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The Best Daytime TV Shows 

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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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The Ellen DeGeneres Show... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Anthony Okungbowa

Premiered: 2003

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress Ellen DeGeneres. Debuting on September 8, 2003, it is produced by Telepictures and airs in syndication, ...more

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Days of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Kristian Alfonso, Matthew Ashford, Mary Beth Evans

Premiered: 1965

Days of Our Lives (NBC, 1965) is an American daytime soap opera created by Ted and Betty Corday. A chronicle of the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of ...more

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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Eva Longoria, James Franco, Kelly Monaco

Premiered: 1963

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

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Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Al Roker, Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson

Premiered: 1976

Family Feud is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson. The show features a competition in which two families must name the most popular responses to a survey question posed to ...more

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The Young and the Restle... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Eva Longoria, Shemar Moore, Tatyana Ali

Premiered: 1973

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

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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

Premiered: 1956

The Price Is Right is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. The show revolves around contestants competing to identify accurate pricing of merchandise to win ...more

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Let's Make a Deal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Rob Marrocco Jr.

Premiered: 1963

Let's Make a Deal is a television game show which originated in the United States and has since been produced in many countries throughout the world. The show is based around deals offered to ...more

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The Today Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Ann Curry, Anita Colby

Premiered: 1952

Today is an American news and talk morning television show that airs on NBC. The program debuted on January 14, 1952. It was the first of its genre on American television and in the world, and ...more

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Judge Judy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Judy Sheindlin, Petri Hawkins-Byrd, Jerry Bishop

Premiered: 1996

Judge Judy is an American arbitration-based reality court show presided over by retired Manhattan Family Court Judge Judith Sheindlin. The show features Sheindlin adjudicating real-life small ...more
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Who Wants to Be a Millio... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

Premiered: 1999

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is an American television quiz show based upon the British program of the same title, which offers a maximum prize of $1,000,000 for correctly answering a series of ...more

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

Premiered: 2006

Rachael Ray, also known as The Rachael Ray Show, is an American talk show starring Rachael Ray that debuted in syndication in the United States and Canada on September 18, 2006 and also airs in ...more
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The Doctors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Terry O'Quinn

Premiered: 1963

The Doctors is an American television soap opera which aired on NBC Daytime from April 1, 1963, to December 31, 1982. There were 5280 episodes produced, with the 5000th episode airing in ...more

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Another World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
john-ryan added Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe

Premiered: 1964

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

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Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Gerri Foudy added Hayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer, Brittany Snow

Premiered: 1937

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

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Good Morning America is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
ck123 added Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer

Premiered: 1975

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Live! with Kelly and Mic... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan

Premiered: 1983

Live with Kelly and Michael is an American syndicated morning talk show, hosted by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. Executive-produced by Michael Gelman, the show has aired since 1983 locally on ...more

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The Steve Harvey Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Merlin Santana

Premiered: 1996

The Steve Harvey Show, was a sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2002 on The WB Television Network. It was created by Winifred Hervey and directed by Stan Lathan.

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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian, Marcia Cross

Premiered: 1968

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

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The Bold and the Beautif... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
John McCook, Katherine Kelly Lang, Matthew Atkinson

Premiered: 1987

The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS, 1987) is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. The saga of high fashion glamour, honor, romance, passion, and most ...more

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All My Children is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew

Premiered: 1970

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

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Loving is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Julie Bowen, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Mitchell

Premiered: 1983

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

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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Wright, Judith Anderson

Premiered: 1984

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

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Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Jay McGraw

Premiered: 2002

Dr. Phil is a talk show hosted by Phil McGraw. After McGraw's success with his segments on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil debuted on September 16, 2002. On both shows McGraw offers advice in ...more

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The Chew is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly

Premiered: 2011

The Chew is an American cooking-themed talk show that airs on ABC as part of the network's weekday daytime lineup. The name and format was inspired by fellow ABC talk show, The View, but The ...more

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Love of Life is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Daytime TV Shows
Love of Life Dana Delany, Christopher Reeve, Roy Scheider

Premiered: 1951

Love of Life is an American soap opera which aired on CBS from September 24, 1951, to February 1, 1980. It was created by Roy Winsor, whose previous creation Search for Tomorrow had premiered ...more

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