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71 January 27th, 2014 Soap Opera Showdown! Y&R Knocked Out In First Round! Vote Today In Best Soap Of All-Time Tournament!

Courtesy/Parade.com

The Young and the Restless was voted out in the first round of Parade Magazine’s Soap Opera Showdown tournament, where fans vote for which soaps move through the tournament bracket to face-off for the finals.

Parade.com chose 16 of the greatest soaps of all-time to compete.  Each day the voting continues which kicked off yesterday! And in the opening round, As the World Turns bested Y&R and will continue on as voting continues today in the second round!

The next round of voting—which will select the semi-finalists—is now open and will run until 11:59 p.m. ET Monday night. The semi-finals and finals will run along the same timeline on Tuesday and Wednesday until the winner is revealed Thursday morning!

So today it’s General Hospital vs. All My Children, One Life to Live vs. As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful vs. Days of our Lives and Guiding Light vs. Ryan’s Hope.   One of those 8 soaps will be crowned champion!

So, who do you think should win the tournament and be crowned Best Soap Opera of All-Time?  Let us know!

 

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  1. Ann says:

    My best soap of all time wasn’t even a choice but it should be – PORT CHARLES!

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    Christy replied

    no, DARK SHADOWS! :-D

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  2. Logans mom says:

    Y&R true fan forever.

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    Janet replied

    No General Hospital… ..

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  3. Laura Coppola says:

    ALL MY CHILDREN !!

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  4. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    My favorite soaps of all time were no.1, Dark Shadows, no.2, The Edge of Night, no.3, Another World(1970s), no. 4, Days OF Our Lives, no. 5, ties with Santa Barbara and Passions, no.6, General Hospital, no. 7, ties with ATWT, AMC and OLTL, no. 8, Ryans Hope, no. 9, The Doctors, no.1O, ties with Guilding Light, Strange Paradise, and the British imports of Upstairs, Downstairs, Coranation Street, and now Downtown Abbey…i also like Somerset, Return To Peyton Place, Sunset Beach, Love of Life and Search For Tomorrow, Generations, Bright Promise, The Secret Storm and a few others…i always loved the soaps since the age of 4!!!

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    gloria replied

    I loved most of these myself & have watched soaps my entire life! Do you remember the one called Where the Heart is? (late ’60s)

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    gloria replied

    And what about Love is A Many Splendored Thing with Leslie Charleson & Donna Mills!

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    Lin replied

    I loved that show back in the day.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I did briefly see Love Is A Many Splendored Thing but i never watched Where The Heart Is…back in those days i was always switching channels to watch soaps with so many opposite each other…no vcr or cable to record to watch later…but the 60s and 70s ill always consider the best era for soaps…the stories were far better and so many soaps to choose…i also watched the funniest soap of all that i forgot to put in my top ten list, Mary Hartman, that also should be at no.2 for me!!!

  5. Bill says:

    “Dark Shadows,” but it didn’t even make the bracket! Here’s hoping “Edge of Night” will pull an upset!

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  6. Shirley A Miller says:

    I personally believe that General Hospital should be voted Best Soap of All Time, with All My Children a close second!!!!!!

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    Janet replied

    I agree with you

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    Shirley A Miller replied

    Thanks, Janet, glad you like GH and AMC also!!!!!

  7. Casey says:

    I would pick As The World Turns. ATWT always had something juicy for everyone to sink their teeth into. Whether it was Luke and Noah, funny lines from Henry, drama from Carly and Jack, or even the many back from the dead storylines that the character of James Steinbeck had. I only watched ATWT from 2008 to 2010. But I could see that this wonderful and powerful soap opera had something for everyone!

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  8. mmc says:

    ATWT…..there will never be a soap that had everything…& some of the best actors around.& the first gay storyline with Lukes’story.A strong sense of family, friendships,love, heartache, villians, kpokie characters, etc.I still miss it .It will always be #1 with me

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  9. louisa says:

    One Life to Live!

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    Debby Singer replied

    Yes !!

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    Debby Singer replied

    OLTL
    AMC
    GH
    RH
    Y&R

  10. Phil says:

    Guiding Light!!!!!

