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9 All Time Favorite Soap Operas (and the characters that made you love them)

I am in love with Tarji P. Henson! As her instagram tag says, she is a “single mother and doing the damn thang!” Just this week she won the Best Actress in a Drama Series at the A&E Critic Choice Awards, for her role as Cookie Lyon on Empire. A few weeks ago, I was also happy to see the stars of my new favorite TV show and guilty pleasure -EMPIRE on the Billboard awards. Cookie Lyon’s ( Taraji P. Henson) dressed SLAYED! And I was equally happy that they brought the show to life as artists Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollet) and Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) performed a medley of hits.

Taraji P. Henson single handedly made me love Empire. I can’t recall another time in life when I have been so invested in TV characters. Aside from my affection for Scandal’s Olivia Pope, the last time I was attached to a lineup of “fictional” characters, was when I watched daytime soap operas as a kid. Did you have a favorite show?

Today we review nine all-time favorite soap operas from the past! See if your favorite show made the list below!

1. One Life to Live

2. Young and The Restless

3. As the World Turns

4. Dallas

5. The Bold and the Beautiful

6. All My Children

7. Guiding Light

8. Dark Shadows

9. Days of Our Lives