5 Soap Operas From The Past We WISH Would Come Back!
Soap opera spoilers tease that daytime drama fans have four reasons to be thankful this holiday season: The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Live, and General Hospital.
For decades dozens of soaps dominated the airwaves but in 2020 we are left with these four, and truth be told soap fans are steeled for the possibility that any one of them may be the next to be cut.
Here are five former soaps that deserve a special shout out on a day in which we are thankful that the genre is still with us.
1. One Life to Live
Everyday housewife Karen Wolek admitting on the stand to being a prostitute is one of the most legendary scenes in all of daytime. The show featured the well to do Lord family with six-time Daytime Emmy winner Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord captivating audiences with her character’s portrayal of DID. The show was also the first daytime drama to feature a gay character, portrayed by Ryan Philippe.
2. Edge of Night
Just like its name, Edge of Night was edgy and dark, focused not on a hospital or a bar but on the crime world involving the town of Monticello’s police, district attorneys, and medical examiners. And in between, there was still room for domestic issues such as affairs, problem kids, and much, much more.
3. Guiding Light
This show began as a radio soap in 1937 before making the switch to television. It left the airwaves in 2009, but not before the middle-class Bauer family enthralled the audience with their everyday, relatable problems. Who remembers Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) doing her pity dance in the water fountain?
4. All My Children
Erica Kane, portrayed by Susan Lucci was a homespun soap which also included Kim Delaney as Jenny Gardner. Delaney is now starring on General Hospital as Jackie Templeton, a role that debuted in the ’80s with then-unknown actress Demi Moore. The show debuted in 1970 and showed the first TV character to have a legal abortion.
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Passions was a little bit soap opera and a little bit fantasy novel with an ancient witch named Tabitha (Juliet Mills) and her doll-turned-boy Timmy (Josh Ryan Evans). It was loads of fun while it lasted.
Ok soap fans, now it’s your turn to tell us about your favorite daytime drama from days past!
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