Soap operas offer a source of viewing entertainment to their fans, which allows them to escape their daily grind and dive into romance, adventure, and drama. However, as these shows have evolved over the years, they have not only provided entertaining storylines but thought-provoking ones that dive into social issues as well. Below are groundbreaking soap opera storylines we have all enjoyed over the years.
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12. First Real-Life Baby Bump – Search for Tomorrow
Let’s start with an oldie! A rather tame entry at the bottom of the list, but a groundbreaking storyline nonetheless. In 1956, Mary Stuart, the actress who played Joanne Gardner on Search for Tomorrow, became the first actress in soap history to have her real-life baby bump written into the show. When Stuart gave birth to her son, producers of the show filmed her in the hospital. Nowadays, it isn’t uncommon for expecting soap opera actresses to work their baby bumps into storylines, as seen by Bold and the Beautiful‘s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood.