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12 Most Popular Soap Operas Of All Time Ranked From Worst To Best

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.