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Chronological Daytime TV Soap Opera List
Topic Started: Apr 5 2010, 04:04 PM (378 Views)
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Chronological Daytime TV Soap Opera List
1) THESE ARE MY CHILDREN - NBC (31 Jan 1949 to 25 Feb 1949) - 0 years, 0 months, 25 days
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM (31/01/49 - 25/02/49)
2) A WOMAN TO REMEMBER - DuMont - (21 Feb 1949 to 15 Jul 1949) - 0 years, 4 months, 24 days
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM (21/02/49 - Spring 49)
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM (Spring 49 - 29/04/49)
7:30 PM - 7:45 PM (02/05/49 - 15/07/49)

3) THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS - CBS - (4 Dec 1950 to 27 Jun 1952) - 1 year, 6 months, 23 days
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM (12/4/50 - 6/27/52)
4) MISS SUSAN / MARTINSVILLE, U. S. A. - NBC - (12 Mar 1951 to 28 Dec 1951) - 0 years, 9 months, 16 days
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM (3/12/51 - 12/28/51)
5) HAWKINS FALLS - NBC - (2 Apr 1951 to 1 Jul 1955) - 4 years, 2 months, 29 days
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM (4/2/51 - 7/3/53)
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM (7/6/53 - 1/8/54)
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM (1/11/54 - 7/2/54)
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM (7/5/54 - 7/1/55)

6) THE EGG AND I - CBS - (3 Sep 1951 to 1 Aug 1952) - 0 years, 10 months, 29 days
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM (9/3/51 - 8/1/52)
7) SEARCH FOR TOMORROW - CBS/NBC - (3 Sep 1951 to 26 Dec 1986) - 35 years, 3 months, 23 days
12:30 PM - 12:45 (9/3/51 - 9/6/68)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (9/9/68 - 6/5/81)
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM (6/8/81 - 3/26/82)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (3/29/82 - 12/26/86) NBC

8) LOVE OF LIFE - CBS - (24 Sep 1951 to 1 Feb 1980) - 28 years, 4 months, 8 days
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM (9/24/51 - 4/11/58)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (4/14/58 - 9/28/62)
12:00 PM - 12:25 PM (10/1/62 - 9/5/69)
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (9/8/69 - 3/23/73)
11:30 AM - 11:55 AM (3/26/73 - 4/20/79)
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (4/23/79 - 2/1/80)

9) FAIRMEADOWS, U. S. A. - NBC - (4 Nov 1951 to 27 Apr 1952) - 0 years, 5 months, 23 days
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (11/4/51 - 4/27/52)
10) (THE) GUIDING LIGHT - CBS - (30 Jun 1952 to 18 Sep 2009) - 57 years, 2 months, 19 days
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM (6/30/52 - 12/26/52)
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM (12/29/52 - 9/6/68)
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM (9/9/68 - 9/1/72)
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (9/4/72 - 11/28/75)
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM (12/1/75 - 11/4/77)
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (11/7/77 - 2/1/80)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (2/4/80 - 18/09/09)


11) THE BENNETTS - NBC - (6 Jul 1953 to 8 Jan 1954) - 0 years, 6 months, 2 days
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM (7/6/53 - 1/8/54)
12) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN - NBC - (3 Aug 1953 to 31 Dec 1954) - 1 year, 4 months, 28 days
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM (8/3/53 - 12/26/54)
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM (3/1/54 - 12/31/54)

13) FOLLOW YOUR HEART - NBC - (3 Aug 1953 to 8 Jan 1954) - 0 years, 5 months, 5 days
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM (8/3/53 - 1/8/54)
14) VALIANT LADY - CBS - (12 Oct 1953 to 16 Aug 1957) - 3 years, 10 months, 4 days
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM (10/12/53 - 8/15/57)
15) THE BRIGHTER DAY - CBS - (4 Jan 1954 to 28 Sep 1962) - 8 years, 8 months, 24 days
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM (1/4/54 - 5/15/54)
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM (7/5/54 - 6/15/62)
11:30 AM - 11:55 AM (6/18/62 - 9/28/62)

