5 Best Old Soap Operas

Monday, January 31 by Michael J

These 5 best old soap operas had the staying power to keep going year after year. A few of these soaps are still on air today but most have been canceled within the last few years. Soap operas are considered a housewife's entertainment where housewives would watch soap operas while they were home with the children, cooking and cleaning.

  1. “Days of our Lives” When “Days of our Lives” was first aired on NBC in 1965, it was only 30 minutes long. After its popularity proved it had staying power, its episode lengths went to an hour in 1975. MacDonald Carey and Frances Reid, who played Mr. and Mrs. Horton, were on the very first episode and had recurring roles until they passed away in 1994 and 2010.
  2. “Guiding Light” On the air since 1952, “Guiding Light” fans enjoy 57 years of their favorite soap opera that hosted one of the most well-known couples on daytime television, Reva and Josh.
  3. “Another World” When “Another World” began in 1965, it followed the fictional Bay City life of the Matthews family. There was love, honor, betrayal and a twisted love triangle early on in the show which reeled viewers in.
  4. “General Hospital” This show has weathered the storm from 1963 and is still currently running. Based in Port Charles, New York, “General Hospital” was first aired only for 30 minutes in black and white. The show went to color in 1966 and expanded to an hour long in 1978 to give the viewers more drama during the day.
  5. “The Young and the Restless” Victor Newman is the most iconic name from this best soap opera. Set in Genoa City, Wisconsin, the Abbotts and the Newmans have been household names across the Unite States. Although it is been on air since 1973, the “Young and the Restless” is still going strong. 
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