daytime serial

soap opera

[op-er-uh, op-ruh]

Broadcast serial drama, characterized by a permanent cast of actors, a continuing story, tangled interpersonal situations, and a melodramatic or sentimental style. Its name derived from the soap and detergent manufacturers who originally often sponsored such programs on radio. Soap operas began in the early 1930s as 15-minute radio episodes and continued on television from the early 1950s as 30-minute and later hour-long episodes. Usually broadcast during the day and aimed at housewives, they initially focused on middle-class family life, but by the 1970s their content had expanded to include a wider variety of characters and situations and a greater degree of sexual explicitness. In the 1980s similar series began to be aired in prime-time evening hours (e.g., Dallas and Dynasty). Seealso Carlton E. Morse; Irna Phillips.

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Daytime television is the general term for television shows produced that are intended to air during the daytime hours. This article is about American daytime television, for information about international daytime television see Daytime television.

Types of Daytime Programming

There are several different sorts of daytime programming that is produced. Most of these shows can be produced on a low budget, as these shows have to be able to make at least five new episodes per week (sometimes more) for most of the year. Most daytime shows are syndicated, meaning individual stations buy the rights to show it.

Court Shows

First popularized in the 1980s with The People's Court, there are currently many different court shows produced. These shows deal with one, and sometimes two, small-claims cases per show. All of the following court shows air SYNDICATED.

American Daytime Court Shows

Show Presiding Judge
Judge Alex Alex Ferrer
Cristina's Court Cristina Pérez
Judge David Young David Young
Divorce Court Lynn Toler
Judge Hatchett Glenda Hatchett
Judge Joe Brown Joe Brown
Judge Judy Judith Sheindlin
Judge Karen Karen Mills-Francis
Judge Mathis Greg Mathis
The People's Court Marilyn Milian
Judge Jeanine Pirro Jeanine Pirro

Daytime Serials

A staple of daytime television since the 1950s, serials continue to be among the most popular programs among daytime audiences. They are melodramatic serials which mostly deal with the trials and tribulations of life.

American Daytime Serials

Game Shows

Involves regular people being contestants and playing a game, like the title suggests, with the ultimate goal being able to take first place, so as to win a prize (usually money).

From the 1960s through the 1980s, all three of the major broadcast networks carried several game shows during their daytime lineups. ABC Daytime ended their block in 1985, followed by NBC Daytime in 1991 (with a brief revival in 1993) and CBS Daytime in 1993. CBS still carries one daytime game show, the long-running The Price Is Right.

Of the network game shows, only The Price Is Right remains in its original network form. Family Feud, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune have all transitioned from network daytime shows to syndication, while Millionaire and Deal or No Deal are daytime spinoffs of network prime time programs.

* Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are almost always aired in prime time.

Magazine Shows

News Shows

During the week, daytime television is generally devoid of or lacking news programming. However, on Sundays, most networks devote at least part of their schedule to serious news programming, as the viewers who would normally be at work during the daytime on weekdays are generally at home on Sundays.

Talk Shows

Talk shows typically last one hour, and are more often than not hosted by celebrities. Talk shows deal with a variety of topics, like self-help related subjects, to variety shows featuring interviews and comedic monologues, to lowbrow "trash TV".

American Daytime Talk Shows

Syndication: Drama And Comedy Series Off-network

Syndication is the practice of selling rights to the presentation of television programs, especially to more than one customer such as a television station, a cable channel, or a programming service such as a national broadcasting system. The syndication of television programs is a fundamental financial component of television industries. Long a crucial factor in the economics of the U.S. industry, syndication is now a worldwide activity involving the sales of programming produced in many countries.

American Syndication Series

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