The All-Time Best Primetime Soap Operas
Soap operas have been a staple of the television world since they first gained traction in the 1950s. However, it wasn’t until the 80s that the primetime soap was born. While a daytime soap airs every weekday and are usually targeted to an audience of bored housewives and college students, primetime soaps only air once a week, during primetime hours. Primetime soaps also target a wider audience, so they tend to be more realistic. However, they still retain the drama and shocking plot twists that make soap operas so appealing. This list of the best primetime soap operas to ever air on television has been voted on and ranked by the community.
In the 80s, primetime soaps were all the rage, with "Dallas," "Dynasty, and "Knots Landing" as topics of conversation and can't miss viewing for every TV lover. When something exciting happened on one of these shows, such as the shooting of JR, everybody knew about it.
Although the primetime soap died out for a few years, it reemerged once again when "Desperate Housewives" became a huge hit. Since then primetime soaps have continued to entertain television fans.
What are the best primetime soap operas in the history of television? Vote up the all time best primetime soaps below and see where the soap operas you love to watch rank.
The oil-rich Ewings endure daily troubles.
- Premiered: April 2, 1978
Denver residents' lives intertwine.
- Premiered: January 12, 1981
Knots Landing is an American primetime television soap opera that aired from December 27, 1979 to May 13, 1993 on CBS. A spin-off of Dallas, it was set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los Angeles, ...more
- Premiered: December 27, 1979
Eight adults live on their own for the first time in Los Angeles.
- Premiered: July 8, 1992
The adventures of a wine-making family in Tuscany Valley.
- Premiered: December 4, 1981
Mary Alice comments on her Wisteria Lane neighbors from the afterlife.
- Premiered: October 3, 2004