11 Longest-running Daytime Soap Operas


One Life to Live (1968-????)

When One Life to Live originally aired on July 15, 1968, the wealthy Lord family was pitted against the middle-class Woleks and Rileys and the Siegels, the first Jewish family on a daytime drama. Now it's the Buchanans, Rapaports, Gannons, and Cramers who see most of the action. They live in Llanview, Pennsylvania, a fictional suburb of Philadelphia. Llanview residents have seen cults, time travel, and out-of-body experiences. Incidentally, Llanview is only a 30-minute drive from another fictional soap town: All My Children's Pine Valley. As such, there have been several story line crossovers since both soaps are on ABC.