Where did soap operas originate? The first real soap opera was created by actress Irna Phillips in 1930 called Painted Dreams at radio station WGN in Chicago. It was a 15-minute daily drama involving a family that included a widow and her unmarried daughter.
Why did they call it soap opera? soap opera, broadcast dramatic serial program, so called in the United States because most of its major sponsors for many years were manufacturers of soap and detergents.
What does soap opera stand for? noun. 1. : a serial drama performed originally on a daytime radio or television program and chiefly characterized by tangled interpersonal situations and melodramatic or sentimental treatment. : a series of real-life events resembling a soap opera. : the melodrama and sentimentality characteristic of a soap opera.
What is the oldest soap opera on TV? Coronation Street
The UK’s Coronation Street holds the official Guinness World Record for being the longest running/oldest television soap opera in history. Coronation Street first premiered in 1960 and has since aired over 10,000 episodes.