Why is it called 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.
Why are soaps called soaps? As for the ‘soap’ part
Although we British audiences tend to think of the biggest soap operas as being EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, ‘Soap opera’ is actually an Americanism dating back to 1935-50 – so named, because radio dramas were sponsored by soap manufacturers.
What’s the most famous soap opera? Coronation Street (1960-present) Having premiered in December 1960 and still airing to this day, Coronation Street holds the Guinness World Record for longest running soap opera, clocking up 61 years on British TV screens this December.
What is considered a soap opera? : a serial drama performed originally on a daytime radio or television program and chiefly characterized by tangled interpersonal situations and melodramatic or sentimental treatment.