11 Longest-running Daytime Soap Operas


General Hospital (1963-????)

Named the "Greatest Soap Opera of all Time" by TV Guide in 2003, General Hospital has won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama series nine times -- more than any other soap! General Hospital began its run on ABC on April 1, 1963, the very same day that NBC launched its rival medical drama The Doctors. Today, the show revolves around the Spencers, the Cassidines, mobster Sonny Corinthos, and the wealthy Quartermaine family.

The pairing of adventuresome Luke and Laura in the late 1970s sparked the trend of the soap opera super couple. Set in fictional Port Charles, New York, most scenes take place at the docks, or, where else . . . General Hospital. Throughout the show's history, General Hospital has been a jumping-off point for several notable performers, including Demi Moore, Rick Springfield, John Stamos, and Ricky Martin.