Soap opera

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A soap opera is a radio or television serial dealing especially with domestic situations and frequently characterized by melodrama and sentimentality.wikipedia
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The Archers

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BBC Radio's The Archers, first broadcast in 1950, is the world's longest-running radio soap opera; the world's longest-running television soap opera is Coronation Street, first broadcast on ITV in 1960.
The Archers is a British radio soap opera on BBC Radio 4—the BBC's main spoken-word channel—broadcast since 1951.

Coronation Street

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BBC Radio's The Archers, first broadcast in 1950, is the world's longest-running radio soap opera; the world's longest-running television soap opera is Coronation Street, first broadcast on ITV in 1960.
Coronation Street (often referred to as Corrie) is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 9 December 1960.

Serial (radio and television)

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A soap opera is a radio or television serial dealing especially with domestic situations and frequently characterized by melodrama and sentimentality.
Worldwide, the soap opera is the most prominent form of serial dramatic programming.

Days of Our Lives

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The issue's cover notably featured its first daytime soap stars, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of Our Lives, a married couple whose onscreen and real-life romance was widely covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press at large.
Days of Our Lives (also stylized as Days of our Lives; often abbreviated to DOOL or Days) is an American daytime soap opera broadcast on NBC.

EastEnders

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"Soap narratives, like those of film melodramas, are marked by what Steve Neale has described as 'chance happenings, coincidences, missed meetings, sudden conversions, last-minute rescues and revelations, deus ex machina endings.'" These elements may be found across the gamut of soap operas, from EastEnders to Dallas.
EastEnders is a British soap opera created by Julia Smith and Tony Holland which has been broadcast on BBC One since 1985.

Dallas (1978 TV series)

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"Soap narratives, like those of film melodramas, are marked by what Steve Neale has described as 'chance happenings, coincidences, missed meetings, sudden conversions, last-minute rescues and revelations, deus ex machina endings.'" These elements may be found across the gamut of soap operas, from EastEnders to Dallas.
Dallas is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on CBS from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991.

The Bold and the Beautiful

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On The Bold and the Beautiful, Taylor Forrester (Hunter Tylo) was shown to flatline and have a funeral.
The Bold and the Beautiful (often referred to as B&B) is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS.

General Hospital

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In 1988, H. Wesley Kenney, who at the time served as the executive producer of General Hospital, said to The New York Times:
It is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the second longest-running drama in television in American history after Guiding Light.

As the World Turns

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As the World Turns dealt heavily with Chris Hughes' law practice and the travails of his wife Nancy who, tired of being "the loyal housewife" in the 1970s, became one of the first older women on the American serials to enter the workforce.
As the World Turns (often referred to as ATWT) is an American television soap opera that aired on CBS for 54 years from April 2, 1956, to September 17, 2010.

Guiding Light

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Guiding Light dealt with Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) and her alcoholic husband Bill, and their endless marital troubles.
Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light before 1975) is an American television soap opera.

These Are My Children

The first daytime TV soap opera in the United States was These Are My Children in 1949, though earlier melodramas had aired in the evenings as once-a-week programs.
These Are My Children is an American television soap opera which ran on NBC from January 31, 1949, to March 4, 1949.

Painted Dreams

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The first serial considered to be a "soap opera" was Painted Dreams, which debuted on October 20, 1930 on Chicago radio station WGN.
Painted Dreams is an American radio soap opera that was the first daytime radio soap opera program in the United States.

7de Laan

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However, several South African soap operas started incorporating a multi-language format, the most prominent being 7de Laan, which incorporates Afrikaans, English, Zulu and several other Bantu languages which make up the 11 Official Languages of South Africa (the subtitles are always in English).
7de Laan is a South African Afrikaans soap opera created by Danie Odendaal and produced by Danie Odendaal Productions.

The Edge of Night

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The Edge of Night featured as its central character Mike Karr, a police detective (later an attorney), and largely dealt with organized crime.
The Edge of Night is an American television mystery series/soap opera produced by Procter & Gamble.

The Young and the Restless

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The Young and the Restless first focused on two families, the prosperous Brooks family with four daughters, and the working class Foster family of a single working mother with three children.
The Young and the Restless (often abbreviated as Y&R) is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS.

Passions

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In contrast, Dark Shadows (1966–1971), Port Charles (1997–2003) and Passions (1999-2008) featured supernatural characters and dealt with fantasy and horror storylines.
Passions is an American television soap opera that originally aired on Free Broadcast over-the-air network NBC from July 5, 1999 to September 7, 2007, and on the Satellite Pay Television DirecTV-Exclusive The 101 Network from September 17, 2007 to August 7, 2008.

Dark Shadows

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In contrast, Dark Shadows (1966–1971), Port Charles (1997–2003) and Passions (1999-2008) featured supernatural characters and dealt with fantasy and horror storylines.
Dark Shadows is an American Gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971.

Search for Tomorrow

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Search for Tomorrow mostly told its story through the eyes of Joanne Gardner (Mary Stuart).
Search for Tomorrow is an American television soap opera.

Another World (TV series)

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With increased popularity in the 1970s, most soap operas had expanded to an hour in length by the end of the decade (Another World even expanded to 90 minutes for a short time).
Another World (often shortened to AW) is an American television soap opera that aired on NBC from May 4, 1964, to June 25, 1999.

Port Charles

In contrast, Dark Shadows (1966–1971), Port Charles (1997–2003) and Passions (1999-2008) featured supernatural characters and dealt with fantasy and horror storylines.
Port Charles (commonly abbreviated as PC) is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC from June 1, 1997 to October 3, 2003.

Daytime television in the United States

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The first daytime TV soap opera in the United States was These Are My Children in 1949, though earlier melodramas had aired in the evenings as once-a-week programs. In 1976, Time magazine described American daytime television as "TV's richest market", noting the loyalty of the soap opera fan base and the expansion of several half-hour series into hour-long broadcasts in order to maximize ad revenues.
A staple of daytime television since the 1950s, serials continue to be among the most popular programs among daytime audiences.

Telenovela

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Port Charles used the practice of running 13-week "story arcs," in which the main events of the arc are played out and wrapped up over the 13 weeks, although some storylines did continue over more than one arc. According to the 2006 Preview issue of Soap Opera Digest, it was briefly discussed that all ABC shows might do telenovela arcs, but this was rejected.
A telenovela is a type of a limited-run television serial drama or soap opera produced primarily in Latin America.

Irna Phillips

With the exception of several years in the late 1940s, during which creator Irna Phillips was involved in a dispute with Procter & Gamble, Guiding Light was heard or seen nearly every weekday from 1937 until 2009, making it the longest story ever told in a broadcast medium.
Known by several publications as the "Queen of the Soaps", she created, produced, and wrote several of the first American daytime radio and television soap operas.

Soap Opera Digest

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Port Charles used the practice of running 13-week "story arcs," in which the main events of the arc are played out and wrapped up over the 13 weeks, although some storylines did continue over more than one arc. According to the 2006 Preview issue of Soap Opera Digest, it was briefly discussed that all ABC shows might do telenovela arcs, but this was rejected.
Soap Opera Digest is a weekly magazine covering American daytime soap operas.

Charita Bauer

Guiding Light dealt with Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) and her alcoholic husband Bill, and their endless marital troubles.
Charita Bauer (December 20, 1922 – February 28, 1985) was an American soap opera radio and television actress.