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1. Days of Our Lives (1965– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of Salem.

Stars: Frances Reid, John Clarke, Macdonald Carey, Josh Taylor

Votes: 5,863

2. The Bold and the Beautiful (1987– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama, Romance

The saga of high fashion glamour, honor, romance, passion, and most importantly, family.

Stars: Katherine Kelly Lang, Ronn Moss, Susan Flannery, John McCook

Votes: 6,779

3. The Young and the Restless (1973– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Set in Genoa City, this is the long-running soap that tells the story of the struggle behind the business, and sex-savvy Abbott and Newman clans.

Stars: Doug Davidson, Eric Braeden, Peter Bergman, Joshua Morrow

Votes: 5,388

4. Another World (1964–1999)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, Romance

The continuing story of life in the Midwestern town of Bay City, and the love, loss, trials, and triumph of its residents, who come from different backgrounds and social circles. Those who ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe, Beverlee McKinsey

Votes: 782

5. All My Children (1970–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance, Mystery

Set in the fictional East Coast suburb Pine Valley, All My Children is the decades-old, risk-taking soap that centers around Erica Kane and her long line of husbands.

Stars: Susan Lucci, David Canary, Michael E. Knight, Cameron Mathison

Votes: 2,394

6. Port Charles (1997–2003)

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama, Romance

Spin-off of "General Hospital" focusing on the professional and personal lives of the first year interns at Port Charles' General Hospital. Now residents at the hospital, the doctors and ... See full summary »

Stars: Julie Pinson, Jon Lindstrom, Lynn Herring, Jay Pickett

Votes: 381

7. General Hospital (1963– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Families, friends, enemies and lovers experience life-changing events in the large upstate New York city of Port Charles, which has a busy hospital, upscale hotel, cozy diner and dangerous waterfront frequented by the criminal underworld.

Stars: Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Laura Wright, Kelly Monaco

Votes: 4,113

8. Sunset Beach (1997–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Having discovered her fiancé Tim Truman kissing another woman, Meg Cummings leaves her home in Kansas on their wedding day to start a new life in Sunset Beach, California. Her goal is to ... See full summary »

Stars: Lesley-Anne Down, Sam Behrens, Susan Ward, Clive Robertson

Votes: 2,167

9. Capitol (1982–1987)

30 min | Drama, Romance

This daytime serial dramatized the power struggles and personal machinations between two feuding political families the wealthy Cleggs and middle-class McCandlesses. Storylines developed ... See full summary »

Stars: Constance Towers, Debrah Farentino, Rory Calhoun, Carolyn Jones

Votes: 101

10. Dallas (1978–1991)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

J.R. Ewing, a Texas oil baron, uses manipulation and blackmail to achieve his ambitions, both business and personal. He often comes into conflict with his brother Bobby, his arch-enemy Cliff Barnes and his long-suffering wife Sue Ellen.

Stars: Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray

Votes: 10,835

11. Dallas (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Romance

The next generation of the Ewing family, cousins John Ross Ewing and Christopher Ewing, clash over the family's oil business and vast fortune.

Stars: Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo

Votes: 9,818

12. Melrose Place (1992–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Classic serial drama around a group of friends living in Melrose Place, California.

Stars: Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Thomas Calabro

Votes: 10,506

13. Melrose Place (2009–2010)

60 min | Drama, Romance

A new generation of young professionals living at the infamous Melrose complex deal with obtaining their own personal goals, drives, and desires, both amongst themselves and others.

Stars: Katie Cassidy, Stephany Jacobsen, Jessica Lucas, Michael Rady

Votes: 3,742

14. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

A group of friends living in Beverly Hills, California make their way through life from their school days into adulthood.

Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth

Votes: 29,850

15. 90210 (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Kansas family relocates to Beverly Hills, where their two children adapt to the infamous social drama of West Beverly Hills High.

Stars: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Mack Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord, Jessica Stroup

Votes: 41,107

16. Models Inc. (1994–1995)

60 min | Drama

Hilary Michaels, the estranged mother of Amanda Woodward, is the owner, president and CEO of Models Inc., a top Los Angeles modeling agency which, like her ruthless and aggressive daughter ... See full summary »

Stars: Linda Gray, Cameron Daddo, David Goldsmith, Teresa Hill

Votes: 932

17. The O.C. (2003–2007)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.

Stars: Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan

Votes: 77,463

18. One Tree Hill (2003–2012)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott trade between kinship and rivalry both on the basketball court and in the hearts of their friends in the small, but not so quiet town of Tree Hill, North Carolina.

Stars: Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz

Votes: 68,525

19. Gossip Girl (2007–2012)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Romance

Privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York can hide no secret from the ruthless blogger who is always watching.

Stars: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick

Votes: 144,556

20. Everwood (2002–2006)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

A widowed brain surgeon from Manhattan moves his two children to the small mountain town of Everwood, Colorado.

Stars: Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Emily VanCamp, Debra Mooney

Votes: 11,874

21. Knots Landing (1979–1993)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

The residents of Knots Landing, a coastal suburb of Los Angeles, deal with various issues such as infidelity, health scares, rape, murder, kidnapping, assassinations, drug smuggling, corporate intrigue and criminal investigations.

Stars: Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark, Kevin Dobson

Votes: 2,137

22. Loving (1983–1995)

30 min | Drama, Romance

"Loving" takes place in the fictional town of Corinth, PA, centering around the lives of the wealthy Alden family. Love and betrayal, along with the struggle for power, become the focus of ... See full summary »

Stars: Wesley Addy, Gwyn Gilliss, Nancy Addison, Alimi Ballard

Votes: 275

23. Sex and the City (1998–2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the 1990s.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon

Votes: 99,706

24. Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor.

