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Encyclopedia > Soap opera
The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of our Lives are featured with the headline "Soap Operas: Sex and suffering in the afternoon".

A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction, usually broadcast on television or radio. Programs described as soap operas have existed as an entertainment long enough for audiences to recognize them simply by the term soap. The name soap opera stems from the original dramatic serials broadcast on radio that had soap manufacturers such as Procter and Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, and Lever Brothers as the show's sponsors.[1] These early radio serials were broadcast in weekday daytime slots when mostly housewives would be available to listen; thus the shows were aimed at and consumed by a predominantly female audience.[1] Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bill Hayes (born William Foster Hayes III, on 5 June 1925, in Harvey, Illinois) is an American actor, best known for his role as Doug Williams on Days of Our Lives. ... Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Olson Williams Susan Seaforth Hayes (born Susan Seaforth on July 11, 1943 in Oakland, California) is an American actress, best known for her role as Julie Olson Williams on the American daytime television soap opera Days of Our Lives. ... Days of our Lives is an American soap opera, which has aired nearly every weekday since November 8, 1965[5] on the NBC network in the United States, and has since been syndicated to many countries around the world. ... For other uses, see Fiction (disambiguation). ... Serials in television and radio are series, often in a weekly prime time slot, that rely on a continuing plot that unfolds in a serial fashion, episode by episode. ... For other uses, see Soap (disambiguation). ... Procter & Gamble Co. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The British manufacturer Lever Brothers was founded in 1885 by William Hesketh Lever (later Lord Leverhulme) and his brother James. ...


The term soap opera has at times been generally applied to any romantic serial,[1] but is also used to describe the more naturalistic, unglamorous evening, prime-time drama serials of the UK such as Coronation Street.[2] What differentiates a soap from other television drama programs is the open-ended nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes. The defining feature that makes a program a soap opera is that it, according to Albert Moran, is "that form of television that works with a continuous open narrative. Each episode ends with a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode".[3] Soap opera stories run concurrently, intersect, and lead into further developments. An individual episode of a soap opera will generally switch between several different concurrent story threads that may at times interconnect and affect one another, or may run entirely independent of each other. Each episode may feature some of the show's current storylines but not always all of them. There is some rotation of both storylines and actors so any given storyline or actor will appear in some but usually not all of a week's worth of episodes. Soap operas rarely "wrap things up" storywise, and generally avoid bringing all the current storylines to a conclusion at the same time. When one storyline ends there are always several other story threads at differing stages of development. Soap opera episodes typically end on some sort of cliffhanger. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... Coronation Street is an award-winning British soap opera. ... For other uses, see Cliffhanger (disambiguation). ...


Evening soap operas sometimes differ from this general format and are more likely to feature the entire cast in each episode, and to represent all current storylines in each episode. Additionally, evening soap operas and other serials that run for only part of the year tend to bring things to a dramatic end of season cliffhanger.

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Plots and storylines

The main characteristics that define soap operas are "an emphasis on family life, personal relationships, sexual dramas, emotional and moral conflicts; some coverage of topical issues; set in familiar domestic interiors with only occasional excursions into new locations".[2] Fitting in with these characteristics, most soap operas follow the lives of a group of characters who live or work in a particular place, or focus on a large extended family. The storylines follow the day-to-day activities and personal relationships of these characters. "Soap narratives, like those of film melodramas, are marked by what Steve Neale has described as 'chance meetings, coincidences, missed meetings, sudden conversions, last-minute rescues and revelations, deus ex machina endings' ". These elements may be found across the gamut of soap operas, from EastEnders to Dallas.[4] For other uses, see Deus ex machina (disambiguation). ... Albert Square in the 1980s. ... The Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewing family The original cast of Dallas. ...


In many soap operas in particular daytime serials in the United States, the characters are generally more attractive, seductive, glamorous, and wealthy than the typical person watching the show. This is true to a lesser extent in soap operas from Australia and the United Kingdom, which largely focus on more everyday characters and situations and are frequently set in working class environments.[5] Many Australian and UK soap operas explore social realist storylines such as family discord, marriage breakdown, or financial problems. Both UK and Australian soap operas feature comedy elements, often by way of affectionate comic stereotypes such as the gossip or the grumpy old man, presented as a sort of comic foil to the emotional turmoil that surrounds them. This diverges from US soap operas where such comedy is rare.[3] UK soap operas frequently make a claim to presenting "reality" or purport to have a "realistic" style.[6] UK soap operas also frequently foreground their geographic location as a key defining feature of the show while depicting and capitalising on the exotic appeal of the stereotypes connected to the location. So EastEnders focuses on the tough and grim life in London's east end; Coronation Street invokes Manchester and its characters exhibit the stereotypical characteristic of "Northern straight talking".[7] A Diego Rivera mural depicting factory workers in Detroit Social Realism is an artistic movement, expressed in the visual and other realist arts, which depicts working class activities as heroic. ...


Romance, secret relationships, extramarital affairs, and genuine love have been the basis for many soap opera storylines. In US daytime serials the most popular soap opera characters, and the most popular storylines, often involved a romance of the sort presented in paperback romance novels. Soap opera storylines sometimes weave intricate, convoluted, and sometimes confusing tales of characters who have affairs, meet mysterious strangers and fall in love, and who commit adultery, all of which keeps audiences hooked on the unfolding story twists. Crimes such as kidnapping, rape, and even murder may go unpunished if the perpetrator is to be retained in the ongoing story. A romance novel is a literary genre developed in Western culture, mainly in English-speaking countries. ...


Australian and UK soap operas also feature a significant proportion of romance storylines. In Russia, most popular soap operas (though most of them are serialized) explore the "romantic quality" of criminal and/or oligarch life. Business oligarch is a near-synonym of the term business magnate. The choice of the word oligarch denotes the significant influence such wealthy individuals may have on the life of a nation. ...


In soap opera storylines, previously-unknown children, siblings, and twins (including the evil variety) of established characters often emerge to upset and reinvigorate the set of relationships examined by the series. Unexpected calamities disrupt weddings, childbirths, and other major life events with unusual frequency. Much like comic books—another popular form of linear storytelling pioneered in the US during the 20th Century—a character's death is not guaranteed to be permanent without an on-camera corpse, and sometimes not even then. For example, the death of Dr. Taylor Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful seemed permanent as she had flatlined on-camera and even had a funeral. But when actress Hunter Tylo returned in 2005, the show retconned the "flatlining" with the revelation that Taylor had actually gone into a coma. For other uses, see Twin (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Evil twin (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Wedding (disambiguation). ... Parturition redirects here. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... For the 2001 film, see Storytelling (film) Storytelling is the ancient art of conveying events in words, images, and sounds. ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation). ... Cover to Uncanny X-Men #136 (August 1980, art by John Byrne), the penultimate issue of the Dark Phoenix saga. ... For other uses, see Body (disambiguation). ... The Bold and the Beautiful (often called B&B or less commonly, Bold) is a popular American television soap opera, first broadcast on CBS on March 23, 1987. ... Flatlined EKG lead The term flatline is usually used to describe an electrical measurement that shows no activity and therefore when represented, shows a flat line instead of a moving one. ... Hunter Tylo (born July 3, 1962) is an American actress. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Coma (disambiguation). ...


Stunts and complex physical action are largely absent, especially from daytime serials. Such story events often take place offscreen and are referred to in dialogue instead of being shown. This is because stunts or action scenes (such as a car accident) are difficult to adequately depict visually without multiple takes and post production editing. In the times when episodes were broadcast live post production work was impossible. When shows switched to being taped, while possible, with the high output each week and low budgets, extensive post production work is not feasible for the genre. A convincing fight scene usually requires multiple takes, and multiple camera angles, and again the time and effort to adequately capture such a scene is not feasible for day time soap operas.


United States

The American soap opera Guiding Light started as a radio drama in January 1937 and subsequently transferred to television. With the exception of several years in the late 1940s when Irna Phillips was in dispute with Procter & Gamble, The Guiding Light has been heard or seen nearly every weekday since it started, making it the longest story ever told. Other American soap operas that have been telecast for more than thirty years (and are still in rotation) include As the World Turns, General Hospital, Days of our Lives, One Life to Live, All My Children, and The Young and the Restless. Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975, GL) is an American television program credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running soap opera in production and the longest running drama in television history. ... Radio drama is a form of audio storytelling broadcast on radio. ... Irna Phillips (July 1, 1901 – December 22, 1973) was an American writer who created and scripted many of the first American soap operas. ... Procter & Gamble Co. ... As the World Turns (ATWT) is the second longest-running American television soap opera (the first being Guiding Light),[1] airing each weekday on CBS Daytime. ... For other uses, see General Hospital (disambiguation). ... Days of our Lives is an American soap opera, which has aired nearly every weekday since November 8, 1965[5] on the NBC network in the United States, and has since been syndicated to many countries around the world. ... One Life to Live (OLTL) is an American soap opera which has been broadcast on the ABC television network since July 15, 1968. ... All My Children (AMC) is a popular American soap opera that has been broadcast Monday through Friday on the ABC TV network since January 5, 1970. ... For other uses, see Young and Restless. ...