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  11. Paulette Patterson says:

    General Hospital and Days1

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  12. Yolanda Arenas says:

    OLTL is and always will be #1

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  13. ALB says:

    1. GH
    2. GL
    3. DAYS
    4. ATWT
    5. Port Charles

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  14. Ana says:

    Y&R pay attention as a former fan ,you better start doing whats best for the soap opera ,if not you will go down the drain,and i was a hard core fan ,for many reaon! Am truly sad of the events of the past few weeks ,

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    4everDAYS replied

    Days of our Lives has honored the legacy of Bill Bell more than Y&R has!

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    Janet replied

    Lately, DOOL puts me to sleeps… I love GH

  15. Ana says:

    To be voted out and being the # 1 for how many years ,you would of think wouldnt go in the first round… Pay attention executives of the show its the fans telling you something and to the writters for the love of God pick a flipping story line and stick with it ,how do i know since i stop watching it? Read the twitters and fans letters

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  16. su0000 says:

    weeeeellllllll

    The Young & Restless has always had the most viewers but has never been the best soap ..

    General Hospital #1 ….

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    Janet replied

    Yes General Hospital # 1

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  17. MBmomof3 says:

    That’s a very tough choice. Have loved, and lost, so many in my lifetime. Dark Shadows was my first soap love, but OLTL is the one I considered “my soap” for the longest and most consistently. Really tough, but makes me realize how lucky I have been to enjoy so much great entertainment over a lifetime. Daytime and primetime, soaps will ALWAYS be part of my experience.

    Thanks for bringing back those memories, Mr. Fairman.

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  18. su0000 says:

    I have to say;
    The Edge of Night
    Ryans Hope
    Guilding Light
    Search For Tomorrow
    The Secret Storm
    and many others, HUH never seen any..
    Think my great grandma had liked them or some such thing

    good grief who would even recall watching them..
    The newer viewers, past 20yrs, would have never even heard of 70% of those soaps to vote on them LOL :(

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I recall them but then again im an old geezer who has watched soaps since 1964!…lol, you really missed some of the best moments in daytime…glad i was there!!!

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    MBmomof3 replied

    I recall all of those to some degree and I’m not an old geezer. I still fall in the 18-49 demo. Glad I was there too. Especially for The Edge of Night and Ryan’s Hope. I can still hear their opening themes in my head as I type their names. lol.

  19. Jeff says:

    General Hospital, followed by Another World and Days.

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  20. SUSAN M. says:

    One Life To Live (best soap), GH (second best), AMC(third best).. I started watching these three soaps with my Mom and never changed. And still watch GH and don’t watch any other soaps but this one now… I always preferred LLanview,PA…

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    MBmomof3 replied

    I miss our friends in Llanview.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Had to reply here to you about Edge Of Night…i dont know if you have gone on utube or not but someone has created some really interesting newer openings for E.O.N. of what it might be like had the show been on in 2006, 2008, and 2010…i dont know if i got those years right but they should be easy to find…if you havent seen them check it out…Edge is a soap id like to see one of the networks revive as a primetime series!!!(By the way ive long passed that 18 to 49 demo but i guess men never much count when it comes to soaps…its always female demo…lol)

  21. Angela says:

    General Hospital vs. The Bold and The Beautiful. With General Hospital crowned as the Best Soap

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  22. Jules says:

    ATWT and DAYS!

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  23. Derek says:

    As the world turns!

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  24. Karen says:

    Guiding Light forever!

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    B.J. replied

    I can’t decide between GL and ATWT. I would be happy if either one of them was voted best soap. I watched them for more years than I want to say. :)

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  25. jonboy says:

    Bizarre that the two currently highest rated shows are doing the worst here.

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  26. Matthew says:

    Hands down General Hospital is the best Soap Opera of all-time! No question!

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  27. 4everDAYS says:

    A timeless classic…Days of our Lives…The sands continue to trickle.

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  28. SteveS says:

    Hands down best was All My Children, followed by As the World Turns and Ryan’s Hope!

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  29. Cherie says:

    AMC. OLTL. B/B. RYAN’S HOPE.

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  30. Edna Barefoot says:

    THE #1 SOAP WAS & IS ONE LIFE TO LIVE

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    SUSAN M. replied

    Ditto! Llanview, PA. !

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    MBmomof3 replied

    I agree!

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  31. gloria says:

    This is so hard. Growing up I watched whatever whoever I was with watched, i.e. my great-grandmother loved Days, my grandmother loved ATWT, Mama watched OLTL, my great-aunt GL, you get the picture. I watched & loved all of them. In the 80s, I was ABC, switched to CBS in the 90s & damned if I didn’t watch everything from 2001 to date! Hard to juggle but I did it & I miss the ones that we’ve lost.

