Soap Operas Longest Running US Soap Operas

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List of the longest-running soap operas in US history. These TV soaps have more episodes than any others in American television. Some of the shows ran and have since gone off the air or been canceled, while others remain ongoing and are still being produced. Typically, these shows were collected into "seasons" of television, each with a pre-set amount of episodes. Sometimes, these seasons were broken up, in some cases with years or even decades between production of the series, while still being considered the run of a single TV show. (Spin-offs and other shows that were reinvented and debuted as new series are not considered.) This list contains all the longest-running soap operas in the history of US TV.

Because they typically run 5 days a week, long-running soap operas tend to have a staggering number of episodes, with some series coming close to or even breaking the 1000 episode barrier. The serialized nature of the programs means that they can run for many years - or even decades - continually, just by changing around the cast of characters as time passes. Before leaving the air in 2009, the CBS series "Guiding Light" was the longest-running drama series on television, and remains one of the record holders for the longest running broadcast programs of any kind in world history. (The show had debuted in 1937 as a radio serial, just days after the second inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.)

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Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark - 14 Seasons. 344 Episodes.

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The City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Jennifer Esposito, Morgan Fairchild, Michael Weatherly - 352 Episodes.

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

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The Nurses is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Dustin Hoffman, Martin Sheen, Alan Alda - 395 Episodes.

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Return to Peyton Place is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Mary Frann, John Hoyt, Frank Ferguson - 426 Episodes.

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Generations is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Amy Yasbeck, Kelly Rutherford, Richard Roundtree - 470 Episodes.

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Sunset Beach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Kelly Hu, Susan Ward, Laura Harring - 755 Episodes.

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Bright Promise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Dabney Coleman, Coleen Gray, Anthony Geary - 605 Episodes.

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Texas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
617 Episodes.

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Peyton Place is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Mia Farrow, Leslie Nielsen, Ryan O'Neal - 514 Episodes.

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A Flame in the Wind is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Richard Thomas, Margaret Ladd, Jane Elliot - 515 Episodes.

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Loving is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Julie Bowen, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Mitchell - 3169 Episodes.

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Ryan's Hope is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Mary-Louise Parker - 3515 Episodes.

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As the World Turns is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Julianne Moore, Sarah Hyland, Ming-Na Wen - 54 Seasons. 13858 Episodes.

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Guiding Light is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Hayden Panettiere, Matt Bomer, Brittany Snow - 57 Seasons. 15762 Episodes.

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Another World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe - 8,89 Episodes.

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Love of Life is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Dana Delany, Christopher Reeve, Roy Scheider - 7500 Episodes.

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The Edge of Night is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Martin Sheen, Marcia Cross, Lori Loughlin - 7420 Episodes.

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General Hospital is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Eva Longoria, James Franco, Kelly Monaco - 12401 Episodes. Currently in production

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Days of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Pamela Anderson, Shelley Hennig, Melinda Clarke - 11679 Episodes. Currently in production

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Search for Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Susan Sarandon, Viggo Mortensen, Kevin Bacon - 9130 Episodes.

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The Secret Storm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Joan Crawford, Roy Scheider, Audrey Landers - 5195 Episodes.

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The Bold and the Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Usher, Katherine Kelly Lang, Hunter Tylo - 6036 Episodes. Currently in production

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The Doctors is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Terry O'Quinn - 5280 Episodes.

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One Life to Live is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Hayden Panettiere, Kourtney Kardashian, Marcia Cross - 43 Seasons. 11096 Episodes.

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All My Children is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew - 10712 Episodes.

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The Young and the Restless is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Eva Longoria, Shemar Moore, Tatyana Ali - 9730 Episodes. Currently in production

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Port Charles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Kelly Monaco, Amy Weber, Linda Purl - 1633 Episodes.

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Somerset is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Sigourney Weaver, Ted Danson, JoBeth Williams - 1710 Episodes.

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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Wright, Judith Anderson - 2137 Episodes.

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Passions is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Lindsay Hartley, McKenzie Westmore, Galen Gering - 10 Seasons. 2231 Episodes.

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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles - 1225 Episodes.

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Love Is a Many Splendored Thin... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Susan Lucci, Donna Mills, Paul Michael Glaser - 1415 Episodes.

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Capitol is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Teri Hatcher, Kelly Preston, Carol Alt - 1270 Episodes.

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins - 220 Episodes.

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Melrose Place is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith - 7 Seasons. 227 Episodes.

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Falcon Crest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Chao Li Chi - 9 Seasons. 227 Episodes.

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Greg Mullavey, Louise Lasser, Graham Jarvis - 2 Seasons. 325 Episodes.

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A World Apart is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Longest Running US Soap Operas
Susan Sarandon, Susan Sullivan, David Birney - 325 Episodes.