Due to the shows' longevities, it is not uncommon for multiple actors to play a single character over the span of many years. It is also not uncommon for a single actor to play several characters on other shows over the years. Actors such as Robin Mattson, Roscoe Born and Michael Sabatino have played no fewer than six soap roles. On the other hand, a number of actors have remained in their roles for decades. Helen Wagner, who has played Hughes family matriarch Nancy Hughes on As the World Turns since its debut on April 2, 1956, is in the Guinness Book of World Records[1] as the actor with the longest uninterrupted performance in a single role. (Two of Wagner's ATWT cast-mates, Eileen Fulton and Don Hastings who play Lisa Miller Grimaldi and Dr. Bob Hughes, respectively, have each been in their roles nearly as long, both having joined the show in 1960.) In General Hospital, Rachel Ames has been playing Audrey Hardy since 1964, and in All My Children, Susan Lucci has played the same role, Erica Kane, since the show's debut in January 1970. Ray McDonald who plays Dr. Joe Martin has been in the role since the show's debut as well. Though as actors transition between soap roles, it is not uncommon nowadays to be dropped from contract status to recurring status, a part of contract negotiations which is almost completely unique to U.S. soap operas. Robin Mattson in her Janet from Another Planet persona, in a still from the All My Children opening sequence. ... Roscoe Born (born November 24, 1950) is an American actor. ... Michael Sabatino Michael Sabatino (born June 25, 1955 in Venice, California) is an American actor. ... Helen Wagner Helen Wagner (born September 3, 1918) is an American actress. ... Nancy Hughes is a fictional character on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. ... As the World Turns (ATWT) is the second longest-running American television soap opera (the first being Guiding Light),[1] airing each weekday on CBS Daytime. ... is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ... Eileen Fulton Eileen Fulton (born Margaret Elizabeth McLarty on September 13, 1933 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an American actress. ... Don Hastings as Dr. Bob Hughes Donald Francis Hastings (born April 1, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor. ... Lisa Miller Grimaldi is a fictional character on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. ... For other uses, see General Hospital (disambiguation). ... Rachel Ames (born November 2, 1929 in Portland, Oregon) is an American actress. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... All My Children (AMC) is a popular American soap opera that has been broadcast Monday through Friday on the ABC TV network since January 5, 1970. ... Susan Victoria Lucci (born December 23, 1946) is a Daytime Emmy Award winning actress. ... Erica Kane is a long-running fictional character from the American daytime drama All My Children. ... Ray McDonald is a defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers. ... Dr. Joseph Joe Martin Sr. ... In the U.S. soap opera world, recurring status is a term used to describe the status of a performer who consistently performs in less than three episodes out of a five-day work week, and is therefore let out of their multi-year contract in order for the show...


In the U.S., the shows purely known in the vernacular as soap operas are broadcast during daytime. In the beginning, the serials were broadcast as fifteen-minute installments each weekday. In 1956, the first half-hour soap operas debuted, and all of the soap operas broadcast half-hour episodes by the end of the 1960s. When the soap opera hit a fever pitch in the 1970s, popular demand had most of the shows, one by one, expanded to an hour in length (one show, Another World, even expanded to ninety minutes for a short time). More than half of the serials (and all of the pre-'80s hour-long serials on the air today) expanded to the new time format by 1980. Today, seven out of the eight American serials air sixty-minute episodes each weekday. Only The Bold and the Beautiful airs for 30 minutes. Another World was an NBC soap opera that ran from May 4, 1964 to June 25, 1999. ... The Bold and the Beautiful (often called B&B or less commonly, Bold) is a popular American television soap opera, first broadcast on CBS on March 23, 1987. ...


Also in the early days, soap operas were broadcast live from the studio, creating what many at the time regarded as a feeling similar to that of a stage play. Live from the studio meaning that shows were pre-taped then played live from the studio. (As nearly all soap operas were filmed at that time in New York, a number of soap actors were also accomplished stage actors, who performed live theatre during breaks from their soap roles.) In the 1960s and 1970s, shows such as General Hospital, Days of our Lives, and The Young and the Restless began taping in Los Angeles, and made the West Coast a viable alternative to New York-produced soap operas, which were becoming more costly to perform. By the early 1970s, nearly all soap operas had transitioned to being taped, with As the World Turns and The Edge of Night being the last to make the switch in 1975. This article is about the state. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... As the World Turns (ATWT) is the second longest-running American television soap opera (the first being Guiding Light),[1] airing each weekday on CBS Daytime. ... The Edge of Night was a long-running American television soap opera. ...


Port Charles used the practice of running 13-week "story arcs", in which the main events of the arc are played out and wrapped up over the 13 weeks, although some storylines did continue over more than one arc. According to the 2006 Preview issue of Soap Opera Digest, it was briefly discussed that all ABC shows might do telenovela arcs, but this was rejected. Port Charles was a soap opera which aired on ABC from June 1, 1997 to October 3, 2003. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The February 1977 issue of Soap Opera Digest. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


The 'Golden Age'

Many soap operas, in the beginning of television, found their niches in telling stories in certain environments. The Doctors and General Hospital, in the beginning, told stories almost exclusively from inside the confines of a hospital. As the World Turns dealt heavily with Chris Hughes's law practice and the travails of his wife Nancy who, tired of being "the loyal housewife" in the 1970s, became one of the first older women on the serials to become a working woman. Guiding Light dealt with Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) and her endless marital troubles. When her status moved to that of the caring mother and town matriarch, her children's marital troubles were then put on display. Search for Tomorrow told the story, for the most part, through the eyes of one woman only: the heroine, Joanne (Mary Stuart). Even when stories revolved around other characters, she was almost always a main fixture in their storylines. Days of our Lives first told the stories of Dr. Tom Horton and his steadfast wife Alice. In later years, the show branched out and told the stories of their five children. For the BBC television series produced 1969-71, see The Doctors (BBC TV series). ... For other uses, see General Hospital (disambiguation). ... For the town in the Republic of Ireland, see Hospital, County Limerick. ... As the World Turns (ATWT) is the second longest-running American television soap opera (the first being Guiding Light),[1] airing each weekday on CBS Daytime. ... Nancy Hughes is a fictional character on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. ... Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975, GL) is an American television program credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running soap opera in production and the longest running drama in television history. ... Charita Bauer Charita Bauer (December 20, 1922 _ February 28, 1985) was an American soap opera actress. ... Search for Tomorrow was a soap opera which started airing on Monday, September 3, 1951 on CBS. The show was moved from CBS, its original broadcaster, on Friday, March 26, 1982, with NBC picking it up on the following Monday, March 29, 1982. ... Joanne in 1972 Joanne Gardner was the main character on the long-running soap opera Search for Tomorrow. ... Mary Stuart, in a photographed still from Search for Tomorrow, ca. ... Days of our Lives is an American soap opera, which has aired nearly every weekday since November 8, 1965[5] on the NBC network in the United States, and has since been syndicated to many countries around the world. ...


In contrast to these shows was Dark Shadows (1966-1971) which featured supernatural characters and dealt with fantasy and horror storylines. Its characters included the vampire Barnabas Collins, the witch Angelique, and various ghosts and goblins, both friendly and malevolent. Dark Shadows is a Gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966 to April 2, 1971. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... “Horror story” redirects here. ... Philip Burne-Jones, The Vampire, 1897 Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings that subsist on human and/or animal lifeforce. ... Barnabas Collins was one of the feature characters in the ABC soap opera serial Dark Shadows. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Witchcraft. ... For other uses, see Ghost (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Goblin (disambiguation). ...


The primetime serial

Primetime serials were just as popular as those in daytime. The first real prime time soap opera was ABC's Peyton Place (1964-1969), based in part on the original 1957 movie (which was itself taken from the 1956 novel). The popularity of Peyton Place prompted rival network CBS to spin off popular As the World Turns character Lisa Miller Grimaldi into her own evening soap opera entitled Our Private World (originally titled "The Woman Lisa" in its planning stages) in 1965. Our Private World ended in the fall and the character of Lisa returned to As The World Turns. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... The opening title of Peyton Place during the color years. ... Peyton Place is a 1957 American motion picture drama based on the bestselling novel by Grace Metalious. ... Cover of the Modern Classics edition of the novel and its sequel Peyton Place is a 1956 novel by Grace Metalious. ... As the World Turns (ATWT) is the second longest-running American television soap opera (the first being Guiding Light),[1] airing each weekday on CBS Daytime. ... Lisa Miller Grimaldi is a fictional character on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. ... Our Private World is an American serial. ...


The structure of the Peyton Place with its episodic plots and long-running story arcs would set the mold for the prime time serials of the 1980s when the format reached its pinnacle.


The successful prime time serials of the 1980s included Dallas, Dynasty, Knots Landing and Falcon Crest. These shows frequently dealt with wealthy families and their personal and big-business travails. Common characteristics were sumptuous sets and costumes, the presence of at least one glamorous bitch-figure in the cast of characters, and spectacular disaster cliffhanger situations. Unlike daytime serials which are shot on video in a studio using the multicamera setup, these evening series were shot on film using a single camera setup and featured much location-shot footage, often in picturesque locales. Dallas, its spin-off Knots Landing, and Falcon Crest all initially featured episodes with self-contained stories and specific guest stars who appeared in just that episode. Each story would be completely resolved by the end of the episode and there were no end-of-episode cliffhangers. After the first couple of seasons all three shows changed their story format to that of a pure soap opera with interwoven ongoing narratives that ran over several episodes. Dynasty featured this format throughout its run. The Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewing family The original cast of Dallas. ... Dynasty was an American primetime television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 10, 1989. ... Knots Landing was a primetime television soap opera that aired for 14 seasons, from December 27th, 1979 to May 13th, 1993 on CBS. Set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los Angeles in California, the show initially centered around the lives of four married couples residing in a cul-de... Falcon Crest is an American primetime television soap opera which aired on the CBS network for nine seasons, from December 4, 1981 to May 17, 1990. ... Pioneered by Desi Arnaz with three cameras, commonly now four, the multicamera setup is used to shoot most studio-produced television programs such as situation comedies, soap operas, news programs, game shows, and talk shows. ... A single camera setup is the name given to the filming procedure used to film motion pictures. ...


