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67 September 19th, 2012 ABC News & People Reveal The Best Soap Of All-Time!

In a joint collaboration between ABC News and PEOPLE magazine,  TV fans the opportunity to vote online for their favorites of all time in many categories and fields of programming through the years. With more than one million votes cast, the results in some of the major categories are being revealed during a two-hour broadcast, a special edition of 20/20, “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time with Barbara Walters”, which aired last night.

Soap Operas were included in the Best Of TV, and the countdown and winner was revealed online. So here we go! In at number 5 fans voted for Dark Shadows, in at number four, The Young and the Restless, in at number three, Days of our Lives, in at number two, All My Children and the big winner in at number one was voted, General Hospital!

Watch the video countdown with clips and Walters narration here, and then let us know if you are happy about GH”s victory? Do you think another legacy soap should have made the top five? And even number one?   There are many to choose from, so let us know your thoughts and if you agree with the countdown? Or, give us your own top five soap countdown here!

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  1. Jules says:

    “The Young and theN Restless”. Thanks Babs. Take two on that line perhaps?

    I participated and voted in this poll with all the TV categories like “Best TV Dad”, “Best Comedy” etc etc for the PURPOSE of voting for “Best Soap” and I never got that category! For whatever reason, Best Soap was not one of the categories I was able to vote in.

    As for the results….GH is no longer my cup of tea. I wouldn’t have voted for it. Surprised by Dark Shadows being on the list, but my guess is with the feature film out this past summer it probably gave people who don’t watch soaps but who were voting in the category the option to choose something they’ve heard of.

    My top 5 would have been:

    Another World
    General Hospital
    One Life To Live
    As the World Turns
    Days of Our Lives

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    Rodd replied

    I like your choices; especially ANOTHER WORLD, my all-time favorite!

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  2. Tali Smith says:

    OLTL would have been #1 with me! Yay for GH & AMC tho’!

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    susan M. replied

    Ditto!!!!!

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    Christy replied

    me too!! didn’t know about any voting going on (obviously not looking at the ABC site!) otherwise my votes would have been #1OLTL, #2 GH, #3 Knotts Landing #4 Dark Shadows, #5 Edge of Night :-)

    terri replied

    I completely and categorically agree OLTL would be my number one then GH followed by AMC and Port Charles (when it had vamps).

  3. Camille Gnolfo says:

    Why is it that OLTL is always bypassed, I just don’t get it???

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    Brian replied

    I strongly agree ! OLTL was simply the best show ever !!!

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    t replied

    i double strongly agree!!!! OLTL had them all beat hands down!!!!! they are always getting it wrong!!!!!! what is wrong with these people????

    Dave replied

    I agree! OLTL was the best show and always was over looked.
    Who could forget the Daytime Daisy Awards and all the made up soaps and clips!
    OLTL was reality, fantasy, well written and acted and could make fun of itself.
    No other soap has done that.

    susan M. replied

    Me neither… Erika Slezak was fabulous…..It was a very heart-warming soap….It was like a family…And I miss it a lot…But I am supporting GH all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I want it to keep on suceeding…….Gh is my second favorite soap…OLTL will alway’s be #1 in my book………I Will alway’s have special place in my heart for OLTL….

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    Torrey replied

    Totally agree. I don’t know what it is about OLTL but it’s always overlooked by everyone. Hell, it seems like Agnes Nixon even treated the show like her red-headed step child. Everyone is always going gaga over AMC, and don’t get me wrong, I love AMC too….but OLTL is hands down the best.

    My top would go as follows:

    #1 OLTL
    #2 Knots Landing
    #3 AMC
    #4 Dallas
    #5 Brothers & Sisters ( I know this show wasn’t on for a long time, but it was awesome.)

  4. Maggie says:

    Interesting that Luke and Laura are cited as the reason people were pulled into General Hospital. Days has a similar couple in EJ and Sami and yet they miss opportunity after opportunity to capitalize on this couple. Just goes to show you, GH has made better decisions overall than Days, hence, the placements.

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    Dani A. replied

    You are honestly comparing EJ and Sami to the popularity of Luke and Laura? This is a joke right? They are not even in the same popularity or ratings ZIP Code.

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    Maggie replied

    You missed my point.

