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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American Daytime Court Shows
|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|
American Daytime Serials
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.
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.
American Daytime Talk Shows
American Syndication Series