The soap opera's distinctive open plot structure and complex continuity also began to be increasingly incorporated into major American prime time television programs. The first significant drama series to do this was Hill Street Blues. This series, produced by Steven Bochco, featured many elements borrowed from soap operas such as an ensemble cast, multi-episode storylines and extensive character development over the course of the series. It and the later Cagney & Lacey overlaid the police series formula with ongoing narratives exploring the personal lives and interpersonal relationships of the regular characters.[8] The success of these series prompted other drama series and situation comedy shows such as St. Elsewhere to incorporate soap opera style stories and story structure to varying degrees. The legacy continues in more recent series such as The West Wing and Friends. Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Hill Street Blues was a serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. ... Steven Ronald Bochco (born December 16, 1943) is an American television producer and writer. ... An ensemble cast is a cast in which the principal performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance in a dramatic production. ... Cagney & Lacey was an American television series that aired on the CBS television network for seven seasons from 1982 to 1988, best known as American TVs first serious drama series with two female leads. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... St. ... “The West Wing” redirects here. ... This article is about the television show. ...


The prime time soap operas and drama series of the 1990s, such as Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, and Dawson's Creek, focused more on younger characters. In the 2000s, ABC began to revitalize the primetime soap opera format by premiering shows such as Alias, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, and Ugly Betty. These shows managed to appeal to wide audiences not only because of their high melodrama but also because of the humor injected into the scripts and plot lines. In the fall of 2007, many new primetime soaps premiered on U.S. television such as Dirty Sexy Money. Beverly Hills 90210 was a popular primetime television soap opera that aired from October 1990 to May 2000 on the Fox Network in the United States and subsequently on various networks around the world. ... Melrose Place is an American primetime soap opera that ran between 1992 and 1999, created by Darren Star for the FOX network and executive produced by Aaron Spelling. ... For the city in British Columbia, see Dawson Creek, British Columbia. ... Alias was an American Spy-fi television series created by J. J. Abrams which was broadcast on ABC from September 30, 2001 to May 22, 2006, spanning five seasons. ... Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama series, created by Marc Cherry, who also serves as show runner, and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. ... This article is about the television series. ... Ugly Betty is a Golden Globe, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning[1] American television comedy-drama series starring America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Rebecca Romijn and Vanessa Williams. ... Dirty Sexy Money is an American television series created by Craig Wright, who also serves as executive producer alongside Greg Berlanti, Bryan Singer, Matthew Gross, Peter Horton and Josh Reims, with Melissa Berman producing. ...


Evolution: daytime serial

For several decades US daytime soap operas concentrated on family and marital upsets, legal dramas and romances. The action rarely left the interior settings within the fictional, medium-sized Midwestern towns in which the shows were set. Exterior shots, once a rarity, were slowly incorporated into the series Ryan's Hope. Unlike many earlier serials which were set in fictional towns, Ryan's Hope was set in real location, New York City, and outside shoots were used to give the series greater authenticity. The first exotic location shoot was made by All My Children, to St. Croix in 1978. Many other soap operas planned lavish storylines after seeing the success of the All My Children shoot. Another World went to St. Croix in March 1980 to culminate a long-running storyline between popular characters Mac, Rachel and Janice. Search for Tomorrow taped for two weeks in Hong Kong in 1981, and later that year some of the cast and crew ventured to Jamaica to tape a love consummation storyline between the characters of Garth and Kathy. Ryans Hope was a soap opera which aired for fourteen years on ABC, from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... All My Children (AMC) is a popular American soap opera that has been broadcast Monday through Friday on the ABC TV network since January 5, 1970. ... A separate article treats the several rivers known as the St. ... Another World was an NBC soap opera that ran from May 4, 1964 to June 25, 1999. ... Search for Tomorrow was a soap opera which started airing on Monday, September 3, 1951 on CBS. The show was moved from CBS, its original broadcaster, on Friday, March 26, 1982, with NBC picking it up on the following Monday, March 29, 1982. ...


During the 1980s, perhaps as a reaction to the evening drama series that were gaining high ratings, daytime serials began to incorporate action and adventure storylines, more big-business intrigue, and featured an increased emphasis on youthful romance and began developing supercouples. One of the first and most popular supercouples was Luke Spencer and Laura Webber in General Hospital. Luke and Laura helped to attract both male and female fans. Even Elizabeth Taylor was a fan and at her own request was given a guest role in Luke and Laura's wedding episode. Luke and Laura's popularity led to other soap producers striving to reproduce this success by attempting to create supercouples of their own. With increasingly bizarre action storylines coming into vogue Luke and Laura saved the world from being frozen, brought a mobster down by finding his black book in a Left-Handed Boy Statue, and helped a Princess find her Aztec Treasure in Mexico. Other soap operas attempted similar adventure storylines, often featuring footage shot on location - frequently in exotic locales. Luke and Lauras record-breaking wedding, November 16, 1981 on the daytime drama General Hospital. ... Luke and Laura Spencer, 2006 Luke Spencer and Laura Webber Spencer are fictional characters and the signature supercouple on the American soap opera General Hospital. ... For other uses, see General Hospital (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Elizabeth Taylor, see Elizabeth Taylor (disambiguation). ...


During the 1990s, the mob, action and adventure stories fell out of favour with producers due to overall lower ratings for daytime soap operas and the resultant budget cuts. In the 1990s soap operas were no longer able to go on expensive location shoots overseas as they had in the 1980s. In the 1990s soap operas increasingly focused on younger characters and social issues, such as Erica Kane's drug addiction on All My Children, the re-emergence of Viki Lord's Multiple Personality Disorder on One Life to Live, and Katherine Chancellor's alcoholism on The Young and the Restless. Other social issues included many forms of cancer, AIDS, homophobia, and racism. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Overview In psychiatry, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is the current name of the condition formerly listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) and Multiple Personality Syndrome. ...


Perhaps to fill the niche, some newer shows have incorporated supernatural and science fiction elements into their storylines. One of the main characters in US soap opera Passions is Tabitha Lenox, a 300-year-old witch. Port Charles has featured a vampire character. Frequently these characters are isolated in one of the ongoing story threads to allow a fan to ignore them if they do not like that element. For other uses, see Passion. ... Tabitha Lenox is a fictional character on the NBC daytime drama Passions. ... Port Charles was a soap opera which aired on ABC from June 1, 1997 to October 3, 2003. ...


Current characteristics

Modern U.S. daytime soap operas largely stay true to the original soap opera format. The duration and format of storylines and the visual grammar employed by US daytime serials set them apart from soap operas in other countries and from evening soap operas. Stylistically, UK and Australian soap operas, which are usually produced for evening timeslots, fall somewhere in-between US daytime and evening soap operas. Similar to US daytime soap operas, UK and Australian serials are shot on videotape, and the cast and storylines are rotated across the week's episodes so that each cast member will appear in some but not all episodes. However, UK and Australian soap operas move through storylines at a faster rate than daytime serials, making them closer to US evening soap operas in this regard.


American soap operas since the 1980s have shared many common visual elements that set them apart dramatically from other shows:

  • Overhead spotlighting, or back lighting, is often placed directly over the heads of all the actors in the foreground, causing an unnatural shadowing of their features along with a highlighting of their hair. Back lighting was always a standard component of film and television lighting, though the back light itself was largely deemphasised in the mid-to-late eighties due to its somewhat unnatural look. The technique has nevertheless persisted in soap operas.
  • The rooms in a house often use deep stained wood wall panels and furniture, along with many elements of brown leather furniture. This creates an overall "brown" look which is intended to give a sumptuous and luxurious look to suggest the wealth of the characters portrayed. Daytime serials often foreground other sumptuous elements of set decoration; presenting a "mid-shot of characters viewed through a frame of lavish floral displays, glittering crystal decanters or gleaming antique furniture"[2]
  • With the exception of CBS' Guiding Light, most daytime soap operas do not routinely feature location or exterior-shot footage. Often they will recreate an outdoor locale in the studio. Australian and UK daily soap operas, on the other hand, invariably feature a certain amount of exterior-shot footage in every episode. This is usually shot in the same location and often on a purpose-built set, although they do include new exterior locations for certain storylines.
  • The visual quality of a soap opera is usually lower than prime time television shows due to the lower budgets and quicker production times involved. This is also because soap operas are recorded on videotape using a multicamera setup, unlike primetime productions which are usually shot on film and frequently using the single camera shooting style. Because of the lower resolution of video images, and also because of the emotional situations portrayed in soap operas, daytime serials feature a heavy use of closeup shots. The lone exception with regard to visual image quality is The Young and the Restless which is recorded in High Definition resolution.
  • Soap operas often reuse the same blocking techniques. For example, if a romantically involved man and woman are talking to each other face-to-face, one character will inevitably turn 180° and face away from the other character while they both continue to have a conversation. While this would virtually never happen in real life, and is not seen outside of US daytime serials, it is an accepted soap convention. This was parodied on an episode of "The Chaser's War on Everything."
  • In US daytime soap operas, when a scene is about to reach a temporary conclusion and the episode is to cross to a new scene or take a commercial break, one character in the currently concluding scene will often be shown in extreme closeup and deliver a shocking announcement. No other character will respond and there will be no dialogue for several seconds while the music builds before cutting to a new scene. This kind of segue is referred to in the industry as a "tag."
  • A construct unique to US daytime serials is the format where the action will cut between various conversations, returning to each at the precise moment it was left. This is the most significant distinction between US daytime soap operas and other forms of US television drama, which generally allow for narrative time to pass, off-screen, between the scenes depicted.[3]

