera that aired on NBC from January 6, 1997 to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    The Bold and the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    The Bold and the Beautiful

    John McCook, Katherine Kelly Lang

    Premiered1987

    The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS, 1987) is an American television soap opera created by William... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Generations is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Generations

    Amy Yasbeck, Kelly Rutherford

    Premiered1989

    Generations is an American soap opera that aired on NBC from March 27, 1989, to January 25,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Loving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Loving

    Julie Bowen, Bryan Cranston

    Premiered1983

    Loving is an American television soap opera that ran on ABC from June 26, 1983, to November... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 11
    Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Guiding Light

    Hayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer

    Premiered1937

    Guiding Light is an American television soap opera that is listed in Guinness World Records as... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    The Young and the Restless is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    105

    The Young and the Restless

    Eva Longoria, Shemar Moore

    Premiered1973

    The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    87

    Santa Barbara

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Wright

    Premiered1984

    Santa Barbara is an American television soap opera, first broadcast in the United States on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    As the World Turns is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    98

    As the World Turns

    Julianne Moore, Sarah Hyland

    Premiered1956

    As the World Turns is an American television soap opera that aired on CBS for 54 years from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Port Charles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Port Charles

    Kelly Monaco, Amy Weber

    Premiered1997

    Port Charles is an American television soap opera which aired on ABC from June 1, 1997 to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 16
    The City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    The City

    Jennifer Esposito, Morgan Fairchild

    Premiered1995

    The City is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC from November 13, 1995 to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Dangerous Women is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
    13
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    Dangerous Women

    Lynn Hamilton, Katherine Justice

    Premiered1991

    Dangerous Women is a syndicated nighttime American soap opera about a group of women who... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Swans Crossing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Swans Crossing

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brittany Daniel

    Premiered1992

    Swans Crossing is an American teen drama series that aired for thirteen weeks in syndication... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Capitol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
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    Capitol

    Teri Hatcher, Kelly Preston

    Premiered1982

    Capitol is an American soap opera which aired on CBS from March 29, 1982 to March 20, 1987 for... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Family Affairs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Daytime Soap Operas
    5
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    Family Affairs

    Sasha Pieterse, Cyril Nri

    Premiered1997

    Family Affairs was a British soap opera that was aired on Channel 5. It debuted 30 March 1997... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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