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The Royal Stoner

Sep 20 2012, 01:15 AM
Sep 19 2012, 09:58 PM
If we're going for Quality:

1. The Young and the Restless
2. As The World Turns
3. Another World
4. Santa Barbara
5. All My Children

If we're going for Iconic:

1. General Hospital
2. Days of our Lives
3. All My Children
4. The Young and the Restless
5. Dark Shadows
That really is more of a question of what people define as "quality"...cause I certainly do not agree with your Top 5.

Also Dark Shadows was not iconic IMO...had Tim Burton not made a movie about it...there is not a chance in hell it would have made the list.
I was speaking as a matter of personal taste- soaps, like most things, are subjective. My list may look differently had I been alive and watched in the 60s and 70s. I have a feeling I would have been into Search For Tomorrow, Another World and As The World Turns A LOT more had I watched in the 70s. And certainly my list would look differently had I watched the CBS or ABC soaps in the 80s (I watched a little bit of GH & OLTL in the mid to late 80s).

I disagree with you about Dark Shadows though. It's always had a substantial cult following and was the first soap to be re-aired I believe. It's an iconic show and would have been in the top 5 with or without Tim Burton imo.
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