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Longest running U.S. daytime serial actors

Actor Character Soap opera Duration Notes
Helen Wagner Nancy Hughes As the World Turns 1956-
Don Hastings Bob Hughes As the World Turns 1960-
Eileen Fulton Lisa Grimaldi As the World Turns 1960-1964, 1965, 1967-1983, 1984-
Patricia Bruder Ellen Stewart As the World Turns 1960-1995
Rachel Ames Audrey Hardy General Hospital 1964-2007
Frances Reid Alice Horton Days of our Lives 1965-
John Clarke Mickey Horton Days of our Lives 1965-2004 Portrayed by other actors from 2004 onwards
Marie Masters Dr. Susan Stewart As The World Turns 1968-1979, 1986-
Jeanne Cooper Katherine Chancellor The Young and The Restless 1973-
Susan Lucci Erica Kane All My Children 1970-
Suzanne Rogers Maggie Horton Days of our Lives 1973-2003, 2004-
Ray MacDonnell Dr. Joe Martin All My Children 1970-
Erika Slezak Victoria Lord Davidson One Life to Live 1971-
Larry Bryggman John Dixon As the World Turns 1969-2004
Larry Haines Stu Bergman Search for Tomorrow 1951-1986
Kathryn Hays Kim Hughes As the World Turns 1972-
Mary Stuart Joanne Gardner Search for Tomorrow 1951-1986
Ruth Warrick Phoebe Tyler Wallingford All My Children 1970-2005

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United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, soap operas are one of the most popular genres, most being broadcast during prime time. Most UK soap operas focus on working-class communities. The three most popular soaps are EastEnders, Coronation Street, and Emmerdale, the three of which are consistently the highest rated shows on British television. Christmas 1986, EastEnders generated the highest-rated soap episode ever, with 30.15 million viewers (consider that in 2007, the UK has approximately 54 million television sets). The 1986 episode was also the highest-rated program in UK television for the 1980s, comparable to the records set by the 1970s splashdown of Apollo 13 (28.6 million viewers), and Princess Diana's funeral in the 1990s (32.1 million viewers).[9] Statue of a coal miner in Charleston, WV, USA. Working class is a term used in academic sociology and in ordinary conversation. ... Albert Square in the 1980s. ... Coronation Street is an award-winning British soap opera. ... For the 1994 debut album by The Cardigans, see Emmerdale (album). ... This article is about the Apollo mission. ... Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer) (1 July 1961–31 August 1997), commonly, but incorrectly, known as Princess Diana, was for fifteen years the wife of HRH The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. ...


The three soaps are known as the "flagship" soaps, as they are the main programmes for the BBC and ITV, so much so that poor ratings for the soaps usually brings along with it questions about the channel associated with it. The soaps are so popular that they are never scheduled against each other except in the case of extended episodes and omnibuses or another extreme circumstance, and this always attracts media attention as to which soap will win if the flagships go head-to-head. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ...


Soap operas began on radio and consequently were associated with the BBC. The BBC continues to broadcast the world's longest-running radio soap, The Archers, on BBC Radio 4, which has been running nationally since 1951. It continues to attract over five million listeners, or roughly 25% of the radio listening population of the UK at that time of the evening. The Archers is a British radio soap opera broadcast on the BBCs main spoken-word channel, Radio 4. ... old Radio 4 logo BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ...


In the 1960s Coronation Street revolutionised UK television and quickly became a British institution. Other soap operas of the 1960s included Emergency Ward 10 (ITV), and on the BBC Compact (about the staff of a women's magazine) and The Newcomers (about the upheaval caused by a large firm setting up a plant in a small town). However none of these came close to making the same impact as Coronation Street. Emergency Ward 10 was a British television series shown on ITV between 1957 and 1967. ... Compact was a British television soap opera shown by the BBC between 1962 and 1965. ... The Newcomers was a late 1960s BBC soap opera which dealt with the subject of a London family, the Coopers, who moved to a housing estate in the fictional country town of Angleton. ...


During the 1960s Corrie's main rival was Crossroads, a daily serial that began in 1964 and was broadcast by ITV in the early evening. Crossroads was set in a Birmingham motel and while the series was popular, its purported low technical standard and bad acting was much mocked. By the 1980s its ratings had begun to decline and several attempts to revamp the series through cast changes and later, expanding the focus from the motel to the surrounding community, were unsuccessful, and Crossroads was cancelled in 1988. Crossroads is a British television soap opera set in a motel near Birmingham, England. ... This article is about the British city. ...


A later rival to Corrie was ITV's Emmerdale Farm (later renamed Emmerdale) which began in 1972 in a daytime slot and had a rural Yorkshire setting. Increased viewing figures saw Emmerdale being moved to a prime-time slot in the 1980s. When Channel 4 began in 1982 it launched its own soap, the Liverpool based Brookside, which over the next decade re-defined the UK television soap. In 1985, the BBC's London based soap opera EastEnders debuted and was a near instant success with viewers and critics alike. Critics talked about the downfall of Coronation Street, but this was put to rest in 1994 when the two serials were scheduled opposite each other, with Corrie winning handily. For the better part of ten years, the show has shared the number one position with Coronation Street, with varying degrees of difference between the two. Emmerdale (known as Emmerdale Farm until 1989) is a British television soap opera set in the fictional Yorkshire village of the same name (known as Beckindale until 1994). ... Yorkshire is a historic county of northern England. ... This article is about the British television station. ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Brookside (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Albert Square in the 1980s. ...

A scene from EastEnders on Christmas Day 1986, watched by 30.15 million viewers. The story, where Den Watts served his wife Angie with divorce papers, was the highest-rated soap episode in British history, and the highest-rated program in the UK during the 1980s
A scene from EastEnders on Christmas Day 1986, watched by 30.15 million viewers. The story, where Den Watts served his wife Angie with divorce papers, was the highest-rated soap episode in British history, and the highest-rated program in the UK during the 1980s

Daytime soap operas were unknown until the 1970s because there was virtually no daytime television in the UK. ITV introduced General Hospital, which later transferred to a prime time slot, and Scottish Television had Take the High Road, which lasted for over twenty years. Later, daytime slots were filled with an influx of older Australian soap operas such as The Young Doctors, The Sullivans, Sons and Daughters A Country Practice, Richmond Hill and eventually, Neighbours and Home and Away. These achieved significant levels of popularity. Neighbours and Home and Away were moved to early-evening slots and the UK soap opera boom began in the late 1980s. Later, 1992 saw the BBC launch Eldorado to alternate with EastEnders but it only lasted a year; however, this failure did not stop the ever-increasing prominence that soap operas would have in UK schedules. Image File history File links Den_Ange_Divorce. ... Image File history File links Den_Ange_Divorce. ... Dennis Den Watts was a fictional character in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by actor Leslie Grantham. ... Angela Angie Watts (née Shaw) was a fictional character on the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. ... For the record label, see Divorce Records. ... General Hospital was a British daytime soap opera which ran on ITV from 1972 to 1979. ... Scottish Television (now legally known as STV Central Ltd and referred to on-air as STV) is Scotlands largest ITV franchisee, and has held the ITV franchise for Central Scotland since August 31, 1957. ... Take the High Road was a soap opera produced by SMG Productions (Scottish Television) and set in the fictional village of Glendarroch (exteriors were filmed in the real-life village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond). ... The Young Doctors was an Australian, early evening soap opera. ... The Sullivans was an Australian made drama television series produced by Crawford Productions which ran from 1976 until 1983. ... Sons and Daughters was an Australian soap opera created by Reg Watson and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation. ... A Country Practice was one of the longest-running Australian television drama series. ... Richmond Hill is an Australian television soap opera made in 1988 by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Ten Network. ... This article is about the Australian soap opera. ... Home and Away (also commonly known as H&A) is a Logie-winning soap opera that is produced in Sydney by the Seven Network since July 1987. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Eldorado was an ill-fated British soap opera that aired for only one year, from 6 July 1992 to 9 July 1993. ...


During the 1980s ITV acquired the long-running Australian soap Prisoner which was screened around the country, under the name Prisoner: Cell Block H, in differing slots usually around 11pm. The series was immensely successful and led to it being repeated after the series had reached its conclusion in the Midlands. Rival network Five also acquired repeat rights for a full rerun of the series, starting in 1997. Five, launched in 1997, is the fifth and final national terrestrial analogue television channel to launch in the United Kingdom. ...


In 1995 Channel 4 introduced Hollyoaks, a soap with a youth focus. Brookside ended in November 2003, leaving Hollyoaks as the channel's flagship serial. When Five began in March 1997 it came with its own soap opera, Family Affairs, which debuted as a five-days-a-week soap. In 2001 a new version of Crossroads was produced by Carlton Television for ITV, featuring a mostly new cast, but it did not achieve satisfactory ratings and was cancelled in 2003. In 2001 ITV also launched a new early-evening serial entitled Night and Day, however this series too attracted low viewing figures and after being shifted to a late night time slot was cancelled in 2003. Family Affairs, which was broadcast opposite the racier Hollyoaks, never achieved significantly high viewing figures leading to several dramatic revamps of the cast and marked changes in style and even location over its run. This eventually saw the show gain a larger fan base and by 2004 the series won its first awards, however Family Affairs was nevertheless cancelled in late 2005. Hollyoaks is a British television soap opera, first broadcast on 23 October 1995, on Channel 4. ... Five, launched in 1997, is the fifth and final national terrestrial analogue television channel to launch in the United Kingdom. ... Family Affairs was a British soap opera. ... Carlton Television is the United Kingdom Channel 3 (ITV) licensee for London and the surrounding areas from 9:25am every Monday to 5. ... Night and Day was a British soap opera which ran from 2001 to 2003. ...


