11 Longest-running Daytime Soap Operas


Another World (1964-1999)

The subject of abortion isn't exactly unheard of today, but in 1964, it was groundbreaking to say the least. During its first year on the air, Another World came on strong with a bold and risky story line in which a teen has an illegal abortion and ends up a sterile, acquitted murderer who marries her lawyer. In the early days, Another World, which is set in the fictional town of Bay City, started out pitting a middle-class branch and an upper-class branch of the Matthews family against each other. Later, the Randolph, Cory, and Hudson families became part of the show's fabric, but in 1999, after 8,891 episodes, Another World was canceled.