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The Best Daytime TV Shows

Updated April 9, 2020 6.9k votes 978 voters 37.0k views55 items

The absolute best daytime television shows, ranked from the most popular to the least based on the amount of votes cast for each show by the Ranker community. This list has the most popular daytime TV shows, hosted by some of the best daytime TV personalities. What are the absolute best daytime television shows?
 
Daytime television includes any TV shows produced for and aired between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays. This programming is usually directed towards stay at home parents and older, retired people, who are more often home during the day. Daytime TV often includes game shows, soap operas, and talk shows.
 
This list features the top daytime television shows, ranked by your votes, including broadcasts from popular channels like The CW, ABC, NBC and more! Included below are shows like "The View," "Live with Kelly and Michael," "Days of our Lives," "The Price is Right," and "Rachael Ray." Vote up the best daytime television shows below.

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  • 1
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss

    Premiered2003

    The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress Ellen... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Days of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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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 Wikipedia
  • 3
    The Dr. Oz Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    Premiered2009

    The Dr. Oz Show is an American syndicated television talk show, hosted by Mehmet Oz, a... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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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 Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    Family Feud

    Al Roker, Richard Dawson

    Premiered1976

    Family Feud is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson. The show features a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    The Young and the Restless is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    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 Wikipedia
  • 7
    The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    The Price Is Right

    Bob Barker, Janice Pennington

    Premiered1956

    The Price Is Right is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson and Bill... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    Let's Make a Deal

    Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum

    Premiered1963

    Let's Make a Deal is a television game show which originated in the United States and has... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Judge Judy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    Judge Judy

    Judy Sheindlin, Petri Hawkins-Byrd

    Premiered1996

    Judge Judy is an American arbitration-based reality court show presided over by retired... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    The Today Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    The Today Show

    Ann Curry, Anita Colby

    Premiered1952

    Today is an American news and talk morning television show that airs on NBC. The program... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Rachael Ray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    Rachael Ray

    Rachael Ray

    Premiered2006

    Rachael Ray, also known as The Rachael Ray Show, is an American talk show starring Rachael Ray... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (US)

    Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews

    Premiered1999

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is an American television quiz show based upon the British... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    The Doctors is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    The Doctors

    Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner

    Premiered1963

    The Doctors is an American television soap opera which aired on NBC Daytime from April 1,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Bold and the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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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 Wikipedia
  • 15
    Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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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 Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Wendy Williams Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    Premiered2008

    The Wendy Williams Show is an American syndicated talk show hosted by Wendy Williams. The show... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    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 Wikipedia
  • 18
    All My Children is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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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 Wikipedia
  • 19
    Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    Dr. Phil

    Jay McGraw

    Premiered2002

    Dr. Phil is a talk show hosted by Phil McGraw. After McGraw's success with his segments on The... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Loving is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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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 Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Another World is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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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 Wikipedia
  • 22
    Live! with Kelly and Michael is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    Live! with Kelly and Michael

    Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan

    Premiered1983

    Live with Kelly and Michael is an American syndicated morning talk show, hosted by Kelly Ripa... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Good Morning America is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    Good Morning America

    Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos

    Premiered1975

    Good Morning America (ABC, 1975) is an American morning television show currently presented by... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    The Steve Harvey Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    The Steve Harvey Show

    Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer

    Premiered1996

    The Steve Harvey Show, was a sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2002 on The WB Television Network.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    The Chew is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
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    The Chew

    Mario Batali, Carla Hall

    Premiered2011

    The Chew is an American cooking-themed talk show that airs on ABC as part of the network's... more on Wikipedia
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