The All Time Greatest Daytime Soap Operas

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Drama! Vote up the best daytime soap operas that have ever aired on television.

The soap opera was among the first genres of television to gain traction with audiences, since the birth of TV in the late 1940s. The first daytime soap opera was "Faraway Hill," which premiered in 1946. Since then, soap operas have been a pivotal part of televised entertainment. Daytime soaps differ from primetime television because there’s a new episode every weekday, instead of once a week. Some daytime soap operas began as radio broadcasts and then went on to span many decades on the television airways. This list of the best daytime soap operas has been voted on and ranked by the community.

"Guiding Light" holds the Guinness World Record for longest-running TV drama, with 57 seasons under its belt. Other programs, like "General Hospital" and "Days of Our Lives" have also lasted many decades.

These days there are only 4 soap operas still on the air, although some shows have continued their life on through internet webisodes. Although many of the daytime soaps on this list didn’t last decades, they made a lasting impressionon those who watched.

What are the best daytime soaps of all time? Vote up the daytime soap operas you think are the best of all time below and see where the soaps you think are great rank.

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  • Days of Our Lives
    1
    Suzanne Rogers, Lauren Koslow, Josh Taylor
    • Premiered: November 8, 1965
  • One Life to Live
    2
    Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian, Marcia Cross
    • Premiered: July 15, 1968
  • General Hospital
    3
    Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Michael Easton
    • Premiered: April 1, 1963
  • All My Children
    4
    Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew
    • Premiered: January 5, 1970
  • Guiding Light
    5
    Hayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer, Brittany Snow
    • Premiered: January 25, 1937
  • As the World Turns
    6
    Julianne Moore, Sarah Hyland, Ming-Na Wen
    • Premiered: April 2, 1956
  • Another World
    7
    Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe
    • Premiered: May 4, 1964
  • Dark Shadows
    8
    Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles
    • Premiered: June 27, 1966
  • The Edge of Night
    9
    Martin Sheen, Marcia Cross, Lori Loughlin
    • Premiered: April 2, 1956
  • The Young and the Restless
    10
    Peter Bergman, Eric Braeden, Sharon Case
    • Premiered: March 26, 1973
  • The Bold and the Beautiful
    11
    Katherine Kelly Lang, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Thorsten Kaye
    • Premiered: March 23, 1987
  • Ryan's Hope
    12
    Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Mary-Louise Parker
    • Premiered: July 7, 1975
  • Santa Barbara
    13
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Wright, Judith Anderson
    • Premiered: July 30, 1984
  • Search for Tomorrow
    14
    Susan Sarandon, Viggo Mortensen, Kevin Bacon
    • Premiered: September 3, 1951
  • Love of Life
    15
    Dana Delany, Christopher Reeve, Roy Scheider
    • Premiered: September 24, 1951
  • Texas
    16
    Morgan Freeman, James Rebhorn, Catherine Hickland
    • Premiered: August 4, 1980
  • Peyton Place
    17
    Mia Farrow, Leslie Nielsen, Ryan O'Neal
    • Premiered: September 15, 1964
  • Capitol
    18
    Teri Hatcher, Kelly Preston, Carol Alt
    • Premiered: March 29, 1982
  • Passions
    19
    Lindsay Hartley, McKenzie Westmore, Galen Gering
    • Premiered: 1999
  • Sunset Beach
    20
    Kelly Hu, Susan Ward, Laura Harring
    • Premiered: January 6, 1997
  • Port Charles
    21
    Kelly Monaco, Amy Weber, Linda Purl
    • Premiered: June 1, 1997
  • The Secret Storm
    22
    Joan Crawford, Roy Scheider, Audrey Landers
    • Premiered: February 1, 1954
  • Generations
    23
    Amy Yasbeck, Kelly Rutherford, Richard Roundtree
    • Premiered: March 27, 1989
  • Loving
    24
    Julie Bowen, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Mitchell
    • Premiered: June 26, 1983
  • Somerset
    25
    Sigourney Weaver, Ted Danson, JoBeth Williams
    • Premiered: March 30, 1970