    Had you not been so rude in your response, I would take the time to explain it to you again. But you clearly want to insult, not discuss, so I won’t bother.

    maddiehayes replied

    ITA, Sami&Lucas are endgame here .. EJ is and always has been just angst for them. DAYS doesn’t have a “Luke&Laura’ caliber couple, no soap does. That’s the problem. We want to see a couple that LONGS for each OTHER, no matter what is thrown at them, they are faithful. Soap couples today break up at the drop of a hat and jump into bed with the nearest warm body. Where is the rooting value in THAT?!

    susan replied

    maggie i have to agree with dani

    no comparison sami and ej to luke and laure

    i love gh my favorite soap and think it should have been no 1 because
    30 million people tuned in to see the soap wedding of all time
    even elizabeth taylor was on the wedding episode

    sorry i do not see sami and ej no way

    i love days but am sick so sick of sami, sami, and now rafe, lucas and ej
    all want her just a rewind of ole days of every man in salem wanting
    marlena by the way never cared for her at all. sami bed hops every month
    she has a son by lucas, ej and rafe will be next

    i love stefano aka joe mascolo and will watch when he returns in oct but
    i do not even watch days now and when i tune in its all sami, sami, sami
    boring

  5. Jewell says:

    OLTL always gets the shaft.. I’m surprised Y&R wasn’t the winner they are always number one in the ratings..

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  6. Mollymay says:

    I can’t disagree with this. Luke and Laura are the epitome of soap supercouple and nothing has ever come close to touching GH during this period. Even now GH puts forth exciting, heart wrenching storylines.

    Days as second choice is something I might not agree with and I’m an avid Days fan. During the eighties they gave GH a run for their money with parings like Bo/Hope, Patch/Kayla and Jennifer/Jack. However Days of the last several years does not deserve second place, IMO they don’t deserve a place on the list at all. Trying to shove boring, lackluster characters and pairings down our throats and demand we like them while ignoring natural chemistry and pairings guaranteed to bring good story isn’t the mark of a good soap, and its a surefire way to lose viewers and face cancelltion.

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    Rona replied

    Mollymay said “Trying to shove boring, lackluster characters and pairings down our throats and demand we like them while ignoring natural chemistry and pairings guaranteed to bring good story isn’t the mark of a good soap, and its a surefire way to lose viewers and face cancellation.”

    Could not agree more. The former regime at GH never understood natural chemistry which is why I no longer watch. They could have had the next super couple but decided to squander the talents of two young actors. Extremely sad.

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  7. CTwildheart says:

    1. Ryan’s Hope
    2. All My Children
    3. One Life to Live
    4. Passions
    5. General Hospital

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  8. Iakovos says:

    I wish ATWT and OLTL made the list. They may not have been as showy and headline-grabbing, but they told good stories for many many years. By, it was difficulto keep on track with them when they were time-slot competitors. Before VCR’s, I’d watch one on one day and the other the next. I miss both.

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    susan replied

    i too miss oltl but i do miss ryans hope as much as you miss atwt did watch
    all soaps when possible

    then soap net goes and takes ryans hope off for brothers and sisters with
    sally field and her screwed up off the wall tv family

    i thought soapnet was for soaps another screw up for ABC

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  9. louisa says:

    I’m surprised As the World Turns and One Life to Live were passed over.

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  10. donna g says:

    i am so glad to hear GH was picked as best soap because we rocked then,we rock now and we will rockthe future:)

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    Rona replied

    Savor it now because come April 2013 GH will be going the way of the Dodo bird.

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    donna g replied

    WTH dodo birds? not sure what you mean but GH has some of the most historic episodes than any other soap- luke and laura wedding, ice princess, and lets not forget all the huge stars that started from this soap

    aria replied

    rona, your going the way of the dodo bird, lame!

    susan replied

    i agree donna GH is the best soap #1 in my book

    rock on gh you deserve it, and and for us so called do do birds we will see in 2013 what happens oh by the way gh has been on the air 50 yrs i believe
    april 2013 so they must be doing something right
    and i will be a do do bird if it keeps my soap on

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  11. Sal Piscioneri says:

    I beleive they were correct for the most part. It always saddens me that OLTL gets omitted all the time. Cuddos to DS & GH. Dark Shadows should have stayed on the air, you would think that with raitings in the 7.0 range it was not good enough back in the early 70′s. DS was cancelled because of declining ratings…….really hmmm,
    3.5 and below is good for todays standards.