16) WOMAN WITH A PAST - CBS - (1 Feb 1954 to 2 Jul 1954) - 0 years, 5 months, 1 day
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM (2/1/54 - 7/2/54)
17) THE SECRET STORM - CBS - (1 Feb 1954 to 8 Feb 1974) - 20 years, 0 months, 7 days
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM (2/1/54 - 6/15/62)
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (6/18/62 - 9/6/68)
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (9/9/68 - 9/1/72)
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (9/4/72 - 3/23/73)
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (3/26/73 - 2/8/74)

18) ONE MAN'S FAMILY - NBC - (1 Mar 1954 to 1 Apr 1955) - 1 year, 1 month, 0 days
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM (3/1/54 - 7/2/54)
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM (7/4/54 - 8/27/54)
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM (8/30/54 - 4/1/55)

19) PORTIA FACES LIFE / THE INNER FLAME - CBS - (5 Apr 1954 to 1 Jul 1955) - 1 year, 2 months, 26 days
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM (4/5/54 - 7/1/55)
20) A TIME TO LIVE - NBC - (5 Jul 1954 to 31 Dec 1954) - 0 years, 5 months, 26 days
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM (7/5/54 - 12/31/54)

21) THE SEEKING HEART - CBS - (5 Jul 1954 to 10 Dec 1954) - 0 years, 5 months, 5 days
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM (7/5/54 - 12/10/54)
22) GOLDEN WINDOWS - NBC - (5 Jul 1954 to 1 Apr 1955) - 0 years, 8 months, 27 days
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM (7/5/54 - 4/1/55)
23) FIRST LOVE - NBC - (5 Jul 1954 to 30 Dec 1955) - 1 year, 5 months, 25 days
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM (7/5/54 - 8/27/54)
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM (8/30/54 - 12/20/55)

24) CONCERNING MISS MARLOWE - NBC - (5 Jul 1954 to 1 Jul 1955) - 0 years, 11 months, 26 days
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM (7/5/54 - 7/1/55)
25) THE GREATEST GIFT - NBC - (30 Aug 1954 to 1 Jul 1955) - 0 years, 10 months, 2 days
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM (8/30/54 - 4/1/55)
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM (4/4/55 - 7/1/55)

26) THE WORLD OF MR. SWEENEY - NBC - (4 Oct 1954 to 31 Dec 1955) - 1 year, 2 months, 27 days
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM (10/4/54 - 12/31/55)
27) THE ROAD OF LIFE - CBS - (13 Dec 1954 to 1 Jul 1955) - 0 years, 6 months, 18 days
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM (12/13/54 - 7/1/55)
28) AS THE WORLD TURNS - CBS - (2 Apr 1956 to 17 Sep 2010) - 54 years, 5 months, 15 days
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM (4/2/56 - 11/28/75)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (12/1/75 - 2/1/80)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2/4/80 - 6/5/81)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (6/8/81 - 3/20/87)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (3/23/87 -09/17/10)

29) THE EDGE OF NIGHT - CBS/ABC - (2 Apr 1956 to 28 Dec 1984) - 28 years, 8 months, 26 days
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM (4/2/56 - 6/28/63)
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (7/1/63 - 9/1/72)
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM (9/4/72 - 11/28/75)
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (12/1/75 - 12/28/84) ABC

30) HOTEL COSMOPOLITAN - CBS - (19 Aug 1957 to 11 Apr 1958) - 0 years, 7 months, 23 days
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM (19/07/57 - 11/04/58)

31) KITTY FOYLE - NBC - (22 Jan 1958 to 26 Sep 1958) - 0 years, 8 months, 4 days
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM (1/13/58 - 6/27/58)
32) TODAY IS OURS - NBC - (30 Jun 1958 to 26 Dec 1958) - 0 years, 5 months, 26 days
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (6/30/58 - 12/26/58)
33) FROM THESE ROOTS - NBC - (30 Jun 1958 to 29 Dec 1961) - 3 years, 5 months, 29 days
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (6/20/58 - 12/28/61)
34) YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE - NBC - (29 Dec 1958 to 29 Mar 1963) - 4 years, 3 months, 0 days
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (12/29/58 - 9/28/62)
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (10/1/62 - 3/29/63)