UK soap operas for many years usually only aired two nights a week. The exception was the original Crossroads, which began as a five days a week soap opera in the 1960s, but was later reduced. In 1989, things started to change when Coronation Street began airing three times a week (later expanding further to four in 1996), a trend which was soon followed by rival EastEnders in 1994 and Emmerdale in 1997. Family Affairs debuted as a five-days-a-week soap in 1997 and regularly ran five episodes a week its entire run. The imported Neighbours screens as new five episodes a week, being shown once at 1:45pm and repeated at 5:30pm on Five each week day.


Currently Coronation Street (which began screening two episodes on Monday nights in 2002) and Hollyoaks both produce five episodes a week, while EastEnders screens four. In 2004 Emmerdale began screening six episodes a week.


In January 2008 a radical overhaul of the ITV network meant that Sunday episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale were moved out of their familiar slots. Coronation Street now instead screens a second episode on Friday evenings at 8:30pm, while Emmerdale's Tuesday edition has been extended to an hour, putting it in direct competition with rival EastEnders for the foreseeable future.


Today's UK soap operas are mainly shot on videotape in the studio using a multicamera setup. However UK soap operas feature a proportion of outdoors shot footage in each episode - usually shot on a purpose-built outdoor set that represents the community the soap focuses on. Pioneered by Desi Arnaz with three cameras, commonly now four, the multicamera setup is used to shoot most studio-produced television programs such as situation comedies, soap operas, news programs, game shows, and talk shows. ...


Longest running UK soap opera actors

Character Actor Soap opera Duration
Phil Archer Norman Painting The Archers (radio) 1950-present
Peggy Woolley June Spencer The Archers (radio) 1950-present
Jill Archer Patricia Greene The Archers (radio) 1957-present
Ken Barlow William Roache Coronation Street 1960-present
Emily Bishop Eileen Derbyshire Coronation Street 1961-present
Betty Williams Betty Driver Coronation Street 1969-present
Rita Sullivan Barbara Knox Coronation Street 1964, 1972-present
Deirdre Barlow Anne Kirkbride Coronation Street 1972-present
Gail Platt Helen Worth Coronation Street 1974-present
Vera Duckworth Liz Dawn Coronation Street 1974-2008
Doris Archer Gwen Berryman The Archers (radio) 1950-1980
Mike Baldwin Johnny Briggs Coronation Street 1976-2006
Alf Roberts Bryan Mosley Coronation Street 1961-1963, 1971-1999
Audrey Roberts Sue Nicholls Coronation Street 1979-present
Jack Sugden Clive Hornby Emmerdale 1980-2008
Jack Duckworth William Tarmey Coronation Street 1979, 1981-present
Alan Turner Richard Thorp Emmerdale 1982-present
Mavis Wilton Thelma Barlow Coronation Street 1971-1997
Bet Lynch Julie Goodyear Coronation Street 1966, 1970-1995, 2002, 2003
Seth Armstrong Stan Richards Emmerdale 1978-2003, 2004
Kevin Webster Michael Le Vell Coronation Street 1983-present
Jill Richardson Jane Rossington Crossroads 1964-1988, 2001
Hilda Ogden Jean Alexander Coronation Street 1964-1987
Ian Beale Adam Woodyatt EastEnders 1985-present

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Richard Thorp is well known for playing Alan Turner on the British soap Emmerdale. ... Mavis Wilton, née Mavis Riley, was one of Coronation Street s most renowned characters between 1971 and 1997. ... Thelma Barlow (born 19 June 1929) is an English television actress and writer, most famous for her roles as Mavis Wilton in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street and as Dolly Bellfield in the sitcom dinnerladies. ... Bet Lynch (née Elizabeth Theresa Lynch, previously Gilroy) is a fictional character on the soap opera Coronation Street. ... Julie Goodyear, in a still from an interview done in 2000. ... Seth Armstrong was a fictional character in the ITV soap Emmerdale, played by Stan Richards from 1978 until 2003, when the Actors ill health forced him to leave the show for more than a year. ... 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Australia

Australia has had quite a number of well known soap operas, some of which have gained cult followings in the UK and other countries. The majority of Australian television soap operas are produced for early evening or evening timeslots. They usually produce two or two-and-a-half hours of new material each week, either arranged as four or eight half-hour episodes a week, or two one-hour episodes. Stylistically they most closely resemble UK soap operas in that they are nearly always shot on videotape, mainly in the studio using a multicamera setup. The original Australian serials were shot entirely in the studio. During the 1970s, occasional filmed inserts were used to incorporate outdoor-shot sequences in soap operas. Outdoor shooting later became commonplace and starting in the late 1970s it became standard practice that there will be some location-shot footage in each episode of any Australian soap opera, often to capitalise on the attractiveness and exotic nature of these locations for international audiences. [10] Most Australian soap operas focus on a mixed age range of middle-class characters and will regularly feature a range of locations where the various, disparate, characters can meet and interact, such as the café, the surf club, the wine bar, or the school.[10] Pioneered by Desi Arnaz with three cameras, commonly now four, the multicamera setup is used to shoot most studio-produced television programs such as situation comedies, soap operas, news programs, game shows, and talk shows. ...


The genre began in Australia, as in other countries, on radio. One such radio serial, Big Sister, featured actor Thelma Scott in the cast and aired nationally for five years from 1942. Probably the best known Australian radio serial was Blue Hills which ran from 1949 to 1976. With the advent of Australian television in 1956 daytime television serials followed. The first Australian television soap opera was Autumn Affair (1958). Each episode of this serial was fifteen minutes and it screened each weekday on the Seven Network. The series failed to secure a sponsor and ended in 1959 after a run of 156 episodes. This was followed by The Story of Peter Grey (1961). Again this was a Seven Network series screened weekdays in a daytime slot, with each episode fifteen minutes in duration. The Story of Peter Grey had a run of 164 episodes. Thelma Scott as Claire Houghton and Abigail as Bev in Number 96. ... Blue Hills was, at one time, the worlds longest running radio serial. ... Autumn Affair is an Australian television series made by the Seven Network between 1958 and 1959. ... The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ... The Story Of Peter Grey is an Australian television series made by the Seven Network in 1961. ...


The first successful wave of Australian evening soap operas started in 1967 with Bellbird produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. This rural-based serial screened in an early evening slot in fifteen minute installments and was a moderate success but built-up a consistent and loyal viewer base, especially in rural areas, and enjoyed a ten-year run. Motel (1968) was Australia's first half-hour soap opera. Screened in a daytime slot the series had a short run of 132 episodes. Bellbird was a country based daily soap opera screened for 15 minutes each night by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation before the evening news. ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... Motel was an Australian television soap opera made by ATN-7 in 1968. ...


The first big soap opera hit in Australia was the sex-melodrama Number 96 which began in March 1972, screening on Network Ten in a nighttime slot. Number 96 brought such rarely explored topics as homosexuality, adultery, drug use, rape-within-marriage and racism into Australian living rooms en masse. The series became famous for its sex scenes and nudity and for its comedy characters, many of whom became cult heroes in Australia. By 1973 Number 96 had become Australia's highest-rating show. In 1974 the sexed-up antics of Number 96 prompted the creation of The Box, which rivaled it in terms of nudity and sexual situations and screened in a nighttime slot. Produced by Crawford Productions, many critics considered The Box to be a more slickly produced and better written show than Number 96, and in its first year it was extremely popular. Meanwhile in 1974 the Reg Grundy Organisation created its first soap opera, and significantly Australia's first teen soap opera, Class of '74. Its attempts to hint at the sex and sin shown more openly on Number 96 and The Box along with its high school setting and early evening time slot meant it came under intense scrutiny of the Broadcasting Control Board who vetted scripts and altered whole storylines. By 1975 both Number 96 and The Box, perhaps as a reaction to declining ratings for both shows, de-emphasised the sex and nudity moving more in the direction of comedy. Class of '74 was renamed Class of '75 and also added more slapstick comedy for its second year, but the revamped show's ratings dwindled and it was cancelled in mid-1975. Number 96 was a revolutionary Australian daily soap opera set in a Sydney apartment block. ... Network Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australias three major commercial television networks. ... The Box was a popular Australian soap opera than ran on Network Ten from 1974 until 1977. ... Crawford Productions is an Australian television production company founded by Hector Crawford. ... Reg Grundy Organisation was an Australian television production company founded by Reg Grundy (born Reg Grundle) in 1959. ... Class of 74 was a secondary school based daily soap opera produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation and screened on Channel Seven Australia starting March 1974. ...


A feature film version of Bellbird entitled Country Town was produced in 1971 not by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation but by two of the show's stars, Gary Gray and Terry McDermott. Number 96 and The Box also had feature film versions, both of which had the same title as the series, released in 1974 and 1975 respectively. As Australian television was in black and white until 1975 these theatrical releases all had the novelty of being in colour. The film versions of Number 96 and The Box also allowed more explicit nudity than could be shown on television at that time. A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ...