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    susan replied

    i agree sal dark shadows was great and did not now it was cancelled with 7 milllion viewers unbelievable am also sad oltl did not make the cut

    but so happy for my soap GH, LOVE GH

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  12. Mary SF says:

    I’m sorry I don’t get how Dark Shadows, which was only on for 5 years, made the top five greatest soaps ever, while classics like Guiding Light and As the World Turns didn’t even rate a mention. Both of these soaps started on RADIO and lasted HOW many years on television before some suits decided ratings alone dictated how sucessful a show is. People obviously just voted for the shows they heard of or watch now, since three of the top five are the only soaps left on daytime. My top five would be Young and the Restless, Guiding Light, Edge of Night, Another World with the greatest being As the World Turns.

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  13. heidi says:

    WooHoo!!! It’s my fave! Congratulations GH!!! May you have many more years to go!

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    Rona replied

    Dodo bird.

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    susan replied

    yea heidi it is mine to

    i guess i am a do do bird ha ha

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  14. Blake says:

    Mine would be:

    1) Guiding Light
    2) Another world
    3) One Life To Live
    4) Young and the Restless
    5) All My Children
    6) Days of Our Lives
    7) Bold and the Beautiful
    8) As The world Turns
    9) General Hospital

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    Rodd replied

    I like most of your choices!

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    Blake replied

    Thanks!

  15. Bill W says:

    Agree with everyone else that OLTL should have made the list for the quality of the writing alone … DO agree that “Dark Shadows” was worthy of distinction. “Passions” and “Days of Our Lives” in particular owe much to DS for inspiration. And I would also fervently promote “Edge of Night” as a soap worthy of mention.

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    Andrew replied

    So agree with you about The Edge of NIght. Back in the day, that show was about as good as it gets.

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  16. kay/kay says:

    GH was voted #1 because of Luke & Laura over 30 million watched the day of their wedding. That guy in the video who talked about them was right that is what everyone remembers when they think of GH. Gloria Monty made it work yes I agree their have been other soaps better writing etc. but that is what everyone remembers.

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  17. Mary Fergen says:

    Well, with GH and AMC in the top two spots, that should tell ABC/D something about what the viewers really want . I wish the big jerks would listen! My top five would be:
    1. GH
    2. OLTL
    3. AMC
    4. Ryan’s Hope
    5. Y&R

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    susan replied

    agree mary gh is no 1 also think your choices are spot on and maybe abc
    will see what a screw up and why we all think ABC sucks now

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  18. Trisha says:

    I think GH being number one is correct. It should be pointed out at they weren’t asking what your own personal favorite soap was, but what was the number one soap for all those years. So it seems the voters did what they were supposed to do…judge not by their own personal choice, but by how the soaps stood up against one another.

    GH is correct as it surpassed any other soap with the amount of attention and viewers it got because of Luke and Laura. It went far and above any kind of interest that was shown to any of the other soaps and probably will hold that record indefinitely.

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    aria replied

    TRISHA WELL SAID, I AGREE.

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    Rona replied

    I will agree with this because it does make sense. I’d be hardpressed to find someone over the age of 40 who never heard of Luke and Laura.

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  19. MBmomof3 says:

    1. OLTL
    2. GH
    3. Dark Shadows
    4. Edge of Night
    5. Ryan’s Hope
    6. All of ther daytime dramas

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  20. RLeternal says:

    No mention of OLTL in top 5: Major, major upset. It’s like Roger Federer falling to a relatively unknown. Thank Heavens, there was no mention of ATWT; Chris Goutman and Jean Passanante butchered it so badly, it was unbearable to watch the manner in which they screwed up a 54 year old dynasty and brought it to is demise.

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  21. susan M. says:

    OLTL should have been in the top 5 without a doubt…………..OLTL should have been #1, And #2 GH, And #3 AMC……This is what I think should have went down…..

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  22. susan M. says:

    I was a die hard OLTL fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a fan of GH too but not like I was for OLTL…

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  23. Mary Lou DeVriendt says:

    My two favorites are General Hospital and All My Children, so I agree with that. My third favorite is One Life to Live, and I’m amazed it didn’t make the top five.

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  24. cathy trinque says:

    Should have been One LIfe to Live 1st and All My Children 2d.

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  25. jp says:

    My top 5 best daytime dramas

    5 – General Hospital
    4 – Guiding Light
    3 – Another World
    2 – Ryan’s Hope
    1 – ONE LIFE TO LIVE —Hands down the number one daytime drama. Miss you OLTL.