Stars: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria

Votes: 109,987

25. As the World Turns (1956–2010)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

The focus in on the upper class Hughes and Stewart families plus their tribulations in Midwest Oakdale. The Stewarts fade away eventually to be replaced by the rural Snyders and wealthy Lucinda Walsh with her many intrigues.

Stars: Colleen Zenk, Kelly Menighan, Don Hastings, Jon Hensley

Votes: 1,757

26. Passions (1999–2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

In the world of power and money, the wealthy and powerful Crane family rule the town of Harmony from their mansion on Raven Hill. But behind the money are many lies and secrets. Most of ... See full summary »

Stars: Lindsay Hartley, McKenzie Westmore, Galen Gering, Juliet Mills

Votes: 2,365

27. Guiding Light (1952–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

This show took place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield and centered on the middle class Bauer family.

Stars: Kim Zimmer, Beth Chamberlin, Maureen Garrett, Robert Newman

Votes: 1,391

28. Dynasty (1981–1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, both oil rich families in Denver, Colorado.

Stars: John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Gordon Thomson

Votes: 6,143

29. The Colbys (1985–1987)

60 min | Drama

This spin-off of Dynasty (1981) featured the adventures of Jeff and Fallon Colby in California.

Stars: Charlton Heston, John James, Katharine Ross, Emma Samms

Votes: 777

30. Falcon Crest (1981–1990)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Set in the vineyards of California, this primetime soap opera featured the conflict within the powerful Gioberti family, owners of the vast Falcon Crest Winery.

Stars: Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Chao Li Chi, David Selby

Votes: 3,040

31. North Shore (2004–2005)

60 min | Drama, Romance

Intrigue abounds at the Grand Waimea Hotel, an exclusive Hawaiian escape for the wealthy, powerful and beautiful. Hawaiian-born Jason Matthews runs the hotel as the assistant manager and ... See full summary »

Stars: Kristoffer Polaha, Brooke Burns, Corey Sevier, Nikki Deloach

Votes: 931

32. Grosse Pointe (2000–2001)

30 min | Comedy

Satire centers on the off-camera antics of five actors who star in a fictional high school drama called "Grosse Pointe".

Stars: Irene Molloy, Lindsay Sloane, Bonnie Somerville, Kohl Sudduth

Votes: 661

33. Dawson's Creek (1998–2003)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Four friends in a small coastal town help each other cope with adolescence.

Stars: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson

Votes: 32,801

34. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 162,182

35. Dirty Sexy Money (2007–2009)

45 min | Drama

A lawyer is forced to take care of one of New York City's wealthiest families.

Stars: Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Natalie Zea

Votes: 11,277

36. 2000 Malibu Road (1992)

60 min | Drama

A story of four women living together at a beach house located at 2000 Malibu Road - Jade, a former prostitute trying to get out of the profession; Perry, a young lawyer also escaping from ... See full summary »

Stars: Lisa Hartman, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Beals, Tuesday Knight

Votes: 126

37. A Flame in the Wind (1964–1966)

25 min | Drama, Romance

Drama centered in the town of Haviland with the focus on the Farrell, Reynolds, and Skreba/Driscoll families. Fellow citizen Kate Austen has written a book with the flawed characters based on people she knows.

Stars: Kathleen Maguire, Lesley Woods, Richard Thomas, Tom Holland

Votes: 7

38. Another Life (1981–1984)

30 min | Drama

Another Life explored the lives, faith and loves of the people of the fictional town of Kingsley, centered around the Davidson family.

Stars: MaryJean Feton, Jeanette Larson, John Corsault, Naomi Riseman

Votes: 30

39. Bare Essence (1983– )

60 min | Drama, Romance

This is the story of a young woman thrust into the perfume industry: will she fail or succeed against the odds?

Stars: Genie Francis, Ian McShane, Jennifer O'Neill, Jessica Walter

Votes: 56

40. Dark Shadows (1966–1971)

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The rich Collins family of Collinsport, Maine is tormented by strange occurrences.

Stars: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles, Nancy Barrett

Votes: 3,594

41. C.P.W. (1995–1996)

60 min | Drama

Ambitious New Yorkers maneuver against each other as they pursue their passion for money, sex, and power.

Stars: Mädchen Amick, John Barrowman, Melissa Errico, Lauren Hutton

Votes: 277

42. Ben Casey (1961–1966)

60 min | Drama

Gritty realistic hospital drama featuring manly Dr. Casey against the medical establishment, at first, under the watchful eye of Dr. Zorba, and later under the thumb of Chief of Surgery Dr. Freeland.

Stars: Vince Edwards, Sam Jaffe, Jeanne Bates, Harry Landers

Votes: 459

43. Berrenger's (1985– )

60 min | Drama, Romance

Simon Berrenger is the ruthless, head of the high-class store that bore his name. His two sons are both working for him: Paul, the president of Berrenger's, who is trapped in a loveless ... See full summary »

Stars: Jonelle Allen, Laura Ashton, Claudia Christian, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 46

44. The Best of Everything (1970– )

30 min | Drama

Based on the novel and 1959 motion picture of the same name, this daytime soap focused on three career girls, who became friends at powerful Manhattan publishing company Key Publishing. ... See full summary »

Stars: Geraldine Fitzgerald, Katherine Glass, Gale Sondergaard, Patty McCormack

Votes: 20

45. Bright Promise (1969–1972)

30 min | Drama

Trials, tribulations, affairs & heartbreaks of students, faculty & administration of fictitious Bancroft College.

Stars: Susan Brown, Paul Lukather, Dana Andrews, Susannah Darrow

Votes: 25