Best soap operas ever

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List of Best Soap Operas Ever + TV Series A-E

All the best Soap Operas on TV at one glance. Who had the idea, who was the director, who where actors or actresses and how many episodes were there? This sortable list of best Soap Operas makes it easy to find out.

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Best Soap OperasGenre/sEpisodesFirst airedCountrySynopsisTV Show Creators, Actors & Roles
Addams FamilyComedy horror sitcom641964-1966USAFamily of supernatural misfits doing their best to blend in fails every time with hilarious results.
  • Concept: Charles Addams.
  • Producer: David Levy.
  • Actors: Morticia (Carolyn Jones), Gomez (John Astin), Pugsley (Ken Weatherwax), Wednesday (Lisa Loring), Itt (Felix Silla), “Thing” (the hand) (Ted Cassidy).
AlfSitcom1021986-1990USAALF (acronym for Alien Life Form) crash lands in the garage of the Tanner family in California who take him in.
  • Concept: Paul Fusco, Tom Patchett.
  • Actors: Alien Gordon Shumway (ALF), Willie Tanner (Max Wright), mother Kate (Anne Schedeen), Lynn (Andrea Elson), son Brian (Benji Gregory).
Ally McBealLegal drama1121997-2002USAFollows the career and life of Ally McBeal, a young lawyer in a Boston law firm.
  • Producer: David E. Kelley.
  • Actors: Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart), Richard Fish (Greg Germann), John Cage (Peter MacNicol), Billy Alan Thomas (Gil Bellows) and Georgia (Courtney Thorne-Smith).
The Avengers
Spy drama1611961-1969UK60s spy drama mostly led by John Steed and a succesion of stylish, intelligent female collaborators.
  • Concept: Sydney Newman, Leonard White.
  • Actors: John Steed (Patrick Macnee), Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), Tara King (Linda Thorson), Purdey (Joanna Lumley) and Mike Gambit (Gareth Hunt).
BaywatchAction drama2431989-2001USABeach lifestyle centered around the lives of Los Angeles County lifeguards. One of the most popular TV shows.
  • Producer: Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Gregory J. Bonann.
  • Actors: Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff), CJ Parker (Pamela Anderson) and Matt Brodie (David Charvet).
Beverly Hills, 90210Teen drama2931990-2000USASoap opera stlye drama following the lives of fictitious rich kids in the 90210 zip code area of California through high school and university.
  • Concept: Darren Star.
  • Actors: Brenda (Shannon Doherty), Brandon (Jason Priestley), Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth), Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering), Dylan McKay (Luke Perry) and Donna Martin (Tori Spelling).
Big Bang Theory, The (TBBT)Sitcom148 in 7 seasonssince 2007USAComedy revolving around nerdy physicist flatmates Leonard and Sheldon, their co-workers, and Penny – a waitress with common sense and social skills, set in Pasadena, California
  • Concept: Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady.
  • Actors: Two young and highly talented physicists Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) live in an apartment across from their pretty neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco). Frequent guests in the apartment are two friends – engineer Howard (Simon Helberg) and the Indian astrophysicist Rajesh (Kunal Nayyar).
The Bill Cosby ShowSitcom2011984-1992USABill Cosby plays Chet Kincaid, a cool bachelor PE teacher, at a Los Angeles high school who tries to help people.
  • Concept: Bill Cosby, Ed. Weinberger.
  • Actors: “Cliff” Huxtable (Bill Cosby), Clair (Phylicia Rashad), Sandra (p. LeBeauf), Denise (L. Bonet), Theo (M. Jamal Warner) and Vanessa (T. Bledsoe).
BonanzaWestern drama4261959-1973USAFollows the lives of Ben Cartwright and his three sons living on the fictional Ponderosa ranch on the shore of Lake Tahoe near Virginia City, Nevada.
  • Concept: David Dortort.
  • Actors: Pa Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene), Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker), Little Joe (Michael Landon), Hop Sing (Victor Sen Yung) on the Ponderosa Ranch.
CatweazleFantasy comedy drama261969-1974UKAdventures of Catweazle (an 11th century wizard who accidentally travelled through time to 1969) and, with the help of “Carrot” (a young boy) searches for a way to return to his time.
  • Concept: Richard Carpenter, D: Q. Lawrence.
  • Actors: Catweazle (G. Bayldon) and Harold Bennett (R. Davis).
ColumboCop mystery drama691968-2003USAFollows the cases of Lt. Columbo, homicide detective, with the LA police department. The twist if the viewers know the bad guy/s up front.
  • Concept: Richard Levinson, William Link.
  • Actors: Lieutenant Columbo (Peter Falk).
DaktariChildrens drama891966-1969USAFollows the work of Dr Tracy, his daughter and staff as they protect animals in East Africa from bad guys with the help of Clarence, a cross-eyed lion and Judy, a chimpanzee.
  • Concept: Ivan Tors, Marshall Thompson.
  • Actors: Dr. Tracy (Marshall Thompson), Paula (Cheryl Miller), Jack Dane (Yale Summers), Mike macula (Hari Rhodes), Leo Clarence and chimpanzee Judy.
DallasSoap opera3571978-1991USAClassic larger than life drama revolving around the Texan Ewing oil family set at Southfork cattle ranch.
  • Concept: David Jacobs.
  • Actors: Jock Ewing, head of Ewing Oil (Jim Davis), Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes), JR Ewing (Larry Hagmann † 2012), Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and Willard Barnes (David Wayne).
Desperate HousewivesSoap opera, mystery comedy180 in 8 seasons2004-2012USAFollows the lives of surburban housewives set in the fictional suburban neighborhood of Wisteria Lane in Fairview, Eagle State. Seemingly perfect until you look beneath the surface.
  • Concept: Marc Cherry.
  • Actors: Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria), Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross), Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher) and Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan).
Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanWestern drama1501993-1998USADr. Michaela Quinn sets up practice in wild west town of Colorado Springs in 1867. She adopts three children, finds love and sets out to prove herself as a women doctor.
  • Concept: Beth Sullivan
  • Actors: Michaela “Mike” Quinn (Jane Seymour), Byron Sully (Joe Lando), Matthew (Chad Allen), Colleen (Erika Flores, later Jessica Bowman), Brian Cooper (Shawn Toovey).
DynastySoap opera2201981-1989USACentered around the lives of oil magnate Blake Carrington and his wife Krystle set in Denver, Colorado
  • Concept: Richard and Esther Shapiro.
  • Actors: Blake Carrington (John Forsythe), Krystle Jennings (Linda Evans), Fallon Carrington (Pamela Sue Martin, later Emma Samms) and Alexis Colby (Joan Collins).
ER (Emergency Room)Medical drama3311994-2009USARevolves around the critical events that take place to the staff and patients in the fictional Emergency Room in County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Author: Michael Crichton.
  • Actors: Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards), Dr. Douglas Ross (George Clooney), Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield), Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) and Dr. Benton (Eriq LaSalle).

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