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"Sex and Suffering in the Afternoon?"

By February 14, 2013

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Time Magazine Cover

That was Time Magazine's cover and featured article back on January 12, 1976, when surprisingly there were fourteen soap operas currently on television. What may be even harder to believe is during World War II, there were over sixty-four daytime series being played on the radio. Of course, this number dropped dramatically when the conversion from radio to television broadcast was completed.

As a kid, I certainly can remember the time when pretty much all that was on TV during the day were soap operas and games shows. Sure, the reality shows that are currently on TV are much cheaper to produce, but the capture of the dedicated television audience member has all but disappeared. Viewers come and go with the barrage of what some consider "garbage" when it comes to the choice of daytime television programming. As most OLTL fans can certainly attest to when they replaced our favorite soap with the ill-fated reality/talk show, The Revolution. This replacement became the lowest-rated show among all other daytime programing on the three major television networks, and was soon canceled shortly before it hit it's 7-month mark.

Learn more about the history of soap operas and view a complied list of  some of the most popular soaps in television history, including some that may have long been forgotten.


February 17, 2013 at 8:09 am
(1) Bayleaf1012 says:

I’ve never watched one minute of either “The Chew” (yuk) or “The Revolution.” In fact, I don’t watch anything on ABC any more except my local news. I figure they don’t care about me, the viewer–why should I care about them? I used to watch quite a few ABC programs–especially All My Children and One Life to Live–every day. They’re gone, and so am I.

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