Launched on the Nine Network in late 1976 was The Sullivans, a series chronicling the affects of World War II on a Melbourne family. Produced by Crawford's this show was a ratings success and attracted many positive reviews. At around the same time Grundy's created a new teen-oriented soap, The Young Doctors, which also screened on Channel Nine starting late 1976. This show eschewed the sex and sin of Number 96 and The Box instead emphasising light-weight storylines and romance. It was also popular but unlike The Sullivans it was not a success with critics. Meanwhile in 1977 Number 96 would re-introduce nudity, with several much-publicised full-frontal nude scenes featured in an attempt to boost the show's plummeting ratings. The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney. ... The Sullivans was an Australian made drama television series produced by Crawford Productions which ran from 1976 until 1983. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... The Young Doctors was an Australian, early evening soap opera. ...


Bellbird, Number 96 and The Box were all cancelled in 1977; all had been experiencing declining ratings since 1975 and various attempts to revamp the shows with cast reshuffles or spectacular disaster storylines had proved only temporarily successful. Late that year they were replaced by such successful new shows as the Crawfords Produced Cop Shop (1977-1984) on Channel Seven, which was a meld of soap opera and police drama, and The Restless Years (1977-1981) on Channel Ten, which was another teen soap produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation. The Reg Grundy Organisation subsequently reached even higher levels of success with women's-prison drama Prisoner (1979-1986) on Network Ten, and melodramatic family saga Sons and Daughters (1981-1987) on the Seven Network. Both shows achieved high ratings in their first run, and unusually, found success in repeats after their original runs ended. Cop Shop is also an informal term for a police station Cop Shop was an Australian police drama television series produced by Crawford Productions that revolved around the everyday operations of both the uniformed police officers and the plain-clothes detectives of the fictional Riverside Police Station. ... The Restless Years was an Australian soap opera targeting a young audience and following the lives of several Sydney school-leavers and young adults. ... Sons and Daughters was an Australian soap opera created by Reg Watson and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation. ...


The Young Doctors and The Sullivans ran on Nine until 1982. Thereafter Channel Nine attempted many new soap operas, several produced by The Reg Grundy Organisation including Taurus Rising, Waterloo Station, Starting Out and Possession, along with Prime Time produced by Crawford's, but none were successful and most were cancelled after only a few months. The Reg Grundy Organisation also created Neighbours, a suburban-based daily serial devised as a sedate family drama with some comedy and lightweight situations, for the Seven Network in 1985. Taurus Rising is an Australian television series produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Nine Network in 1982. ... Waterloo Station is an Australian television series produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Nine Network in 1983. ... Starting Out is an Australian television soap opera made for the Nine Network by the Reg Grundy Organisation between 1982 and 1983. ... Possession is an Australian television series screened in 1985 and made by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Nine Network. ... Prime Time is an Australian television series produced by Crawford Productions for the Nine Network in 1986. ... This article is about the Australian soap opera. ...


Produced in Melbourne at the studios of HSV-7, Neighbours rated well in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, but not in Sydney. Sydney was the only city where it was shown in the earlier 5.30 p.m. timeslot which put it up against hit dating game show Perfect Match on Channel 10 so Neighbours had low ratings in Sydney, and Seven's Sydney station ATN-7 quickly lost interest in the show. HSV-7 in Melbourne lobbied heavily to keep Neighbours going but ATN-7 managed to convince the rest of the network to cancel the show and instead keep ATN-7's own Sydney-based dramas A Country Practice and Sons and Daughters. After the network cancelled Neighbours it was immediately picked-up by Channel Ten. They revamped the cast and scripts slightly and from 20 January 1986 aired the series in the 7.00 p.m. slot. It initially attracted low viewing figures however after a concerted publicity drive Ten managed to transform the series into a major success, turning several of its actors into major international stars. The show's popularity eventually declined and it was moved to the 6.30 p.m. slot in 1992, yet the series retains consistent viewing figures in Australia and is still running today, making it Australia's longest-running soap opera. HSV-7, commonly known as Seven Melbourne, is a television station in Melbourne, Australia. ... Perfect Match was an Australian dating game show in the same vein as The Dating Game and Blind Date. ... ATN-7 is the Sydney flagship television station of the Seven Network in Australia. ... A Country Practice was one of the longest-running Australian television drama series. ... is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...

Home and Away title card
Home and Away title card

The success of Neighbours prompted the creation of somewhat similar suburban and family or teen-oriented soap operas such as Home and Away (1988-) on Channel Seven and Richmond Hill (1988) on Channel Ten. Both proved popular, however Richmond Hill emerged as only a moderate success and was cancelled after one year to be replaced on Ten by E Street (1989-1993). Image File history File links Home_and_Away_Logo. ... Image File history File links Home_and_Away_Logo. ... Home and Away (also commonly known as H&A) is a Logie-winning soap opera that is produced in Sydney by the Seven Network since July 1987. ... Richmond Hill is an Australian television soap opera made in 1988 by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Ten Network. ... E Street was an Australian television soap opera created by Forrest Redlich and produced by the Ten Network from 1989 to 1993. ...


Meanwhile Nine had still failed to find a successful new soap opera. After the failure of family drama Family and Friends in 1990 they launched the raunchier and more extreme Chances in 1991, a series that would resurrect the sex and melodrama of Number 96 and The Box in an attempt to improve the show's chances of ratings success. However, it too achieved only moderate ratings, although the increasingly bizarre storylines were much-discussed and the series continued into 1992 albeit in a late-night timeslot. Family And Friends is an Australian television soap opera made in 1990. ... Chances was an Australian television drama series that was broadcast on the Nine Network from 1991 to 1992 After the demise of its popular dramas The Sullivans and The Young Doctors in 1983, Nine had a constant struggle to find a drama series that would last more than around six...


Several Australian soap operas have also found significant international success. In the UK starting in the mid 1980s daytime screenings of The Young Doctors, The Sullivans, Sons and Daughters and Neighbours achieved significant success. Neighbours was subsequently moved to an early-evening slot. Grundy's Prisoner began screening in the United States in 1979 and achieved high ratings in many regions there, however only the first three years of the series would be screened in that country. Prisoner was also screened in late-night timeslots in the UK beginning in the late 1980s, achieving enduring cult success there. The show became so popular in the UK that it prompted the creation of two stage plays and a stage musical based on the show, all of which toured the UK, among many other spin-offs. In the late 1990s Five repeated Prisoner in the UK. Between 1998 and 2005 Five ran late-night repeats of Sons and Daughters. During the 1980s the Australian attempts to emulate big-budget US soap operas such as Dallas and Dynasty had resulted in Taurus Rising and Return to Eden, two slick soap opera dramas with big budgets and shot entirely on film. Though their middling Australian ratings ensured they ran only a single season both programs were successfully sold internationally. Five, launched in 1997, is the fifth and final national terrestrial analogue television channel to launch in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the television show. ...


Other shows to achieve varying levels of international success include Richmond Hill, E Street, Paradise Beach (1993-1994), and Pacific Drive (1995-1997). Indeed these last two series were designed specifically for international sales. Channel Seven's Home and Away, a teen soap developed as a rival to Neighbours, has also achieved significant and enduring success on UK television. Paradise Beach was a short-lived Australian television series made by Village Roadshow in association with New World International for the Nine Network between 1993 and 1994. ... Pacific Drive is an Australian television series made by Village Roadshow in association with New World International for the Nine Network between 1996 and 2001. ...


Attempts to replicate the success of daily teen-oriented serials Neighbours and Home and Away saw the creation of Echo Point (1995) and Breakers (1999) on Network Ten, and more recently the Australian Broadcasting Corporation produced the rural-based Something in the Air (2000-2002). None of these programs emerged as long-running successes and Neighbours and Home and Away remained the most visible and consistently successful Australian soap operas in production. In their home country they both attract respectable although not spectacular ratings. By 2004 Neighbours was regularly attracting just under a million viewers per episode[11] - low for Australian prime time television. By March 2007 Australian viewing figures for Neighbours had fallen to fewer than 700,000 a night, prompting a revamp of cast and graphics used on the show, and a deemphasis on the action oriented direction the series had moved in with a move to refocus the show on the family storylines it is traditionally known for.[12] However, Neighbours and Home and Away both continue to achieve significant ratings in the UK. This and other lucrative overseas markets, along with Australian broadcasting laws that enforce a minimum amount of local drama production for commercial television networks, help ensure that both programs remain in production. Both shows get higher total ratings in the UK than in Australia (the UK has three times Australia's population) and the UK networks make a major contribution to the production costs. Echo Point is an Australian television soap opera produced by Southern Star Productions for the Ten Network in 1995. ... This article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup. ... Something in the Air is an Australian television soap opera transmitted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation between 2000 and 2002. ...


It has been suggested that with their emphasis on the younger, attractive and charismatic characters, Neighbours and Home and Away have found success in the middle ground between glamorous, fantastic US soaps with their wealthy but tragic heroes[2] and the more grim, naturalistic UK soap operas populated by older, unglamorous characters.[10] The casts of Neighbours and Home and Away are predominantly younger and more attractive than the casts of UK soaps, and without excessive wealth and glamour of the US daytime serial,[2] a middleground in which they have found their lucrative niche.


Neighbours, which is celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2005, was aired on the U.S. channel Oxygen in March 2004, however it attracted few viewers, perhaps in part because it was scheduled opposite well-established and highly-popular US soap operas such as All My Children and The Young and The Restless, and due to low ratings it was cancelled shortly afterwards. An anniversary (from the Latin anniversarius, from the words for year and to turn, meaning (re)turning yearly; known in English since c. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... For the womens television network see: Oh! Oxygen. ... All My Children (AMC) is a popular American soap opera that has been broadcast Monday through Friday on the ABC TV network since January 5, 1970. ... For other uses, see Young and Restless. ...