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  32. Barbara from Atlanta says:

    ATWT and I am NOT referring to the later years with Luke, Janet and the rest. I am thinking of the decades of the trials and tribulations of the Hughes, the Stewarts, and the Snyders with healthy doses of the scheming and selfish actions of Lisa and Lucinda.

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    Robert Seganti replied

    As the World Turns was the top-rated soap opera for many,many years.

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  33. Mary SF says:

    Why do media people always pit soaps against each other as if there has to be a competition? The best soap is whatever soap you most enjoy watching, plain and simple. I have watched many over the years, and I had my favorites, but I never thought one soap was better over the other– and this particular “contest” is pointless because you could get a totally different results if certain soaps were pitted against a different soap in the match ups. This will not determine the all time greatest soap just like dancing with stars doesn’t determine the best dancer–

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    Jack Evans replied

    Good point and well stated, Mary.
    My all time favorite is ALL MY CHILDREN but that doesn’t mean just because I don’t have time to follow each show that I think one is better than another. I currently watch Days because at least it is dished out in true Soap fashion.

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  34. Truth Detective says:

    #1 is As The Wold Turns followed by General Hospital, then All My Children, and finally Guiding Light. Days of Our Lives comes in fifth.

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  35. Janet says:

    General Hospital, without a doubt….. I love Dante

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    Robert Seganti replied

    The Edge of Night.

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  36. Patrick says:

    #1. As the World Turns
    #2. Days of OUR Lives
    #3. All My Children
    #4. Another World
    5. Guiding Light

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  37. PatF says:

    The poll is flawed. After Day 2, you can see the pattern of fans voting the other strongest shows out of their brackets. YR was taken out on Day 1, GH on Day 2. You’ll most likely see the disgruntled GH fans vote against Days today.

    A lot of soaps didn’t even get put into the brackets.

    The biggest system flaw is that you can vote several hundred times a day, again using those votes against other potential bracket winners.

    Silly.

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    4everDAYS replied

    Y&R is flawed. Ask Eileen Davidson which soap is the all time best…Days of our Lives.

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    PatF replied

    Oh 4evah girl, you back again…

    Firstly congrats to Days for being picked up. You’ll be able to watch for another couple of years! Did you see YR will be on at least thru 2017? I bet that puts some bounce in your step!

    And I’m sure ED is as thrilled as I am that she’s back on Days. Although we both know since she got her start on YR back in ’82, that she’ll always love her first home.

    Enjoy 2014.

    4everDAYS replied

    I am a man, a man I am. A man that loves to see Eileen flourish on a show worthy of her talent, a talent to big to be wasted on a show that is sinking. Y&R has high numbers and low values in front of and behind the camera. DAYS will showcase her talent in a few roles if need be. The fans will be mesmerized once again!!! DAYS scores again!!! Join us.

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    PatF replied

    You am man, hear you roar! Follow The Path! Follow The Path! (Bad grammar intentional)

    -Ian Ward

  38. Rebecca Poertner says:

    ALL MY CHILDREN

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  39. Barbara Wilson says:

    Y&R has always been my favourite & still is.

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  40. PatF says:

    So as for my all time favorites I’ll go with YR, ATWT, BB, and Days (up until about 77/78)

    Other great shows over the years are Somerset, The Doctors, Secret Storm, Another World, Love of Life, Edge of Night, Guiding Light, and Search For Tomorrow.

    And since they strayed too far from the genre at times, I have to name Passions, General Hospital, Port Charles, Sunset Beach and sometimes Days as the worst. Sorry but soap opera (for me) is not talking dolls, Ice Princesses, and aliens and possessions. I guess throw Dark Shadows into that as well.

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  41. Katie says:

    i think it’s hilarious that 3 of the final 4 are off the air….

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    PatF replied

    Me too. And the last one that’s not has the lowest ratings of the four.

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  42. Fran says:

    Oh my gosh was there ever a better soap than ” Another World” I was a loyal viewer until it went off the air. Once the wonderful Douglas Watson (Mac Cory) died in real life the show just didn’t have the same feeling.

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  43. abinthesky says:

    Old as the world turns and guiding light— take your pick…

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