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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Daytime Drama TV series.

Where would pop culture be without the outlandish world of daytime drama? From All My Children to The Young and the Restless, this list of the greatest daytime drama shows includes the names of the most watched series of all time.

Popular daytime drama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining daytime drama show is. Don't let your favorite daytime drama television programs in history get to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of daytime drama television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.This list answers the questions, "What is the best daytime drama show of all time?" and "What are the greatest daytime drama shows?"

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The Young and the Restless is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
The Young and the Restless Eva Longoria, Shemar Moore, Tatyana Ali - 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 Bold and the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
The Bold and the Beautiful Usher, Katherine Kelly Lang, Hunter Tylo - The Bold and the Beautiful is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. It premiered on March 23, 1987 as a sister show to the Bells' other soap ...more

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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
One Life to Live Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian, Marcia Cross - 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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Days of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
Days of Our Lives Pamela Anderson, Shelley Hennig, Melinda Clarke - Days of Our Lives is an American daytime soap opera broadcast on the NBC television network. It is one of the longest-running scripted television programs in the world, airing nearly every ...more

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Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
Guiding Light Hayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer, Brittany Snow - 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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Another World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
john-ryan added Another World Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe - 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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All My Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
All My Children Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew - 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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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
General Hospital Eva Longoria, James Franco, Kelly Monaco - 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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As the World Turns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
As the World Turns Julianne Moore, Sarah Hyland, Ming-Na Wen - As the World Turns is an American television soap opera that aired on CBS for 54 years from April 2, 1956 to September 17, 2010. Irna Phillips created As the World Turns as a sister show to her ...more

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Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
Knots Landing Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark - 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 ...more

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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
Dark Shadows Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles - Dark Shadows is an American gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The series became hugely popular when vampire ...more

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Coronation Street is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
Coronation Street Ian McKellen, Michelle Keegan, Helen Flanagan - Coronation Street is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 1960. The programme centres on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on ...more

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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
john-ryan added Santa Barbara Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Wright, Judith Anderson - 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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Young Doctor Malone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
Young Doctor Malone Dick Van Patten, Louis Edmonds, Diana Hyland - Young Doctor Malone is an American soap opera, created by Irna Phillips, which had a long run on radio and television from 1939 to 1963. The producer was Betty Corday, who also produced Pepper ...more

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The Edge of Night is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
The Edge of Night Martin Sheen, Marcia Cross, Lori Loughlin - The Edge of Night is an American television mystery series/soap opera produced by Procter & Gamble. It debuted on CBS on April 2, 1956, and ran as a live broadcast on that network for most ...more

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Return to Peyton Place is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
Return to Peyton Place Mary Frann, John Hoyt, Frank Ferguson - Return to Peyton Place is an American daytime serial which aired on NBC from April 3, 1972 to January 4, 1974. The series was a spin-off of the primetime drama series Peyton Place rather than an ...more

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Peyton Place is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
Peyton Place Mia Farrow, Leslie Nielsen, Ryan O'Neal - Peyton Place is an American prime-time soap opera which aired on ABC in half-hour episodes from September 15, 1964 to June 2, 1969. Based upon the 1956 novel of the same name by Grace Metalious, ...more

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Passions is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
Passions Lindsay Hartley, McKenzie Westmore, Galen Gering - Passions is an American soap opera which aired on NBC from July 5, 1999 to September 7, 2007 and on The 101 Network from September 17, 2007 to August 7, 2008. Passions follows the lives and ...more

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EastEnders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
EastEnders Steve McFadden, Adam Woodyatt, Pam St. Clement - EastEnders is a British soap opera; the first episode was broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 19 February 1985. EastEnders storylines examine the domestic and professional lives of the ...more

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Port Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Daytime Drama TV Shows
Port Charles Kelly Monaco, Amy Weber, Linda Purl - Port Charles is an American television soap opera which aired on ABC from June 1, 1997 to October 3, 2003. It is a spin-off of the serial General Hospital, which had been running since 1963 and ...more