New Australian serial headLand premiered on Channel Seven in November 2005. This new series rose from the ashes of a proposed Home and Away spinoff that was to have been produced in conjunction with the UK's Channel Five, which screens Home and Away. The spin-off idea was cancelled after Channel Five pulled out of the deal, which meant that the show could potentially screen on a rival UK channel, so Five requested that the new show developed as a stand-alone series and not feed off a series they own a stake in. The series premiered in Australia on 15 November 2005 but was not a ratings success and was cancelled 23 January 2006. The series broadcast on E4 and Channel 4 in the UK. headLand was an Australian drama series produced by the Seven Network set in a university. ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... E4 share of viewing BARB figures E4 is a British digital television channel launched as a pay-tv companion to Channel 4 on 18 January 2001. ... This article is about the British television station. ...


After losing the rights to screen Neighbours in the United Kingdom to channel five, the BBC commissioned new Australian-produced serial Out of the Blue as its replacement starting 2008.


Longest serving Australian soap opera actors

Character Actor Soap opera Duration
Alf Stewart Ray Meagher Home and Away 1988-
Sally Fletcher Kate Ritchie Home and Away 1988-2008
Harold Bishop Ian Smith Neighbours 1987-1991, 1996-2008, 2008- (recurring thereafter)
Lou Carpenter Tom Oliver Neighbours (1988; Guest) 1992-
Irene Roberts Lynne McGranger Home and Away 1992-
Donald Fisher Norman Coburn Home and Away 1988-2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008-
Susan Kennedy Jackie Woodburne Neighbours 1994-
Karl Kennedy Alan Fletcher Neighbours 1994-
Ailsa Stewart Judy Nunn Home and Away 1988-2000, 2002, 2003
Toadfish Rebecchi Ryan Moloney Neighbours 1996- (recurring:1995)
Helen Daniels Anne Haddy Neighbours 1985-1997
Paul Robinson Stefan Dennis Neighbours 1985-1992, 2004- (1993; guest)
Libby Kennedy Kym Valentine Neighbours 1994-2003, 2004, 2007- (2005; cameo)
Pippa Ross Debra Lawrance Home and away 1990-1998, 2000-2008 recuring
Madge Bishop Anne Charleston Neighbours 1986-1992, 1996-2001

Information Nickname(s) Alf Stewie (by Vinnie Patterson) Gender Male Age 61 Family Morag Bellingham Celia Stewart Barbara Stewart Debra Stewart Spouse(s) Martha Stewart (deceased), Ailsa Stewart (deceased) Children Owen Dalby (son) (deceased) Duncan Stewart (son) Ruth Stewart (daughter) Relatives Ric Dalby (grandson) Martha Holden (granddaughter) Alan Fisher (nephew... Ray Meagher (born July 4, 1944) is an Australian actor on the television series Home and Away. ... Sally Louise Fletcher is a fictional character in Home and Away played throughout by actress Kate Ritchie. ... Kate Ritchie (born August 14, 1978 in Goulburn, New South Wales[1]) is a Gold Logie Award winning Australian actress who is best known for her portrayal of Sally Fletcher on the television soap opera Home and Away. ... Harold Wayne Bishop is a fictional character in the Australian television soap opera Neighbours,and is played by Ian Smith. ... Ian Smith as Harold Bishop in Neighbours. ... Louis Thomas Carpenter is a popular character from the Australian television soap opera Neighbours, played by Tom Oliver. ... This is the article about the AUS actor. ... Irene Roberts is a fictional character in the Australian soap opera Home and Away, portrayed by actress Jacqui Phillips from 1991 and by Lynne McGranger from 1992 to the present. ... Lynne McGranger (b. ... Donald G. Fisher (born 1928) is a businessman. ... Norman Coburn (born March 6, 1937 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian television actor. ... Information Nickname(s) Suze Mrs K Suzie Q (by Janelle) The Ninja (by Rachel, Stingray and Dylan) Gender Female Age 50 Date of birth 1957 Occupation Vice-Principal of Erinsborough High and English Teacher Family Liz Conway (sister) Carmel Tyler (sister) Relationships Karl Kennedy (1975-2004, divorced 2007-present) Alex... Jackie Woodburne (born 5 February 1956, in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) is an Australian actress who has appeared in many of Australias most popular soap operas. ... Karl Raymond Kennedy is a fictional character in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, portrayed by Alan Fletcher, who joined the cast in 1994. ... Alan Fletcher (born 30 March 1957 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian actor, best known today for his role as Karl Kennedy in long-running soap opera Neighbours. ... The following is a list of major characters that appear or have appeared on the Seven Network soap opera Home And Away. ... Judy Nunn (born 13 April 1945 in Perth, Australia) is an Australian actress and author. ... Jarrod Vincenzo Toadfish Rebecchi is a fictional character on the popular Australian soap opera Neighbours, portrayed by Ryan Moloney. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Helen Daniels (née Simpson) was a fictional character in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, portrayed by the late actress Anne Haddy. ... Anne Haddy was an Australian film, soap opera, and television actress. ... Paul James Robinson is a fictional character in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, played by Stefan Dennis. ... Stefan Dennis (born 30 October 1958 in Tawonga, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian actor most famous for playing the role of Paul Robinson in the Australian soap opera Neighbours from 1985-1993. ... Elizabeth Libby Grace Kennedy is a character in the Australian soap Neighbours, played by Kym Valentine. ... Kym Valentine (born May 24, 1977 in Blacktown, Australia) is a Maltese-Australian actress who began her acting career in a McDonalds fast food advertisement at age five. ... Information Nickname(s) Pip Gender Female Family Bert King (father) Coral King (mother, deceased) Danny King (brother) Spouse(s) Tom Fletcher (deceased) Michael Ross (deceased) Ian Routledge Children Sally Fletcher (adoptive daughter) Christopher Ross (son) Dale Ross (son, deceased) Relatives Pippa Saunders (adoptive granddaughter) Portrayed by Vannessa Downing Debra Lawrence... Debra Lawrance is an Australian actress best known for her role as Pippa Ross on Home & Away, which she played from 1990 to 1998. ... Margaret Mary Madge Bishop (née Ramsay; previously Mitchell) played by Anne Charleston was one of the matriarchs of Australian television soap opera Neighbours. ... Anne Charleston (born in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian actress who is currently based in Galway, Ireland and the UK. She is probably most famous for her role as Madge Bishop in the internationally popular Australian soap opera Neighbours. ...

Canada

Due to the economics of television production in Canada, relatively few daily soap operas have been produced on English Canadian television. Notable daily soaps that did exist included Family Passions, Scarlett Hill, Strange Paradise, Metropia, Train 48 and the international coproduction Foreign Affairs. Family Passions was an hour long, as is typical of American daytime soaps; all of the others were half hour programs. Short-run soaps, including 49th & Main and North/South, have also aired. Family Passions was the first hour long soap opera produced in Canada and Germany. ... Scarlett Hill was a Canadian soap opera first broadcast on the CBC in October 1962. ... Strange Paradise was a Canadian-made soap opera broadcast in Canada on CBC Television and in the United States in syndication from October 20, 1969 to July 22, 1970. ... Metropia was a Canadian television drama, which aired on Omni Television. ... Train 48 was a Canadian television soap opera, broadcast on Global Television Network or CH (depending on location) airing from 2003 until 2005. ... 49th & Main is a CBC Television soap opera. ... North/South was a CBC Television soap opera created and produced by Floyd Kane. ...


Notable prime time soap operas in Canada have included Riverdale, House of Pride, Paradise Falls, He Shoots, He Scores, Loving Friends and Perfect Couples, North of 60, and The City. The Degrassi series of youth dramas also incorporated some elements of soap opera. Riverdale was a Canadian prime time soap opera which ran for three seasons (from 1997 to 2000) and is regarded as one of Canadas most successful soap operas. ... House of Pride was a Canadian television soap opera, which aired on CBC Television from 1974 to 1976. ... Cast of Paradise Falls Paradise Falls was a weekly soap opera shown nationally on the Showcase channel in Canada, starting in 2001. ... Logo and picture of Lance et compte. ... North of 60 was a mid-1990s Canadian television series depicting life in the sub-Arctic northern boreal forest (north of 60 degrees North latitude, hence the title). ... The City was a Canadian television drama series, which aired on CTV from 1999 to 2001. ... This article is about the Degrassi series. ...


On French language television in Quebec, however, the téléroman has been a popular mainstay of network programming since the 1950s. Notable téléromans have included Rue des Pignons, Les Belles histoires des pays d'en haut, Diva, La famille Plouffe, and the soap opera parody Le Cœur a ses raisons. French (français, langue française) is one of the most important Romance languages, outnumbered in speakers only by Spanish and Portuguese. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... The téléroman or the soap ratings are as follows as of June 15, 2006. ... Rue des Pignons was a French-Canadian TV series which ran from 1966 to 1977. ... La famille Plouffe was a Canadian television drama, more specifically a téléroman, about a Quebec family that first aired in the French-language on Société Radio-Canada in 1953. ... Le CÅ“ur a ses raisons is a French language Québécois téléroman which heavily parodies other programmes of the same genre, often involving great exaggeration to ridiculous proportions. ...


Indonesia

The modern soap opera in Indonesia takes the form of series of complex intense highly emotional drama with a simple solution, known as sinetron. The sinetron productions are among others made by Rajawali Citra Televisi (RCTI) and Televisi Pendidikan Indonesia (TPI). TPI logo TPI (Indonesian Education Television) is a private television station in Indonesia established by Siti Hardijanti Rukmana, the first daughter of Soeharto. ...


