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.
- 1All My Children is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC for 41 years, from... moreCameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight
- 2One Life to Live is an American soap opera broadcast on the ABC television network for more... moreHayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian
- 3Days of Our Lives (NBC, 1965) is an American daytime soap opera created by Ted and Betty... moreKristian Alfonso, Matthew Ashford
- 4Passions is an American soap opera which aired on NBC from July 5, 1999 to September 7, 2007... moreLindsay Hartley, McKenzie Westmore
- 5General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama that is listed in Guinness... moreEva Longoria, James Franco
- 6Another World is an American television soap opera that ran on NBC for 35 years from May 4,... moreVictoria Wyndham, Constance Ford
- 7Sunset Beach is an American television soap opera that aired on NBC from January 6, 1997 to... more
Sunset BeachKelly Hu, Susan Ward
- 8The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS, 1987) is an American television soap opera created by William... moreJohn McCook, Katherine Kelly Lang
- 9Generations is an American soap opera that aired on NBC from March 27, 1989, to January 25,... moreAmy Yasbeck, Kelly Rutherford
- 10Loving is an American television soap opera that ran on ABC from June 26, 1983, to November... moreJulie Bowen, Bryan Cranston
- 11Guiding Light is an American television soap opera that is listed in Guinness World Records as... moreHayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer
- 12Santa Barbara is an American television soap opera, first broadcast in the United States on... moreLeonardo DiCaprio, Robin Wright
- 13The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and... moreEva Longoria, Shemar Moore
- 14As the World Turns is an American television soap opera that aired on CBS for 54 years from... moreJulianne Moore, Sarah Hyland
- 15Port Charles is an American television soap opera which aired on ABC from June 1, 1997 to... moreKelly Monaco, Amy Weber
- 16The City is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC from November 13, 1995 to... moreJennifer Esposito, Morgan Fairchild
- 17Dangerous Women is a syndicated nighttime American soap opera about a group of women who... moreLynn Hamilton, Katherine Justice
- 18Capitol is an American soap opera which aired on CBS from March 29, 1982 to March 20, 1987 for... moreTeri Hatcher, Kelly Preston
- 19Family Affairs was a British soap opera that was aired on Channel 5. It debuted 30 March 1997... moreSasha Pieterse, Cyril Nri
- 20Swans Crossing is an American teen drama series that aired for thirteen weeks in syndication... moreSarah Michelle Gellar, Brittany Daniel