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The following contains a list of currently airing, as well as previously airing daytime soap operas.

U.S. daytime soap operas currently on the air

  • All My Secrets: Created by Bridget and Robert Warren, All My Secrets focuses upon the trials and tribulations of the residents of Arlington, New Mexico. This series has aired weekdays on the BGC network since April 1, 1963.
  • The Bold and the Beautiful: Created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, The Bold and the Beautiful focuses upon the lives of the Forrester family and their fashion house, Forrester Creations, in a fictional incarnation of Los Angeles, California. The series has aired weekdays on the CBS network since March 23, 1987, and currently holds the distinction of being the only soap opera still in production that still has a thirty minute runtime.
  • Days of Our Lives: Created by Ted Corday and Betty Corday, Days of Our Lives focuses upon the trials and tribulations of the residents of Salem, USA. This series has aired weekdays on the NBC network since November 8, 1965, and currently holds the distinction of being the sole soap opera currently airing on NBC.
  • General Hospital: Created by Frank and Doris Hursley, General Hospital focuses on the complicated day to day lives of the residents of Port Charles, New York. Having aired weekdays on the ABC network since April 1, 1963, it is currently the only soap opera still airing on ABC and currently holds the distinction of being the longest running program in television history.
  • Rainbow Stories: Created by Marc Harvard, Rainbow Stories focuses upon the residents of Bellwood, Illinois. The series has aired on BGC since March 16, 2015, and is a spinoff of Passionate Dreams.
  • The Young and the Restless: Created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, The Young and the Restless focuses on the up's and down's of the residents of Genoa City, Wisconsin. Having aired weekdays on the CBS network since March 26, 1973, the series currently has held the distinction of being the most watched daytime soap opera since 1988.

