Life, love, and hegemony on daytime TV: A critical analysis of three popular soap operas

Elizabeth Ann Worden, University of Southern Mississippi

Abstract

This study examined the worlds of three popular soap operas: Days of Our Lives, General Hospital , and Young and the Restless . Someone who has not watched the three soap operas examined for this study might think that soap operas are all alike. Yet this study has demonstrated how different they really are. These soap operas are created by different teams of writers, producers, and editors--different real authors. Days of Our Lives, General Hospital , and Young and the Restless are really distinct and different from each other in a number of ways. These programs depict different classes of people with different personal goals and rules for behavior; they differ in loyalty to family and differ in attitudes about wealth and power.