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  26. Andrew says:

    Okay, I agree with GH as #1, but the list would have to be:
    #2 OLTL
    #3 Dark Shadows
    #4 The Edge of Night
    #5 Ryan’s Hope

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    Marisa replied

    I agree with your ranking.

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  27. Ali Wick says:

    My personal favorites:

    CANCELLED SOAPS:
    1.). AS THE WORLD TURNS
    2.) ALL MY CHILDREN
    3.) PORT CHARLES
    5.) ONE LIFE TO LIVE
    6.) GUIDING LIGHT
    7.) PASSIONS

    CURRENT SOAPS

    1.) DAYS OF OUR LIVES
    2.) GENERAL HOSPITAL
    3.) BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
    4.) THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

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    Ali Wick replied

    I miscounted at number in the cancelled soaps: at number 4.) ONE LIFE TO LIVE. 5.) GUIDING LIGHT and last but not the least 6.) PASSIONS

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  28. Phil says:

    Sorry, but this is what I would say

    1. Guiding Light
    2. Another World
    3. As the World Turns
    4. Search for Tomorrow
    5. One Life to Live
    6. General Hospital

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  29. Rodd says:

    Isn’t it really tough to select just a few when we’ve been so entertained by so many talented people for so many decades? I have enjoyed every show I’ve watched since I was a kid in kindergarten…and that’s been over forty years’ worth of viewing. Even when the writing was bad, so many wonderful actors and actresses tried to give it their best. That’s the magic of the soaps that talk shows will never be able to replace. I must say, however, that ANOTHER WORLD, GUILDING LIGHT, TEXAS, SOMERSET, EDGE OF NIGHT, FOR RICHER FOR POORER, GENERATIONS, BRIGHT PROMISE, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIFE, RYAN’S HOPE, GENERAL HOSPITAL, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, DAYS OF OUR LIVES and LOVE OF LIFE all hold special places in my heart. I have watched all of these shows at one time or another!

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    susan replied

    yeah rodd nice comment we love our soaps as much as you do

    thanks very much really nice

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  30. aria says:

    GH ROCKS! I’M SO GLAD THE SHOW LIVES UP TO ITS LEGACY. NO DAYTIME SOAP HOLD GH RECORD, ON EMMY WINS, AND HOLD THE ALL TIME RECORD FOR MOST WATCHED EPISODE. SO WELL DESERVE, ALL SOAPS ROCK.

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    susan replied

    yea yea aria gh does rock its the best

    and you are right it holds the record for the most emmy wins

    yes all soaps rock

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  31. Patrick says:

    1. As the World Turns – I never missed a day! Oakdale, Oakdale, where are you?
    2. Another World – Joe and Paulina – Frankie! and Cass – John and Sharlene
    3. General Hospital – I can’t believe how caught up i am with Jason and Sam, and Son.
    4. DOOL – Forever! my staple. Miss the Alamains! Cheers to Eileen Davidson.
    5. tie – Santa Barbara -the whole cast – Superlative – and Y& R – the Abotts!

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  32. danicajolie says:

    If it was my list, it would be ONE LIFE TO LIVE – BEST SOAP EVER! But I will take GH as number if I can’t vote for OLTL since Todd Manning is on it.

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  33. verlin says:

    mine would be
    knots landing
    another world
    guiding light
    general hospital
    one life to live

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  34. Readbowne says:

    How could anyone have overlooked the two soap operas,

    !. Search for Tomorrow
    2. The Secret Storm

    They both were good soaps, especially The Secret Storm which was at it’s best when they decided to cancel it! The same could be said about Another World, my all time favorite; which was also canceled when it was at it’s best!!!!!!!!!

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  35. 1loveabcsoaps says:

    General Hopsital turned out the TWO most popular Aupercouples of ALL time, along with many other must see couples. GH should have WON.

    Super couple From Wikipedia:

    Vanessa Marcil’s coupling with Benard, gave ‘GH’ its first legitimate heir to the ‘Luke and Laura’ throne of soap coupledom”.

    The article argued that this type of supercouple “… has not been seen on daytime television in some time — if EVER”, and that, “along with the return of Luke and Laura after a decade-long absence”, it created a “second golden age” for soaps as “the daytime appointment television”.[55]

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