35) FULL CIRCLE - CBS - (27 Jun 1960 to 1 Mar 1961) - 0 years, 8 months, 2 days
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (6/27/60 - 3/10/61)
36) THE CLEAR HORIZON - CBS - (11 Jul 1960 to 11 Jun 1962) - 1 year, 11 months, 0 days
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (7/11/60 - 3/11/61)
11:30 AM - 11:55 AM (2/26/62 - 6/11/62)

37) OUR FIVE DAUGHTERS - NBC - (2 Jan 1962 to 26 Sep 1962) - 0 years, 8 months, 24 days
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (1/2/62 - 9/28/62)
38) GENERAL HOSPITAL - ABC - (1 Apr 1963 to Present) - 47 years, -- months, -- days
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (4/1/63 - 12/27/63)
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (12/30/63 - 7/23/76)
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM (7/26/76 - 1/13/78)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (1/16/78 - Present)

39) BEN JERROD - NBC - (1 Apr 1963 to 28 Jun 1963) - 0 years, 2 months, 27 days
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (4/1/63 - 6/28/63)
40) THE DOCTORS - NBC - (1 Apr 1963 to 31 Dec 1982) - 19 years, 8 months, 30 days
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM (4/1/63 - 3/2/79)
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (3/5/79 - 8/1/80)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (8/4/80 - 3/26/82)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (3/29/82 - 12/31/82


41) ANOTHER WORLD - NBC - (5 May 1964 to 26 Jun 1999) - 35 years, 1 month, 21 days
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (5/4/66 - 1/3/75)
3:00 PM - 4;00 PM (1/6/75 - 3/2/79)
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (3/5/79 - 8/1/80)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (8/4/80 - 6/26/99)

42) THE YOUNG MARRIEDS - ABC - (5 Oct 1964 to 25 Mar 1966) - 1 year, 5 months, 20 days
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (10/5/64 - 3/25/66)
43) FLAME IN THE WIND / A TIME FOR US - ABC - (28 Dec 1964 to 16 Dec 1966) - 1 year, 11 months, 18 days
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (12/28/64 - 6/25/65)
2:30 PM - 2:55 PM (6/28/65 - 12/16/66)

44) MOMENT OF TRUTH - NBC - (4 Jan 1965 to 5 Nov 1965) - 0 years, 10 months, 1 day
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (1/4/65 - 11/5/65)
45) MORNING STAR - NBC - (27 Sep 1965 to 1 Jul 1966) - 0 years, 9 months, 4 days
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (9/27/65 - 7/1/66)
46) PARADISE BAY - NBC - (27 Sep 1965 to 1 Jul 1966) - 0 years, 9 months, 4 days
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (9/27/65 - 7/1/66)
47) THE NURSES - ABC - (27 Sep 1965 to 31 Mar 1967) - 1 year, 6 months, 4 days
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (9/27/65 - 3/25/66)
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (3/28/66 - 3/31/67)

48) NEVER TOO YOUNG - ABC - (27 Sep 1965 to 24 Jun 1966) - 0 years, 8 months, 28 days
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (9/27/65 - 3/25/66)
4:00 PM - 4:25 PM (3/28/66 - 6/24/66)

49) DAYS OF OUR LIVES - NBC - (8 Nov 1965 to Present) - 44 years, -- months, -- days
2;00 PM - 2:30 PM (11/8/65 - 4/18/75)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (4/21/75 - 3/2/79)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (3/5/78 - Present)

50) DARK SHADOWS - ABC - (27 Jun 1966 to 2 Apr 1971) - 4 years, 9 months, 6 days
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (6/27/66 - 3/31/67)
3:30 PM - 4;00 PM (4/2/67 - 7/12/68)
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (7/15/68 - 4/2/71)


51) LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING - CBS - (18 Sep 1967 to 23 Mar 1973) - 5 years, 6 months, 5 days
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (9/18/67 - 9/1/72)
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (9/4/72 - 3/23/73)

52) ONE LIFE TO LIVE - ABC - (15 Jul 1968 to Present) - 41 years, -- months, -- days
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (7/15/68 - 7/23/76)
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM (7/26/76 - 1/13/78)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (1/16/78 - Present)

53) HIDDEN FACES - NBC - (30 Dec 1968 to 27 Jun 1969) - 0 years, 5 months, 28 days
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM (12/30/68 - 6/27/69)
54) WHERE THE HEART IS - CBS - (8 Sep 1969 to 23 Mar 1973) - 3 years, 6 months, 15 days
12:00 PM - 12:25 PM (9/8/69 - 3/23/73)
55) BRIGHT PROMISE - NBC - (29 Sep 1969 to 31 Mar 1972) - 2 years, 6 months, 2 days
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (9/29/69 - 3/31/72)
56) ALL MY CHILDREN - ABC - (5 Jan 1970 to Present) - 40 years, -- months, -- days
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (1/5/70 - 7/4/75)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (7/7/75 - 12/31/76)
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (1/3/77 - 4/22/77)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (4/25/77 - Present)

57) THE BEST OF EVERYTHING - ABC - (30 Mar 1970 to 25 Sep 1970) - 0 years, 5 months, 26 days
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (3/30/70 - 9/25/70)
58) A WORLD APART - ABC - (30 Mar 1970 to 25 Jun 1971) - 1 year, 2 months, 26 days
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (3/30/70 - 6/25/71)
59) SOMERSET - NBC - (30 Mar 1970 to 31 Dec 1976) - 6 years, 9 months, 1 day
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (3/30/70 - 12/31/76)
60) RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE - NBC - (3 Apr 1972 to 4 Jan 1974) - 1 year, 9 months, 1 day
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (4/3/72 - 1/3/74)

61) THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS - CBS - (26 Mar 1973 to Present) - 37 years, -- months, -- days
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (3/26/73 - 2/1/80)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (2/4/80 - 6/5/81)
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (6/8/81 - Present)

62) HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE - NBC - (7 Jan 1974 to 18 Apr 1975) - 1 year, 3 months, 11 days
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (1/7/74 - 4/18/75)
63) RYAN'S HOPE - ABC - (7 Jul 1975 to 12 Jan 1989) - 13 years, 6 months, 5 days
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (7/7/75 - 12/31/76)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (1/3/77 - 10/5/84)
12;00 PM - 12:30 PM (10/8/84 - 1/13/89)

64) LOVERS AND FRIENDS / FOR RICHER, FOR POORER - NBC - (3 Jan 1977 to 6 May 1977 & 5 Dec 1977 to 29 Sep 1978) - 1 year, 1 month, 27 days
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (1/3/77 - 5/6/77)
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (12/6/77 - 9/29/78)

65) HIGH HOPES - SYN - (11 Apr 1978 to 5 Oct 1978) - 0 years, 5 months, 24 days
66) TEXAS - NBC - (4 Aug 1980 to 31 Dec 1982) - 2 years, 4 months, 27 days
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (8/4/80 - 4/23/82)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (4/26/82 - 12/31/82)

67) ANOTHER LIFE - CBN - (1 Jun 1981 to 5 Oct 1984) - 3 years, 4 months, 4 days
68) CAPITOL - CBS - (26 Mar 1982 to 20 Mar 1987) - 4 years, 11 months, 22 days
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM (3/26/82 - 3/20/87)
69) THE CATLINS - TBS - (1 Apr 1983 to 31 May 1985) - 2 years, 1 month, 30 days
70) CAPITOL - CBS - (26 Mar 1982 to 20 Mar 1987) - 4 years, 11 months, 22 days
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM (3/26/82 - 3/20/87)

