11 Longest-running Daytime Soap Operas


The Edge of Night (1956-1984)

From its debut on April 2, 1956, through the 1960s, The Edge of Night was consistently one of the top-ranking soaps on television. Known for its well-staged action sequences shot on location rather than on sets, most of the show's story lines took place in the fictional town of Monticello and centered around Assistant District Attorney Mike Karr and his love interest Sarah Lane. In 1978, The Edge of Night's audience was nearly 50 percent male! This is probably because the soap didn't have a traditional love and drama theme; it was intended to be a daytime version of Perry Mason. After bouncing around different networks and time slots, the show was canceled for good in December 1984, after more than 7,400 episodes.

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Helen Davies, Marjorie Dorfman, Mary Fons, Deborah Hawkins, Martin Hintz, Linnea Lundgren, David Priess, Julia Clark Robinson, Paul Seaburn, Heidi Stevens, and Steve Theunissen