Admit it, we all need drama in our lives from time to time because why not? Right? And perhaps, this is the ultimate human experience that we all share together--the pleasure in watching actors on screen make a drama out of their family, love affair, job, and whatnot. That is, also, the reason why soap operas then and now still have a huge impact on us, audiences. Don't you think? Regardless, we managed to compile our curated list of the classic and best soap operas for when you feel like you're bored with life or you just wanna validate your own feelings.
Can we all agree that All My Children put the actress Susan Lucci on the map? Her breakout role as Erica Kane just made her one of the most recognizable soap opera queens ever! And of course, with the show's series of Emmy wins, All My Children has secured a spot on the list of the best soap operas ever. Did you know that within the 41-year run, Erica Kane got married a lot of times on the show? And that goes to show how the first-ever daytime soap had evolved into something bigger than the showrunners could have ever expected!
Nope, this isn't the fictional parody show in F.R.I.E.N.D.S where Joey Tribbiani plays the role of Dr. Drake Ramoray. This is THE Days of Our Lives. And it's one of the longest-running and best soap operas to air on the giant TV channel NBC. In fact, it's been running from 1965 to present and who knows until when, right? The brilliantly woven themes of marriage, family affair, social status, and divorce, wrapped in drama, make Days of Our Lives just everybody's favorite. If you are wondering why, well, because it has tackled sensitive topics no show had ever touched on--artificial insemination and interracial romance. Interesting, right? Watch it today!
Even before crossovers in movies had become a thing, it was best soap operas were doing it already. One classic example is The Bold and The Beautiful and The Young and the Restless crossover. Their characters intertwined to make the two soap operas more interesting to its audience. And yes, this is yet another series who garnered several Emmy Awards since its debut in 1987. Did you know that it also has around 3.2 million viewers per episode? If you haven't seen an episode, this is the sign!
Yet, another William Bell and Phillip Bell creation made it to the roaster of the best soap operas just because it was able to bag not just one but nine Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. NINE! Let that sink into you! Millennials who like to explore how the youth in the 1970s looked and thought about things may want to watch The Young and the Restless. In the words of the creators, this show "reflected the youth and mood of the early seventies."
Not only did Guiding Light make it to the cut of the best soap operas, it has also secured a spot in the Guinness World Records as the longest-running drama in television, running from June 30, 1952 to September 18, 2009. And probably, replacing another soap opera The First Hundred Years with Guiding Light was CBS Television's best decision ever.
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