Soap opera parodies

  • A few soap opera spoofs have been made. Two of the most famous U.S. spoofs were Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Soap. Fresno was a 1986 spoof of the primetime serials of the period. Australia also produced a spoof of glamorous beach-side soap operas in the form of Shark Bay, which featured many former Australian soap stars from Sons and Daughters, Prisoner, Home and Away and Neighbours. From 1990 to 1994, Australian medical dramas, such as A Country Practice and The Young Doctors as well as other soaps, were spoofed in Let the Blood Run Free set in St. Christopher's Hospital.
  • Within the story of Australian soap opera Prisoner two characters in the 1985 season became addicted to daytime serial Days of the Week and would eagerly discuss plot twists within the fictional show.
  • On British television, comedian Victoria Wood had a long-running spoof soap entitled Acorn Antiques on her sketch show (loosely based on ITV's Crossroads).
  • In the United States, Carol Burnett frequently ran a soap opera spoof on her show, called As the Stomach Turns, modeled in name after As the World Turns. Dramatic coincidences and missed cues (parodying a time in which soap operas were broadcast live) were seen frequently, as well as the melodramatic welling of organ music, which was a staple on American serials until the 1970s.
  • David Lynch's TV series Twin Peaks featured a soap opera called Invitation to Love, of which clips were shown occasionally.
  • A frequent staple of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson was a soap opera spoof involving unsuspecting members of the studio audience called The Edge of Wetness, the title of which is a takeoff on The Edge of Night.
  • Futurama frequently features scenes from an almost all-robot soap, called All My Circuits. The robot Calculon is the show's star.
  • The U.S. comedy team of Bob and Ray produced regular spoofs of many different radio programs, and later of several television programs, all presented on their long-running (1946-1987) radio programs. The best-known, which included a new episode with a cliffhanger ending daily, was Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife, a play on the radio soap Mary Noble, Backstage Wife.
  • In the episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends entitled "Berry Scary", the plot twists in the episode resemble those in a spoof of The Young and the Restless entitled The Loved and the Loveless.
  • Australian sketch comedy series Fast Forward featured the recurring Dumb Street skit, which parodied soap operas in general, but in particular the then current shows Neighbours, Home and Away, E Street and A Country Practice. Fast Forward also featured Rampant Stupidity a recurring skit which spoofed melodramatic series in the Dallas and Dynasty mold.
  • "Moody's Point", a soap spoof appearing on several episodes of The Amanda Show.
  • U-Pick Live's "As The World Picks" segments.
  • Queer as Folk's show-within-a-show Gay as Blazes which humorously parodies Queer as Folk itself.
  • The Muppet Show parodied medical serials such as General Hospital and The Doctors in the skit Veterinarians' Hospital.
  • Tootsie centered around a fictional soap opera Southwest General, a spoof of General Hospital.
  • SCTV featured the soap opera parody Days of the Week (an obvious reference to Days of our Lives). The intricate storyline, which ran as a recurring segment on the sketch show, featured such soap opera clichés as amnesia, terminal illness, the return of long-lost relatives, disastrous weddings, and court-room trials.
  • Sitcom Moesha featured an episode that parodied The Young and the Restless. Entitled The Mo' and the Restless, this episode spoofed Y&R even to its opening.
  • On the sitcom The Parkers one episode consisted of a Dallas/Dynasty parody.
  • "Palm Beach", a skit on Saturday Night Live which lampooned the 2000 US Presidential election, featured an opening titles sequence that parodied that of The Young and the Restless.
  • Sunset Beach featured a parody within itself. During one of the Thanksgiving episodes, the soap did a nod to VH1's Pop-Up Video by conveniently pointing out to viewers that a turkey baster used to baste a turkey wasn't the same one used in a storyline where one of the characters was impregnated by a turkey baster.
  • The musical comedian and parodist Spike Jones recorded the spoof track "None But The Lonely Heart (A Soaperetta)" in the 1940s.
  • In the That '70s Show episode entitled "Vanstock", an out-of-work Red becomes addicted to soap operas and has a dream in which he and his wife play roles on a soap called Point Place. The soap parody pokes fun at stereotypically "cheap" production (boom microphones peeking into the camera shot), "cheesy" soap dialogue and crying, and organ music.
Red: Oh, Kitty. What have I become?
Kitty: I don't know! You're not the man I married! And I'm not Kitty!
  • In the Red Dwarf episode "Kryten", Kryten watches a soap named Androids, a parody of Neighbours.
  • The Sally Field/Kevin Kline comedy Soapdish was a soap opera parody with a soap-within-a-soap, The Sun Also Sets.
  • The 1990s sitcom Martin featured references to Pam and Gina's favorite soap opera, "All My Young'ns", whose title is spoofed from All My Children.
  • In the music video for the Queen song I Want to Break Free the band are dressed in a manner inspired by the dress and aesthetic of Coronation Street.
  • In the television show The Simpsons there is a recurring soap opera called Search For the Sun, including such satirical situations as a man entering a room dressed as a reverend, followed by a naked blonde woman, who was in the middle of love making, saying "Father McGraff, I thought you were dead!" while trying to cover her naked body, to which he replies "I was."
  • The radio show The Cumberland Sausage Show, on the British commercial station CFM Radio, parodies British soap operas with 'Thongsbury', their very own soap named after a fictional Cumbrian town.
  • On Blue Collar TV, an episode featured a segment of "White Trash Days of our Lives".
  • In 1958, the American composer Douglas Moore wrote the soap opera parody "Gallantry" which centered around love between an anesthetist and a patient. In keeping with the style of the early soaps, the opera is introduced as being sponsored by "Lochinvar soap" and "Billy Boy wax".
  • madTV parodied Korean soap operas with their sketch "Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive", starring Bobby Lee.
  • In an episode of South Park in which Eric Cartman tries to find out who his father is, the episode ends with melodramatic narration ("Who is Eric Cartman's father?"), close-ups of each character and organ music, before the narrator says "the answer on a new episode of South Park in four weeks", to which Eric replies "son of a bitch".
  • In the series Friends, in a recurring storyline, Joey gets a role in Days of our Lives as Dr. Drake Ramoray. Spoof scenes from the soap featuring Joey in this role are shown in a number of Friends episodes.
  • "Trapped in the Closet" from R.Kelly is a song series that has soap opera traits.
  • In Ballykissangel, Fitzgerald's pub gets satellite television installed and some of the regulars become addicted to a South American soap - despite not understanding a single word of dialogue.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer bad boy vampire Spike is a frequent watcher of Passions and becomes very upset when he misses it.
  • In Sunset Beach the character of Annie Douglas summises that her life is becoming 'like a soap opera', this led to numerous 1960's soap opera inspired sequences entitled Search For Dignity, the title being a nod to Search for Tomorrow.
  • On the final episode of The Elephant Show, Sharon, Lois & Bram did a parody of All My Children entitled All My Doctors.
  • In 1994, Anthony Geary & Genie Francis were invited to make a cameo as their General Hospital roles as Luke & Laura Spencer on Roseanne. In return, Roseanne Barr was cast to briefly play Jennifer Smith on GH. That same year, One Life to Live's Robert S. Woods, John Loprieno, & Clint Ritchie made a cameo as Bo, Cord, and Clint. Roseanne was watching an episode of OLTL while she visualized being involved in a storyline with those particular OLTL characters.
  • The writers of The OC created a fictional show called "The Valley", which was basically the in-show equivalent of The O.C.. Characters frequently made ironic (and perhaps self-mocking) comments about "The Valley" and its fictional reality TV counterpart, "Sherman Oaks: The Real Valley" obviously referring back to the show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and its bold claim to be real.
  • An episode of talk show Jerry Springer was dubbed "Gays of Our Lives" and dealt with several young people from the same small town, some of which were gay.
  • One episode of The Golden Girls centered around the women of the house suffering from the flu, and during an argument over who would get to watch which TV show, Blanche (Rue McClanahan) wanted to watch Another World. This was somewhat ironic as McClanahan had actually appeared as Caroline Johnson (1970-1971), a nanny with eyes for the father of the kids she was supposed to watch over, on Another World.
  • A 2008 episode of The Big Gay Sketch Show featured a sketch parodying the 1980s prime time soap opera, Dynasty, in which the sketch referenced several plotlines of the serial as well as parodying other characteristics of the show including the use of blurry cameras to hide the actress' aging, stunt doubles during the on-screen catfights and shoulder pads as fashion accessories.

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References

  1. ^ a b c Bowles, p. 118
  2. ^ a b c d e Bowles, p. 119
  3. ^ a b c Bowles, p. 121
  4. ^ Geraghty, p. 30
  5. ^ Bowles, p. 119-120
  6. ^ Geraghty, p. 34
  7. ^ Geraghty, p. 35
  8. ^ Bowles, p. 123
  9. ^ James Tapper. "The biggest TV audience ever... it is now", Daily Mail, May 1, 2005. Retrieved on 2007-05-20. 
  10. ^ a b c Bowles, p. 120
  11. ^ Mercado, p. 231
  12. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel. 'Neighbours' ratings a cause for concern" Digital Spy. 18 March 2007. Accessed 2007-05-19.
  • Bowles, Kate. Soap opera: 'No end of story, ever' in The Australian TV Book, (Eds. Graeme Turner and Stuart Cunningham), Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, 2000. ISBN 1-86508-014-4
  • Geraghty, Christine. The Aesthetic Experience in Women and Soap Opera: A Study of Prime Time Soaps, Polity Press, Cambridge, 1991. ISBN 0-74560-489-7
  • Mercado, Andrew. Super Aussie Soaps, Pluto Press Australia, 2004. ISBN 1-86403-191-3
  • Timeline of daytime soaps

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External links

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