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Miss the Soap Operas of Yesteryear? Try These Juicy New Daytime Dramas

There’s something for everyone, we promise!

Feel nostalgic for that favorite old TV soap that left the airwaves? Modern daytime dramas are just as much juicy fun. Soap Opera Digest senior editor Mara Levinsky suggests these current shows for every kind of fan.

If You Loved ...

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara (NBC, 1984–93), about the fabulously wealthy Capwells, noted for its rising teen stars (Leo DiCaprio, Robin Wright) and original characters (cross-dressing Mafioso Bunny Tagliatti).

... Then You’ll Love

The Bold and the Beautiful
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The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS), about the fabulous Forresters, whose haute couture biz takes them from L.A. to Monaco to Abu Dhabi. Homicidal mama Sheila (Kimberlin Brown, 61) may be TV’s top vixen.

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If You Loved ...

The Doctors

The Doctors (NBC, 1963–82), the medical melodrama that launched the careers of Alec Baldwin and Kathleen Turner, who said her dialogue was so dumb she asked the writers to make her character drunk.

... Then You’ll Love

General Hospital
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General Hospital (ABC), which premiered on the same day as The Doctors but lives on. The 1981 wedding of Laura (Genie Francis, now 60) to Luke (Anthony Geary, now 75) was the most-watched soap episode ever.

If You Loved ...

Guiding Light
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Guiding Light (NBC radio, 1937–46; CBS TV, 1952–2009), the most long-lived and traditional soap, featuring the wholesome Illinois Bauer clan and the wheeling-and-dealing Lewis and Spaulding families.

... Then You’ll Love

Days of Our Lives
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Days of Our Lives (Peacock), another Midwest drama rich with traditions, like the Hortons hanging ornaments on Christmas since 1966. It’s campy: The devil once possessed the Hortons’ ex-psychiatrist.

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