Guiding Light was the very first daytime drama to air on U.S. television in late June 1952 and when it did soap operas were born. The show started a radio-to-TV transition at that point and audiences fell in love with the idea of tuning in daily to see what their favorite soap characters were up to. Over sixty years later, many soaps have followed in the show’s footsteps and fans still tune in on television (and sometimes the web) to get their daily dish of love, romance, and drama. Below is an overview of the 12 most popular soaps, ranked from worst to best.
Centered around the trials and tribulations in a small town called Harmony, Passions became quite popular during its short television tenure. It was on the air for about eight years and had some interesting yet often bizarre storylines. Fans fell in love with the Cranes, Bennetts, Russells, and who could forget the Lopez-Fitzgeralds, when the show debuted in 1999. Alas, NBC did cancel the soap in 2007 and Passions was then picked up by DirectTV. Sadly, that was short-lived too, as it was dropped in 2008 when the broadcast satellite company decided not to renew the contract. Some fans miss the show while others wonder why they wasted their time with the soap.