U.S. daytime soap operas that are no longer in production

  • All My Children: Created by Agnes Nixon, All My Children aired weekdays on the ABC network from January 5, 1970 to September 23, 2011, and then aired on TOLN from April 29 to September 2, 2013. The series focused upon the residents of Pine Valley, Pennsylvania.
  • Angels and Devils: Created by Agnes Dixon, Angels and Devils aired weekdays on the BGC Network from September 21, 1992 to September 19, 2008 and focused on the residents of Tennyson, New Jersey.
  • Another Life: Created by Roy Winsor and Bob Aarons, Another Life aired weekdays on the former CBN cable channel from 1981 to 1984, the show focused on the residents of the community of Kingsley.
  • Another World: Created by Irna Phillips and William J. Bell, Another World aired weekdays on the NBC network from May 4, 1964 to June 25, 1999, and focused upon the residents of Bay City, Illinois.
  • As the World Turns: Created by Irna Phillips, As the World Turns aired weekdays on the CBS network from April 2, 1956 to September 17, 2010, and focused upon the residents of Oakdale, Illinois.
  • The Brighter Day: Created by Irna Phillips, The Brighter Day aired weekdays on the CBS network. The show focused on the Reverend Richard Dennis and his family in the town of New Hope (later moved to the college city of Columbus).
  • Capitol: Created by Stephen and Elinor Karpf, Capitol aired weekdays on the CBS network from March 1982 to March 1987, and focused upon the residents of fictionalized neighborhoods in and around the area of Washington, DC.
  • The City: Created by Agnes Nixon, Barbara Esensten, and James Harmon Brown, as a continuation of Loving, The City aired weekdays on the ABC network from November 13, 1995 to March 28, 1997.
  • The Doctors: Created by Orin Tovrov, The Doctors aired weekdays on the NBC network from April 1, 1963 to December 31, 1982. The show focused upon the residents of Madison and the staff of the town's hospital, Hope Memorial Hospital.
  • The Edge of Night: Created by Irving Vendig, The Edge of Night aired weekdays on the CBS network from April 2, 1956 to November 1975; then moved to the ABC network, where it aired from December 1975 to December 1984. The show focused upon the residents of Monticello.
  • Fraternity Row: Created by Agnes Dixon, Fraternity Row aired weekdays on the BGC network from January 6, 1969 to January 20, 2012, and focused upon the residents of Billingsley, Pennsylvania.
  • Generations: Created by Sally Sussman Morina, Generations aired weekdays on the NBC network from 1989 to 1991, and focused upon the residents of fictional incarnations of neighborhoods in and near the area of Chicago, Illinois.
  • Guiding Light: Created by Irna Phillips, Guiding Light aired weekdays on the CBS network from June 30, 1952 to September 18, 2009, having evolved from a radio incarnation which ran from January 25, 1937 to June 29, 1956. The series focused upon the residents of Springfield, Illinois (after previously focusing on those in Five Points, then Selby Flats), and currently holds the distinction of being the longest running program in television history.
  • Love of Life: Created by Roy Winsor, Love of Life aired weekdays on the CBS network from 1951 to 1980 and focused upon the residents of 2 locales, the first one was a town called Barrowsville, and the second one was Rosehill, New York.
  • Loving: Created by Agnes Nixon and Douglas Marland, Loving aired weekdays on the ABC network from June 26, 1983 to November 10, 1995, and focused upon the residents of Corinth, Pennsylvania.
  • One Life to Live: Created by Agnes Nixon, One Life to Live aired weekdays on the ABC network from July 15, 1968 to January 13, 2012, and then aired on TOLN from April 29 to August 19, 2013. The series focused upon the residents of Llanview, Pennsylvania.
  • Our Screams Can Last: Created by Agnes Dixon, Our Screams Can Last aired weekdays on the BGC network from March 25, 1963 to September 7, 2012, and focused upon the residents of Lexington, Pennsylvania.
  • Passionate Dreams: Created by Irna Phillips, Passionate Dreams aired weekdays on the BGC network from June 25, 1951 to December 21, 2012, having evolved from a radio incarnation which ran from January 15, 1940 to June 22, 1951. The series focused upon the residents of Bellwood, Illinois.
  • Passions: Created by James E. Reilly as a replacement for Another World, Passions aired on the NBC network from July 5, 1999 to September 7, 2007, when it was cancelled by NBC. DirecTV's 101 Network picked up the series for an additional season, which aired from September 17, 2007 to August 7, 2008, at which point it ceased production altogether. The show focused on the residents of the New England community of Harmony.
  • Port Charles: Created by Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton and Wendy Riche as a spin-off of General Hospital, Port Charles aired weekdays on the ABC network from June 2, 1997 to October 3, 2003. Unique to American soap operas, Port Charles introduced the concept of thirteen week story arcs in 2000, and retained this model until the end of the series.
  • Ryan's Hope: Created by Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, Ryan's Hope aired weekdays on the ABC network from July 1975 to January 1989. The show focused upon the residents of a fictional incarnation of the Riverside neighborhood, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in New York City.
  • Santa Barbara: Created by Bridget Dobson and Jerome Dobson, Santa Barbara aired weekdays on the NBC network from July 30, 1984 to January 15, 1993, and focused upon the residents of a fictional incarnation of Santa Barbara, California.
  • Search for Tomorrow: Created by Roy Winsor, Search for Tomorrow aired weekdays on the CBS network from September 1951 to March 1982, then moved to the NBC network, where it aired from March 1982 to December 26, 1986, and focused upon the residents of Henderson.
  • The Secret Storm: Created by Roy Winsor, The Secret Storm aired weekdays on the CBS network from February 1954 to February 1974 and it focused on the residents of the town of Woodbridge, New York.
  • Somerset: Created by Robert Cenedella, Somerset aired weekdays on the NBC network from March 30, 1970 to December 1976, and focused upon the residents of Somerset, Illinois.
  • Sunset Beach: Created by Josh Griffith, Robert Guza, Jr., and Charles Pratt, Jr., Sunset Beach aired weekdays on the NBC network from January 16, 1997 to December 31, 1999, and focused upon the residents of Sunset Beach, California.
  • Supportive Women: Created by Agnes Dixon, Supportive Women aired weekdays on the BGC network from June 30, 1986 to September 18, 1992, and focused upon the residents of Jupiter, New Jersey.
  • Texas: Created by John William Corrington, Joyce Corrington, and Paul Rauch, Texas aired weekdays on the NBC network from August 4, 1980 to December 31, 1982, and focused upon the residents of a fictional incarnation of Houston, Texas.

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