71) LOVING - ABC - (26 Jun 1983 to 10 Nov 1995) - 12 years, 4 months, 15 days
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (6/26/83 - 10/5/84)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (10/8/84 - 11/10/95)

72) SANTA BARBARA - NBC - (30 Jul 1984 to 15 Jan 1993) - 8 years, 5 months, 16 days
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (7/30/84 - 1/15/93)
73) THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL - CBS - (23 Mar 1987 to Present) - 23 years, -- months, -- days
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM (3/23/87 - Present)
74) GENERATIONS - NBC - (27 Mar 1989 to 11 Jan 1991) - 1 year, 9 months, 15 days
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (3/26/89 - 1/25/91)
75) TRIBES - FOX - (5 Mar 1990 to 13 Jul 1990) - 0 years, 4 months, 8 days
76) THE CITY - ABC - (13 Nov 1995 to 23 Mar 1997) - 1 year, 4 months, 10 days
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (11/13/95 - 3/23/97)
77) PORT CHARLES - ABC - (1 Jun 1997 to 3 Oct 2003) - 6 years, 4 months, 2 days
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (7/1/97 - 10/3/03)
78) SUNSET BEACH - NBC - (6 Jan 1997 to 31 Dec 1999) - 2 years, 11 months, 25 days
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (7/97 - 10/03)
79) PASSIONS - NBC - (5 Jul 1999 to 7 Aug 2008) - 9 years, 1 month, 2 days
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (7/5/99 - 7/07/08)

Tally

NBC: 38
CBS: 23
ABC: 15
DuMont: 1
SYN - 1
CBN - 1
TBS - 1
FOX - 1
DirectTV - 1
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How ironic that NBC has had the most soaps.


I guess that's what happens when you have the greatest number of failures, LoL.
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Apr 5 2010, 04:13 PM
How ironic that NBC has had the most soaps.


I guess that's what happens when you have the greatest number of failures, LoL.
It's really sad eh? It wasn't even that they were failures either. It was moreso that NBC hired people that absolutely hated soap operas and thus they did what they could to destroy the genre.
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I know, but I'm in a bitchy kind of mood today. I'm having an Amello kind of day, LoL.
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I just want to commend you for putting together such a list...you're a person after my own heart...I love to do chronological listings, presidents, vice-presidents, First Ladies, Second Ladies, Unsuccessful Presidential candidates, etc...If I wasn't feeling so ill, now, I would have loved to tackle such a list of the chronological listing of soaps...I am thrilled to be able to pass on the baton to such a clever person who compiled such a listing. I was young once...May God Bless You.
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Apr 11 2010, 12:34 PM
I just want to commend you for putting together such a list...you're a person after my own heart...I love to do chronological listings, presidents, vice-presidents, First Ladies, Second Ladies, Unsuccessful Presidential candidates, etc...If I wasn't feeling so ill, now, I would have loved to tackle such a list of the chronological listing of soaps...I am thrilled to be able to pass on the baton to such a clever person who compiled such a listing. I was young once...May God Bless You.
Thank you. I still go back and forth on if I should have added syndicated soap Rituals, created by Ken Corday, as it aired primarily in prime time but I have read that it aired in daytime markets as well.

There is also the question of the CBC created Strange Paradise which aired in syndication in the US as well, which I do not have on the list.
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Again, Amelio, I wanted to commend you for compiling this list. After doing some calculations, based on the longevity of the shows, I can see that Procter & Gamble, alone, has sponsored roughly 240 - 250 YEARS of soaps, just on TV, alone (not counting GL's radio years) and it is a crying shame that all of it will end for P&G on September 17, 2010. I, for one, am truly heartbroken.
The P&G sponsored shows were, Another World, As the World Turns, The Brighter Day, The Catlins, The Edge of Night, The First Hundred Years, From These Roots, Guiding Light, Lovers & Friends/For Richer, For Poorer, Search for Tomorrow, Texas and Young Doctor Malone.
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