If you just read the descriptions below and all the incredible things that happened on each series, you might think you're looking at a list of daytime soaps.
But, nope, you're checking out the very best in primetime sudsers.
Maybe they missed their calling and should have been daytime soaps, after all.
The very first primetime soap came pretty darn close.
Would you watch any of these shows if they ran in the daytime, or perhaps early evening, more than once a week?
Let us know what about your favorite, why and whether you'd like to pay it another visit.
Running from 1978-1991, Dallas followed the saga of the Ewing family. Patriarch Jock struck it rich in oil, and with his three sons, JR, Bobby and Gary, he runs a massive oil empire. Their home base is South Fork and that's where all the shenanigans take place with their large, extended family, their business associates and friends. Gary Ewing got his own show and the series spawned 2.0, both of which will have their own slide. The biggest event for the series came when JR was shot on a cliffhanger, and viewers hung onto "Who Shot JR" as a mantra until it was settled.
For nine glorious seasons spanning almost every year of the 1980s, from 81-89, Dynasty follows the fabulously wealthy none-to-nice Carrington and Colby clans. Gold lame, shoulder pads, ridiculous hair and more politically incorrect mumbo jumbo than you can shake a stick at, you never want to turn it off. And cat fights? Wait till you see Alexis and Krystal throw down in a lilly pond. The best news? The entire series is available on Amazon Prime. More than once Carrington kids were replaced with new actors, too. If you ever wondered what HRG from Heroes looked like young and lithe? Well, the answer is HOT. He arrives in Season 3. You're welcome.
Gary Ewing moved to the suburbs, taking with him all the drama of his hometown of Dallas. Except this was even better, because it felt a little closer to our lives, as if we might be able to partake in these types of conniving adventures and torrid affairs. After all, we live in the 'burbs, too! For 14 seasons, this precursor to Desperate Housewives (it even had someone in common!) held us captive. By the time the series ended, it was more popular than Dallas and recieved more critical acclaim. It was always my personal favorite!!
Grey's is currently airing its 12th season, and it's still going strong. When it first came on TV in 2005, I guess we knew it was special, but perhaps not as special as this. It's always been more about the characters at the hospital than the patients within it and more about what the doctors can do than what they are doing. Meredith and Derek met and through them unfolded a tour de force love story that only recently came to and end. Beside them we've watch other relationships blossom, we've seen countless characters die and move on. But always it's back to the same building, the same surgery. Back for more of the doctors, nurses and residents that have become our family and friends. Yes, we could probably watch them more than once a week. But that we've been able to do it for 12 years is also a blessing!
Running for eight seasons from 2004-2012, Desperate Housewives had just about everything you want in a primetime soap. The gorgeous women and their equally hunky husbands, more secrets than a cul-de-sac can handle, housewives, murder and a bunch of misadventures as the women try to make it through what they think is their dull existence. It marks Nicollette Sheridan's second time on this list, and make the other ladies household names (if they weren't already). Anyone else really wish we'd have another trip down Wisteria Lane??
Beverly Hills, 90210
From 1990-2000 everyone was all about 90210. NO. Not that lame return show that doesn't even make this list. But the real thing, the generation defined. Kelly Taylor, Dylan Mckay, Brandon and Brenda Walsh. The Peach Pit. The boyfriend and girlfriend exchange, the longing gaze of Andrea Zuckerman as she adored what she couldn't have. Absentee parents, or those who just didn't give out nearly enough advice to keep their kids safe. This was must see TV!