What is the difference between a soap opera and a TV show? A TV drama is a nighttime TV show that has new episodes once a week but only in 13 to 26 weeks of the year. A soap opera is a daytime TV show that has new episodes every day of the week almost all year long (hundreds of episodes per year instead of only 26).
What classifies a show as a soap opera? The soap opera is characterized by a permanent cast of actors, a continuing story, emphasis on dialogue instead of action, a slower-than-life pace, and a consistently sentimental or melodramatic treatment.
Are there any soap operas still on TV? As longtime television viewers know, soap operas filled the networks’ daytime schedules. Today, only four of them remain — The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS), Days of Our Lives (NBC), General Hospital (ABC), and The Young and the Restless (CBS).
Is Days of Our Lives ending 2022? It had the lowest ratings of the four remaining soap operas in the 2021-2022 season. In 2021, NBC renewed the program for two years, taking it into 2023.